Manitou Marvel Pro 100/120mm ForkWhen 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.
ABSOLUTE+ WITH LOCKOUT
THRU AXLE: HEX LOCK QR15
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 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 friction, common in traditional air system; the science of smooth!
|Travel Options||100 or 120|
|Bottom Out||Rubber Bumper|
|Steerer||Aluminum Tapered or 1-1/8|
|Crown||Forged Deep Bore Hollow Crown|
|Crown Finish||Color Matched|
|Compression Damping||TPC Technology Absolute+ XC Stack|
|Rebound Damping||Cartridge TPC|
|Adjustments||Air Compression to Lockout, Rebound|
|Leg Material||7050 Butted AL|
|Axle||9mm or QR15|
|Crown to Axle||472 / 479|
|Listed Manitou Weight||3.5 lbs / 1589g, 3.67lbs / 1666 (Trail)|
I have used some lower end forks like RS Recon, RS Reba dual air, and Fox Float. My favorite of those was the Reba DA. The Marvel Pro is more plush than all of those. It feels stiffer than the RS forks as well. Lock out is very solid, unlike the RS slight movement. I only docked a star because i'm not sure how hard the service will be since i have yet to do it. Either way, this fork is easily worth more than it costs. For XC riding, the performance is hard to beat by forks twice this price.