Well here’s a surprise. Magura, the German suspension fork and disc brake manufacturer, have released their first 29er fork. But that’s not all, as their crystal ball gazing has also prompted them to produce a 650b fork.
Whether 650b is ‘the next big thing’ (which could be difficult as we’re currently in the middle of ‘the next big thing’ with 29ers) or not, Magura are keen to be right there from the beginning, and not miss the boat like they did with the 29in wheel size.
First up, the new 29er suspension fork comprises a selection of forks with travel ranging from 80mm to 120mm, and using the familiar Double Arch Design that is a key part of the forks. A new M15 thru-axle features for the first time on this fork, and offers a 15mm bolt-through, arguably the standard axle size for all but downhill-specific forks. Tapered and standard 1 1/8" steerer tubes will be available.
Magura have developed the M15 for its new 29er forks. It uses a self-retaining thread that allows you to easily tighten the axle using a Torx T25 bolt with a special tool concealed inside the axle. The company says this designed protects the threads against contamination. This system of axle and integrated tool weighs only
An intuitive feature are the Protection Caps at the lower end of the forks. They prevent damage to the drop outs and rebound dial while the wheel is removed. These are fitted to all forks with thru-axles.