Manitou Minute 140 Hexlock trail fork review£379.99

Affordable performer for gentler riders

BikeRadar score2.5/5

Manitou’s Minute fork is still a usefully smooth high value cruising fork if you can be bothered with the bolted axle. The basic structure is ancient, with a skinny stance, narrow brace and sloped crowns meaning more twist and back-and-forth flex than most forks in this category.

The shoulderless dropouts and five-bolt fixing for the Hexlock 20mm axle test patience compared to a 20mm quick-release too, and you’ll be lucky to get more than 130mm out of the ‘140mm’ travel stroke.

It’s overall weight is very competitive despite its age though, and the new ABS+ damping is smooth and consistent on rolling trails. It’s more progressive and less dive prone than before too, making this a perfectly acceptable and affordable performer for gentler riders.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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