The M120 has the same structure as Magura's Durin Race but with longer legs kicking travel out to an alleged 120mm. After getting nowhere near that in testing we checked actual travel with no air in and it’s completely compressed at 111mm.
There’s no through-axle version either, which means lots of steering twist despite the double arch design. Magura have worked on tweaking their suspension and there’s less of the ﬁne pressure tolerance and excess dive of previous versions. It’s better in cold weather too. You still need to be patient with setup to balance small bump response against ride height.
As a result, however much we tweaked we never achieved a conﬁdent feel – just an adequate one. While the small amount of travel left by the DLO damping in the ‘locked’ position is useful for comfort and traction, the tall plastic lockout lever is very crash fragile. This all makes it look very expensive.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.