2012 Magura Durin Marathon Review

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Review, photos and videos by Lee Lau

Introduction:

The 2012 Magura Durin Marathon fork marries lightness, stiffness and performance in a 120mm travel package. Such a light fork (3.45lbs tested) has no business having such incredible downhill ability. Adjustments are simple (the Durin allows compression, preload (via an air-spring, and rebound to be adjusted) and relatively easy to finetune.

Video of the Magura Durin in action Here.

-Summary-

Physical attributes

  • XC//trail air sprung fork
  • Double crown design to add stiffness
  • 32 mm stanchion tubes
  • Standard (and new for 2011) tapered, steerer tube options
  • 9mm safety dropouts (angled forwards 45 degrees)
  • Post-mount brake for 160mm rotors direct-mounted (will take up to 210mm/8.5″ discs; but come on!!!)
  • Total weight: 3.45 lbs. (with standard steerer, no remote lockout, fixed 120mm travel)

Adjustability

  • No height adjustment in tested fork (fixed 120mm travel)
  • Rebound adjustment on lower right leg
  • Albert Select+ compression adjustment on right leg (Improved shim configuration for more low-speed compression – therefore less fork dive without compromising plushness)
  • DLO/Dynamic Lockout option – one twist of the blue knob on the right leg and your fork is locked out for all but a smidgen of travel.; for roadrides to trailhead I suppose
  • Air sprung adjustment on left leg

Note that there is a height-adjustable Durin with an option for a remote control lever (RCL) option mounted on the handlebar

 



Well-used Magura Durin after some 30 days of riding – uppers feature the distinctive double arch which make for a stiff fork. An air – valve on top of this left leg (not pictured)sets the air spring; I played around with air spring settings and eventually set my air spring at about 5psi more than recommended by Magura.

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About the author: Lee Lau

Lee Lau calls North Vancouver and Whistler BC home. He's had over 15 years experience riding bikes mainly in western North America and in Europe. Unlike many people who learned to ride bikes on North Shore trails, he actually enjoys riding (and sometimes bushwhacking) uphill.


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  • Yogiprophet says:

    Great writeup and video leel. You could really see the action of the fork.
    Sweet looking trails too. What trail(s) were you riding?

  • leel says:

    yogi – I rode Kill Me Thrill Me, Young Lust and parts of Comfortably Numb in the video.

    In most of the pictures I rode portions of the North Shore Bike Fest Marathon XC route.

    Thanks!

  • Brian Mullin says:

    I am also bummed about the 15mm stuff, and it appears that anything below 160mm of travel gets 15mm, and 160mm and greater gets the 20mm.

  • FER says:

    I could help but notice that the “2011″ fork you tested has a sticker that says 2012. It seems you actually tested the 2012 model.

  • RG says:

    Brake dive is a problem in the MY2010 forks, but the weight and stiffness are incredible. Getting the wheel out of the dropouts is a big pain in the butt, worse than the author alludes to.

    I had some harmonic vibration in the 2010 platform dampening system which may keep me from buying another fork of the same brand.

    I’d recommend to others none-the-less.

  • leel says:

    FER – thanks for the correction. That was my mistake and a big one. I’ll correct to state its the 2012 fork

  • Patrick M Dalessio says:

    I have rode both comfortably numb and thrill me/kill me. Awesome trails. BC has some of the best riding. Rossland, Revelstoke, Nelson, Golden. Canadians are very lucky. I rode Whitehorse in the Yukon last year, also Carcross. The riding out there is superb! Who would have thought?

  • nickh says:

    i don’t get why they don’t just use a 15mm axle. quicker and stiffer and can be just as light. (don’t forget the axle on a 9mm system is built into the wheel whereas the 15 system the axle and qr are all in one).

  • LeeL says:

    Nick,

    The good news is that next year it will be a 15mm qr for the Durin. The bad news is that it won’t be a 20mm axle

  • LeeL says:

    I meant to say – for future model years. Ie for 2013 and onward – Durin will be a 15mm axle

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