Manitou Marvel Expert 2014 Forks

5/5 (1 Reviews)
MSRP : $569.99


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Manitou Marvel Expert Forks - 9mm QR It rsquo;s a tough name to live up to. When it comes to XC it rsquo;s all about efficiency. The hole shot, cleaning lines with precision, climbing like a goat and descending like a river. Not to mention being able to custom tune the thing with as little effort as possible.The Marvel is a marvel. Rebound, damping and lockout is all external. And the stiffness will point the front wheel where you need it to go.Specifications: Weight: 3.8lb / 1725g Spring: ISO Air Spring Rate: n/a Bottom Out: Rubber Bumper Crown: Forged Deep Bore Hollow Crown Crown Finish: Colour Matched Offset: 41mm Compression Damping: TPC Technology, Absolute+ XC Stack Rebound Damping: Adjustable Detented TPC Adjustments: Air, compression to lockout, Rebound Leg Diameter: 32mm Leg Material: 7050 Butted Aluminum Brake: Post Mount Axle: 9 mm QR Crown to Axle: 472 (26 quot;) 478 (27.5 quot;)Technologies: ACT AIR: Atmospherically Controlled Tuning- Utilizes air to se


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by tigris99

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2014

Strengths:    Stiffness,
easy of tuning (and tuning options between travel, progressive air spring and ABS+/rebound tuning).
SO many options


Weaknesses:    Really stiff abs+ tuning!!!
Very noticeable stiction when new. (read below for more info)
PAIN TO GET SHIMS for ABS+ where I live.
Manitou prices went up (though still was well worth it at $450, Id have paid more if it came with shims lol)


Bottom Line:   
This is for the new 29" version:

Great fork. Insanely more stiff over my previous RockShox forks on 9mm qr. And yes 9mm qr on these too. These forks are point and shoot even for my 270lbs and 0 brake rub on top of it. The lovely sound of silence that I lost after working bike hard for 5-6 miles or any hard corning on my Rockshox.

Fact that make changes to fork is stupid easy with proper tools and some mechanical aptitude. ABS+ and rebound are tuned easily and options are endless. SHIMS ARE A PAIN TO GET THOUGH, where you can order online shipping is really high. But I found it worth it as no way I was buying a $200 revalving/tuning kit. XC stack is harsh for my riding (great for those that race and want efficiency though)

Stiction issue: Common for new forks I gather but I could feel it compressing forks at low pressure by hand. I had to buy oil for refilling after playing with setting options (well still playing lol) and got some maxima race zero friction stuff (works for damper and semibath) and stiction was gone except felt just a little while jerking bike around setting sag by myself. Smooth as butter when riding or by hand.

All in all a hellva upgrade compared to my Rockshox fork. And at $450 (from LBS) I couldnt tell the difference between these and any other high end fork I checkout (on bikes at LBS) especially now I have my abs+ tuned more to my liking. 4 stars on value only because of complications on getting shims for tuning and the price to get them to me

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Manitou Marvel Pro or Expert users, STEP INSIDE!

I cannot find any worthwhile reviews on this fork. I'm looking at the '13 Pro or Expert with 15QR. I'm most interested in hearing from people who have come from newer SID, REBA, or Fox F100 forks to try the new Marvel. And also i'd like to hear peoples opinion on if it's worth spending more ... Read More »

Anyone riding a Manitou Marvel Expert fork

I'm Building a Blur XC and considering this fork or an R7. I've run Manitou forks for over a decade now and have not had any complaints so far. Just wondering if anyone has experience with this fork. My other option in this price range is the RockShox Reba RLT. There's plenty of info on that f ... Read More »

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