Magura Durin R100 Raceline suspension fork review£704.00

Tall and tight race tuned stroke

BikeRadar score2.5/5

The Raceline is a limited edition (600 only) version of Magura’s Durin Race 100 fork. Their signature sharp-edged double brace looks clean but there are no screw-through axle options. This means twist strength isn’t great, but fore/aft stiffness on the trail is better.

The stroke is race tuned, in that it stays tall and tight without morale-sapping bob. The DLO (Dynamic Lockout) retains top-end movement when locked too. Hit a rocky trail or set of steps and it sucks them up pretty well before regaining composure quickly. The small rebound knob tunes from fast enough to super-slow and there’s less dive and temperature sensitivity than last year.

Rebound still needs backing off if it’s below zero and the fork bottoms out 7mm short of the claimed 100mm. The remote lockout lever is stiff even when new and the clamp is tall and vulnerable in a crash. Reliability is solid otherwise, but the price is high.

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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