Manitou Travis Intrinsic review£649.99

Not a bad big hitter for the money

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Manitou's Travis has got better for 2008, but still has some ground to make up. 

By dropping the titanium spring, cost has come down but weight has gone up. 

Despite the lowers being extended past the axle, ride height is tall even on this 180mm version. 

It’s reasonably stiff considering its skinny 34mm legs, but narrow stance does mean restricted steering.

The Intrinsic compression and rebound damping works OK and it picks up bigger hits well once you’ve set the cartridge air pressure right.

It’s always a compromise between either excess dive or not enough small bump compliance – finding a balance takes patience. 

The direct fit adjustable ‘stem’ block is a nice touch and it’s not a bad price for a full feature dual crown.

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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