Magura MD100R Durin Race fork review£619.00

Light but still tight

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Magura’s basic race fork is a seriously light and stiff performer that dips under the magic 1,500g mark. The full-size 32mm stanchions and double fore and aft wheelhugger braces mean there’s no compromise in steering or braking stiffness.

Add a tight suspension stroke and the Race feels accurate and responsive whether you're cornering hard or cross threading ruts. It’ll even take a 210mm brake rotor.

The air pressure needs setting up carefully to get adequate small bump response without blowing through its travel, but compression control is much better than on last year’s model.

The DLO+ lockout gives a few millimetres of movement to help traction, which is a bonus on steep, turning climbs or flat corners. Mud room is better than it looks, and a clip for the brakes and a guide noodle for the lockout cable keep things tidy.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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