Magura Durin Marathon fork review£619.00

Reliable 120mm-travel fork

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Despite its light weight, the double-braced Durin Marathon chassis tracks well on the trail and it’ll take a 210mm brake rotor. It’s a shame there’s no Maxle option like the 140mm Thor though, because that would make it a really tight technical fork.

Valving and oil changes for 2010 mean more obvious compression control and it doesn’t choke on freezing rides like the old ones did either. You can adjust low-speed compression damping and threshold on the soft dynamic lockout with its pull-up top cap actuation, and there’s the option of remote control 80-120mm travel adjust too.

It still takes patience and precision to find the air pressure sweet spot between reasonable smoothness over small stuff and sudden braking dive. But we do like the box on the leg decal where you can note your favoured pressures once you’ve found them.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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