Manitou R7 MRD Absolute fork review£450.00

Weight-watcher's dream

BikeRadar score4/5

We ran a big review of this fork last month, and the good news is that this waif is still going strong.

Manitou's R7 is the lightest fork in its class by a long way, making it an obvious race option. It corners and brakes predictably enough, once you get used to running wider through corners than with comparable forks.

The stroke is reasonably supple with no obvious spikes, and while the middle settings of the Absolute compression damping are best ignored, the full open, light platform (number 1 setting) and lockout notches all work fine.

The hardware quality and overall look of the fork are reassuringly high-class, and R7s have always been one of the more reliable Manitou forks. 

Add in the reasonable price, and you've got a weight-watcher's dream.

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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