Review | Formula Selva R – The most adjustable fork there is?

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David rides the highly adjustable Formula Selva R fork. Will he get tweak fatigue, or find his perfect setting for every trail?

A little under three years ago, I first rode Formula’s 35 fork. At the time, it was the best fork I’d ever ridden, and has remained a favourite. In particular, due to a small negative coil spring at the bottom of the air spring, it had exceptional small bump compliance, which translates into greater accuracy. Formula hasn’t slouched since, and the Selva R is an up to date, super-tunable air fork originally developed from the same internals as the 35.

  • Price
    • Fork: £1210.
    • CTS valves: £48 individually, £183 for pack of all seven valves with tool.
  • Weight: 1936g
Formula Selva R
160mm setting

The three most obvious changes to the design for the Formula Selva R, are: The negative spring is now an adjustable air spring rather than a coil spring, they’ve introduced more valves for their CTS compression damping system; and lastly, they’ve introduced foam Neopos volume spacers. If any of that’s baffling for you, don’t worry, we’ll get into it below.

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Review Info

Brand:Formula
Product:Selva R
From:rideformula.com/cat/mountain-bike/
Price:Fork: £1210. CTS valves: £48 invidually, £183 for pack of all seven valves with tool.
Tested:by David Hayward for 3 months

David Hayward

Singletrack Contributor

David started mountain biking in the 90’s, by which he means “Ineptly jumping a Saracen Kili Racer off anything available in a nearby industrial estate”. After growing up and living in some extremely flat places, David moved to Yorkshire specifically for the mountain biking. This felt like a horrible mistake at first, because the hills are so steep, but you get used to them pretty quickly.

Previously, David trifled with road and BMX, but mountain bikes always won. He’s most at peace battering down a rough trail, quietly fixing everything that does to a bike, or trying to figure out if that one click of compression damping has made things marginally better or worse. The inept jumping continues to this day.

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