RockShox Tora 318 2009 Forks

4/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $369.00


Product Description

  • U-Turn coil spring system
  • MotionControl oil damping with external rebound
  • 1-1/8" threadless aluminum steerer
  • Hollow 6061-T6 aluminum crown
  • 1-piece magnesium lower legs


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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by SpecializedRider203 a Racer from Danbury, CT USA

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2012

Strengths:    Very durable, Good for XM/AM use, Very smooth ride

Weaknesses:    Heavy, Leaks Hydraulic fluid after a while of use, price.

Bottom Line:   
Bottom line is its a good fork if you dont over use it. I just sent my bike to the shop to get the fork replaced after it leaked all over the floor. It is a great fork if only Rockshox had put a little more effort into them

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $390.00

Purchased At:   Bike Express


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ed laton a Weekend Warrior from boise id

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2011

Strengths:    very smooth and work flawless

Weaknesses:    haven't found any yet

Bottom Line:   
love the products

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Favorite Trail:   camel back

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   got from friend

Similar Products Used:   psylo

Bike Setup:   specilized endro pro

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hillbillyreject a Weekend Warrior from redding, ca, psro (formerly USA)

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2010

Strengths:    i'm a big guy (230lbs) and have only found the bottom of these things on the biggest drop of my life and only once. found out that had to do with the next item (product weaknesses) and as soon as it was resolved, no more issue.

Weaknesses:    had to add oil to the fork much sooner than i think i should have.

Bottom Line:   
good forks for the money, dont remember how much i payed cuz they swapped them on for me as a pre-purchase upgrade and adjusted the price minus the stock forks

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Favorite Trail:   escalator if i have to pick a legal one

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $12345.00

Purchased At:   sports ltd. redding

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   p-1 am (every hater's favorite bike to pick on) tora's, sram x-9, mrp bash ring, lizard skin grips, distortion pedals, soon to be swapped s.t. cranks

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by geezracer a Weekend Warrior from UT/ID

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2009

Strengths:    Solid Design, Lock-Out feature, great response

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
Good budget fork, definitely worth the money.

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Favorite Trail:   All

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Tora 302, SF9-XCR

Bike Setup:   2008 DB Recoil, 2009 RS Tora 318 SE, 2009 Monarch 4.2, 2009 Race Face Dues XC, 2009 Race Face Atlas Stem, Shimano Deore XL 9spd/SLX RD-M662 Rear Derailleur, Forte Shovel Pedals, Maxxis Ardent/Hutchinson Barracuda Tires, Redline Alex DM24 Wheelset

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wickerman1 a Weekend Warrior from richmond

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2009

Strengths:    Great looking fork, no flex,good amount of travel

Weaknesses:    Would be nice to have a 20mm axle version.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this fork for my hardtail xc bike, but then got the coiler frame which is recommended a 6 inch travel fork. I measured the axle to crown length, and it is about 1/2" longer on the Tora then it was on the 6 inch fork that came with the frame. I put this fork on the bike, and ride really rough rooty rocky trails with constant drops. This fork has not let me down, and is still performing like new.
I am however upgrading to the stiffer spring, but the stock spring is just fine for 200 lbs riders or less. Buy it, you wont regret it

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Favorite Trail:   All

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $269.00

Purchased At:   Caps

Similar Products Used:   Dart, MArzocchi everything

Bike Setup:   Kona Coiler

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by scottzg a Cross Country Rider from san jose, ca

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2009

Strengths:    very stiff fork for the category. Very plush or very responsive. Good spring rate selection and sturdy. The best option for clydes on a budget. Easy to service. Simple sturdy internal construction. Cheap for what you get!

Weaknesses:    Can't tune out brake dive and still be as plush as higher end trail fork offerings. Heavy.

Bottom Line:   
This is the best for on the market from a $/value perspective. The coil is the better choice, solo air and no floodgate adjust makes for a very mushy 1st half of travel.

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Favorite Trail:   brailler

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   rei

Similar Products Used:   Currently riding a revelation, and i've ridden most of the competition.

Bike Setup:   long travel hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mtnbici a Cross Country Rider from CenCal

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2009

Strengths:    Inexpensive, compression lock-out, smooth operation, supple.

Weaknesses:    None I can think of

Bottom Line:   
I weigh in at 240 and I love this fork. I usually ride trails with 3-4 inch rocks and roots with speeds ranging from 15-30 mph, I don't jump, do big drops, etc. It supports me, it's stiff and holds a good line, unlike my Duke fork. I run 180 psi (the specified psi for my weight) and I love this fork almost as much as my Judys with the old Englund air shock mod.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $240.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Quadra's, Judy SL, RS Duke XC

Bike Setup:   Sette Ace, XT/LX mix, Avid BB7 Disc Brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mikes_jp a Cross Country Rider from san antonio,tx,bexar

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2009

Strengths:    very smooth over rocks and stumps love the adj travel going up and down steep hills great looking fork huge upgrade from dart 3

Weaknesses:    little noisy when rebounding

Bottom Line:   
great fork for the money

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Favorite Trail:   govermant canyon

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $320.00

Purchased At:   price point

Bike Setup:   specialized rock hopper crane creek headset mavic wheels mountain king tires 2008 BB7 disc brakes richey handle bar and stem and jagwire brake cables

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by shrike a Weekend Warrior from Denver, CO.

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2009

Strengths:    Price, stiff, good features.

Weaknesses:    The spring isn't firm enough.

Bottom Line:   
It's a good looking fork, stiff, but......I'm a 230lb rider and I did put the extra firm spring on the fork(for an additional 40 bucks), but it's still very soft. The sag was more like 30 to 40 percent, and I'm afraid I'll bottom this fork out bad. I wouldn't buy this product again, and I don't recommend it for anyone over 200lbs.

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Favorite Trail:   Rampart Reservoir

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $249.00

Purchased At:   BlueSky

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Black Sport

Bike Setup:   GT 2.0, Shimano 9 drive train, Avid Juicy 7, Cane Creek ad10

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Timsnutz a Cross Country Rider from Antioch,Ca

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2009

Strengths:    Stoudt! Semi-easily serviceable,affordable

Weaknesses:    Not a fox shock,a bit heavy,wondering how long the chrome sliders will last.

Bottom Line:   
Best RS fork i've owned. Lots of travel and smoother and much stiffer than any RS i've owned.Would love one of the upper level forks but for the money this one rocks! I've got the red one they sell at performance and it goes with my bike nicely.I probably overdid the travel(130mm)for my bike but i'm diggin it and adjust my riding style accordingly

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Multiple judy's,duke race

Bike Setup:   2001 Giant NRS2,the only stock parts are the frame and rear shock, but what do you expect after 8 years

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by qazxswedcvfrtgbnhyujmkilo a Weekend Warrior from texas

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2009

Strengths:    is air not coil

Weaknesses:    to many to list rockshox dart 1 are better

Bottom Line:   
it sucks

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Favorite Trail:   jack brooks park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   price point

Similar Products Used:   rockshox boxxer

Bike Setup:   trek session

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