Technology

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Reverse Arch

Reverse Arch

Manitou suspension forks feature our patented Reverse Arch design.  This not only sets us apart from the rest, but also incorporates several unique advantages: seal protection, ideal brake house routing, and more compact and efficient use of material.

Reverse Arch Advantages and Misconceptions

Reverse Arch Video

Thru Axle: Hexlock QR15

Thru Axle: Hexlock QR15

Our patented system provides superior torsional stiffness with a Hex Lock axle and possibly the quickest install in the industry with 1/4 turn lock and tool-free set-and-forget tension adjust.

Use Video
HEXLOCK Installation Video

Hexlock Thru Axle

Hexlock Thru Axle

Our patented hex axle locks the lower legs in place, eliminating rotation around the axle. This provides unsurpassed stiffness in a burly, no-gimmick 20mm axle system. US Patent #6, 412, 803.

Thru Axle: Hexlock SL

Thru Axle: Hexlock SL

We’ve simplified our hexagonal QR axle design and achieved an even lower weight. Designed with XC and Enduro racing in mind, HexLock SL is simple… yet refined.

Hexlock SL Installation Video

1.5 Tapered Steerer

1.5 Tapered Steerer

Stiffer. Stronger. Lighter. The tapered steerer standard improves your bike’s handling and responsiveness.

MILO: Manitou Integrated Remote Lockout

MILO: Manitou Integrated Remote Lockout

Manitou’s remote lockout lever featuring separate thumb-operated lock and release buttons allows riders to place it anywhere on the bar without compromising access to shifters or brake levers.

Hollow Crown

Hollow Crown

Overall fork weight reduction. Fork design application. Optimal system stiffness to yield U.S. Patent #6,095,542.

Semi-bath with Evil Genius Seals

Semi-bath with Evil Genius Seals

Semi-bath lubrication and Evil Genius seals have proven to dramatically increase the durability and service life of our forks. High quality Evil Genius seals, originally developed for motorcycle suspension, decrease stiction and keep fluids inside the legs where they belong.

Dorado Air

Dorado Air

Our lightest weight spring technology with all aluminum construction.

Expert Air

Expert Air

Identical performance to Dorado Air, with high strength steel shaft.

ISO Air

ISO Air

ISO Air is Manitou’s isolation air spring technology. It captures some of our MARS Air System’s benchmark plushness and puts it into an efficient cross-country package. We’ve essentially created a compliant link between the unsprung lower half of the fork and the air piston. The result is a system that isolates the rider from harshness on small, square-edged bumps produced by seal drag, or stiction, common in traditional air systems; the science of smooth!

Manitou Air Response System (MARS) Air

Manitou Air Response System (MARS) Air

Our tried and true MARS system is a hybrid air/coil positive spring for an amazingly supple and active overall feel. The most tuneable systems allow all portions of the curve to be individually tuned.

Travel Stabilization (TS) Air

Travel Stabilization (TS) Air

This proven system is easy to set up and handles any weight with excellent control.

ACT Air

ACT Air

Atmospherically Controlled Tuning: Utilizes air to set preload/sag for wide range of users.

Dorado TPC+ 4-dimensional Compression Damping

Dorado TPC+ 4-dimensional Compression Damping

  • Velocity dependant circuit responds to the terrain
  • Pressure dependant circuit flattens the bumps
  • Energy dependant circuit activates on big hits while providing unmatched small bump sensitivity
  • Position dependant circuit creates a bottomless feel
Hydraulic Bottom-Out (HBO)

Hydraulic Bottom-Out (HBO)

HBO is a separate damping circuit controlling the very end of compression stroke, typically the final 30mm of travel.

MC2 HBO circuit adds a trail tunable function as opposed to a fixed HBO found in Comp level Forks

MC2

MC2

MC2 provides a range of blow-off thresholds to satisfy any requirement with separate high-speed and low-speed adjustments.

Variable Terrain Tune (VTT)

Variable Terrain Tune (VTT)

Variable Terrain Tune offers independent and high-speed shims stacks with a single knob.

Kwik Toggle

Kwik Toggle

Based on our Absolute Plus compression damper, Kwik Toggle achieves on-off lockout simplicity in a lightweight, cost-effective package.

Absolute+ with Lockout

Absolute+ with Lockout

  • Tapered needle low speed adjust
  • High speed internally adjustable shim stack
  • Available in a remote lockout version
  • Tuning options for DJ, XC and Trail