2012 Magura Durin Marathon Review

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Magura Durin recap

Pros:

  • Torsional stiffness
  • Ridiculously superior progressive travel characteristics you normally see in much longer travel forks
  • Distinctive good looks
  • Plush; you get the full 120mm travel
  • Easy to maintain
  • Easy to tune

Cons:

  • Bit of a pain to get the front wheel on and off with the safety dropouts (yes – I’m reaching for something negative to say)

See the Magura site for more information about specifications.  The MSRP for the Magura Durin in the tested 2012 model (fixed travel, non taper steer, Albert Select compression option) is US $799 ($ 839 with lockout) or $965 and $1000 CAD respectively.

Video of the Magura Durin in action

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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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