Manitou Dorado DH 2003 Front Shocks

4.7/5 (20 Reviews)
MSRP : $1699.95

Product Description

Weight: 7.75 lbs
Travel: 180 mm
Damping: TPC+
Adjustments: Rebound, Compression
Lubrication: Semi-Bath with Evil Genius Seals
Spring: Coil
Casting: Inverted Carbon Legs
Stanchions: 30 mm Aluminum
Steerer: Aluminum
Axle: Hex Lock Thru-axle

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pipi cacA a Downhiller from FGHGFJ

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2009

Strengths:    GFHGAD

Weaknesses:    GASFRGFSAD

Bottom Line:   

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Favorite Trail:   BROMONT

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   USED

Similar Products Used:   GFSDAGSA

Bike Setup:   GSAGFDSA

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by vilneff33 a Weekend Warrior from canada

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2008

Strengths:    Wow, theres nothing more i can say, this fork is amazing, i see ppl saying it takes forever to break them in but i bought mine off a DH racer so they were already broke in. i cant bottom them out and if i do, i ahve 2 more hard couls to go in, but i have a soft coil and 2 medium coils in them right now. they are very light due to the CF casings, and there is NO flex in them. the most amazing fork i have ever used,

Weaknesses:    i blew the right seal very quickly and had to ship it out of Ontario because noone replaces manitou seals in ontario

Bottom Line:   
best fork i have ever used in my life, ill never buy anything else,

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Favorite Trail:   anything

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   came on bike. cannod

Similar Products Used:   2003 rock shox boxxer team, amazing fork aswell

Bike Setup:   2004 Cannondale Gemini DH, Manitou Dorado DH, Manitou
6-way Swinger

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Zach from Barrie

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2007

Strengths:    so smooth and plush, bottomless travel havn't yet bottomed it out

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
nicest fork iv ever ridden would recommend it to anyone.

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Favorite Trail:   scorpian thunder (old one)

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   momentum cycle

Similar Products Used:   shivers, boxers, shermans.

Bike Setup:   balfa bb7, manitou dorados, answer pro taper bars, saint cranks,e-thirteen.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by doudouDH a Downhiller from Paris(FRA)

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2007

Strengths:    Looks good.
Works awfully well.

Weaknesses:    Don't forget to oil it sometimes unless it will do "ssssccchhhrrrrriiiiiirk" inside

Bottom Line:   
try it and u'll forget all other things

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Favorite Trail:   Les Gets/Morzine/Chatel (FRA)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Friend

Bike Setup:   YEti 2006 ASX ,dorado,dhx air,saint,oro k24,e13,xt,dt swiss wheels,raceface,... nice :D

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hunter Budd a Downhiller from madison ct us

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2006

Strengths:    Its light easy to adjust and fast

Weaknesses:    i bottom it out a lot

Bottom Line:   
It kicks a** and is amazingly fast, i love it

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Favorite Trail:   karpial

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   600

Similar Products Used:   shiver

Bike Setup:   sgs frame, roco, deemax's, juicy sevens, dorado

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by james z a Downhiller from vancouver

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2006

Strengths:    best feeling fork ive ridden excellent for going fast

Weaknesses:    high maintenance, drops and jumping

Bottom Line:   
the best downhill fork out there but not very versitile

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Favorite Trail:   frieght train

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   bought on a bike

Similar Products Used:   anything inverted

Bike Setup:   2005 stock giant team dh

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ken Barkley from Baltimore

Date Reviewed: December 30, 2005

Strengths:    Super tough with bottomless travel. As light a a fork this tough can be.

Weaknesses:    A little flexy on really big drops and rock gardens.

Bottom Line:   
This is one tough lifht fork. I like to do alot of crazy stuff with my bikes and lots of parts don't stand up. I regularly take this fork off of 250-300 foot buildings and it doesn't even bottom out! If you want a tough light free-ride fork look no more. Like I said, I huck 300 footers all the time, so if you are a normal rider and keep your drops under 50 feet you will never have any complaints with this fork.

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Favorite Trail:   Urban Baltimore

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Risse Champ and Bigfoot, Hanebrink, Super Monster T

Bike Setup:   Mountain cycle Shockwave 9.5, 5th element, Magura brakes, all the good stuff!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by iridebikes a Downhiller from Boise, ID

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2005

Strengths:    super super plush. buttery smooth over fast washboard. nimble in rock gardens

Weaknesses:    not good for hucking. but if there was stiffer springs, it would work like a dream

Bottom Line:   
if you race, ride it. If you huck, go for it. on this fork, you can really live fast, die fun.

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Favorite Trail:   one that i can ride bikes on

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $450.00

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   specialized bighit dh, hussefelt cranks, 04 mavic deemax, intense 909's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jonathan a Downhiller from Whistler, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2003

Strengths:    Best 7" fork out there.(period)

Weaknesses:    Not a Marzocchi. Requires more maintenance than other fork designs. Pricey.

Bottom Line:   
Long break in period but soaks up the big hits right of the bat. It does not get supple for a very long time.

note: Take a plastic dental pick and carefully clean the grit from under the dust seal part of the seal every few runs and it will feel much better.

