The platform damper, named the ‘Absolute’ sits on top of the right fork leg. The dial allows you to toggle between fully open to fully locked platforms. The Absolute has 7 settings (originally were 5 in pre fix-it kit mode) from supple to firmer settings. I found myself only using the 1-4 settings, 1-2 for technical terrain and 3-4 for fire roads.
The arch on the Elite is called the RA (Reverse Arch), and is a casting that is featured on all Manitou forks. The RA provides the greatest torsional stiffness possible for a given weight, and allows for an arch that is shorter and stiffer than traditional designs. The DT Swiss forks also share the same sort of design philosophy of the reverse arch.
Manitou’s proprietary 20mm thru axle is called the ‘Hex-Lock’, and is a lightweight and bombproof alternative to the Maxle. The Hex-Lock inserts into the fork legs, and gets held down by a large end bolt and 4 pinch bolts.
A short video of the features of the Manitou Minute Elite Absolute, also includes putting the wheel on using the Hex-Lock 20mm thru axle: