Stiff 32mm tapered wall steel upper tubes mated to U-Turn or Solo Air make Tora the perfect choice for today’s high value All Mountain bikes.
-Stout new chassis design, travel up to 130mm
-Weight saving tapered wall 4130 steel upper tubes
-Disc specific or bossed lower leg options
-Forged 6061 hollow aluminum crown
-Solo Air and U-Turn coil spring options
-Motion Control Damping (318)
-Compatible with all PopLocs
-External rebound adjustment
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: April 30, 2009
Strengths: Bought for an absolute bargain!! 99 british pounds! It has been strong and reliable so far...
Weaknesses: Abit crunchie when new...got smoother with use. oh, and abit heavy!
Bargain fork which takes all the knocks I throw at it! Read a few bad reviews but havent had any bad experiences.. There are better out there, but hard to beat on value!! Decent fork for those on a budget!!!!!!
Bike Setup: GT hardtail with Deore drive train... Tough do anything bike!!
a Cross Country Rider
from Pensacola, Florida, USA
Date Reviewed: November 11, 2008
Strengths: Design of body is strong (heavy too, but strong). Relatively little flex, even at 130 mm. Put a good fork oil in it, and get the levels right, and it will be fairly plush.
The design is pretty universal, so parts from other forks can be used to fix this when it breaks. (and it probably will)
Weaknesses: The internals are crap. Plastic, plastic everywhere. They break, too. I fixed the rebound damper three times (plastic piston slid down the shaft), and it broke again each time after only a short time in use.
Finally, I broke out the hacksaw, and cut a groove in the damper shaft, then safety-wired the piston so that it could not slide anymore. This effectively eliminated the ability to adjust the rebound, but that didn't really matter, since the adjuster knob fell off in the first few weeks of owning the fork.
Oh, and it leaks from the bottom of the damper leg. I've replaced the seals three times, and it still seeps oil. Not a lot, but it is FRUSTRATING.
The lockout is not very durable either-all plastic. It broke within 4 months of normal use. Found a motion control damper on eBay for $10 to replace it. A world of difference!
The lowers and stanchions on this fork are fairly burly, and I've never worried about them failing me. The internals are where SRAM cheaps out on this one.
I'd like to give it a higher rating, but the rebound damping (breaking and leaking) is a massive achille's heel of this fork, and is beyond the ability of most people to fix.(my fix is not even really a fix... just a stopgap measure until I can get another damper, or better yet, another fork and relegate this one to backup status) This means downtime and expense while a shop fixes it, or it gets sent off for warranty work. Not fun.
Granted, I may have gotten a lemon, but I don't consider it unreasonable to expect trouble-free service from a nearly $200 fork.
Would I buy it again?
Not unless I found a really smoking hot deal. Given the chance to do it over again, I'd spend my money on a used 2004-2006 Marzocchi AM1, or possibly a Recon- I hear that they are a bit better on the internals department.
Similar Products Used: None for any long period of time. I've worked on Darts and Judy forks though, and this is definitely better designed than they are.
Bike Setup: Leader 526 frame, this fork, Sram x7 drivetrain, etc. Basically a 30 lb trail bike.
a Weekend Warrior
from Bunbury, WA, Australia
Date Reviewed: November 9, 2008
Strengths: Performed flawlessly for first six months.
Weaknesses: Hasn't stopped Leaking oil from rebound adjustment since
If you had to ask me whether I would reccomend it, I would have to say no.
Sooner or later it will start leaking oil from around the Rebound knob. Once it does, you lose rebound and may as well be running a toy store fork. I took it to the LBS, they fixed it, and now less than 10kms later it is leaking again. I don't ride hard so have to put this down to a design flaw.
a Weekend Warrior
from Santa Rita, Guam, USA
Date Reviewed: April 19, 2008
Strengths: Price, rebound damping, strength.
This is a review of the Tora 302 Solo Air. It is a tough fork, and very forgiving. This one came set up for 130mm, and I thought it was too much, but have made a couple of mistakes where the fork used full travel to save my a**. Another fork might have sent me over the bars. I added a lockout damper since I was using it for some races that had a pavement climb included. This fork seems easy to work on and I intend to perform my own service thanks to the excellent and readily available service guides. I may also use a spacer to reduce travel to 100mm because that is what my frame was designed for, and the front gets light on steep climbs. The only downside to the Tora is weight... solo air versions are about 4.8 lbs and the coil versions are like 5.3. For tis reason I am glad to have an air version, though adjustable travel would be nifty. I just don;t want any more weight on the front of the bike. I plan to replace this with a lighter Reba if it ever breaks, needs expensive maintenance, or I get drunk enough in front of the computer. Overall, for the current price the Tora is an outstanding value.
a Cross Country Rider
from MOAB UT
Date Reviewed: April 17, 2007
Weaknesses: Cheap. Worked on this fork as a mechanic. Sold to customer, fork failed on first ride. Took apart fork to find that rebound assemble had moved down on the rebound shaft and was covering the rebound slot. On older forks this assemble was held buy a C-clip. On this fork the shaft was knurled and the parts are just pressed on. I repressed the parts on the shaft, fork worked again untill the first hard compession moved the rebound assemble back down the shaft. Put in a call to Rock Shox/sram and was given the same reponse as every time you call them, which was that they had never seen the problem before. Returned the fork, the rebound assemble and shaft was replaced, but they were unable to tell me why it had failed and/or why it wouldn't fail agian.
Rock Shox/Sram sells a well marketed, cheap products and has one of the worst service/warranty departments in the industry, which seems to get worse by the day. If you want a product that will hold up and you can trust, dont buy sram.
Bike Setup: GT Avalanche Frame, Rockshox Toras, and some crap bits that came with my GT
a Weekend Warrior
from bonita, CA
Date Reviewed: March 19, 2007
Strengths: Didn't break when I peeled off the 1.5 mil shipping tape.
Weaknesses: design of air seals. After five or six rides the left air seal let go. In trying to refasten it, I discovered that the seal is grooved for screw insertion but the tube has no grooves. Don't see how the seal will EVER hold. I don't do jumps and the shock has not been mistreated. I don't overinflate the shock...probably underinflate a tad for my body weight: 183.
Shock came with bike. Love the bike...though with a great frame like this I kinda thought that the components would be a bit lighter. Ever tried to contact Rock Shox? Impossible. You have to go through the dealer. Some customer service! Even the IRS has a help line and a live voice on the other end. I guess Sram is just too busy churning out recycled aluminum can MTB components and banking their profits to care about the customers who mistakenly (never again) purchase their knock offs.
Similar Products Used: marzocci...for nine years with no problems
Bike Setup: K2 Lithium 4. Replaced the Hayes gizmos with BB 7's, XTR shifters and brake levers, cassette. Should have replaced the shocks
a Weekend Warrior
from Woodstock, Ga USA
Date Reviewed: October 28, 2006
Strengths: For me the strength of this shock lies in its adjustability and value. It sucks up the big stuff and seems to handle the small bumps just as well.
Weaknesses: A little squeaky but this could be because it is almost brand new
So far i love this fork. I get plenty of travel and ive never had as much fun riding (my last fork was a '97 Manitou with maybe 75mm of travel) Hopefully the squeaks will go away soon. I cant imagine you could get much more out of a 200 dollar fork
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