And if it has some play, perhaps consider tightening the headset to remove it.
When you lock out your front forks should there be any play, if so how much should there be.The thing is I went to try out a rockrider 8.1 today and there seemed to be a lot of play when you locked out.
Cheers for the replies, i should have said travel rather then play. 97th choice it was as you say whacking the bars up and down while still, not riding. Being new to all this i thought there might be a little travel when locked but 8.1 forks seemed more then a little.