Magura Durin Marathon 120 fork review£704.00

120mm of lightweight bounce

BikeRadar score2/5

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.

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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