Manitou Travis review£399.99

Cheap, but not cheerful long-travel fork

BikeRadar score3/5

It might be cheap, but long-term use proves it’s not all cheerful for Manitou’s Travis fork. 

At £399, Travis is the cheapest 160mm (6.3in) fork here and on paper the TPC rebound and compression damping is all you need. Unfortunately the compression effect is barely noticeable so the soft spring is prone to diving. It binned a couple of our test riders really hard too.

The rebound works better – until the knob fell off. Add the fact it’s very heavy, the axle is bolted rather than quick-release and when we went to send it to photography it was lying in a pool of its own oil, and we have to be hard on the scoring whatever the price.

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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