Manitou Drake 29 Super Absolute 2009 Forks

3.71/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $492.00


Product Description

  • Absolute platform oil damping system
  • 1-1/8" steel steerer
  • 32mm gold-anodized aluminum stanchions
  • 1-piece magnesium
  • Maximum disc and tire sizing: 210mm rotor / 2.50" tire


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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dancake a Weekend Warrior from Gloucester, UK

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2010

Strengths:    Good Value, Not insanely heavy.

Weaknesses:    Bit of top-out knock. Rebound adjuster a bit course

Bottom Line:   
Could not afford rebas so bought these. Very plush and not too heavy; quite pleased. Bit of top out knock and I have felt the bottom of the travel a few times with 25% sag. might need to play with the oil level a bit.
Rebound adjust does work, but it is less than 1 turn from one extreme to the other.

I am not a fan of platform damping so I fitted the remote lockout lever/ damper which works just fine

Stiff enough for me at 95kg

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Chain reaction cycle

Similar Products Used:   AM2s

Bike Setup:   On-one Scandal 29er. 1x9. Remote lock out.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jisch a Weekend Warrior from NE USA

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2010

Strengths:    Smooth travel, easy to set up

Weaknesses:    Some fore/aft flex

Bottom Line:   
I've had the Drake out enough times to submit a review.

Its a coil fork so its plush like it should be. There's a knob on the top that has a dozen or so very well defined clicks (none of this mushy stuff like on my Specialized fork!). Two clicks in and there's a nice platform for climbing, 12 clicks in and it locks out completely. Ok those are the only two positions I use, but that function works great.

It does have a slight top out knock on it, but I only notice it when I'm riding on the road and I pull up on the bars quickly. I probably need a bit more air preload in there. I don't think its a warranty thing, but I'll keep an eye on it. I kinda wish I got a through axle fork, I can make the fork flex a little bit by hitting the brake really quickly, I think through axles add a lot of stiffness. With that said, its not that bad and I can't feel it at all when just riding along.

I haven't felt it bottom out, but based on my zip tie I have used (or come damn close to using) all 100mm of travel many times.

Overall - 4 out of 5 stars - If it had a through axle 4.5 out of 5, if it didn't have this top out knock 5 out of 5.

I'd say that if you weigh less than 160lbs I'd look at another fork - or see if there's a lighter spring for this fork.

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Favorite Trail:   The one under my tires

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $275.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint (?)

Similar Products Used:   White Bros BW.80, Fox RLC80

Bike Setup:   Kona Unit 29er, 1x8, avid mech disks

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by refreshinglygood a Cross Country Rider from Newcastle

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2010

Strengths:    Cheap

Weaknesses:    Cheap. Sticky. Flexy. Struggles with multiple hits

Bottom Line:   
thank good I'm rid of it. Had nothing but trouble with it, was not much better than my rigid fork. I'm sure it's great for the price, but, for an extra $200 odd, you can get a fork that works

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Favorite Trail:   AWABA

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $325.00

Purchased At:   beyond bikes

Similar Products Used:   range of 26 forks, fox, RS, lefty. Reba team 29er

Bike Setup:   Niner MCR single speed. Stans flow rims,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Williamsven a Cross Country Rider from TEXAS

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2010

Strengths:    i am a 270 lb rider, this is the first fork that i have felt no flex in

Weaknesses:    it doesnt come in blue or white.

Bottom Line:   
BEST FORK IVE EVER OWNED

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Favorite Trail:   AUSTIN 360

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $349.00

Purchased At:   EBAY

Similar Products Used:   fox talas, reba race

Bike Setup:   Pivot Mach 429 xl

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mkpowercycle a Weekend Warrior from Westminster CO

Date Reviewed: November 6, 2009

Strengths:    Rock solid plush stiff feels bomb proof looks adjustments full on to lock out price.

Weaknesses:    just a little heavy for a air but mine is the 120mm/20mm thru-axle one.

Bottom Line:   
for 235 bucks it cant be beat rides great feels super it does it all for way less.

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Favorite Trail:   White Ranch

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $235.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   RS/lyrink 160mm air WB110mm magic air M/sherman
RS/lyrink 160mm WB110mm/magic air other long travel forks.



Bike Setup:   08 RIP SLX DT/swiss all mtn build

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bernie052965 a Weekend Warrior from Clarkfield, Philippines

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2009

Strengths:    Tough fork, all adjustments are functioning well

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
This is a good upgrade for the built in 29er bikes available in the market, it's the mid range model affordable yet durable. It will do the purpose of a good 29er XC/trail fork without hassle. All adjustments functions well, the performance is not as far as higer end forks. I recommend this fork for those who want to upgrade the fork without the pain in the wallet.

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Favorite Trail:   Bolinao Trails

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Gran Trails Alabang

Similar Products Used:   REba 29er, Rock Shox Dart 3

Bike Setup:   Fuji 29er Comp

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by blkhilldk a Cross Country Rider from Rapid City SD

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2009

Strengths:    Low cost for 29er fork smooth after I over hauled it no grease in the fork bushings.120 travel

Weaknesses:    The Absolute damping makes noise if used . best to leave open but still makes noise . I will call tech support to maybe solve this . Other wish the fork works good.

Bottom Line:   
Good fork Manitou needs to ditch there absolute and stick with there TPC .

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Favorite Trail:   Storm Mtn

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   scheels

Similar Products Used:   fox, marz,other forks

Bike Setup:   Single speed On One frame,Chris King Etc

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