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Tech Report, with Matt Pacocha – Magura moves ahead

Two years ago, Magura moved its suspension production out of Holland toBad Urach, Germany, where the company’s brake factory is based. This stepwas taken to ensure greater control over the new suspension fork’s production. The 2008 line will represent the second production model-year to comefrom the new German facility. Once again, it brings Magura a step closerto becoming a major player in the front suspension market. For 2008, Maguraputs its top-level cross-country fork on a radical diet, pairing closeto three quarters of a pound off of its 2007 equivalent. The Durin Race, a completely

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By Matt Pacocha

Stefan Pahl, Magura’s suspension product manager, discusses the new 130mm travel Laurin ML130AM fork.

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Two years ago, Magura moved its suspension production out of Holland toBad Urach, Germany, where the company’s brake factory is based. This stepwas taken to ensure greater control over the new suspension fork’s production.

The 2008 line will represent the second production model-year to comefrom the new German facility. Once again, it brings Magura a step closerto becoming a major player in the front suspension market. For 2008, Maguraputs its top-level cross-country fork on a radical diet, pairing closeto three quarters of a pound off of its 2007 equivalent.

The Durin Race, a completely new cross-country race fork, comes withtwo travel options, 80 or 100mm. The new fork weighs 3.19 or 3.26 pounds,respectively, and drops close to three-quarters of a pound from the four-poundMenja, its closest counterpart from 2007.

 The Durin, $750 in either travel option, features 32mm stanchions,a cold-forged 6082 T6 aluminum crown and a post-mount disc brake attachment.The new fork is set to be a viable competitor to both Fox and RockShoxin materials, construction and weight; but Magura’s Dynamic Lock Out (DLO)is a simple factory set low-speed compression lockout that may not appealto racers looking for an ultra-tunable fork. It may be just perfect, however,for someone looking for a simple, no fuss option.

The back of the left fork leg on all of Magura’s forks sports an air pressure chart and a place to write in yo …

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Magura also unveiled a redesigned Laurin suspension fork, built uponthe current chassis, but offering some nice new features. The new ML130AM(Laurin All Mountain, 130mm, $650) fork builds upon its predecessor, and stillsports IS disc mounts, but now comes with Flight Control on-the-fly traveladjustment. Users have handlebar remotes or fork leg mounted levers thatallow the adjustment of both the platform damping and a 30mm travel adjustment.The remainder of the chassis, along with its Albert Select platform damper,does not change from the 2007 model.

Refresher — Magura Suspension Features
The one feature that ties Magura’s entire suspension fork line togetheris the DAD (Double Arch Design) lower legs. The lowers, with double brakearches, provide a remarkably stiff platform for all of the forks while keepingweight in check.

All of the lowers are made of magnesium and all are approved for 210mmdisc rotors. One close look at the finished product shows that Magura didits homework during the original redesign of its suspension fork line.Clamping surfaces, dropouts and disc brake tabs are all fitted with stainlesssteel inserts to protect the magnesium from galling and subsequent corrosion.

The dropouts are distinctive in shape; Magura calls them a “Safety Dropout.”They are set at a 45-degree angle to the vertical plane. By doing thisall of the rotational force exerted on the hub by a disc brake is transferredinto the dropout rather than requiring the hub’s quick release to manageit.

The Durin has Magura’s Dynamic Lock Out (DLO). The feature locks the fork, but allows a blow off for big hits.

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Magura’s dampers are designed to operate as simply as possible. Thiswas done in an attempt to end the “knob wars,” a term Stefan Pahl, Magura’ssuspension product manager referred to, first given by a German bike magazineconcerning the current trend of manufacturers offering so many adjustmentoptions that many consumers avoid the entire issue and ride, making only veryrare changes.

To counter that, Magura’s current forks simply require adjusting airpressure in the main spring to set the right sag. From there, rebound andthe platform can be adjusted on the trail as needed. “The main conceptwas to make a consumer friendly product with easy setup, one that is all manufactured in Germany,” said Pahl.

Best Known for Brakes — Louise gets overhauled, again
For 2008, Magura once again completely redesigned its Louise brake.The new brake comes with a plethora of options, but the most pertinentnew features are: The Easy Bleed Technology (EBT) a bleed hole that doesn’trequire the removal of the reservoir’s cap during the bleed process. TheHeat Eater inline brake-caliper cooling device is a finned brake line attachment that provides more surface area for air to move over and cool the brake’s fluid. And, finally, the hinged Quick Fit clamp that allows for one-bolt installation and removal of the brake lever without taking grips or shiftersoff. The brake retains the Bite Adjust Technology (BAT), and the Ventidiscrotor, which were both introduced last year.

The new caliper is a clamshell and cast from aluminum. The Heat Eater line attachment is free to pivot 90-degr ...

The new caliper is a clamshell and cast from aluminum. The Heat Eater line attachment is free to pivot 90-degr …

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BAT offers a degree of lever throw adjustment through an external knob.The technology, which is proprietary to Magura, relies on mechanical tensionat the spring loaded brake lever.  BAT does not adjust the system’sinternal oil volume. “It’s a simple mechanical system, so it’s very unlikelyto break or fail; [plus] you don’t interfere with the hydraulics inside,”said Pahl. In addition, the brakes also feature Magura’s standard tooled leverreach adjustment.

Just as last year’s models were offered; the new Louise will be availablein three versions. The most basic, “Louise” ($160) comes with an aluminumlever and composite reservoir cover without BAT. The Louise BAT ($200)comes with an aluminum lever and the BAT adjustment. The top model, LouiseCarbon ($260), comes with carbon lever and BAT.

All three brakes feature a new cast aluminum clamshell post-mount caliper,which uses adaptors to fit different mounting systems and rotor sizes.The clamshell design is needed to incorporate the Heat Eater, which alsoallows the brake line to rotate upwards of 60 degrees. As for casting thecaliper, instead of the past practice of forging it, Magura honestly explainedthat it was done to make Louise’s price more appealing.

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