24
Feb
2009

Preview: 2009 Manitou Dorado

2/24/2009 : sicklines
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2009 Manitou Dorado

2009 marks the return of the Manitou Dorado. On the surface it looks similar to previous Dorado’s but its essentially new inside and out. The Hayes Bicycle Group bought Manitou in 2006 and have carefully addressed the design and functionality of the new Dorado. The Dorado is assembled in the USA.

See all the details and a video inside detailing the new Dorado.

One of the biggest hurdles Manitou feels on this new Dorado is setting it up correctly. Even if you look around on the internet, you’ll see incorrect information on the 2009 Dorado. It is incorrect to think of the TPC+ as “low speed”, and what they consider high speed is not the same as what FOX / RockShox.

The TPC is more for the bigger square edge impacts (although it does affect small bump sensitivity to a degree) and their “high speed” adjuster is more in line with what FOX / RockShox call “low speed”.

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Make sure to watch the video below and learn about what the settings really do as well as a lot of the internal functions / improvements of the Dorado.

There’s a lot of incorrect information out there so you can hear it directly from Manitou in the video. You might need to get a drink / snack because it’s 20 minutes. You can also download the same video (.mov 500mb) if you prefer.

Contents:

  • Manitou Dorado fork
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  • Short and Tall crown
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  • 8″ IS and Post mount disc brake adapter
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  • