Manitou Minute Elite Absolute Review

Forks Pro Reviews Video

Bottom Line
The Elite is an incredibly plush fork and really shines on the big ugly terrain, such as rock gardens. It’s linear and goes deeply into its travel, and it loves to haul ass through anything, the faster it is going the happier it seems. I thoroughly enjoyed the Absolute platform damper, the adjustability it offered was a very nice feature. The Elite has a bit of fork dive, has some vague steering, and had a mechanical issue that was resolved by a kit. The fork dive issue was slightly alleviated by using a bit more pressure, some rearward body weight, and sometimes an addition of platform from the Absolute damper. However, on occasion it still would exhibit a fork dive, especially on slow speed technical moves, and it would stop you dead in your tracks.

The Elite is a bargain of a fork, it’s lightweight, has the great Absolute damper and the most buttery smooth plushness of any fork I have ridden, its glaring flaw is its fork dive.

Strengths
-Plushness
-Lightweight
-Reverse Arch
-Absolute Damper
-Moderately priced

Weaknesses
-Fork Dive
-Reliability?
-Lack of integrated brake guide

Value Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Manitou Minute Elite Company Specs

Travel: 100mm, 120mm, 140mm
Damping: Absolute Platform Damper
Adjustments: Rebound, Air, Platform
Lubrication: Semi-Bath
Spring: Mars Air
Casting: One piece Reverse Arch (RA) Magnesium
Stanchions: 32mm Gold Al
Steerer: 1 1/8th Butted Aluminum
Crown: Aluminum
Axle: Std or Hex
Crown to Axle: 478/498/515
Color: White
Wheel Size: 26
Disc Mounts: Post
Disc Size: 210 Max
Seals: Evil Genius
MSRP: $569 (std axle), $629 (Hex Axle)

Manitou url: http://www.manitoumtb.com

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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