Manitou Dorado DH 2005 Front Shocks

4.5/5 (2 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jake mclellan a Downhiller from windham,maine,usa

Date Reviewed: December 2, 2007

Strengths:    very solid, faily light, looks awesome and tight.

Weaknesses:    a tad heavy. needs oil already and i can't put it in.

Bottom Line:   
fork is great and probably the best race fork. fork does twist sometimes and was twisted when i got it. i crashed really hard on it at sunday river and it is still solid and twisted back. awesome fork...i ride everywhere with it and i ride hard.

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Favorite Trail:   center of the universe-windham

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   guy online

Similar Products Used:   pike, 888, boxxer with romic upgrades, shiver sc, white bros dh 02, manitou xvert 98

Bike Setup:   turner rail large and 04. deemxx, roco tst, truvativ, hayes, hope stem, and clamp

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Cole a Downhiller from vancouver

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2007

Strengths:    extremely smooth, unparalleled small bump resistance, TPC+ damping

Weaknesses:    requires maintenance often, spare parts hard to find lighter forks of the same class availible. Can be expensive

Bottom Line:   
If you want the best of performance look no further than these. The bump resistance is incredible thanks to the TPC+ damping, they soak up the smallest of bumps and always keep the wheel glued to the ground. Maintenance wise these are VERY demanding. They are a inverted design so, the oil that surrounds the damper and stanchions will slowly dissipate out around the seals over time as they are only dust wipers. Then leaving the stanchions and springs dry, the springs rub the inside of the stanchions making the fork feel very rough. Every couple of rides or so you should unscrew the top caps and squirt 15ccs of motor oil into the forks to keep them running smoothly. Another solution is to install aftermarket true oil seals like enduro, as the stock seals are just dust wipers. That aside if you take care of these forks they will take care of you. If you are someone who does not like to do frequent maintenence do not buy this fork, if you are someone who is looking for the best performing fork and is willing to sacrifice time for maintenence then this fork is for you.

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Favorite Trail:   Freight train

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   marzocchi 66 vf, many dirt jumpers, Z.1s manitou shermans


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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 fork...lol. Lookin ... Read More »

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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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