Manitou Announces Limited Edition Mastodon Pro LE

Sep 14, 2022 at 10:17
by Hayes Bicycle  


Limited edition for a fork with no limits

For 2022, we've released a limited edition Mastodon fork with a particular graphic design that pays homage to its frigid weather application. The Mastodon Pro LE, as its name would suggest, boasts a snow camo paint scheme paired with blaze orange decals. Available in the extended ride height version only, the Mastodon Pro LE will be produced in a one time, 300-unit production run. No more will be produced and, once these are gone, they are gone…

The Mastodon is not a modified or repurposed trail fork compatible with the large tire dimensions and frame geometries of fatbikes, but rather it is a fatbike specific solution, designed from the ground up. It is a meticulously engineered suspension fork made to offer a clear performance upgrade regardless of how low or high the numbers on the thermometer read. To create such a solution required all-environment and all-temperature performance testing that took the R+D staff to some of the most inhospitable testing environments in the world. To earn its place within the Manitou family, the Mastodon passed performance and reliability testing in both real world and lab scenarios at temperatures as low as -40 degrees.

Not only does the Mastodon guarantee uniform performance across the most extreme climates and conditions, but it also guarantees excellent performance above and beyond anything available, period. Its 34mm trail chassis is stiffer and steers more precisely than any other product on the market. The trusted Manitou Reverse Arch requires less material for maximum torsional stiffness making for a lighter yet better performing structure. Its stiffness is even further improved when combined with the Manitou Hexlock SL thru axle. Available in PRO and COMP versions, fatbike enthusiasts can choose between 100 and 120mm travel options.

All Mastodon models are internally adjustable by the rider in 10mm increments with COMP being internally adjustable from 80mm to 140mm and PRO models adjustable from 100mm to 140mm. This represents a huge advantage for shops, who can carry one single SKU instead of 5. It is also a breath of fresh air for the rider, who no longer has to make a decision based on travel, knowing fully well they can adjust the fork to their needs at any given point in time.

The ease at which the adjustment of travel is performed means that not only does the rider have the possibility to set travel to their desired travel but they can do so without the assistance of a professional mechanic. The incorporation of such a simple procedure to adjust travel is yet another step towards Manitou’s ultimate goal of creating the best performing, easiest to adjust, most tunable solution available.

Like all Pro level suspension, the Mastodon utilizes the Dorado air spring first debuted in our iconic Dorado model in tandem with MC2 compression damping and TPC rebound damping all confer to core Manitou technologies originally developed for World Cup level competition. These technologies, along with IVA volume adjustment that allows for fine tuning of the air spring, make for an unmatched customizable suspension that adapts to an extremely wide variety of conditions, riding styles and personal preferences.

An additional element of versatility derives from the availability to build up with either 26 or 27.5” wheels and is available in standard or extended ride height versions. Extended ride height versions fit up to 26×5.15” / 27.5×4.5” tires while standard ride height versions fit up to 26×4” / 27.5×3.8” tires. With such a wide range of possibilities, dialing in one’s perfect ride for any fat tire situation is now a reality.


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  • 154 3
 Some people will certainly dig this colorway, but I just don't see it.
  • 44 1
 Slow clap
  • 12 1
 ...some will see it as black and white, while others will see it in shades of grey...
  • 4 2
 It's only appropriate in the show when your on a recon mission
  • 27 0
 @speed10: snow clap?
  • 2 0
 it's so you have extra fun trying to find your bike after you've left it to take a leak
  • 5 0
 @BobbyHillbomb I don't see what you did there
  • 44 0
 I was hoping for a Mastodon the band themed graphics. Forget it now Manitou!
  • 5 0
 dude they should do it!
  • 3 0
 Do you know what Mastodon means??

It's a pretty good one..

