RockShox Tora Trail 302 Solo Air 2010 Forks

3/5 (1 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Damping: Turnkey
  • Spring: Solo Air
  • Crown: Forged 6061 T-6 Hollow Aluminum
  • Steerer: Steel 1 1/8", Aluminum 1 1/8"
  • Upper Tubes: 32mm, Steel, Chrome


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by elopez a Weekend Warrior from Leon, Gto. Mex.

Date Reviewed: February 9, 2012

Strengths:    Nice appearance, rigid enough for a 9mm fork, the rebound adjustment works, lockout control, air adjustability, light weight (compared to Tora coil), a really good fork at this price range.

Weaknesses:    Plastic controls, it is necessary to dismount in order to adjust rebound, at 4.7 lb, you can save almost 1 lb by switching to a more expensive fork (but those will cost double at least).

Bottom Line:   
This suspension fork came standard with my Felt Virtue Three. It delivers 5.1 in of travel (nominal), but I have never bottomed out this one. Manufacturing quality is fine and it looks good. The steerer tube, as well as the stanchions are made of steel. This makes it rigid, but a little bit heavy. The rebound control produces a noticeable effect. The user manual proposes 100 psi for a rider of my weight (65 Kg, 143 lb), but have to I use 70 psi in order to achieve 20% of sag. The fastest rebound worked fine for me, given the low air pressure. For lighter riders, even the fastest rebound will be too slow. It will pack on high frequency bumps and will feel harsh. After two years of moderate use, it does not leak neither air nor oil. I have not broken any control, despite those are made of plastic. The performance is not too far from more expensive forks. I noted some stiction, but nothing excessive; and the breaking dive is moderate. The finish of the stanchions is shinny and durable; it looks like they are chromed. I can not find a single scratch or signal of deterioration after two years. I found the lockout control useless. It works because it locks the fork, but at 5.1 in of travel, it is unnecessary. It is more efficient to climb with the lock full open. Moreover, an undesired effect of the lockout control is that it restricts the compression, but not the extension. Therefore, when going uphill, the fork eventually will extend completely, rising the front end and making it difficult to control the bike. I eventually upgraded to a DT Swiss EXM130 in order to save weight, but not because I expected a much better performing fork. Compared to the new (and three times more expensive) fork, I found that the DT Swiss shows better small bump absorption and less stiction, but the Tora dives less on hard braking.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   DT Swiss EXM130, Cannondale HeadShock

Bike Setup:   Felt Virtue 3

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