Manitou Travis Intrinsic review

Not a bad big hitter for the money

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £649.99 RRP | USD $1,096.41
Manitou Travis Intrinsic

Our review

Heavy with compromised bump response, but not a bad big hitter for the money
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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.

Product Specifications


Name Travis Triple Intrinsic (08)
Brand Manitou

Weight (g) 3521
Year 2008
Upper Tube Material Aluminium
Damping Cartridge Intrinsic
Spring Adjustment Air pressure
Dropout Type Thru Axle
Steerer Material Aluminium
Damping Adjustment Compression Rebound
Disc Caliper Mount Post Mount
Stanchion Diameter 34
Spring Type Coil
Bike Use Downhill Freeride
Steerer Size 1 1/8
Wheel Size 26
Brake System Compatability Disc Brake
Available Colours Red
Travel 180
Lowers Magnesium