The Manitou Dorado downhill fork first materialised nearly a decade ago, but availability of this much heralded fork has been intermittent in recent years until Hotlines stepped up and took over UK distribution last year.
And now there’s a new fork, the 2010 Dorado Pro. The fork is handmade at Manitou’s factory in Winconsin, is based on the World Cup standard MRD Dorado Carbon with the same internals including TPC+ damping but uses 7050 alloy 36mm stanchions rather than carbon making it slightly more affordable.
2010 updates include an improved two-chamber large volume low-pressure air spring to make setting up an easier process. Air spring pressure, which is self-regulating, can now be adjusted more easily as the valve gets relocated from the bottom of the fork leg to the top.
Weight is 6.55lbs (2.97kg) and as well as standard 26in guise is also available in a 29in version. £1349.99