Introducing of the new Mattoc - the perfect fork of the future while also staying true to our roots. A big part of the Mattoc’s versatility stems from its wide range of travel as one single model can be adjusted in 10mm increments from 110 to 150mm with no need for additional components or parts. The new Mattoc represents the fork for the rest of us, from XC to trail to light enduro and everything in between.
It is the veritable jack of all trades, that excels in all it does, thanks to its “versatile specificity”. Better in every way and adaptable to all needs it really is "the people's fork," it is MANITOU MATTOC.
A big part of the Mattoc’s versatility stems from its extremely wide range of travel as one single model can be adjusted in 10mm increments from 110 to 150mm of travel with no need for additional components or parts. While adjustability has become yet another calling card for the entire Manitou line, the wider range of the Mattoc’s travel options allow it to span across several disciplines and adapt to many more styles of riding. The operation to change travel is simple enough that it can be done at home and the necessary parts are included with the fork.
What makes the Mattoc’s versatility even more amazing is that it comes without compromise. The “versatile specificity” of this fork means that it adapts perfectly to many disciplines and styles of riding and performs flawlessly in each and every one. The new Mattoc platform is 30% stiffer than the previous version and at 1750 grams for the Pro model it is both light and stiff enough for XC racing yet built not only to survive but thrive in situations all the way to light enduro.
The Mattoc is the perfect example of "the people's fork" not only because it can be all things to all riders, convering an amazing span of disciplines and riding styles but also because it, and its other 34mm stanchion brethren, represents a more democratic and fair design philosophy. Not only will the purchase of one fork offer amazing flexibility of set up, functionality and travel but the internals are compatible and interchangeable both vertically from PRO, EXPERT to COMP levels of the Mattoc, but also between MATTOC, CIRCUS and MASTODON.
Such a construction means that there is no penalty for buying the entry level version as nearly all internals can be upgraded to PRO…allowing the fork to “grow” with the consumers' needs or wants. Having those same internals shared across the three Mattoc models as well as Circus Pro and Mastodon means easier procurement of spare parts for end users and a significantly easier job to stock what is needed for retailers and distributors alike. Easier to service, easier to maintain, easier to upgrade, easier to stock…
The Mattoc is available in 29” version with an offset of 44mm. However, in keeping with the “peoples fork” philosophy of serving the widest range of needs possible, it is also available in two versions of 27.5” (37mm and 44mm offset). This addresses both the needs of some adult riders but also, of equal importance, is the 27.5” versions completion of the size range, allowing young riders to grow with Manitou from their first pedal strokes all the way into adulthood.
The Mattoc Pro features our fully sealed cartridge MC2 Damper technology that provides an independent HSC circuit providing an adjustable high-speed blow off point combined with a LSC circuit providing adjustment for chassis control and small bump sensitivity. This cartridge utilizes a bladder with a blow off valve to prevent rupture under high pressures and keep your damping controlled and consistent no matter the terrain.
Infinite Rate Tune (IRT) allows for advanced spring tuning by independently adjusting air pressures in the beginning and end stroke and is available as an aftermarket upgrade to both Expert and Comp forks. IRT technology creates a secondary positive air spring that effects only the middle to end stroke of the fork. This allows the main air spring to be set to lower pressures for improved small bump sensitivity while maintaining mid-stroke support and moderate to aggressive end-stroke ramp-up.
The new Mattoc is the fruit of one of the most profound development cycles in Manitou history but it is the physical embodiment of “great things take time”. It is not an offering that follows the crowd, designed around the latest trend or buzz of the market but rather a component that aims to add real value and benefit to the rider. It is an authentic fork, serving the real needs of the widest range of the mtb public and offering serious performance advantages to each individual one of them, no matter how they choose to ride.
Pro is $1050, Expert is $825, Comp is $600
If you want the pro. Buy the pro. Don't upgrade the expert and throw good parts away.
For me? I'd buy the expert and (probably) be totally fine with it for the riding that I do. But for a flowery press release proclaiming the new Mattoc to be "the people's fork", and a fork that can 'grow with the rider', it sure is sparse on info, wouldn't you say?
And no worries mate, if I upgrade to the Pro I'll make sure the 'good parts' stay out of the bin and are put in the post straight to you. Use them as you see fit.
My pick is actually the Comp. I've been test riding it for some time.
No shade. Y’all are smarter than me LOL.
And now there is such a thing as "semi-competitive riding" with its own jargon. Is it ok to accept that most (if not all) of us are a bit lost by now?
