a Weekend Warrior
from Arvada, CO, USA
Date Reviewed: August 13, 2009
Strengths: The price, Air Sprung, Stiff for its price, Adjustability, and the pop lock is nice
Weaknesses: I would have liked it to come out of the box at 130mm but the 100mm has been enough travel. No real weaknesses.
I love this fork. After blowing out two sets of seals in a Marizochi I got this guy and the first day on the trail was amazing. I ride everything with this and it does not seem to mind. I have hit some dirt jumps, some mild down hill, and lots of stuff in between. The fork is holding up great. I way 180 lbs and the fork eats up the stuff I run over.
Strengths: Awesome value, lockout, air shock at this price, DURABLE.
Weaknesses: None, period.
For the money, there is no better fork out there. Thank god for SRAM, they have returned Rockshox to the top in suspension designs (at least in XC). I am 6', 200lbs and have a reputation among my friends for being really hard on equipment. But this shock has stood up to all the punishment I can dish out (even some HT downhill) and yet feels plush on the downside and responsive on the uphill. This fork is not for serious DH, but if you're rocking this on a DH track, then odds are that the rest of your equipment won't hold up either (and will probably break before the shock!) Where else can you find an air fork with lockout and durability for this price?
a Cross Country Rider
from Tampa, FL, USA
Date Reviewed: December 17, 2008
Strengths: Responsive, adjustability, ride quality. For the money very hard to beat.
Weaknesses: probably weight, can completely eliminate all the rebound dampening, but it's not really a problemP
This fork has breathed new life into my old bike, finally replacing the Mars 1 Manitou 80mm. About freaking time...
I've got back to riding two times a week on average the last year and a half, graduating to much tougher trails and putting this old bike through harder riding than I did in the past.
Thought about buying a new bike of course, and have demoed a couple putting in some decent time on an '08 Trek EX9, along with my riding buddies '07 version and a new Fisher HiFi. But I have cheaped out so far adding an upgrade here and there commensurate with the overall value of the bike, but making it more competitive in ride quality compared to new. It's really quite tolerable. Hence the choice of this shock. Can't say that I'm disappointed at all.
Anyone looking for a good performing modern shock to upgrade a lower end stock unit, or an older bike like mine, you can't go wrong with this shock for the blow out prices available. I checked out a bunch of shocks before ordering this one.
Similar Products Used: Rock Shox Recon, Fox Talas RL
Bike Setup: 2000 Fisher Sugar 3 XT/LX, with a few upgrades along the way to keep the old girl going fun to ride. Cane Creek Cloud 9 rear shock, Avid BB7 front brake, Rhino Lite rims, better seat, stem, pedals, handlebars etc.
Have the new fork at the 100 mm factory setting.
a Weekend Warrior
from Terre Haute, IN, US
Date Reviewed: October 10, 2008
Strengths: Very solid construction. Great value for your dollar. Adjustable travel. Lock out.
Similar Products Used: rock shox duke. Replaced the Rock Shox Dart 2
Bike Setup: giant yukon fx. Upgrade the crank with RaceFace DH. With these two major upgrades this bike is Unbeatable for the price.
bike under $900 Race Face DH $200 Tora 318 solo air $209.
Total of $1309
a Cross Country Rider
from Fort Collins, CO USA
Date Reviewed: September 14, 2008
Strengths: plush ride, very adjustable, fixed floodgate, great damping
Weaknesses: weight and I wish I could turn the rebound damping completely off...I like a 'boingy' fork on the rebound.
I put together a hardtail this summer for those times when I wanted to ride a hardtail instead of a full suspension bike. I went round and round on what fork to put on it. When I saw Cambria was blowing these out, I decided on the Tora. Although it's a bit heavy, this fork is dynamite! It is incredibly plush, and has the lockout with the fixed floodgate which 'blows off' and allows the fork to activate for big hits when it is locked out. The damping is great and you can even adjust it for up to 130mm of travel if you take it apart and take the spacer out. I've been riding a SID on my Specialized Epic for the last 5 years and this fork works just the same, it's just a bit heavier and doesn't have the negative air chamber. I have absolutely no complaints and if it has the same longevity as my SID, I'll be even happier.
a Weekend Warrior
from Mendham, NJ, US
Date Reviewed: July 4, 2008
Strengths: Extremely forgiving, pop-lock feature, great price for a solo air shock.
Weaknesses: A little on the heavy side, air cap on fork is difficult to remove when refilling with air.
Awesome fork, preformance is outstanding compared to the regular Tora 318. Worth the extra money for the upgrade. Have about 60 plus miles on it and have had no problems whatsoever with bottoming out or anything along that line. Can easily adjust stiffness for users weight in seconds. Poplock feautre is a must and makes uphills a breeze. I have heard the Tora line has had a few defects in the past when still getting broken in but have not experienced any problems at all. Fork is great for anyone that rides a 3-4 times a week for a couple hours at a time. I can already see that this fork will be able to take a beating and will last without having to be rebuilt in six months. I strongly recomend this product to anyone looking for a fork under the four/five hundred dollar price range.
Has anyone taken the spacers out of their RS Tora 318 Solo Air? I currently have one on my Salsa Big Mama set at 80mm, and I'd like to extend it to 100mm or 120mm. I've read the SRAM manual and it sounds like I'll need to empty the shock oil- can anyone confirm this?
If anyone has done this a ... Read More »
I had ordered a Tora 318 Coil U-Turn 85-130mm travel but it was on backorder. I was looking and I found a Tora 318 Solo Air 120mm travel for the same price. I had planned on running the U-Turn at 120-130mm so a 120mm fork would be fine. I've heard the Solo Air forks tend to leak and dont ride as ... Read More »
Hello!, I need a little help, I don't know what's wrong w/ my fork but the Rebound adjustment doesn't seem to be working.
Rather I set the rebound all the way to the turtle or the rabbit it feels NO DIFFERENCE at all. I could set it anywhere and the rebound is the same. I thought adjust was supp ... Read More »
I noticed it's not on their site. They have a 318 coil uturn with Motion Control, but no solo air (and no other models with Motion Control).
I know the 318 Solo Air with Motion Control has become very popular and am wondering if it was maybe a little too popular (cutting into sales of Recons and ... Read More »
Ok, I did my due diligence using the search function and still couldn't get the answers I was looking for, so here's yet another RS Tora 318 Solo Air thread:
I have a 2008 Tora 318 Solo Air fork and would like to change the travel from 100mm to 80mm. I have found several threads on doing this, bu ... Read More »