Manitou R7 Super Absolute 2009 Forks

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R7 Super Absolute

  • Travel: 80mm
  • Wheel: Size 26"
  • Axle Type: Standard Q/R
  • Spring Type: TS Air
  • Crown: Hollow
  • Steer Tube Material: Aluminum

User Reviews (4)

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Hard Rain   Cross Country Rider [Dec 06, 2010]
Strength:

It provides a great air ride for cross country. Nice easy compression damping adjustments, including lock out, for different terrain. Very reliable---I just set it once and put on a couple thousand miles.

Weakness:

Zero

I got this fork for a steal through my LBS because Manitou had a sweet trade-in deal where I sent in my old fork (worn out at 15,000 miles) and received the new fork for $160. But I also think this fork is worth every penny of Manitou's regular asking price. Buy this fork if you want a great XC air ride, you like quality workmanship, and you care about getting great value for your hard earned dollars.

Similar Products Used: Manitou spring fork that came with my bike
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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NPL   Cross Country Rider [Aug 29, 2009]
Strength:

Plush for an air fork (after the break-in period). Good adjustability. Light weight. Tracks well. Doesn't leak. Well made. You can find it for a song new on ebay.

Weakness:

None yet as long as Manitou stays in business.

Really nice fork for the money!

Similar Products Used: Rockshox, Marz
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
aldous   Cross Country Rider [Jul 30, 2009]
Strength:

Light, stiff, good-looking, plush, great seals

Weakness:

Variable lockout adjustment not so adjustable, slightly longer than normal break-in period.

Manitou hit a rough patch a few years ago with some dubious offerings, but I'm happy to say they're back. I loved the Manitou III I had on my old Kona Kula - stiff, low maintenance, bombproof. So I gave the R7 a try because it was one of the lightest forks out there, which matters to me because I love me some climbin'.

First, the fork looks amazing, the paint and overall finish are classy and subdued. But who cares about that (well, yeah, I do, actually...). Setup is easy, esp. with the Manitou shock pump (highly recommended whatever fork you're rocking), and the air spring pressure has held solid as a rock (unlike a lot of other air-sprung units) since the initial charge. Manitou says there's about a 20 hour break-in period, during which the fork feels a bit notchy, and that's about right; after that, though, it's plush as hell, soaking up really big hits with nary a wobble. Travel is super-deep on the 'softest' setting, not the full 100mm but then again what fork actually delivers full travel? Lockout for climbing is easily achieved by flipping a well-designed, easy to find knob on the right stanchion top. A Rock Shox Poplock-style remote lockout would be nice, but whatever. The oil seals have held up really well, even in the wet and grimy Northeast, with no leakage at all.

My only beef is that lockout/stiffness adjustment - the 'max plushness' setting works beautifully, the next stiffer setting indeed stiffens the ride, but between that and the five or so clicks to lockout I can't really tell the difference. This is no big thang, I love the gnarly stuff and can't really imagine fine tuning this fork on the fly anyhow. So no biggie. The R7 isn't quite so responsive on washboard-type bumps, either, but performance there is still serviceable. Overall the rebound is pretty amazing, and the adjustment works as it should. Stiffness is great - the fork is rock solid even on twisty descents, and if you have it set up right for your body weight it doesn't dive too much with heavy front breaking.

Bottom line: a plush, stiff, responsive, super light XC fork. I'm really happy with it.

Similar Products Used: Ridden pretty much every fork out there
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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kanfierce   Cross Country Rider [Jul 29, 2009]
Strength:

colour pehpeh....sibay swee
jin "kin", balu 1.6 kilo nia

Weakness:

buay plush leh!
lanjiao air pressure ai pump kah sibay "teng"

mai hiam buay pai

Similar Products Used: LockShok SID
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
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