Updated: Manitou Minute MRD fork review£539.99

Lightweight but has twist issues

BikeRadar score2.5/5

Manitou have worked hard to regain their reputation for reliability and their 2010 forks are a lot better controlled, less pressure sensitive and therefore much easier to set up than their previous years’ offerings.

The Minute is now a trustworthy and lightweight trail option. There’s none of the sudden braking or drop-off dive found on previous Manitous, just reasonably supple midstroke damping and initial sensitivity.

The dials have a positive click, and the anodised finish and polished, sloped shouldered MRP crown give the Minute MRD a high-class look. It's light for a 20mm through-axle fork and mud clearance under the rear brace is decent. Overall height is low enough not to disturb handling.

The narrow stance, low weight chassis does tend to twist in rough, rutted, rocky or high load turning situations. Older Manitous that we’ve been using for a couple of years have stayed supple and smooth with minimum maintenance.

Our 130mm-travel (5.1in) version never delivered more than 120mm (4.7in). The major niggle, though, is that you have to undo five Allen key bolts just to get the wheel out, which is a pain compared to screw-through setups.

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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