Manitou Dorado 2009 Forks

4.33/5 (3 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Dual layer carbon outer legs
  • 36mm hard anodized stanchions
  • Self regulating positive and negative air springs
  • Advanced TPC+ damping
  • Hydraulic Bottom out and top out


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John McLeash a Downhiller from Baden, Switzerland

Date Reviewed: April 8, 2009

Strengths:    Very good quality, excellent details, manufacturing.
I just got this fork so I can`t write much about it`s performance, after a couple days I can say it works flawless.
Takes all the big hits and begs for more, very plush and supple on high speed bumps and technical terrain.
Doesn`t dive much.


Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
I wasn`t sure to buy a Manitou fork after all these issues on forks they had.

But I say this fork is definetely worth it`s money, outstanding performance.

Adjustment range is huge, should suit every type of riding (except extreme hucks, but who knows).

I will give a more detailed review in a couple month when i tweakes with air and adjustments a bit, but so far I did find a good setup within 15 minutes of riding.
Started from fully closed and opened the black nob 7 clicks and the red one 6 clicks.
65 Psi for a 75 kg rider.

Feel absolutely confident with this fork from run one on.


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Favorite Trail:   No Joke, Schleyer, lower Joyride

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Boxxer WC 07
Marzocchi 66 05
Boxxer Team 08



Bike Setup:   Nicolai Mpire, Dorado, Swinger SFS x6, Magura brakes...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mountain_bomber156 a Downhiller from SoCal

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2009

Strengths:    Cool in carbon, nice damping, inverted design, trustworthy brand name

Weaknesses:    Deflects... a lot. Almost friggin' deflected me off a cliff on the demo run. The one I demo'ed had a couple issues, especially since it leaked oil all over the brakes.
Tested another on a recent trip to Whistler and it performed beautifully. I'd love to have it, but where do they sell it?


Bottom Line:   
A very unique, well-performing fork that you have to watch out for if the demo'er doesn't take good care of his bikes. I don't know how the guy got one, but he took atrocious care of the bike and i offered to take it off his hands... he said all his bikes are in pristine condition and he loves them.
Bulls***.
Other than that, it's great!

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Favorite Trail:   Are you kidding?

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi 888 ATA (love it), White Brothers Groove 200 (top-notch) Fox 40 RC2 (Demoed, would love to have it)

Bike Setup:   The demo rig was an Intense M6.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by chris a Downhiller from england

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2009

Strengths:    managed to get a quick test on a chainreaction cycles team riders intense m6 with the new 2009 dorado's on.
They felt amazing, a bit too soft for me but i could tell the fork was top quality


Weaknesses:    tested only

Bottom Line:   
The manitou Dorado's are looking very pricey but you get what you pay for, on the other hand the new BOS forks are cheaper and will out perform the whole market.

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Favorite Trail:   fortbill

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   currently running boxxer world cup's converted to spring with bos cart internals, others over the last few years include fox 40's, 888 wc, 06 boxxer wc, manitou dorado 05, boxxer wc 04, manitou dorado 03

Bike Setup:   tested team intense m6 with cane creek and 2009 manitou dorado's,
my set up santa cruz V10, BOS stoy shock, boxxer wc with BOS internals.

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