It goes up and it goes down. And that’s pretty much it but when it’s done well the rewards offer a freedom to ride whatever you please. But more than this good suspension plays a key part in both a balanced ride dynamic and also in rider fatigue levels on some of the incredibly demanding places we are now able to ride. Get it right and you’ll not get quite so beaten up. It’s all about oil and air management and keeping that stable bike system, and in such matters these forks and dampers are the best in the business – a definite battle of the boffins from Sweden, France and North America. However, even with such high level performers as those we’ve chosen it’s not just the fork or damper, you the rider have a responsibility to work on the dials. Thankfully the base settings on nearly all these units are very good indeed. Work on it and don’t be afraid to get some advice.
The Fox 34 Float is the perfect companion to a mid travel trail mountainbike
Lesser known but certainly not less important. The X Fusion RV1 HLR is truly great DH fork.
Marzocchi 380 C2R2 Ti - an iconic fork that continues to impress
2016 RocShox BoXXer still the staple of DH riders worldwide
Fox 40. The best downhill fork of 2016. Simple as that.
Playing its part in big-hitting 160mm bikes the 2016 Fox 36 is one of the best in class
The 2016 RockShox Monarch Plus is a hard one to beat on value and reliability
Swedish gold. Best damper of 2016 is the Ohlins TTX
The Pike is a reliably impressive fork that never misses a beat
Never too much, never too little, the 2016 Bos Deville is a majestic fork
The 2016 RockShox Lyrik is one for the big hitting mid travel bikes
The 2016 Bos Idylle Rare fork is downhill's smooth operator, never lazy or loose with its travel