2012 Magura Durin Marathon Review

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The Durin is well matched to a light bike. But the light bike must also be stiff. I stuck it on a Rocky Mountain Element 2007 which is on a bit of the portly side for a light xc type of ride at 26lbs. I did not miss the travel adjust and the Durin replaced a Fox Talas 100/120mm travel fork which I almost always rode in the higher setting.

The Durin revealed my bike’s shortcomings. Once stiff, my Element has now reached venerable floppy status after 4 years of hard use in challenging terrain. The Durin’s stiffness and precision in tracking through technical rock and root gardens contrasted with the wandering somewhat flexy end of my poor used/abused Rocky. If downhillers bought 120mm front forks, I would go as far as to say that the Magura Durin is a downhiller’s xc fork. At the risk of losing journalistic objectivity, the Durin was remarkable in its ability to resist torsional flexing and I frequently had to remind myself that I was “only” on a 120mm travel fork as I would nose into steeps, careen into terrible run-outs and heave on the bars to unweight and throw the front end to a new direction. Of course, the Magura Durin is by no means a free-ride fork and I obviously found its limits when pushing big terrain. However, within its useable envelope (and again I stress that Durin’s useable range is much much greater than one would expect out a short-ish travel front fork) the Magura Durin is a stiff, predictable, instrument of trail dissection. Once the Magura Durin is tuned to one’s own proclivities, it’s attributes of not suffering fromĀ excessive brake dive and excellent progressive travel characteristics also make the Durin exceptionally capable in fast terrain where a fork is subjected to multiple hits.

In short, the Magura Durin is the best fork I’ve had the privilege of using in this class. It is ridiculously stiff; has meaningful compression adjustments; small bump sensitivity; resists diving; and ability to handle multiple fast small hits.

For reference, I used the fork on Vancouver’s North Shore but mainly on the more xc trails; in Squamish and in Whistler (on the valley trails, not the bikepark).

The Durin handled a technical move dropping down multiple root balls followed by an immediate hard turn without deflecting. Definitely not a XC noodle for glorified bike paths.

The Durin’s DLO aids when climbing; although for this rocky rather technical climb I relied on the Durin’s ability to sit high in its travel and did not engage DLO

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.


  • 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:


    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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