2012 Magura Durin Marathon Review

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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

 

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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