Manitou Dorado SC 2003 Front Shocks

4.83/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $1299.95

Product Description

Weight: 5.5 lbs
Travel: 130 mm
Damping: TPC+
Adjustments: Rebound, Compression
Lubrication: Semi-Bath with Evil Genius Seals
Spring: Ti/Coil
Casting: Inverted Carbon Legs
Stanchions: 30 mm Aluminum
Steerer: Steel
Axle: Hex Lock Thru-axle

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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rick Hutchison a Weekend Warrior from North Van

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2007

Strengths:    Stiff and plush.

Weaknesses:    Might not be able to get parts in the future

Bottom Line:   
Replaced a Fox Vanilla 125 RlC with this fork. I used to hate the sight of the Vanilla's flexing fore and aft under heavy braking and this was with a 6" rotor. The Dorado doesn't flex at all unlike the Marzocchi Shiver SC I had a few years back. I've always liked the way inverted forks follow the changes in the terrain.
Don't know if anyone will ever see this review on a 4 year old fork but it's new to me.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   from a friend

Similar Products Used:   Fox Vanilla 125, lots of Marzocchi's, Manitou Nixon/Firefly Plus/Travis Single 150/ etc.

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Tazmon XT/XTR, Raceface, Blackspire etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jeremie Poirier a Racer from Montreal Qc Ca

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2006

Strengths:    Very good rigidity, stiff on braking and on steering. Awesome plushness

Weaknesses:    Compression and rebound controls aren't effective enought, seems like it is not changing anything when you turn them around.

Bottom Line:   
Overall, the fork has a perfect amount of travel, good compression/rebound, decent weight, excelent stiffness, good plushness.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Traded

Similar Products Used:   Fox 36 Van R, PIKE TEAM, Shiver SC, Minute 2, Manitou Black, Nixon platinum, Sherman Firefly

Bike Setup:   p.2 frame, dorado sc, saint hubs, Dtrack rims, diabolus crank/headset/stem/bars, XT 2pistons brakes, 5050pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jak allen a Weekend Warrior from swindon

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2006

Strengths:    great looks, great feel and good amount of travel

Weaknesses:    price is a bit high, and a bit heavy

Bottom Line:   
great all round fork if a bit pricey but you pay for quality. recommended for freeriders

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Favorite Trail:   forest of dean

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   red planet bikes

Similar Products Used:   manitou minute 1:00

Bike Setup:   santacruz chameleon, xtr gears, dorado sc fork mavic ex 721 on hope bulbs race face atlas am crankset and external bb hope mini brakes 24 old school pedals chris king h-set

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tayor Sumser a Weekend Warrior from Ridgewood, NJ, USA

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2006

Strengths:    strong, nice looking, perfect amount of travel

Weaknesses:    kinda heavy, but doesnt really affect it, my seals are leaking after it was just rebuilt

Bottom Line:   
great fork, even thought he seals are leaking its still a great fork that holds its travel and uses its travel very well. i highly recommend one!

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Favorite Trail:   anything

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $380.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   2004 dirt jumper 2, rock shox boxxer world cup

Bike Setup:   2004 p.3 with dorado fork, 24 inch mag 30 in back, 26 double track in front, holzfeller cranks, xt derailur

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rick a Downhiller from Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2003

Strengths:    Bomb proof, butterly smooth, great travel, awesome look.

Weaknesses:    A bit heavy but i don't mind the extra weight.

Bottom Line:   
First off, the fork is not worth 1200$, but since everyone seems to be letting it go for around 500-700$ it is the time to get one.

Great shock, runs great out of the box, found no weakness yet but the weight, give a very plush ride, can take huge drops without bottoming out.

Awesome shock, get it!

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Favorite Trail:   Bromont

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi MX Comp '03, Rock Shock Judy XC

Bike Setup:   GT XCR-5000 frame, Manitou Dorado SC, front Alex Rim Supra V, rear Sun Rhynolite Deore, Avid Ball Bearing Disc Brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by erik a Downhiller from wethersfield, ct, usa

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2003

Strengths:    Very rigid during braking, there's no flex at all. Buttery smooth performance. It's great over root beds and on big hits.

Weaknesses:    It's heavy [I don't consider it a problem but it's not a cross country fork]. A little taller than an average fork so steering is effected slightly. After a crash you have to inspect for scratches in the carbon fiber and loosen and retighten the axle [it can twist a little].

Bottom Line:   
This is a very cool fork but it isn't for everyone. It's really heavy out of the box but once on the bike, the weight is negligible. All the weight is near the headtube so the front end is still easy to get up. You notice the weight on the uphills though. Downhill on the other hand is sick. It seems like there is much more travel than there really is, just like on the dh model. Flex through rock gardens is minimal with the hexlock axle but more adjustments are necessary on a regular basis than with a traditional fork. Is it worth 1200 bucks? no. If you can find a deal like I did, for the love of all that is holy, go get the b@st@rd. If you are interested in doing big drops but don't want to sacrifice performance on the trail, this may be for you.

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Favorite Trail:   camel toe valley

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   jenson usa

Similar Products Used:   marzocchi z1 qr20, z3, dorado dh

Bike Setup:   2002 kona stinky stock except for fork

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