2012 Magura Durin Marathon Review

Forks Pro Reviews Video

Lee Lau’s biases

I am 5′ 11″, 160 lbs and have had over 15 years experience riding bikes in North Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler, the Chilcotins and many other areas in B.C. and Alberta. I’ve also made many bike trips to Utah, Washington, Oregon, California and Ontario (for example) so I’ve had some experience biking in a variety of terrain. My bias is towards pedalling up and unlike many people who learned to ride bikes on North Shore trails, I actually enjoy riding (and sometimes bushwhacking) uphill.

I’ve ridden all manner of front suspension. In the xc/trail genre, I’ve owned or had extensive experience with the Rock Shox Reba, F29 and Fox Talas 120.

 

Magura Durin features details such as a nice tidy brake hose holder and post mounts for disc brakes (160mmm disc used here)

 

Setup, installation and Ride impressions

Installation

I would expect nothing less than tight tolerances out of a German made suspension fork. Precision means that the Durin is a breeze to install. An integrated brake cable guide on the lowers is a nice touch for cable routing. The post mount 160mm front rotor I used goes on the Durin without the need to fiddle with adapters. The safety dropouts are a bit finicky and you’ll have to undo your wheel’s quick release quite a bit to get the wheel on/off. It would be nice to see a 20mm option on the Durin. The 2012 version will sport a 15mm quick release but personally I feel that is an unnecessary panacea and would prefer to see either 9mm or 20mm dropouts and view 15mm as a compromise.

Air pressure valve on the top of the left leg and a handy-dandy air pressure chart on the bottom of that same leg (not pictured) makes getting initial settings a snap.

 

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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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