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 from 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