Hayes Introduces All-New XC Collection Featuring Some Familiar Names

New cross-country suspension from Manitou, hubs from SUNringlé, and lightweight components from Protaper

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Hayes is launching new XC products from its family of component brands.

Hayes is launching new XC products from its family of component brands.

Hayes is launching a new arsenal of cross-country components designed to perform on race day and provide reliable performance for all the rides in between competition. This new line of XC components includes familiar names from the Manitou, SUNringlé and Protaper families from years gone by updated with the latest technology. Let’s take a look at the new goods.


Re-Introducing The Manitou R7 Suspension Fork

Hayes’ new cross-country fork revives the R7 moniker. Bringing it back to the mid-2000s when XC races were a weekend-long party and 26” wheels were still a common sight, the R7 was favored for its lightweight chassis and easy serviceability. The new R7 is available in both a Pro and Expert level each available in 27.5” and 29” wheel sizes with travel internally adjustable from 80mm-120mm.

Manitou R7 Pro

The reverse arch design allowed the company to move the arch further away from the axle. The position behind the fork relative to the center of the axle allows for a shorter arch which yields 13-percent increased stiffness compared to a forward arch fork of the equivalent weight, Hayes claims. Hayes also claims it was able to use 32mm stanchions to save weight while keeping stiffness closer to that of a larger stanchion fork with a forward-facing arch.

When developing the VTT Pro damper, Hayes set out with a goal to maintain a rock-solid lockout without compromising the open and mid settings. The downside to many dampers with firm lockout modes is that in any other position than lock-out you will reach some critical shaft velocity that chokes off the low-speed flow path. When this happens, the damper peaks at nearly the same lock-out force as the locked-out position. This translates to harsh force in the hands and possibly a lack of control.

The all-new VTT damper solves this issue by eliminating the high-speed spikes while maintaining the lock-out force demanded by XC racers. This allows the fork to have a less progressive high-speed response while maintaining some low-speed support without feeling wallowy. This is achieved through independent shim stacks (one for lockout and one for the other two positions).

  • Position 1 – Open – (Progressive) The lowest damping force available to provide comfort while staying progressive enough to keep the fork under control. This is ideal for casual trail riding where comfort takes preference over speed. In this position, you can fine-tune the feel of the fork by adding additional low-speed support through turning the open mode adjust.
  • Position 2 – Mid – (Digressive) Provides additional low-speed support for flow trails or gravity style riding where you want the fork to ride higher because the rider is biasing more weight forward.
  • Position 3 – Lock Out – This setting provides the most platform for maximum pedaling efficiency.

New for the 32mm chassis, Hayes is adapting its Dorado Air spring to fit the needs of shorter-travel bikes. The Manitou Dorado Air spring system contains a unique balancing valve that equalizes the positive and negative air chambers during the air fill process. This gives the spring rate a consistent feel without any flat or dead spots in the stroke, along with giving riders of different weights the same initial stroke feel. For R7, Hayes tuned the volumes in each chamber to give ideal support and feel for shorter travel.

Also included on the air leg is Hayes’ Incremental Volume Adjust (IVA). The IVA modifies the volume in the positive air chamber with a set of self-contained spacers which dictate the fixed position of the IVA piston. This self-contained volume reduction system has five different settings allowing great ramp-up tuneability without the need for additional parts.

Manitou R7 Pro Details

  • MSRP: $849.99
  • Weight: 1,648g (29” / 120mm)
  • Travel: 80-120mm
  • Offset: 37/44mm for 27.5”, 44/51mm for 29”
  • Spring: Dorado Air with IVA
  • Crown Material: Forged aluminum, deep hollow bore
  • Leg Material: 7000 series aluminum
  • Damping: VTT Pro
  • Adjustments: 3-position Compression with Open Mode Adjust, Rebound, Air Pressure, IVA volume adjust
  • Leg Diameter: 32mm
  • Wheel Size: 27.5”, 29”
  • Brake: Post Mount 160mm
  • Axle: 15mm Hexlock2
  • Integrated fender mount

Manitou R7 Expert Details

  • MSRP: $699.99
  • Weight: 1,812g (29” / 120mm)
  • Travel: 80-120mm
  • Spring: Expert Air
  • Crown Material: Forged aluminum, hollow bore
  • Leg Material: 6000 series aluminum
  • Damping: VTT
  • Adjustments: 3-position Compression, Rebound, Air Pressure
  • Leg Diameter: 32mm
  • Wheel Size: 27.5”, 29”
  • Brake: Post Mount 160mm
  • Axle: 15mm Hexlock
  • Integrated fender mount

Manitou Mara Shock

Following last year’s launch of the Mara Pro Hayes is introducing a slimmed-down, XC-focused sibling, the Mara. Using tech first shown in the Pro version, the Mara features the air spring design as well as a proprietary SKF Internal Floating Piston (IFP) to minimize any initial breakaway stiction. What makes this IFP so special is its utilization of a flexible membrane and lip seals instead of a rigid disc. This allows the center of the IFP to begin its movement upon compression and rebound before the actual lips of the seal break free, increasing initial sensitivity.

