Benji tests an all mountain fork from X-Fusion that promises a lot – but does it deliver?
Jonny’s verdict on 160mm of golden legged, vulpine air travel for big hitting duties..
This fork arrived too late for inclusion in Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine issue 58′s XC fork group test. So here it is online as promised…
Standing in the queue for the bike-park gondola I compared my Solo Air to a triple-clamp fork on someone else’s late 90’s downhill bike. With 35mm stanchions the single crown Lyric made the other fork look weedy. To have a fork that is as strong as Popeye, literally bulging in the fork lowers to accommodate big bushings, while staying relatively light (2313g) is just fantastic.
Looking around at the number of dedicated XC forks you’d be forgiven for thinking fork manufacturers had decided that the market was dead and that we all need 160mm forks on all our bikes. Admittedly the need for 80mm forks isn’t what it was so it’s nice when someone, in this case Magura, comes along and makes one. And does a good job of it too.