Manitou Minute Expert 2011 Forks

4.67/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $509.00

Product Description

Absolute+ Damper: Externally adjustable low-speed damping. Internally tuneable high-speed damping. Compatible with MILO.

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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jdframe a Cross Country Rider from Salt Lake City, UT

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2012

Strengths:    Reasonably light, seems pretty tough so far. Great damping tuning for sucking up small bumps, but still seems to respond well when you need to push off to launch or something. Good lateral stiffness, not as noodley as a lot of forks (eg my Fox Float). Pretty easy adjustment. Damping is easily adjusted on the fly and is an effective lockout when turned all the way. Seems to get a pretty good amount of the travel in when properly adjusted and preloaded with air. I weigh about 180, it rides about as smooth as my Fox Float, but gets better travel and costs about half as much new.

Weaknesses:    I have a 20mm through-axle version and the Manitou axle and release system is not very fast to change tires. That said, it is also the most stiff of those I've seen and seems super robust and is efficient with weight concerns. I guess if you want quick on and off, you should probably consider something besides a 20mm axle anyway.

Bottom Line:   
Very satisfied with this fork. Light, stiff, sucks up bumps like it is supposed to but is still a good platform for launching. Prob not as smooth as Fox for short-travel bumps, but great for the bigger stuff. Robust design and pretty easy adjustment.

Seems like Manitou has really improved since their failed attempts at doing OEM and all the previous problems with manufacture at overseas places (Too bad for Marz- they were always my faves before they ran into problems going to Taiwan). I think Manitou will continue to pump out good forks since their acquisition by Hayes (Just like Rock Shox has since their buyout).

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Favorite Trail:   Wasatch Crest

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   Friend

Similar Products Used:   Fox Float series, Marzocchi (2003 pre crappy fork era) DJ2 and 2010 DJ2, Marz 44 series, RockShox Reba & Dart. Manitou Axel (right in the middle of Manitou's crappy fork era).

Bike Setup:   Kona Dawg: Mostly LX drivetrain and shifting, WTB laser disc freeride wheelset, Avid BB7 brakes (take that, you damn high maintenance hydraulics).

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by a_joyner a Cross Country Rider from Stephenville, TX

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2011

Strengths:    Stiff 32mm Stanchions, Adjustability, Price

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
I really like this fork so far. I like that I can customize it to the way I ride. You can adjust it for low speed compression with the dial on top (even completely lock it out in the max position), adjust the shim stack inside the fork for high speed compression, add or remove air to adjust for you weight and riding style, and of course it has rebound adjustment on the bottom. I don't have this fork broken in yet, but already it feels really plush over rough terrain, and very stiff in the corners. Buy this fork if you want the best fork for the money. This fork is fairly light, but weight conscious buyers may want to opt for the pro version or the R7.

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Favorite Trail:   Solavaca

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $279.00

Purchased At:   Road and Dirt Cycler

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Skareb, Girven Cross-link

Bike Setup:   Giant NRS 2 w/ many upgrades

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Muther a Cross Country Rider from Liberty, Missouri, USA

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2011

Strengths:    Cost, Tunability, This the best fork Manitou has that has rim brake mounts

Weaknesses:    Weight: If you are a gram counter. Me, I weigh 240lbs, so instead of spending big $$ to lose a pound off the bike, I'll skip a few cheeseburgers, and lose 10lbs off me.

Bottom Line:   
I chose Manitou, because my old fork was a Manitou, and if you trade in a Manitou they will send you a brand spanking new fork for over 30% of MSRP. This one went for $350, and I got it for $210 plus freight (to and from, about $40). Your dealer calls Manitou and handles it all. You give the dealer your fork, they call Manitou and orders your new fork and gets an RMA for the old one. Manitou sends the new fork when they get the old fork. I looked and could not find a deal anywhere on a fork this good, let alone a 2011.

I got this particular fork because I prefer rim brake’s simplicity, reliability, sturdiness, weight and feel, to the raw power of disks, and this was the best fork Manitou made that has rim brake mounts. It has full internal tuning (shim stack, oil height and weight), it has air to set the sag, an external rebound clicker, and an external preload/compression clicker. It is not a flyweight fork, but neither am I. It is burly for a cross country fork (80mm travel), and I appreciate that, as I am a big guy, and I have a bomber attitude. I tend to break stuff.

As for performance, it feels great so far. All I can really say is that I don’t even know it is there, which I think is the best compliment I could give it. The old Mach 5 it replaced definitely showed its age, and I for sure knew it was there. This one just does its job and lets me ride. It is very smooth, and bumps that were there with the old fork, are simply not there with this one.

I rated it high because it gives me near-top-shelf performance at a smoking price.

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Favorite Trail:   Smithville

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $210.00

Purchased At:   Direct from Manitou

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Mach 5, RockShox Mag21

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper Cro-Mo Steel; Manitou Minute Expert ACT-Air, 80mm travel; WTB/XTR wheels; XT Shifter-Derailluers; Answer Stem/Bar; Avid Brake levers, Cane Creek Direct Curve 3 brakes, Specialized seat

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