Review, photos and videos by Lee Lau
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.
- 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)
- 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.