So I bought used Manitou R7 Elite without stickers for cheap. I didn't really care about the fancy features a fork should have since it was going on a spare bike. I was told it might be an '08 but for the life of me can not get a manual for it.
No actual pics but it looks like this one
Except that the right leg has an air valve. From what the seller told be, it has the FFD damper, but it does not have this inside the right leg:
The right cap just comes off and I can see the oil.
I do know that if I let the air out of the right leg, rebound and compression stops working. The more air I add, the more it affects rebound and compression.
None of the manuals I read mentions this air valve.
Yes, with no air or less than 40psi in the right leg you will have no compression or rebound damping. That's the nature of SPV. The more psi, the heavier the pedaling platform. I cant tell if it has the volume adjust or not, some didn't, but if there's also a large 16mm hex knob that surrounds the air valve, screwing that in reduces the volume in the leg increasing bottoming resistance. Screwing it in from max volume to least volume will also increase the psi abit. In my Firefly it was about 10psi.
Psi range is 40-150 for the SPV.
Edit: I just read that Snap Valve SPV doesn't have volume adjust, only the SPV Evolve did...
From the 06 Manual:
"PLATFORM ADJUSTMENT – SNAP VALVE SPV™
and SPV EVOLVE™
With Snap Valve SPV (“Stable Platform Valve” damping) and SPV Evolve damping
systems, your suspension’s compression damping characteristics, platform, and
position sensitivity can be set with an SPV pump (Manitou part #85-4163). For
proper function of your SPV damping system follow this procedure:
1. Start by removing the red SPV air cap located on the top of the right fork leg,
as you are looking at the fork from the rider’s position. Using a dedicated SPV
pump (Manitou Part #85-4163), inflate the fork to the pressure recommended
in Table 7.
2. Check sag per procedure above.
3. Adjust SPV pressure. More pressure will create more compression damping,
hold the bike up more and pedal better. Less pressure will create less
compression damping, allow more sag, and be more responsive and supple.
NOTE: Snap Valve SPV forks will have a much higher platform for a given
pressure setting since it is a cross country/marathon specific damper. For the
Snap Valve SPV system, we recommend starting with 70 psi (4.8 bar) in both
the main spring and the Snap Valve damper leg. Ideal setup with this system
will have roughly equal pressures in both the main spring and the Snap Valve
DO NOT RUN SPV PRESSURE BELOW 40 PSI (2.04 BAR).
PRESSURES BELOW 40 PSI (2.04 BAR) WILL RESULT IN
A LACK OF BOTH COMPRESSION AND REBOUND DAMPING AS WELL AS A
KNOCKING SENSATION IN THE FORK. MAXIMUM SPV PRESSURE IS 150 PSI
4. Adjust SPV volume (SPV Evolve forks only). With a 16 mm socket wrench or
the SPV 16 mm volume adjust socket (part #85-3007), you can adjust the air
volume in your SPV Evolve suspension. The volume adjust hex is colored red
and is located on top of the right leg. Turning the volume adjuster inwards will
create a more progressive damping effect and make the suspension firmer
from mid-stroke to bottom-out. Turning the volume adjuster outwards will
make the suspension more linear in compression damping and have a
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