Magura Thor 2009 Forks

4.43/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $818.00


Product Description

  • 1-1/8inch aluminum steerer
  • 32mm anodized aluminum stanchions
  • Dropout: 20x110mm Maxle
  • Spring type: air
  • Damping: AS+


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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jalm111 a Cross Country Rider from Seattle, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2011

Strengths:    Very plush, flight adjust is awesome, pro-pedal is awesome.

Weaknesses:    Blows through travel pretty fast (on braking etc). Needs more love and care than fox.

Bottom Line:   
This is a pretty good fork. It is plush but with the Pro-Pedal turned on it actually rides pretty nice. I only ride it in open when I know there's a DH section coming up with drops and etc. I weight 250 and I huck the living crap out of my bike so the fact that this fork is still humming along is a good thing. I'm planning on having it rebuilt very soon and will try using fox seals and etc. The fork definitely does not feel as smooth and quiet as my fox ones but I'm hoping the fox seals and rebuild will fix that. For $350 it was an awesome value. 4 chilis if the rebuild and seal swap show improvement.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Chainlove.com

Similar Products Used:   Fox (talas, etc).

Bike Setup:   Santa Crux BlurLT (RP23), Chris King everything, Velocity Rims, XT/XTR, Avid Juicy 7s (185mm F/R).

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by lebikerboy a Weekend Warrior from North Vancouver

Date Reviewed: January 6, 2011

Strengths:    Stiff, typical German fit and finish, plush (when warm), very adjustable.

Weaknesses:    Doesn't like cold weather and the platform is absolutely
useless in it's stock form when it's cold.


Bottom Line:   
As it's been fairly cold here recently I had James at Suspensionwerx do a complete overhaul which included changing the seals to Fox, dumping the OEM oil, increase the amount to 10CC, and change to 2.5W Motul.
The difference is amazing! The fork works so much better
I had to increase air pressure by 10% to get the same amount of sag as previously. Bottom line, good fork which requires tuning to become a great fork! As I had to pay for the tuning
it loses one chili for value...

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi (you name it I've probably owned it), Fox, Manitou,
Rockshox etc.



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kestrel242 a Cross Country Rider from Pasadena, CA

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2010

Strengths:    Linear, plush, and responsive on small bumps, very light, stiff, adjustable travel with remote, firm lockout with optional remote, adjustable platform

Weaknesses:    Unless it's fully open or fully closed, the AS+ adjustable compression/platform makes an annoying flatulent sound when the valve opens. Very very picky about air pressure. No low-speed compression adjust. Remotes are ugly and the remote compression/lockout kit is very overpriced.

Bottom Line:   
Of all the forks I've used, this one is definitely my favorite. It's very linear and plush while being stiff and light, has travel adjust for harsh climbs, and it looks like modern art with the dual arch design.

I find that Fox and Rock Shox are too progressive - that is, if you set them to the right amount of sag, you only get a fraction of the travel you paid for. If you set them soft enough to use it all, your sag will be too low. By comparison, the Thor is very linear. If you're into jumping and long drops yet want the fork to be useful in normal riding, Fox is probably going to suit you best out of the three but it makes compromises higher up in its stroke. Conversely, the Thor asks you to make up your mind one way or the other, but it will give you everything it has within that range.

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Favorite Trail:   Lower Rock Creek

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Similar Products Used:   Fox TALAS 32, Fox F-series, Reba World Cup, Reba RLT Ti

Bike Setup:   Ibis Mojo

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Cupcakes a Weekend Warrior from Canada

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2009

Strengths:    Excellent all around fork, light, strong/stiff, lots of adjustment, once dialed in great control in rough terrain, takes big hits well.

Weaknesses:    The seals are junk!!! I had the fork for one month and the seals crapped out. Oil every where and no air pressure left. Apparently the fix is a set of fox seals because they are the best. Luckily they fit!!!

Bottom Line:   
Beside the crappy seals (Magura fix this, what a weak problem)this fork is great! A real all mountain fork, get the fox seal kit upgrade and your set.

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Favorite Trail:   Yellow hat

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Fox Talas & Float

Bike Setup:   2009 Blur LT

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by shredcanmore a Cross Country Rider from canmore, alberta

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2009

Strengths:    Adjustable travel, feels super solid. When you finally get this fork set up nice it's amazing. Reduced travel mode runs way plusher than 140mm, which lets you run over stuff instead of trying to avoid every rock and root when climbing steeps.

Weaknesses:    It's a fine, fine line between too much and too little air without adjustable low speed compression, so it's simply more rideable to run lower air and use the platform, which gets rid of the substantial brake dive. To lose the brake dive without using the platform the amount of air needed results in a harsher ride than the platform. Suggested air pressure guide is out to lunch.

Bottom Line:   
accept the fact you have to use the platform and get one

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   rebound cycle

Similar Products Used:   fox float rlc

Bike Setup:   giant reign w/ rp23

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ronoranina a Cross Country Rider from nj, usa

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2009

Strengths:    pretty light for an AM fork, travel adjust, remote (handle bar mounted), stiff, steers precisely, adjustments really change the feel of the fork

Weaknesses:    haven't really found any yet

Bottom Line:   
this is a really solid performing fork. i have no gripes with it, except for the fact it cost more than i would like to have paid. it's a true all mountain fork, lower it when heading up steep techy climbs and extend and enjoy the downs with the push of lever and unweighting of the fork. takes moderate drops with ease. i wouldn't call this a freeride fork. although it feels strong and is very stiff. just a really good fork. try one.

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Favorite Trail:   neighborhood trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   universal cycles

Similar Products Used:   manitou nixon, marz z1 sl



Bike Setup:   Banshee Pyre frame - size large
Magura Thor fork w/ sixty less axle
Formula K 18 disc brakes (F 180 mm, R 160 mm) w/ Oro bianco one finger levers
Cane Creek 110 headset
Race Face Next 31.8 mm handlebars
Thompson X4 100 mm stem
Sram X9 shifters
Thomson Masterpiece seatpost
Selle Italia SLR saddle
Manitou Swinger X3 shock
Mavic 819 rims front & rear
Hadley racing hubs (front 20 mm, rear quick release)
Shimano XT front derailleur
Sram XO rear medium cage deraillleur
Shimano XTR M970 crankset
Time ATAC XS carbon pedals
Conti Vertical Pro front tire
Conti Vapor rear

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by pedroagnelo a Cross Country Rider from Portugal

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2008

Strengths:    Ajustable travel, light weight (1762g with star nut and uncut steerer tube, no axle or flight control remote), 20mm axle (Maxle 360 - 150g), platform (Albert Select Plus), self lubricated stanchions
Looks good!


Weaknesses:    With AS+ turned on you can sometimes hear a hissing sound from the valves.
Recommended pressure to rider weight gives huge sag
Price tag...


Bottom Line:   
Absolutely the best AM/Trail fork I've ever ridden! Does perform as advertised! Flight control is really handy on steep hills.

If you prefer platform forks this one is the best out there

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Minute, Revelation, Pike, Fox, etc

Bike Setup:   05 Jekyll frame, XO transmission, Race Face cockpit, Crossmax ST wheels. Pics here: http://www.majhost.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=192367

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