Manitou Minute MRD Absolute 2009 Forks

4.5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $749.00

Product Description

  • Travel: 100mm or 130mm
  • Adjustments: Air, Rebound, Compression
  • Casting: One piece Reverse Arch (RA) Magnesium
  • Crown: Hollow Forged Aluminum
  • Axle: Std or Hex

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mojopin a Cross Country Rider from Minneapolis, MN

Date Reviewed: December 7, 2009

Strengths:    Great suspension stroke, good looks, post mount, range of usable adjustment

Weaknesses:    none to date

Bottom Line:   
Really nice, light, adjustable performance oriented fork. After riding this and a lesser example, I have to say that Manitou is on the right track with their Minute line. They offer a very stiff set of 32 mm stanchions while still being lightweight. The MRD dampening system works very will with easily adjustable platform valving ranging from a veritable lockout to very plush with a single nob (as opposed to fox with their nested valve adjusts). Overall easy to set up (especially compared to a true air shock). Seals are holding up well and overall product seems very durable. Post mounts are a nice plus but by no means unique. While it may not be the plushest fork in the world, it doesn't let you down or blow through the travel. As for the question of is it worth the msrp...? not so certain as there is some pretty stiff competition.

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Favorite Trail:   Hillside

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Manitou

Similar Products Used:   Manitou SX-R, OEM Manitou Minute (GF hifi dlx), Manitou Black Elite, Fox F100RLC, Rock Shox Reba Team, Rock Shox Pike, Marzzochi Marathon S & SL, Magura Asgaard

Bike Setup:   KHS Softail Team, Manitou Absolute MRD, Shimano XTR, Juicy 7's, Mavic Crossmax

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chochojoe a Cross Country Rider from Pittsburgh

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2009

Strengths:    Stiff, Plush, Lightweight, Adjustable

Weaknesses:    None so far. Need a remote for this fork.

Bottom Line:   
Just got this fork, one of the first 2009.5 Minute MRDs. VERY, VERY NICE. I hope that Manitou gets back on the map with these forks. I've been riding Manitou for 10 years now and I'm very happy with their products, ease of maintenance, customer service. I'm a xc rider weighing in around 195-205 lbs @ 6'-3". I love the adjustability of this fork. It's plush on the trails, but yet stiff when you need it (that's what she said). Commuting into work nice with the absolute platform. Just wish it had a remote for the AP lever.

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Favorite Trail:   Iron Gate

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Skareb Super 100

Bike Setup:   Litespeed Obed 99', Manitou Minute MRD 100mm 2009, Chris King Hubs/Headset/Bottom Bracket, Avid BB7 (front) & Avid Black Ops Rim brakes for the rear, XT cranks/cassette/pedals, Sram X9 shifters/derailleur/chain, Thompson stem and post, Mavic rims

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Manitou Minute MRD Absolute+ vs Fox Talas R vs Fox Float 32 RL

I am a 6-0" 225lb clide currently running a 2004 ish Rock Shox Psylo on a Giant VT1 and it is defiantly time to upgrade my fork. I am looking for something with 130mm of travel to replace the Psylo which was adjustable to 125mm I am currently considering the following and would like some opinions ... Read More »

Manitou Minute MRD Absolute for 2006 5-spot

I have been lucky to get a 2006 5-spot at a good bargain from a friend. I was thinking of building it up with the Manitou Minute MRD Absolute from 2008. Has anyone tried the Manitou Minute MRD Absolute with the 5-spot? Any experience with or advice on the fork? Its the fork model with Q ... Read More »

Short take review: Manitou Minute MRD Absolute 130mm thru axle fork

This is an initial review of the Manitou Minute MRD Absolute 130mm thru axle fork. I've done four rides on typical New England trails (Middlesex Fells and Harold Parker / Ward Hill for those of you near Boston), so this is not an extensive review, but rather a quick note about a fork I have not seen ... Read More »

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