If I remember correctly, it quite literally means nipple tooth (or teeth), from the dinosaur of the same name that had teeth that looked like nipples .
  • 1 0
 @OliOliOli: thx a lot. I learned something new today Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Split your lungs with blood and thunder!!!!!
  • 3 0
When you see the white whale
Break your backs and crack your oars men
If you wish to prevail
  • 43 3
 TIL fatbikes still exist. (no snark, I just straight up forgot about this market segment.)
  • 3 3
 Came here to say the same thing!!
  • 18 0
 It's regional. Upper Midwest and New England seem to be the core locations. Mine hangs from the rafters of my garage with the poggies still attached and spiked tires still on.
  • 19 0
 Mine comes out every November and gets put away by April. Got lots of trails near my house, but I approach fatbiking with a minimalistic /no-maintenance mindset so no suspension for me.
  • 1 0
 How dare they remind me of winter anyway, it's f*ng middle of September, still like 3 months of riding for me Wink
  • 7 0
 @st-lupo: I am riding my trek Farley all year long and I am in south of Spain.
  • 3 3
 Seems a bit ambitious to make 300 forks.
  • 1 0
 Indeed, I ride my Blizzard year round. Bike I grab for trail solo rides, as it's dang near bulletproof.
  • 2 0
 @mr-moose: they make about 300 limited edition mastodons every year actually. They make a whole lot more in black :-D
  • 1 0
 @st-lupo: I was the same but I am now building up a new fatbike and am looking for a Mastodon as I want to ride it a bit during spring, summer and fall, especially with my nephew on a shotgun. The wide q-factor will be a lot better to pedal with him!!! I cannot wait to ride it!

It's a cool colorway but once again, with that orange it ruins everything! :S Anyway I need a fully black one to fit my raw and purple bike. lol
  • 8 0
 purchased a fat bike last year. This has been the best winter ever. I do a lot of things outdoors in the winter ( hiking, snowboarding, pooping outside), but with an option to ride my local single track and no need to drive 350 km to the mountains it just made winter that much better. I also feel like riding in the winter made me a better rider in the summer... there is no weird transition period when you feel weird being on a bike the first few days.
  • 3 0
 @valrock: Truly that is awesome! Good for you!
  • 3 0
 @Sscottt: *laughs in quebecois*
  • 3 0
 @valrock: Yeahhhh exactly what I was telling everybody when I started fatbiking!! We're used to get off the bike for a good 4-5-6 months so it was always weird for the first couple of rides but no more weird transition like you said! If too much snow we can snowboard, snowshoe or whatever but otherwise, bike, bike and bike!! Big Grin
  • 4 0
 @Timo82: @valrock: To add to this, when the conditions are terrible for skiing, i.e. pure ice, bare hill, or fresh rain that turns snow into crust, the Fatbiking is perfect. These conditions are seemingly more prevalent in New England lately...
  • 3 0
 @iduckett: yup, with studded tires I can take on any hill in any conditions ( pure ice, packed snow, fresh powder ) on any given single track
  • 3 0
 @valrock: There is a special time of year here where we get a layer of dry snow over ballistic ice. Just enough snow to keep the studs from engaging the ice and the snow slides like ball bearings on the ice. Deadly.
  • 3 0
 @iduckett: Yeah I used to snowboard all the time during winter but after so many years, I was getting tired of riding on ice....Same thing in Quebec than New England: less snow, more rain/ice than ever so I'm on my fatbike 95% of the time!
  • 2 0
 for those who thinks fat bikes are some sort of very niche riding, they can be as much fun as summer riding -
  • 21 1
 Mastodon is the only legit fat fork on the market for mountainbikers. Here in ottawa we ride fat bikes for 4+ months of the season, it's not a choice or preference, its just the only way to keep on a bike.

The Mastodon has been a solid fork you can legit ride snow covered enduro trails without feeling like your on a fat bike. The sale point for me is the stiffness and the cold weather performance. Bluto is a noodle, and shit box in cold weather.
  • 1 4
 Waiting for Fox 38/RS Zeb Fatty edition fork.

Stiffness rules running 5" flat basketball tires at a (maybe) jogging pace on tire packed snow
  • 6 1

I hope you would reconsider what people are doing in the winter for fun these days, fat bikes are starting to get ridden pretty good, and I've seen allot of DH riders and enduro riders take the the trails.

Here are some nuts ridding highland PB drop on fatties, if you think we don't need some squish!

