Magura took its Thor trail fork and made it better with improved mid-stroke compression damping to keep the bike level under braking with a new lubrication strategy and full-circumference slider bushings. The short-travel Durin line is expanded to include a range travel and axle choices, presumably to capitalize on Magura's strong showing with that fork in World Cup races. On the subject of affordability, Magura launched the MT2 disc brake, which shares many of the carbon composite features of the top-of-the-line $368 USD MT8 full-carbon system, but at only $104 USD per side.Thor 150 Lift Select Fork:
Not the first name that comes to mind in the crowded 150-millimeter, single-crown fork field, but Magura should be. The Thor 150 deserves the attention of any hard-charging trail rider. Its dual-arch slider is stiff enough to take on the single-arch, through-axle competition, and now with the addition of a 15-millimeter Maxle Lite, through-axle system, Thor could earn best-in-class stiffness among all 32-millimeter-stanchion forks. Thor 150 Lift Select is travel-adjustable in two steps to 120-millimeters, and the crown-mounted dial can be operated by hand, or be rigged remotely via a handlebar mounted cable control. The fork crown has the cable stop built in. Albert Select 2 compression damping has better mid-range performance and can be locked out should the rider prefer such a feature. Thor 150 Lift Select sells for $939 USD and weighs a reported 1825 grams. The fixed-travel Thor 150 Fix weighs 1675 grams and sells for $899 USD.
Thor 150 Lift Select details: (from top)
The blue and gold Albert Select dials control compression and lockout, while the black Lift Select dial switches travel from 150mm to 120mm • Magura calls it DAD for dual-arch design, but all you have to know is that it delivers a super rigid feel in torsion • Magura chose the Maxle Lite 15mm through-axle system for the Thor and post-type brake caliper mounts which fit seven-inch rotors. Durin XC Fork Range
Magura's Durin cross-country/trail range has been expanded to five models with travel options from 80 millimeters to 120 millimeters - including a Durin Race with Lift Select, travel-adjust from 90 to 120 millimeters. The lightest of the five is the Durin SL, at 1299 grams in the quick release, 9mm axle option. Weights and prices are as follows: Durin SL 1299g/$849 - 1650g • Durin Race - 1380g/$839 • Durin Race 120 Fix - 1520g/$879 • Durin Race LIft Select 120 - 1650g/$899 • Durin X - 1690g/$699.MT2 Affordable Disc Brake
Based upon its fiber-reinforced molded 'Carbotecture' master cylinder/lever body, Magura's MT2 disc brake system hits a low 343-grams-per-wheel weight with an unheard of price of 104 dollars US. The lever blade and handebar clamp are aluminum. The MT2 caliper is a two-piece design instead of a one-piece forging, and it carries forward the top-loading brake pad feature and banjo-swivel hose fitting of its pro-level brothers. Weight is pegged at 345 grams per side. Find more surprises in disc brakes and suspension products at Magura headquarters, and then report back to Pinkbike about the potential of this quality German manufacturer.