Manitou R7 MRD Absolute 2009 Forks

4.8/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $792.00

Product Description

  • Axle Type: Standard Q/R
  • Spring Type: Noble Air
  • Compression Damping Adjuster
  • Rebound Control
  • Steer Tube Diameter: 1-1/8"

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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TechnoDude94 a Cross Country Rider from Kuala Lumpur

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2010

Strengths:    Incredibly light but stiff! I was shocked to find out that it was only 1.55 kg after the steerer tube was cut to fit my geometry!

Weaknesses:    No weaknesses yet for the past 1 month.

Bottom Line:   
This fork is an excellently priced when compared to it's counterparts from Rock Shox or Fox but can definitely perform as well as it's counterparts and may be lighter than some of it's counterparts. However, it's stanchions are pretty thin/narrow (but doesn't bother me cause I'm not an aggressive-rider).

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Favorite Trail:   FRIM/KDCF/Kiara/Kemensah

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Other forks from Rock Shox/Fox.

Bike Setup:   Frame: Rocky Mountain Element 30
Fork: Manitou R7 MRD Absolute
Brakes: Shimano XT BR-775 (Calipers)/BL-775 (Levers)/SM-RT78 (160mm Centre Lock Rotors)
Casette: Shimano XT CS-M770
Chain: Shimano XTR CN-7701
Crank: Shimano XT FC-M770
Front Derailleur: Shimano XT FD-M770
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT Shadow RD-772-GS
Shifters: Shimano XT Rapidfire Plus SL-M770
Stem: Truvativ Sylo Team (Black)
Headset: Chris King NoThreadSet (Grey)
Handlebar: Race Face Next SL Riser (Carbon)
Grips: Da Bomb Holy (White)
Pedals: Da Bomb Napalm (White)
Saddle: WTB Pure V (Grey)
Seatpost: Da Bomb Hellfire XC (Black)
Wheelset: DT Swiss X1900 (1.9kg)
Tires: Hutchinson Python Tubeless Light (2.0")
Cyclometer: Topeak Panoram V12 Wide Screen (Wireless)
Pump: Topeak PocketShock DXG (Replica)
Light: Cateye HL-EL13, TL-LD 170
Bottle: Schwinn (750ml)
Bottle Cage: Merida Carbon MTB
Cable: Jagwire L3 for Derailleur (Red)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by aldous a Cross Country Rider from Brooklyn NYC

Date Reviewed: December 2, 2009

Strengths:    Crazy light, stiff, well made and good-lookin', on-the-fly lockout

Weaknesses:    A little bobby/divey on full open.

Bottom Line:   
Okay, I drank the Fox Kool-Aid along with every other XC geek, but after buying an R7 Super Absolute for my singlespeed (and loving it) I tossed the Fox (overweight and, IMHO, overhyped) and got the R7 MRD for my FS rig.

First, the thing looks hot in eye-scorching red (enough with the white forks already). It's well made, and after you break through the notchy first 20 hours or so, smoothly linear and surprisingly stiff for such skinny legs - it goes where you point it, sharp and sweet. And it's mad light - my 100mm travel fork, after cutting down the steerer tube, weighed in at 2.91 lbs. That's pretty much the lightest XC fork out there, and a good .5 lbs lighter than the old Fox.

The ride? Plush, soaking up little washboard stuff and big hits with equal confidence. The wide-open setting (there are 6 'clicks' on the easy-to-reach anodized adjustment knob, from super plush to fully locked out) causes a bit too much diving during heavy front braking, so I ride on the second click to tighten things up. Works well. The rebound adjustment set right in the middle seems to be the right balance between big boing and gentle return.

Manitou has their act together (I hear they're including a remote lockout on the 2010 models), and I'm surprised these forks are so under the radar given their excellent price/performance ratio. I heard there was a pesky clicking sound on earlier '07 models, but the engineers seem to have eliminated that with the new line. The simi bath seals are holding up really well, still keeping things slick without a top-off (and they never drooled like a toothless baby, unlike my Fox). The only comparable fork I've ridden in the past year is my bud's Magura Durin SL, which doesn't have full lockout and costs a little more.

This is a great XC/Race fork. Get one.

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Favorite Trail:   Blue Mountain

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $599.00

Purchased At:   Tree Fort Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox from way back (a Quadra elastomer was my first shock), Fox Vanilla, earlier Manitou models

Bike Setup:   Fully blinged Titus Racer X that's worth way more than my car

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sanmarko4 a Racer from Lithuania

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2009

Strengths:    Great weight and looks

Weaknesses:    hard to setup right

Bottom Line:   
Great fork

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $440.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by h2o-x a Cross Country Rider from Seattle, Washington

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2009

Strengths:    Super light! Plush, floats through the little bumps, and sucks up the big hits. It handles easily and holds a line without issue. The fact that it so light, make it quick to point where you want it to go. The lock-out is easy to reach before I take on the steep climbs.

Weaknesses:    None so far. It rides great.

Bottom Line:   
This fork is fantastic. It is so light that it's easy to throw around. The steering feels quicker than it did with the previous fork. I have ridden it on some really technical single track, and it has handled the small and medium hits very well. The few bigger drops have encountered have been no problem with this R7. Did I mention that it's light?!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   internet

Similar Products Used:   Fox Talus, Rock Shox Sid, Mag 21 and Judy Race, Manitou Mars CL

Bike Setup:   Stumpjumper M4

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by deepersouth a Cross Country Rider from Cape Town, South Africa

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2008

Strengths:    Exceptionally light, platform damping works

Weaknesses:    Perhaps not the plushest

Bottom Line:   
Dramatically lighter than the competition, easy to lock out or just stiffen up on the fly with a flick of a solid-feeling lever. Beautiful candy apple paint job.
Not sure I've quite got the setup right, or done a enough breaking in, but it isn't especially plush over small bumps and it could arguably be a little stiffer. That said, it certainly steers precisely enough for me, I feel pretty confident pushing it hard into corners.
The caveats are minor, this is a brilliant race fork. For a more trail oriented bike I'd stick with Fox, or perhaps the Manitou Minute, which is still pretty light, but has 32mm stanchions.
As for the price - hey, it is cheaper than DT Swiss or Magura.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Similar Products Used:   Fox Float 32 RL

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Blur XC, X.0, Stan's Wheels, other light stuff

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