SOC13: Manitou Marvel, Minute Suspension Forks Redesigned
Manitou’s Marvel and Minute suspension forks are completely revamped, and they’re available in all three wheel sizes.
They get new castings, with FEA-optimized reverse arch designed for stiffness and lightweight. Both forks use the same lowers and have 32mm stanchions, and they share the same hollow forged crown and steerer.
Marvel is pure XC race and only offered in 80/100/120mm travel options and gets the ISO Air system, which is a small rubber isolator between the piston and shaft that helps ease into travel. This gives it firm-ish small bump compliance, in line with XC expectations. You can change travel between the 100 and 120 travel options with internal adjustments.
For bigger travel, the Minute offers 120mm and 140mm options, with the 140mm getting thicker walled stanchions. It uses the MARS air system, which has a coil spring/air combo for plusher small bump performance. They ship with firm springs, but soft, extra-firm and extra-extra-firm springs are available.
Manitou’s Hexlock quick release thru axle remains the fastest, easiest system we’ve seen.
Click to enlarge for full specs on each model. Weights are likely for the smallest model, we’re hoping to get some in for testing and actual weights.
Currently, their suspension forks jump from these all the way to the dual crown Dorado, leaving a real hole in the long travel, single crown segment. Expect that to change soon enough.