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
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.