Big news, if not exactly new news, is that Manitou has been working hard on a new DH fork. The rumor mill has been pumping out some gems and the forums have been living up to expectations: full of gossip and innuendo. Full stop to that nonsense. We cornered one of the men responsible for the new super fork and have the answers to all your questions.
After four years of absence let me present the 2009 Dorado!
Technical HD Video Inside!
The original Dorado fork revolutionized damping technology in downhill forks of it's day. In fact, after all those years the first TPC+ damping systems are still more advanced than what you will find in some of the current offerings. The new Dorado is based on the original design, an advanced TPC+ system and air spring, and larger diameter tubes all around.
2009 Manitou Dorado
Manitou Dorado Key Features
-Dual layer carbon outer legs -36mm hard anodized stanchions -Internally adjustable travel between 180mm and 203mm -Self regulating positive and negative air springs -Advanced TPC+ damping -Hydraulic Bottom out and top out -20mm HexLock Thru-axle -International Standard integrated stem mounting -6.4 lbs (2902g)
-Self regulating positive and negative air spring -Rebound adj. (blue knob, top left) -Low-speed damping (red knob, bottom left) -High-speed damping (black dial, bottom left)
HD Video: Denny Yunk showing the details of the 2009 Dorado
Dorado damping cartridge viewed from the top
20mm HexLock thru-axle
Smart and simple hose guide
Sans leg guard
If your last name isn't Kovarik or Lehikoinen you'll have to wait until January before you can bolt the new MRD fork onto your rig. With a projected retail of $2775 USD. you may need that extra time to save up anyways. We'll be doing our best to get our paws on a test fork to review and are holding onto high expectations. With arguably the best damping available and among the lightest in class it may set a new benchmark for tomorrows DH forks.
Check out the Manitou site but don't expect to see the new Dorado up there yet, it's from the future!