It tracks amazingly well = very fast. The progression is sooooo nice it feels bottomless. When you come through braking bumps at speed, cause you dont need to slow down there, it is incredible, where other good forks that are set up well will rebound harshly and your bike goes "brrrddaaapp," like when you pound through any rough section fast, this fork goes "bwooooshhhh..." It's really unbelievable. There is a reason so many fast racers ride this fork. Its very light to begin with, but because of the inverted design most of the weight is closer to the rider and the result is a front end that feels feather light. The carbon fiber uppers are probably easier to seriously damage than other materials but crashing is not good on the whole, and is not recomended for any product. You have to lube it up every once in a while which requires a bit of time when you could be riding. It's more work than a Marzocchi, it's more expensive than everything else, but it is the best DH fork out there. If your trails are slower and more technical and you like a torsionally stiffer fork, you will want a torsionally stiffer fork, buy a Marzocchi with a 20mm axel (not a shiver).

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Favorite Trail:   Can't pick just one

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Super T Pro 02,03,04, Monster T 2003, briefly tried - boxxers, 888, shivers, Other Monsters, Stratos S8, and others

Bike Setup:   V10 med, maxis minions

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by David a Downhiller from Beverly Ma, USA

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2003

Strengths:    GREAT for racing...just if your at a course where you're proan to crashing, and/or hitting trees you might want to look at the avalanche DH8 Ti. The fork is awesome though for me.

Weaknesses:    Twists ALL the time...carbon fiber.

Bottom Line:   
Awesome fork. Very expensive. Twists a little bit. End of story.

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Favorite Trail:   Crater Trail, Sunday River

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Friend

Similar Products Used:   Avalanche Dh8 Ti

Bike Setup:   2003 Intense M1 w/ 5th element shock(Might have to switch due to azonic sponsorship)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ben M a Downhiller from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2003

Strengths:    bottomless
soaks up anything and everything
nice weight
very stiff

Weaknesses:    on my 1st ride on my new bike i had quite a large crash and the legs twisted between the crowns, but it was easy enough to fix.
Long break in period
needs regular lubing

Bottom Line:   
F#(king awesome fork when its running smoothly - need to fully break them in.
Ive none a number of huge drops and jumps and still havnt managed to bottom out the fork.
Price is a bit steep, but its worth it.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   boxer, bombers

Bike Setup:   Gt Ruckus i-Drive 1.0

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cibil jones a Downhiller from perth wa aussie

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2003

Strengths:    best shock i have ever used i do alot of big stuff and it handles anything easy as

Weaknesses:    hmmmmm every one wants them , the price is a b1tch and u cant ride anywhere without people staring and whispering

Bottom Line:   
awesome if u can afford it

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   evrything

Bike Setup:   intense 2003 with 5th element

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Flip H. a Downhiller from Tempe, AZ.

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2003

Strengths:    A quick follow up review on my post over two months ago.

"I'm still VERY HAPPY WITH THIS FORK and how well it rides! It performs awsome out on the local DH trails and drops!"

Weaknesses:    The 20mm Axle is a real B!TCH to get off when it's 110 degrees and your out on the trail in the ARIZONA HEAT!

Bottom Line:   
Yea it cost a lot... It's still worth it!
FREEridings only a lame slogan. $1.000 dollar "+" forks aren't FREE to ride on inless your a SPONSORED RIDER!

If the fork stiffens up when your breaking it in put about 20cc's of fork oil in each of the top caps and it's SUPER PLUSH again.
The Dorado fork flat out rocks on the trail and on drops. I thought I really liked my old Marzocchi's till I got the Iron Horse TEAM with the MANITOU DORADO DH fork on it!
SO PLUSH yet it's really SAVED MY A$$ on every BURLY trail hit OR HARD LANDINGS so far!
"See you at the NORBA NATIONAL DH race @ Durango in August?"

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Favorite Trail:   National to 24th St.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   It came on My Iron Horse SGS TEAM

Similar Products Used:   blha, blha, BLHA!

A great bike for the price... TRUST ME!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin W a Downhiller from Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2003

Strengths:    Very Plush, stiff, Great damping, not too heavy. It's Cool Like Heaven, upside down and plush, Adjustable & Awesome TPC+

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This is awesome fork for real DH Rider. But a little Expensive in Malaysia other country I don't know!

I try to drop, Jump, nothing problem with this fork.
Because It have long 180mm travel.
It worth for DH Rider.

Don't worry about the parts.
Answer Products have a very good International services.
I have been rating 5 out 5 Best Services.

I was tested this shox from my friend.
Because it's a little expensive,
I can afford to buy.

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Favorite Trail:   DH Youth Park, DH Mt. Erskin

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Manitou X-vert DC, X-vert Carbon, Dorado DH, Sherman Slider,

Bike Setup:   Norco Shore

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Karl a Weekend Warrior from Montreal, QC ,Canada

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2003

Strengths:    Very plush and responsive to small bumbs and soaks up all the large obstacles as well. No problems worked graet right out of the box.

Weaknesses:    None so far, maybe a little expensive at full retail but quality and workmanship are first rate

Bottom Line:   
Great fork for downhill and freeriding , inspires cofidence , lets you rip through sections at speed instead having to pick your way down. Great flexibilty in adjustments to suit any rider.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Mail order

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Black Super and RS Boxxer

Bike Setup:   DirtWorks Piranha , Hayes 8", Michelin DH tires

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I have rebuilt many forks thru the years.... But can't seem to find any info for this one. Have the seal kit and fluids but can't find a break down. I have already contacted Hayes/Manitou but they don't have any tech data on that year of fork. Their tech pages don't even list the Lookin ... Read More »

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Dorado DH or Foes XTD?

I purchased a Dorado MRD X-Works and they are now pulled from production. I guess they were having problems with the seals. Now I am in the hunt for a new fork for my Intense M3. Which should I get? and why? Thanks for your help. :)Read More »

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