Disclaimer: I love my Mezzer but it is not the greatest fork that has ever existed. I do prefer the Zeb
Bike shop: Dude, check this out! It's called a "runt". You don't need volume spacers, just increase the air pressure!
Me: Dude like I've been telling you for two years, my Mezzer comes stock with that.
Bike shop: Brotato, did you see those new carbon volume spacers? They'll make your air fork linear like a coil!
Me: Bro my Mezzer three chamber air spring is perfectly linear. Did you know it has HBO?
Bike shop: Whatever.
We've been having this conversation for years.
Me at the shop putting a Bontrager stem on my Giant
Customer: You aren't very brand loyal..
Me: Why? None of the brands we sell are loyal to me.. However, if they want my loyalty, I'm sure we can come to an agreement of sorts..
If someone gave him a crown, though…
Stiffer than the competition for the weight / lighter than the competition for the stiffness
Excellent customer support from Hayes
Excellent tunability, easy to service, travel adjustments require no additional parts. (Ohlins is the quickest swap, but require a complete air cartridge per travel setting).
Parking lot plushness is behind Fox/Rockshox, but that doesn't always translate into better trail performance.
I love my Mezzer, but two steerers have creaked so far. That has relegated the remaining one to "on the spare bike" status behind the RXF36.
Active on-trail feel though, damping is excellent - on par with any high-end fork I've ridden.
Guessing you ride Massanutten area or maybe some PA area stuff? Seems a lot rockier there than wNC from what I recall.
Though I would love to hear from Hayes if they agree and it they've fixed issues after some date.
My 27.5 V1 Mezzer CSU was warrantied with a new set of uppers, creak never recurred before I sold it.
My 29" V2 (with arch bleed screws) 2nd-hand Mezzer creaked and I've not bothered to replace the CSU.
Incidentally, comparing the Ohlins forks, their crown is much thicker diameter at the steerer interface and hopefully is much more resilient to wearing and creaking.
found a couple places that do steerer/stanchion refitting:
- UK: www.rsfsus.co.uk £89+
- Germany: www.lemonshox.com (w/ Intend Stiffler) 129€+, add installation
- USA (New Mexico): blueliquidlabs.com/suspension-department $109+
(prices vary widely depending on parts re-use and service prices)
This would be highly safety-impacting if not done correctly so be sure to choose a refitter who uses a proven method and parts.
Pinkbike's article on the subject: www.pinkbike.com/news/burning-question-whats-causing-some-fork-crowns-to-creak.html
"my fork creaked and I put penetrating oil / blue loctite / Prep-sol on it and left it overnight upside down, and the creak stopped and didn't come back"
Get yourself some SKF seals from James at J-Tech suspension in Shrewsbury , not sure which ones you need
But he has the SKF mezzer seal kits in stock
But when you utter phrases like "light enduro", "comes without compromise", and "versatile specificity" I literally laughed out loud. Firstly, what the hell is "light enduro"? Somehow you have a fork that jumps past more common definitions like Trail/All Mountain (for which most would agree that a 35 or 36mm platform is ideal) and instead have "light enduro" covered? Second, these are engineering products - none of them "comes without compromise". Unless your fork is as stiff as a 36 and weighs 1500 grams while offering unimpeachable performance, it is absolutely a product with selected and designed compromises in performance.
But man - "versatile specificity". That is a treasure. Tonight if my daughter says she is afraid of the dark, I'll just reminder her that it is a "brightly dark" room.
I have a Mattoc Pro 27.5+ 160 and a Mezzer Pro, the Mattoc Pro rides better than the Mezzer. This is my second Mezzer, it's never been a great fork for me.
Have had lyrik ultimate , lyrik ultimate fitted with a b1 air spring , ohlins 36 coil …
The Mezzer is lighter, stiffer , easy to work on , quiet, has bleed ports , integrated mudguard , and is hands down so much nicer to ride.
Would never buy another fork ……
Say it with me--WTF?
Got a nice ring to it
No no no- amount of stanchion showing has no direct correlation to overall / axle-to-crown height. Yeah usually the manitous have more exposed stanchion, but a 120mm fork from them is going to be very close in height to a 120mm fork from somebody else.
Ultimately, Mastodon is a unique case. For other Manitou forks (Mezzer, Mattoc, etc.), changing travel makes an equivalent change in axle-to-crown and, like @Stumpclumper said, a 120mm Manitou will have similar axle-to-crown to other 120mm forks.
Fit smaller tyres you can reduce those spacers and reduce the fork height back to STD "standard" spec.
Describe one good use case of knocking the fork travel down to 100mm on a 150mm travel trail bike.
To adulthood. Gotcha