"Black" line of forks are scheduled for release
in 2002 and are sure to cause a ruckus. The new line
of forks will be replacing Manitou's SX and X-Vert.
A reversed arch now claims to offer increased stiffness
which will result in more control, smoother-moving travel,
and better tire clearance.
forks will fall in a price range of $250-$500, named
Black Comp, Black Elite, Black Elite Air, and Black
Super Air which has adjustable travel, Quick Range TPC,
an aluminum steerer, hollow crown, Manitou's hybrid
coil/air spring, adjustable rebound damping and lockout.
It also has "Rapid Travel", which is comprised
of a small lever at the bottom of the left leg. When
the lever is flipped and fork pushed down, the travel
is reduced. Repeat the process to return to it's optimum
length. It adjusts between 100 and 120mm. The
Elite Air is the only one of the 4 that does not have
the "Rapid Travel Adjust".
the photo at right and notice the "Mini Boots"
which have replaced the Manitou's standard full length
rubbers. The new "minis" incorporate a long
scraper lip to clean the leg as it slides down to prevent
contamination of the seals. Also evident on the example
fork at right is not thru-axle. This will NOT be an
option as Manitou feels the new fork stiffness nullifies
picture at right to enlarge.