  • 1 0
 would there be a market for custom crown and axle kits for dorado tubes? or do fat bikes not get that long?

i know nothing on this subject, just that upside down forks would be easy to repurpose to do this
  • 20 0
 Now all I need is my mossy oak t-shirt, sweat pants and a bud light.
  • 52 4
 And a domestic violence charge to round it off.
  • 15 1
 Concealed 9mm in your downtube. Just in case some liberal forces you to be a vigilante
  • 18 1
 Back in the day, I was so envious of the Manitou Sherman camo forks. I am less envious of this.
  • 16 0
 Honestly though, if you pull up to the ice fishin' shack on this thing the boys are gonna go ape!
  • 21 5
 Are there mounts for a gun rack?
  • 46 10
 "A gun rack? What am I going to do with a gun rack? I don't even own *a* gun, let alone many guns which would necessitate an entire rack.

What am I going to do with a gun rack?"
  • 19 12
 @jeffrocx: are you mental?
  • 12 0
 @SATN-XC: lmao looks like people missed your comment. If its a severed head I'm going to be very upset.
  • 8 3
 @jeffrocx: *whoosh*
  • 4 0
 @DylanH93: C'mon, at that time we still had audio cassettes and the phones were still attached to the wall! It's an ancient history for a lot of guys here
  • 4 2
 “We dont even have ah gun in which to necessitate ah gun rack”
  • 14 0
 @DylanH93: the number of people on this site that either don’t like Wayne’s World or don’t know what it is sucks and cuts [deep]

Wayne: it certainly does suck
  • 3 1
 I owned the Cogburn CB4 for a while. It was marketed as a hunting bike with a mounts for a gun rack lol.
  • 1 0

Missed opportunity to call volume adjusters "sugar pucks."

They're excellent.
  • 2 0
 @jeffrocx: game on!

Classic movie.
  • 1 0
 @pakleni: Live in the now!
  • 1 0
 @SATN-XC: Was it Kierkegaard or Dick Van Patten who said, 'If you label me, you negate me'?
  • 19 5

Manitou: check out our limited edish fat bike fork!
  • 14 1
 "Limited edition for a fork with no limits"...
I would imagine there are a few limits.
  • 6 0
 One thing's for sure: internal travel adjustment is the bee's knees. I have two forks (Helms) that can be adjusted from 120 to 160mm in about 15 minutes with no extra parts and it's pretty handy when you're thinking about new frames or different riding conditions (i.e. living in a more xc-oriented place but taking occasional trips to bigger trails).

Plus, like they said in the press release, it makes life a lot easer for dealers that only have to stock one thing.
  • 5 0
 Manitou has a nice travel adjust as well. Just pop the lowers off (you can preserve the oil in the lowers while doing it too), then snap on the travel reducers and put I back together. It’s pretty quick. Plus, you get to swab and grease the internals, which needs to be done on most any new fork anyways.
  • 1 0
 I really miss Rockshox DPA forks, they were great.
  • 3 0
 It may come as a shock to a lot of mtbers that only ride trail or downhill but there still is a pretty big niche of riders into fat bikes. Their limited edition mastodon sells out. I run one on my RSD mayor on my dry midwestern trails. It shares trail time with my normal mountain bikes. They are just fun. Not the fastest, but still pretty fun.
  • 3 0
 And when it comes to climb some very stupid steep hills on loose soil there is nothing better to get enough traction and not walk the bike. I also ride a lot my fat bike on dried out rivers where the ground is way too soft and is a huge drag on regular width MTB. Not everybody has a bike park next door.
  • 1 0
 @opignonlibre: My weapon of choice up steep washed out fire roads. So much damn grip.
  • 3 0
 I wish Manitou would use the old Manitou 2,3,4 and efc forks as inspiration. They are the best looking forks ever made! Just incredible
  • 6 0
 They somewhat did with the Mezzer
  • 5 0
 @Mac1987: The Mezzer looks badass in person compared to my 36. It’s all blacked out with slim adjusters and the 37mm stanchions but Fox 36 weight is immediately noticeable. Just looks burly.
  • 3 0
 @Mac1987: True, Manitou 1 vibe but nothing close to the 4 or EFC.
  • 5 0
 Bring back the Sherman plz
  • 1 0
 There should be a lot more of this in the sport (neat cosmetic only changes), but specific to professional/factory riders. With disc golf, factory players very frequently get a custom graphic to make a player preferred "stock" mold their signature disc. Part of the proceeds from the sales of the specific disc go to the player themselves. There is a constant stream of signature discs coming out- and they tend to sell like hot cakes. This can be done on otherwise production parts, so there's not the high cost of NPD involved (though, yes, sometimes they have different flight characteristics).