The four-position Incremental Platform Adjust (IPA) damper offers a wide range of compression adjustment from an open mode ready to smash through rock gardens to a firm platform setting that offers the support you need while battling those leg-burning climbs. It does this by utilizing two separate shim stacks to maintain an ideal balance of low-speed and high-speed compression damping throughout the adjustment range. The first of these is the preload stack which is controlled by the IPA knob. As you turn the knob clockwise you begin to increase the preload on the shims directly without the use of springs or carriers. The lack of springs and carriers minimizes moving mass and maximizes the speed at which the shims are able to respond to trail inputs keeping your rear wheel cool, calm, and collected no matter how choppy the trail is. The second shim stack is a fixed velocity stack that was carefully designed to increase small bump sensitivity and provide the correct amount of high-speed compression to control the wheel with the lowest amount of harshness. This provides the rider with more chassis control, better small bump sensitivity with excellent bottoming control, less deflection through the rock gardens and phenomenal ride quality in all conditions.

This cutaway shows the internals of the Mara's damper. The red arrows show the oil's flow path through the compression stack. The blue arrows follow the rebound flow.

This cutaway shows the internals of the Mara’s damper. The red arrows show the oil’s flow path through the compression stack. The blue arrows follow the rebound flow.

The rebound on this shock is similarly controlled through two separate circuits. The first of which is a tapered needle that provides the ability to tune the rebound damping to account for rider weight, leverage ratio, and air spring settings. Adjustment of this needle through the knob affects the entire damping range but most noticeably controls the low-speed rebound. The second circuit is a fixed shim stack carefully optimized to preserve the correct high-speed rebound as the needle is adjusted up or down. This provides the rider more control, better traction, and steering precision while minimizing the need to adjust for changing trail conditions.

Manitou Mara Details

  • MSRP: $424.99
  • Weight: 275g
  • External Adjustments: Compression Platform, Rebound, Air Pressure
  • Mount Styles: Trunnion and Eyelet

SUNringlé

Düroc 30 Pro

Building upon the proven Düroc platform the new Düroc 30 Pro features the same trusted double-wall, welded alloy tubeless rim but is now blessed with the gift of water transferred decals and a fast engaging all-new Super Bubba X hub.

Super Bubba X

The Super Bubba X ratchet ring uses keyed groves rather than threads to increase durability.

The Super Bubba X ratchet ring uses keyed groves rather than threads to increase durability.

The Super Bubba X utilizes the same drop in ratchet ring tech as the Super Bubba, eliminating threads for easy service and rock-solid interface. However, instead of the two offset 45-tooth rings found in the Super Bubba, the X features only one 90 tooth ring. This combined with an offset six pawl freehub body results in the same high engagement of 4-degrees and shaves 55g to bring the total weight of the rear hub to 285g.

Wheelsmith DB14 spokes and alloy nipples are the finishing touches on these wheels.

Wheelsmith DB14 spokes and alloy nipples are the finishing touches on these wheels.

The wheels are laced with straight pull Wheelsmith DB14 spokes and alloy nipples. The total weight of the set is 1690g and will include everything you need to set up tubeless within the box. Freehub options include HG, XD, and Microspline.

Düroc 30 Pro Details

  • MSRP Wheelset: $899.98
  • Wheel Size: 29”
  • Outer Rim Width: 30mm
  • Inner Rim Width: 26mm
  • Spokes: 28/28 Wheelsmith DB14 Straight Pull
  • Nipples: Alloy Nipples
  • Spacing: 110×15 / 148×12
  • Disc Mount: 6-Bolt
  • Front Wheel Weight: 806g
  • Rear Wheel Weight: 954g
  • FreeHub Options: HG, XD, and Micro Spline (Each wheel available separately)

ProTaper

Hyperlite Bar

As the name suggests this bar is not just light, it is Hyperlite. At just 125g when you first lift the bar you may wonder if the 8oz bicep curls you’ve been practicing all quarantine have paid off. And while that may be true, don’t let it distract you from the fact that this thing is stupid light. The Hyperlite is available in both Team Yellow and Stealth colorways.

Grip Grit is found on both the stem clamping surface and grip areas to make sure the only thing spinning is your legs.

Hyperlite Bar Details

  • MSRP: $174.99
  • Weight: 125g
  • Width: 760mm
  • Clamp Diameter: 31.8mm
  • Sweep: 9°
  • Color: Yellow or Stealth

ATAC Stem

The ATAC is back. One of the oldest names in the high-end stem game has returned. And this time it’s all blinged out with titanium hardware and a fresh laser-etched finish. Available in 10mm increments ranging from 50mm all the way up to 100mm this 90g stem is ready to steer you to victory.

ATAC Stem Details

  • MSRP: $139.99
  • Weight: 90g
  • Clamp Diameter: 31.8mm
  • Length: 50mm, 60mm, 70mm, 80mm, 90mm, 100mm
  • Rise/drop: 5°
  • Hardware: Titanium

Forty Post

For those who prefer to rock a rigid post, there’s the new Forty carbon seatpost. As the name suggests, the post is available in a 40cm length with 0 offset for both 30.9 and 31.6mm seat tubes. Thanks to its carbon construction and Ti hardware, this post comes in at a scant 212g.

Forty Post Details

  • MSRP: $249.99
  • Diameter: 30.9mm or 31.6mm
  • Offset: 0mm
  • Length: 400mm
  • Weight: 212g
  • Hardware: Titanium

Click here to learn more about the entire cross-country collection. 


About the author: Josh Patterson

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998, and has been writing about mountain biking and cyclocross since 2006. He was also at the forefront of the gravel cycling movement, and is a multi-time finisher of Dirty Kanza. These days, Josh spends most of this time riding the rocky trails and exploring the lonely gravel roads around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.


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