RockShox Tora 302 2011 Forks

3.94/5 (16 Reviews)
MSRP : $290.00


Product Description

  • U-Turn coil spring system with external travel adjustabilty
  • TurnKey oil damping with external on/off lockout
  • 1-1/8" threadless aluminum steerer
  • Hollow 6061-T6 aluminum crown
  • 1-piece magnesium lower legs


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by machine4321 a Cross Country Rider from Ontario Canada

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2012

Strengths:    Great bang for the buck. U-turn adjustability is a nice feature to have. Seems to be very stiff,has decent rebound control and lockout.

Weaknesses:    This is a heavy fork at just under 5 pounds. Sucking noise when hitting medium size bumps, though it was defective but it turns out they all do it.

Bottom Line:   
Worth every dollar I paid. Picked it up in new used condition for 150.00. The difference over the sun tour was immediate as soon as I popped the front wheel up to clear a tree and the fork didn't unload with a "clunk", thanks to rebound. U turn is a great idea,but it is not used any more buy me. I don't like how soft it is near the 135mm max. But what it was good for was to let my feel the difference in the different travel ranges. It helped me realize I like the 100mm and down feel.

Surprised at how stiff the fork is for a low price. The only reason I will be upgrading is to loose some weight.

4 chillies over all cause it is an entry fork and there is better out there, but for the price these can be found its a great deal.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   Sun tour xcm v3

Bike Setup:   Devinci cameleon

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Meek Meek Meek a Weekend Warrior from Canada

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2011

Strengths:    Amazing fork. the travel is smooth, rebound works great, lockout is good. I am light so I use the full 130mm travel, and the u-turn adjusts in about 7mm per click.

Weaknesses:    No weaknesses at all, except if you are a weight weenie then it might be a little on the heavy side.

Bottom Line:   
Get this fork if on a budget. Order from Jenson if you can as they have really good shipping and price match! I ordered on a Friday, and received everything on Monday! And I live around Toronto Canada!!!

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Favorite Trail:   ?

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $173.00

Purchased At:   Jenson Usa

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Horse Outlaw 4.3 frame, Avid BB7 185 f and r, Rock Shox Tora 302 U-Turn, Manitou Metel R.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben Baldam a Downhiller from australia

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2011

Strengths:    great fork rebound works realy nicely

Weaknesses:    makes a sqweek and a sucking noise

Bottom Line:   
they make noise a sqweek and a sucking sound but that is no problem. I love them but you can see why you would want to buy some fox forks

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Favorite Trail:   anything fast and fun

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Bike Setup:   2009 giant alias

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by joe2285 a Weekend Warrior from Tinley Pk,Illinois

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2010

Strengths:    Adjustable travel, lockout, and rebound works well. It absorbs rocks and roots well.

Weaknesses:    Heavy

Bottom Line:   
Great shock for the money.

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Favorite Trail:   Gravity Cavity

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $145.00

Purchased At:   Eaby

Similar Products Used:   Rock shox dart 3

Bike Setup:   Gt outpost frame, deore crank, deore hydraulic brakes, rock shox tora, sram shifters and derailleurs, nevegal tires.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Glenn Argall a Cross Country Rider from Meridian,ID USA

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2010

Strengths:    Stiff, plush, reliable

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
This shock has proved to be a reliable good performer. Once the shock gets broke in it is a lot more smooth and active. As long as you adjust the rebound closer to the fast setting it will work very well. I also recommend keeping the stanchions lubed and clean often and that has also helped with the performance. It is a little heavy but makes up for it in performance. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a good performing fork on a budget.

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Favorite Trail:   Utah, Idaho

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $279.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint.com

Similar Products Used:   Manitou, RockShox sid

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Killer V hardtail, FSA cranks w/e-thirteen chainring, rock shox, race face stem, easton riser bar, hutchinson python rear piranha front tire, WTB/shimano wheels, Kore pedals, ODI grips,Shimano Deore R. shifter(1x9 Setup), Avid V brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nickav21 a Cross Country Rider from Bartlett, TN, USA

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2010

Strengths:    Like butter over slow chop, adjustability

Weaknesses:    Get's dicey over dense root sections

Bottom Line:   
This shock really soaks up isolated bumps well. When you really start flying through bumpy sections it just can't soak the chop up fast enough. I've tried really cranking up the dampening speed and it just can't keep up. However, the adjustability of this fork is incredible. It's got lockout, speed dampening, and travel. That's a lot for a fork at this price range. I'd recommend it for sure, just wish it soaked stuff up a bit more when I'm flying through choppy stuff!

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Favorite Trail:   Stanky Creek

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   BlueSky

Similar Products Used:   Suntour stock fork, RockShox Dart 3

Bike Setup:   Trek 1x9

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by The Beige Fraggle a Weekend Warrior from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2010

Strengths:    Stiff, smooth, Chrome plated stanchions are hard to scratch, Great value for money, remote lock out, Rebound adjustment.

Weaknesses:    Limited travel, non linear travel(general coil issue really), lock out threshold too low and not adjustable, Heavy for a 100mm fork, casting inaccuracy.