I know it's not unheard of for signature parts in MTB. Grips, saddles, bars and stems... but those tend to have their own form factor. I'd love to see more "stock" parts carrying special graphics and whatnot from pro riders, it'd be a great way to support your favorite personalities in the sport somewhat directly. Plus you get to jazz up your ride to suit your "look".
  • 3 0
 dude think about skateboarding, pro graphics, shoe colorways, trucks, etc... sometimes its about having interesting designs on your stuff not just repping whatever pro too. its pretty clear the bike industry is mainly concerned with whatever is easiest to sell though unfortunately.
  • 2 0
 @MaxDeutsch: Totally agree man, it's p lame tbh.
  • 2 0
 @phobospwns ...I probably shouldn't have laughed as I did, but I wasn't expecting the comparison to...disc golf. I know it's a thing, I didn't know it's a much a thing as you just described it as.
  • 1 0
 @hayesbicycle i've recently rebuilt my mezzer LE damper from the shims upward. in doing so i broke the tenon thread on the piston rod. this happened because despite my best effort i couldnt find rebuild instructions online for an MC2 damper.

then i contacted your uk distributer and they couldnt get me a spare part, so i had to buy a new damper. or i would have if i hadn't measured up the tenon and had a friend who i now owe beer make me one. I've now rebuilt the damper and it seems to be working fine, although i have yet to actually test it.

your products are really good; please put instructions on how to maintain them online or at least fastening torques, exploded views and shim stack specs so this doesn't happen to other people and they can properly rebuild their dampers. and i dont know how big a deal it would be to offer small spares, but it would be hugely helpful. youre very lucky you have a group of devoted tinkerers on the mtbr forum giving this information out for you

sincerely, a manitou fan.
  • 4 1
 FWIW, I ran this fork for 2 years, had zero problems with it and found it to perform GREAT!!!
  • 4 0
 I need this for my orange and black rocky mountain blizzard
  • 3 0
 I have some manitou Sherman ptsd from this colour way.
  • 1 0
 Do fat bikes still exist out side of snowy or sandy areas? There were getting pushed hard as some awesome new style of bike a while ago but it all seems to have gone quiet.
  • 2 0
 I would totally want one for Tahoe CA if I lived there.
  • 1 2
 Still tops out at 140mm.

Would have hoped that a fancy LE model would get you 150mm of travel, but that seems to remain reserved for the EXT Pro variant that's only available direct from Manitou (but usually out of stock).
  • 6 0
 Are there many fatbikes with geo for such long forks? Admittedly I'm not really into the fat scene, but I was under the impression that the combo of the fat tires and a moderate amount of suspension travel was enough for most/all applications.
  • 1 0
 @big-red: Probably not a ton, but I know there is a local frame builder who is incorporating aggressive HT geo into his fatbike frames and I'm sure longer travel forks would be more than welcome.
  • 1 0
 @big-red: only for those that ride slow. Do you ride a rigid fork on your summer ride? I ride singletrack primarily on my fat bike off the same jumps and more berms. Most fun is pure ice ride becomes like a luge run.
  • 2 0
 Looks sweet! Dig my Mastedon Comp.
  • 2 0
 Manitou sherman)))
  • 1 0
 Back in the day Manitou did that. What goes around comes around.
  • 1 0
 Urban lumberjack fork?
  • 1 0
 Wheres My Dorado Bruh?
  • 2 2
 Yea Merica…. Wait I mean Manitou!!! tup
  • 3 5
 "The Mastodon Pro LE will be produced in a one time, 300-unit production run"
I didn't know there were 300 fat bike riders
  • 1 2
 I wish they did these with a straight steerer Frown
  • 2 0
 You might be able to run a EC44 lower cup with a bearing for 56 taper. Check it out.
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