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I'm a 240 pound trail rider thinking pretty seriously of getting one of the newer Manitou Minutes (one with Absolute damping).

1) I'm pretty sure I'd want to get a firm or extra-firm spring. How hard are they to find and what are they called? I've done some googling, but only found older model spring kits.

2) How far back does the Absolute damping go, '09?
 

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You want to make sure to get the Absolute + damper, if you buy an older fork with just the absolute damper you can buy the newer + damper to update it. The spring kit will have to be ordered through your bike shop. I'm pretty sure you'll need the extra firm spring, if you call or e-mail Manitou they will give you the part #.
 

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Some of the Minutes are air forks. The Expert is the only one that I'm sure comes with a spring and air preload (2011 models).

Think I read that models back to 07 can be retrofitted with the abs+, which was an upgrade to abs (non +). My 06 R7 is tpc.
 

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The 2011 mintute pro has the The MARS air spring which is a coil/air hybrid spring:

From manitous webpage:

MARS AIR
MARS Air is a hybrid spring consisting of a small coil spring and an air chamber. The two springs work in series, minimizing sticktion and providing smooth, bottomless travel. The result is a fork with the suppleness of a coil spring and the light weight and adjustability of an air spring.

The Mintue expert has ACT air spring:
ACT AIR
Like MARS Air, ACT Air is a hybrid coil/air spring. However, while the coil and air springs in the MARS system work in series and contribute equally to the spring rate, the ACT Air system consists of a coil spring inside an air chamber. The energy of an impact is primarily absorbed by the coil spring. The air chamber provides enough adjustability to set the proper amount of sag for a given rider weight, and also contributes a certain amount of bottom-out resistance.
http://www.manitoumtb.com/index.php?page=tech

The only full air spring manitou makes is TS air, which does not come on a minute fork, I believe it comes on the R7 only
 

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Thanks all.

As someone considering getting a used Minute, I'm especially interested in how far back the Minutes are ABS+ compartible. One person mentioned '07 as a possible date, any other thoughts on that.

I've emailed Manitou to get more info on the spring kits for the Minute Pro or MRD and will post when I hear back.
 

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I believe if the fork comes with ABS damping, it can be changed to ABS+. The forks that can't be changed are the ones that came with SPV, TPC, TPC+(which Is a good damper that wouldn't need switched out), or any of the other dampers Manitou used a few years back.

Let us know what Manitou says though, as I have heard many different answers to this question and it would be nice to know the answer from Manitou.
 

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O.k. the Manitou tech said, "The [2011] Minute Pro comes stock with a medium spring for riders between 160 to 18lbs. the firm spring is for riders up to 210lbs. the x-firm spring is for riders up to 230-240lbs." And then suggested that the services manuals provide spring charts. I can't see a service manual on the site for 2010-11 forks though.
 

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O.k. the Manitou tech said, "The [2011] Minute Pro comes stock with a medium spring for riders between 160 to 18lbs. the firm spring is for riders up to 210lbs. the x-firm spring is for riders up to 230-240lbs." And then suggested that the services manuals provide spring charts. I can't see a service manual on the site for 2010-11 forks though.
I wouldn't put too much faith in the charts - they're just suggestoins. Bikes' geometries are different, and some people ride further back (or forward) on a bike, depending on how it fits. Although Man Tech told me I would need a firmer spring for the drake, I'm only running 20psi in a 0-100 range.

Some of the 07-09 models may be air only.
 
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