Manitou R7 MRD MILO fork review

Lightweight cross-country fork

Our rating 
2.5 out of 5 star rating 2.5
GBP £550.00 RRP | USD $749.99
Manitou R7 MRD MILO fork

Our review

It may be light on the scales and the wallet, but it’s also flexy and awkward to set up
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Manitou’s R7 has been one of the lighter cross-country options for a while but its skinny structure feels flexy compared with more recent race forks.

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The 30mm stanchions are a good width but the fork is narrow and the crown hollow, which reduces its ability to resist twist and shear loads when pushing into corners or trying to carve across off-camber trails, rocks or rutted sections. We had to adjust our lines and start turning early, and we were still regularly running wide or clipping trees.

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The TS air spring stroke is smooth and fluid. However, it’s either dive prone or reluctant to move initially unless you get the air pressure spot-on or start adjusting the high-speed damping internally. Also, the height of the remote lockout trigger makes it awkward to find a comfortable, ergonomic position for it on either side of the bars or brakes/shifters.

Product Specifications

Product

Name R7 MRD MILO (10)
Brand Manitou

Features 80 and 100mm options, Adjustments: External rebound, low-speed compression, remote lockout, internal high-speed compression
Weight (g) 1498
Available Colours Black White
Spring Type Air
Dropout Type Quick Release
Lowers Post Disc Mount