Magura has long been known for their brake technologies, but the past few years they've also forged a name for themselves in the suspension world. They invited us to the desert trails around Sedona, Arizona this week to check out their newest wares, and put them to the test on some of the rockiest trails we know of.
Chill out Hop-along, I know the trail:
Our guest trail guide for the week was none other than Daryl Roberts, the founder of Form Cycles. Form is a custom titanium bike company based right in Sedona, so they get to ride these fantastic trails every day. Daryl's Prevail 29er was equipped with a full Magura kit, but only one gear. The locals in Sedona tend to prefer simple and durable setups for their personal rides.
Our test sled:
This S-Works Stumpjumper proved to be a perfect match for the rocky yet strenuous trails around Sedona. The big wheels are a big help on the stair-step-style slickrock sections. This test bike was outfitted with just about as much Magura hardware as it could take, including their TS8 fork and MT6 brakes.
The crown jewel:
The TS8 29er fork is now available in a longer travel version, which is sure to make trail riders smile. The new long-travel TS8 comes stock with 140 millimeters of travel, but is also internally adjustable all the way up to 150 millimeters. Magura's new chassis sports their classic dual-arch design for stiffness. The internals are kept lubricated with a silicone grease to keep smooth and buttery, especially on small bumps and trail chatter.
It's all in the details:
Rather than building complicated and difficult to adjust suspension components, Magura chooses to do their research first, and make a product that's easy to set up, and even easier to ride. The oil-cartridge style DLO3 damper features a simple, 3-position compression adjustment that's very ergonomic and easy to activate. The three settings are simply open, firm, and locked out. Magura's M15 axle is a smart take on a quick to use 15-millimeter axle. It houses a T25 tool that can not only be used for removing the front wheel, but can also be helpful for adjusting lots of other bolts on the rest of the bike.
The popular MT series of brakes remain unchanged for the upcoming season. They've garnered great acceptance from companies like Specialized and Cannondale as a lightweight brake that can actually hold up to the rigors of racing and trail riding. When big companies need a brake that just, plain, works, they call Magura
More from Germany:
Vredestein is now distributed by Magura USA, and re-gaining popularity in the mountain bike world as a result. They're releasing two new tire models with several different versions for 26-inch, 27.5-inch, and 29-inch bikes. The Black Panther tires feature a slightly more aggressive tread pattern, while the Spotted Cat is lower profile and faster rolling.
Perfect escape route:
If you're thinking about a trip to Sedona for riding, the Red Agave resort is our only choice for lodging. The trails literally start from the front door of your condos. Check them out here
Watch out for this stuff:
Arizona trails are littered with plants that will rip holes in your skin. You've been warned.
The best is yet to come:
While we can't say anything about it just yet, Magura is working on some very incredible projects that are sure to be game changers. Keep your eyes peeled to the upcoming pages of Mountain Bike Action for the rest of the Skunkworks projects we saw.