2012 Magura Suspension - Well Fork Me

I know, here we are not even half the way into 2011 and already it's all about the 2012 components, seems not matter where I look there's some shiny new 2012 components tempting me. But to be honest it's not really for me, or even for you, it's all about the bike manufacturers, it's generating interest to ensure they know what we may want on our 2012 bikes when we turn up at the shops cash in hand.


German gurus Magura offer a wide range of suspension forks and for 2012 they have introduced a new adjustable travel model they have dubbed Lift Select. Simply flip a toggle lever atop the fork and compress the fork (or continue to ride and hit a bump or two) – and the travel will lower by 40mm. To return to full travel, toggle the lever back to the original position, and un-weight the fork. Viola. Lift Select can also be actuated via an optional handlebar remote control.

Also for 2012 Magura have focused on weight, so internal changes see aluminium replacing steel on damping assemblies and switching from oil-bath to grease lubrication on bushings has brought weight down 20 grams.

Magura made some tweaks to update the performance of their DLO (Dynamic Lockout) compression damping circuit and they now call it DLO2. The new DLO2 functions similarly to the previous DLOplus in that the lock-out is dynamic and while "on" allows the fork to sink into it's recommended "sag" under the riders weight and also have full negative travel to follow the terrain.

The way DLO2 works is by having a tiny pin hole in the base shim (at the bottom of the compression damping shim stack) which allows the fork oil to pass through the hole and sag the fork under rider weight. But the hole is too small to allow rapid movement of oil due to an impact (hitting a bump). Under impact, the DLO2 is bypassed, and the normal compression damping circuit (shim stack) kicks into action. Magura explained this dynamic effect by analogy: if your open hand in a pool of water and as you slowly lower your hand, you notice zero resistance; but if you quickly and forcefully push your hand downward, then the resistance is prominent and obvious.

Magura offers their 32mm stanchion Thor fork in 140mm or 150mm travel, with 15mm through-axle only.

Magura also continues to offer optional "Albert Select" which provides externally-user-adjustable compression damping, with or without a handlebar remote lever, for those who'd prefer additional tune-ability.

2012 Magura Forks Specs:
Thor
Weight: from 1750g
Travel options: 140 or 150mm
Dropouts: 15mm through-axle only
Damping: DLO2
Available Options: Lift Select, remote lever, Albert Select damping

Durin SL
Weight: from 1299g
Travel options: 80, 100 or 120mm
Dropouts: 9mm
Damping: Albert SL
Available Options: remote lever
 
Durin Race
Weight: from 1380g
Travel options: 80, 100 or 120mm
Dropouts: 9mm
Damping: DLO2
Available Options: Lift Select, remote lever
 
Durin X
Weight: from 1690g
Travel options: 80, 100 or 120mm
Dropouts: 9mm
Damping: DLO2
Available Options: remote lever
 
Menja
Weight: from 1635g
Travel options: 85 or 100mm
Dropouts: 9mm
Damping: DLO2
Available Options: remote lever

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