Manitou Marvel Expert 100mm/120mm Fork

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Manitou Marvel Expert 100mm/120mm Fork

When you name a fork Marvel, the fork better be marvelous. Manitou did not disappoint with this fork. At 100mm of travel, this fork is a fierce fighter in the XC/ light trail category. Put this on your high end XC frame and be amazed at the difference it will make. Manitou did not just want to make an excellent fork; they wanted to make a statement to the rest of the industry. Not only are bike frames changing but components including forks are too. You'll notice some striking architectural features on the Marvel including the crown design.

TPC (Twin Piston Chamber) is a shim-based damper that uses two independently adjustable pistons: one optimized for rebound, the other for compression. TPC is a low-pressure, high-volume system which prevents cavitation (which leads to compression spikes and stiffening) and heat-related problems. Compared to the Absolute damper, TPC is always active. A fork equipped with TPC damping will soak up even the slightest impacts. The benefit of TPC is that it allows precise control of the fork's compression damping rate. As a result, the fork can be tuned to make the fullest use of its travel while minimizing bottom-outs. Forks equipped with TPC dampers have a compression adjustment dial on the top of the right leg and a rebound adjustment dial at the bottom of the right leg. The effect of these adjustments can be easily observed when the bike is at rest and the fork is compressed.

Absolute is a platform-style damper. This means that the fork can be set to remain rigid until a certain impact threshold is exceeded. The benefit is pedaling efficiency. As proponents of rigid forks will attest, suspension has the potential to diminish pedaling efficiency by compressing the fork rather than propelling the bike forward. In the open position, the Absolute damper acts much like TPC, absorbing even slight impacts. By introducing a bit of damping platform, a rider can get the benefit of suspension without the penalty of wasted energy. In the second and third positions, the Absolute damper resists pedal bob and brake dive on smooth terrain, yet still allows the fork to move through its travel over most bumps. In the fourth and fifth positions, the fork remains rigid during most out-of-the-saddle sprints or climbs, at the expense of some harshness over washboard and rooty trails. In the sixth position, the Absolute damper locks out the suspension for everything but a major, abrupt impact, like suddenly running into a rock or log. Forks equipped with the Absolute damper have a platform adjustment dial on the top of the right leg and a rebound adjustment dial on the bottom of the right leg. The platform adjuster has a total of six positions ranging from completely open (no platform) to completely closed. The dial can be turned from one extreme to the other in about 1/3 of a turn, for easy on-bike adjustment. The effect of the various platform settings is more apparent at speed than when the bike is at rest.

  • Rebound
  • Compression to Lockout
  • ISO Air
  • Forged Deep Bore Hollow Crown
  • TPC Technology
  • Absolute+ XC Stack
  • Adjustable Detented TPC

Technological Features


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


  • Stiffer, Stronger, Lighter. The 1.5 Tapered steerer standard improves your bike's handling and responsiveness


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

    ISO Air is Manitous' new 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 un-sprung 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 friction, common in traditional air system; the science of smooth!

    • New spring system combines the benefits of MARS and TS Air
    • Isolation system reduces felt vibration from high frequency/ low amplitude bumps
    • New air piston design
    • Easy setup and service


    Model Marvel Expert
    Travel Options 100 or 120
    Spring ISO Air
    Spring Rate NA
    Bottom Out Rubber Bumper
    Steerer Options 1.5" Aluminum Taper
    Crown Forged Deep Bore Hollow Crown
    Crown Finish Color Matched
    Offset 41mm
    Compression Damping TPC Technology Absolute+ XC Stack
    Rebound Damping Adjustable Detented TPC
    Adjustments Air Compression to Lockout, Rebound
    Leg Diameter 32mm
    Leg Material 7050 Butted AL
    Wheel Size 26"
    Brake Post Mount
    Axle 9mm, QR15
    Crown to Axle 472 / 478
    Listed Manitou Weight 3.8 lbs / 1725g

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    Q: Is this fork disc brake only?

    A: Yes this fork is for disc brakes only

    Q: Does this fork works with a Specialized Hardrock 2008, 26 inch. Front Derailleur is SRAM x.7 Axle type: Quick release, Axle diameter: 9mm

    A: This fork will not fit your Hardrock since this fork is tapered and your Hardrock can only accept 1 1/8" straight steerer tubes.

    Q: Will this fit a 2008 kona blast?

    A: Unfortunately, this fork will not fit your 2008 Kona Blast as it is a tapered fork and your frame can only take straight (1 1/8") forks.

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    good value and great performance - Apr 15, 2015

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    4 out of 5 stars
    saskatoon, SK

    Got the Marvel Comp on my 2014 Norco Revolver. I wasn't anticipating great performance from a fork at this price point. Boy, was I wrong! It's easy to set up, simple to maintain and performs like a fork at twice the price.

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