When developing the VTT Pro Damper, Manitou 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 position other than lock-out reaches 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 lack of control. The goal with VTT is to eliminate that high-speed spike while maintaining the lock-out force demanded by most XC users. This allows the fork to have a less progressive high-speed response while maintaining some low-speed support without getting wallowy. This is achieved thru independent shim-stacks (one for Lockout, one for the other two positions). By controlling the shim-stack through which the oil flow is diverted, we can manipulate the characteristic of the damper to be Lock-out, Digressive, or Progressive to meet the demands of the rider and terrain.
Manitou R7 Pro 27.5" Fork
Light enough to please the weight weenies, stiff enough to smash the jump lines, and reliable enough to do it every day of the week. The ALL NEW R7 Pro is down for whatever!
The R7 Pro is a fast XC racing fork that can hang with the trail riding crowd. A stiff, light, 32mm-stanchion chassis and the all-new VTT Pro damper deliver maximum terrain sensitivity in rocky, rutted sections, and maximum efficiency during all-out pedaling efforts.
Damper: VTT Pro
Rock-solid lockout without compromise. Thanks to independent shim stacks you no longer need to lose sensitivity in your open positions to achieve a true lock-out. This means you can still crank climbs without bobbing, and blast through rock gardens without shattering your forearms on the same ride.
Air Spring: Dorado Air w/IVA
As the name suggests this air spring is derived from Manitou's legendary Dorado DH Fork. Dorado Air features a unique balancing valve that equalizes pressure between the positive and negative air chambers during the air fill process. This provides the fork with a consistent feel without any flat or dead spots in the stroke. To manage volume Manitou included their Incremental Volume Adjust (IVA). The IVA is a self-contained volume reduction system that allows greater ramp-up change than conventional adjustment systems without the need for additional parts.
- VTT Pro Damper with Compression, Open Mode and Rebound Adjustability
- Dorado Air Spring with IVA volume adjustment
- HexLock SL Thru-Axle provides a strong wheel connection, while remaining one of the simplest wheel removal/installations possible
- 32mm black anodized 7000 series aluminum stanchions with Reverse-Arch design
- Internally adjustable from 120 to 80mm in 10mm increments
- Easily upgradable to remote using MILO Upgrade Kit (TAH2AP8528)
- Available in two different offsets, 44mm or 51mm
- 180mm rotor maximum
- Low-friction dust seals
- Starnut not included
VTT Pro Variable Terrain Tune
Adjustments: 3-Position Compression Adjust With Open Mode Adjust
New for 32mm chassis, Manitou is adapting their proven Dorado Air to fit the needs of shorter travel riders. The Manitou Dorado Air Spring System contain 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 we have tuned the volumes in each chamber to give ideal support and feel for shorter travel. Also included on the air leg is the 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 allows greater ramp-up change than conventional adjustment systems without the need for additional parts.
When developing the chassis of any Manitou fork the primary goal is finding the perfect balance of weight, stiffness, and reliability. Thanks to Manitou's Reverse Arch, they were able to position the arch further away from the axle. The lower tire clearance behind the fork relative to the center of the axle allows for a shorter arch which yields 13% increased stiffness compared to a conventional forward arch fork of the equivalent weight. Because of this Manitou 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.
- Wheel Size: 27.5"
- Steerer: 1.5" Tapered
- Travel: 100mm or 120mm (80-120mm Internally adjustable in 10mm increments)
- Color: Gloss Black/Chrome
Offset: 37mm or 44mm
Spring: Dorado Air w/ IVA
Axle: 15mm x110mm Hexlock
- Compression Damping: VTT Pro
- Rebound Damping: Half Cartridge adjustable TPC
- Brake Post Mount: 160mm (203mm Max)
- Adjustments: Air, Rebound, 3-position Compression (Open, Trail, Lock) with Open Mode Adjust, IVA position
Leg Diameter: 32mm
- Leg Material: 7000- Series Butted Wall Aluminum
- Ride Height: 471-511mm