Sea Otter: Magura

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The cold, snowy winter in the Swabian Alps has kept Magura’s engineers busy and producing more products, new graphics and all sorts of stuff.

Starting first with the new 2011 Magura Durin fork. It features new internals, which includes higher compression damping (the only thing we could fault their 2010 forks on) to stop the fork being too linear or divey on repeated hits or on slow, technical step downs. This also has the benefit of letting you run lower pressures for greater sensitivity. It also has a smaller air chamber than before, giving a bit more ramp-up at the end of the stroke.

New internal 'no more poking your finger with cable strands' remote cable mounting.
New graphics, new Durin SL. Weight for the 80mm version will be 1350g
Travel will go up to 120mm. Neat new Magura logo too there.

The new Durin will come in 80, 100 and 120mm lengths and will appear late in 2010.

Now on to Magura’s venerable rim brakes. The HS33 has been THE trials brake for years, but it’s also been a great brake for touring bikes, road tandems and anything that needs a powerful rim brake. The new HS33 features a two or four finger lever, a split clamp for flip/flop brake swapping and easy installation, a pad wear adjustment and an easy-bleed system. You can also get different colours to match your bike.

The new HS33 (now shown with correct graphics)
The HS11 - you'll see a huge number of these on Euro-style city bikes next year.

And now on to disc brakes. The Marta used to be Magura’s superlight XC brake, but ended up being used by everyone from weight-weenies to downhillers. It’s Freeride Lite – in that it’s light, but you can also use it for freeriding. The new Marta FR, below, comes in this smart scruffed-up ‘grunge green’ look, with white hoses and with the new Storm SL (super light) rotor with either 203 or 180mm diameter.

The chunky looks belie a rather svelte weight.
Neato new Magura Marta FR
In Grunge Green - subtle enough to match most bikes.

Oh, and finally, there’s something big (and secret) that Magura is planning and they would only tell us to watch this countdown

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Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (6)

    Thank god, decent graphics on those expensive forks at last, lets hope they say on better after 10 washes

    The HS33 may have been great for road tandems, tourers and most recently should be seeing a resurgence on cross bikes, but…..

    The road levers have been out of production for many years and fetch megabucks on ebay – how about quizzing Maugra about that one?

    “Weight for the 80g version”

    I’ll have the 80g version please.

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