Manitou Dorado 180 2005 Front Shocks

4.38/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $1499.00


Product Description

Dorado is the fork you see on the bikes of the world's fastest riders, and for good reason. They were designed from the ground up to be the best forks available anywhere for downhill racing applications. Dorado uses wild carbon fiber and aluminum construction to save weight and a proven coil spring design.


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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Raggi Boy a Downhiller from FALKIRK!

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2011

Strengths:    Looks INSANE, very plush, rigid, light, easy adjustment, unique stem adjustment with the right stem (2 peice works well), well made, perfect, and they look INSANE!

theyr also upside down


Weaknesses:    the 20mm axle is a pain when fitting wheel

Bottom Line:   
these forks are the shiz and feel dam sexy, but dont use them if you are doing 70ft drops, these are for beasting the races coz theyr very adjustable. and theyr worth 7GGGs not 1.5 new. STOKE!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Fort William

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   ebay from some guy

Similar Products Used:   nothin like these, theyr sick

Bike Setup:   intense m3, hope motos, raceface dh cranks, sram x0/x9 shifting things, monkey lite dh bars ....

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mdorado a Downhiller from CA

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2008

Strengths:    lots of travel, can take big hits, looks awesome, easy turning

Weaknesses:    Had to buy a new wheel for the 20mm thru axle. i wish it was quick release it takes way too long. doesnt react very well to small bumps even after breaking in. you need to change the oil every 3-6 months which is a pain.

Bottom Line:   
if you love going insanely fast and doing drops and jumps, this is the fork for you. however, DONT USE THIS FORK FOR FREERIDE, it is made for racing, not 40 foot drops

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Favorite Trail:   Livewire

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Price point

Similar Products Used:   boxxer world cup, totem coil

Bike Setup:   giant faith w/ the dorado feels perfect

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by joe a Downhiller from canada

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2007

Strengths:    feels great, nice and light, perfect for racing, looks sick (people stare at it when you ride past), stiff...

Weaknesses:    a little too stiff but it depends on your personal preference... not the strongest fork out there (cracked the uppers on the right leg) not a huge range of adjustments.

Bottom Line:   
best fork ive ever ridden. get it if you can cuz they dont make em anymore. picked mine up on price point for 600 bucks! cracked the carbon uppers on the right leg in a nasty crash so sending it to manitou. (ahem, if they'll ever get back to me), but never the less, the fork is sick. better than my marzocchi for dh but marzocchi is better for freeride. too bad they replaced it with the travis... givin it 4 flamin' chilis cuz im still waiting on manitou for replacement leg. 5 out of 5 otherwise.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   price point

Similar Products Used:   marzocchi drop-off triple, 888rc, jr. T, super T....

Bike Setup:   05 giant faith 3, juicy 7s, dorado, 5th element, team boxguide, xt... rest is stock.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by gotta ride a Weekend Warrior from vancouver island

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2007

Strengths:    looks great with all the carbon fibre and very light

Weaknesses:    very flexy on the bottom forks cause of invert.

Bottom Line:   
I was told that there was a 20 hour break in time on this fork. I did more than that and the fork is still really stiff with no small bump feel at all. I have sent it away for a refit hoping to get some feel out of it if not it's gone. You can't use the word plush with this fork it does not happen.

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Favorite Trail:   mt. prevost

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   price point

Bike Setup:   bullit

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chad drzewiecki a Downhiller from selinsgrove, pa, usa

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2006

Strengths:    strong, bottomless, inverted, sweet color

Weaknesses:    a lil squishy..i have to figure out all of the adjustments yet, maybe new springs

Bottom Line:   
i only payed 500 bucks for these babies, but they are definately worth 1500 or whatever! i think manitou made a really great fork here.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   a dude

Similar Products Used:   before these i had manitou sherman 170s on but these are a lot better!

Bike Setup:   05 gemini, 4 way swinger, dorados, hayes 9...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jared klein a Downhiller from canberra< Australia home of the pinner

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2006

Strengths:    every thing these are the best forks moeny can buy there like ridding sex on a stick its insane


Weaknesses:    the front wheel it a bit fiddly to get on

Bottom Line:   
these are the best forks moeny can buy

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Favorite Trail:   mind sharft

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   my sponser

Similar Products Used:   boxxer wcs. x works dorados, 888s kinda

Bike Setup:   sunday wc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by carl fiset a Weekend Warrior from Mtl/Qc/Canada

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2005

Strengths:    nice desing, farely light, strong, plush

Weaknesses:    Compression damping as only half a turn compared to the 2003 that ad more compression adjustment.

Bottom Line:   
This is way beter then the SPV from last year, still needs to be ridden to get past the breaking period. The 2003 are still the best i've tried so far.

carl

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Favorite Trail:   radical

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $915.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   Dorado 2003, boxxer, 888, foes wet one xl

Bike Setup:   Turner DHR, 04 dorado DH, Hope m4, X9/X7 8 speed, XTR cranks, tubeless tires, 521 rims on ringle hub

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by superstar a Downhiller from scotland

Date Reviewed: August 30, 2004

Strengths:    plushess forks on the planet.feels like you have a flat.

Weaknesses:    none and their never will be any.

Bottom Line:   
the best forks you will ever buy. you will never buy another fork. worth the high price. this is the only way to become a champion.

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Favorite Trail:   fort william

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1599.00

Purchased At:   leisure lakes

Similar Products Used:   boxxer world cups

Bike Setup:   intense m3

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My WFO build is stalled, I'm looking for a nice condition used 2005 Manipoo Dorado 7" fork that's been well taken care of. OK if it needs service, oil change and seals, provided the rest of the carbon fork/stanchions are not scratched/nicked/gouged and serviceable. PM me if you are stateside and ha ... Read More »

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