Manitou Minute MRD TPC 20mm review£470.00

New incarnation promises to restore original strengths of fat but light fork

BikeRadar score4/5

Manitou’s Minute fork has had a long and variable history, and this new version promises to strip it back to its original strengths.

Minutes have always been at the lighter end of the long-travel spectrum, but the new unit is one of the lightest forks in its class - if not the lightest.

Yet despite the low weight and a narrow stance, the simple four-bolt Hex lock 20mm axle gives noticeably stiffer steering than most quick-release forks. The adjuster knobs are all finely crafted alloy, with a nice clicky feel, and the whole fork looks top-dollar.

The suspension is plush, but felt really basic to start with and we almost gave up on it early on.

After a fair bit of fine air pressure and rebound juggling, though, there’s a really smooth, well controlled sweet spot to be found, so be patient with your shock pump.

However, it’s not all roses, because even a single click of compression damping in the TPC is enough to cause spikes on big hits and landings. What’s more, the stroke bottoms out firmly at 115mm, not the stated 130mm, leaving it limited on more serious trails.

On the plus side, Evil Genius seals have always worked well, and with none of the newer, more temperamental Manitou technologies in there it should hopefully last okay.

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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