Bottom Line:   
Good entry level fork, very stiff, with rebound and lockout. A softer spring would have helped the travel and linearity issues, but would have also created dive issues as there is no compression adjustment. Also when the bike/fork was new the distance between the dropouts was too small by about 3mm(1/8th"), causing the lowers to be spread when the wheel was inserted, causing binding on the stanchions. If I had left this, it would have resulted in premature wear. I base my ratings on the overall performance, and also the high level of some of the bikes that are sold with these as standard.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Came on 2010 Alias

Similar Products Used:   RockShox Revelation 2010

Bike Setup:   Near standard 2010 Alias, Kenda nevegal 2.35,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jsbikerman a Cross Country Rider from brimfield

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2010

Strengths:    It is a great fork for the money. It has e decent amount of travel (5 inches).

Weaknesses:    To soft on full travel.

Bottom Line:   
I love this fork so much and it is just amazing. Some of the other reviews on here say leaks oil and all of that, but it is a cross country fork. I payed 200 for the fork and it is 200 well spent. The bottom line if you want a fork for cheap this is the fork, it won't let you down.

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Favorite Trail:   Any thing technical

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Southbridge bikes

Similar Products Used:   Spinner point 286 lc, rock socx jett, marzocchi race xc, some other cheap forks.

Bike Setup:   2008 khs xc004. Upgraded from spinner point 286lc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by sha_cr a Downhiller from Eastbourne

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2009

Strengths:    very light weight and durable I can not fault it

Weaknesses:    none it has worked brilliantly for me

Bottom Line:   
absolutly excelent cannot fault them

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Favorite Trail:   Paradise woods

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   chain reaction cycle

Similar Products Used:   dirt jumper 3s, suntour xcm, rock shox dart

Bike Setup:   giant stp, saint cranks, tora forks,

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Nickc711 a Cross Country Rider from sugarloaf pa

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2009

Strengths:    good shock for the money

Weaknesses:    I had this shock back in the shop about 5 times,the oring kept blowing out in the bottom of the shock,RS completly replaced it once then just sent parts to rebuild it, my local bike shop got sick of rebuilding it, as rockshox did not pay for labor!

Bottom Line:   
This shock is good when it is not leaking,but that is not very often! Rockshox is a pain in the *** to deal with too! I dont think i will ever buy another rockshox product after this experience! O and my friend had the same shock and the same exact thing happened to him! This bike was just used for normal trail riding too! It seem rockshox is on a slippery slope to making crappy shox!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   dutch wheelman bike

Similar Products Used:   recon xc race


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wickerman1 a Weekend Warrior from Richmond, Bc, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2009

Strengths:    Very solid, no flex, great dampening, travel adjustments,also has vee brake boss option which seems rare these days, looks

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
It seems that Rock Shox has come a long way from what they were. I had an old Judy which was a nightmare, and also a Psylo which was not too user friendly.
This is not top of the line fork, but for its price, has a lot to offer, it is strong, no flex, fantastic dampening,travel adjust from 130 to 100.
I ride mostly xc and it serves me more then well. The fork also is not a heavy pig like most forks in this price range.
This fork is not intended for big drops or dirt jumping, so if you write a review saying it is junk and exploded after a 4ft to flat, then your review isn't valid because you used the fork beyond it's intended purpose.

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Favorite Trail:   Delta Watershed

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $225.00

Purchased At:   Krusty's Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Minute, Marzocchi Z1 Wedge

Bike Setup:   07 Trek 4300, WTB dual duty wheelset, Shimano LX Hollowtech cranks, Truvativ XR stem Ritchey bar, 31.8 Avid BB5 disc.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by johnsogr a Weekend Warrior from Washington, DC, USA

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2009

Strengths:    Adjustable, lots of travel, lockout, cheap, has v-brake mounts

Weaknesses:    Heavy

Bottom Line:   
Just upgraded to the Tora 302 after 13 years on the original Manitou and what a difference this fork makes. I was pretty limited in my choices of forks because 1. I'm poor and 2. my bike is set up with v-brakes, but I feel like I made the right choice with the Tora 302. We'll see how it lasts through the summer, but so far so good.

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Favorite Trail:   Fountainhead

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   blueskycycling.com

Similar Products Used:   Manitou

Bike Setup:   1996 Trek 8500 with updated components

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by stringcatt a Weekend Warrior from Sc CA

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2009

Strengths:    weight, travel and lockout

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
130mm of travel works great on rough DH plus the lockout can lower the front on tough climbs...no wheelies

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Favorite Trail:   may canyon 3n64

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   the gettin' place

Similar Products Used:   rockshok judy

Bike Setup:   motobecane

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Benny a Weekend Warrior from Australia

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2009

Strengths:    Strong with nice fat leg tubes. Easy preload and effective rebound damping

Weaknesses:    rebound damping can make a reasonably loud sucking noise but its easy to get used to and works well. Only just enough preload for my liking, but I am 6'5" and weigh 105kg and like a relativly firm fork. In any case it has a good handlebar mounted lockout. No real weaknesses.

Bottom Line:   
Honest reliable fork for my hard tail off road commuter. Well done Rockshox.

5 flamin' chillies rating from me - given its purpose and price.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   OnyaBike on a giant

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Minute 1, old skool (1997 model) RST

Bike Setup:   Giant Alias with Rockshox Tora 302 coil w/PopLoc & custom graphics. 24inch frame!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Holdsy a Cross Country Rider from Australia

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2009

Strengths:    Seems to be a good all travel is working well ...but it is a new shock!! will see in 6 months

Weaknesses:    none as yet

Bottom Line:   
will come back in 6 months

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Favorite Trail:   Eagle Mountain

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Came on Giant Alias

Bike Setup:   Giant Alias

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