Setup & the re-designed air-spring
Setup is also relatively easy. An air pressure chart conveniently stickered on the left fork leg presents recommended settings. As with my previous experience with Magura forks (namely Thor) I run a bit more pressure than usually recommended although I stuck with recommended compression (60psi of air spring; 6 clicks of compression in). I will note that small changes in the air spring resulted in large differences in how the fork felt so do not feel afraid to experiment.
Rebound adjustments make a good deal of difference on the Durin so again, do not hesitate to fiddle with rebound adjustments. Compression adjustments via the gold Albert Select (AS) knob also make a lot of difference with a few twists of the dial. The DLO locks out your fork for climbing roads or smooth surfaces. There’ll be a little bit of give when DLO is engaged so you won’t be riding an entirely rigid fork but as soon as you go downhill you’ll be quickly reminded that DLO is engaged as small bump compliance will be basically nil.
My minor quibble is that the anodized knurled aluminium knobs are a bit hard to turn and are also hard on the fingers if you’re bare-handed so making adjustments while you’re riding along is not that easy. The fix to this is to ensure that you adjust your fork before you ride!
Compression damping curves for Magura Durin. A few turns on that gold knob makes quite a difference!
Setup & the re-designed air-spring (cont’d)
According to Magura, the 2012 Durin uses a far more progressive air spring than previous Durin’s. This is accomplished by:
- reducing the air spring chamber in size and volume so the spring curve rate is more progressive (see graph below – damper/spring force increases as the fork reaches the end of its travel. Conversely spring force is low at the initial rate of travel.)
- the compression stack has been re-valved so that the Durin stays higher in its travel and resists diving under a rider’s weight
Accordingly this years Magura Durin has increased small bump sensitivity while riding higher in its travel. The plushness of initial travel does not negatively affect the progressiveness of the fork’s travel through mid-stroke and the ramp-up of spring rate at the bottom of travel. This translates into a fork that eats up small hits, supports the rider in medium hits, resists blowing through travel as it uses up all its travel and resists diving through all its useable travel when diving into a steep section or under heavy braking. If this sounds too good to be true read on and see the pictures and video…
Rampaging North Shore singletrack while testing the Magura Durin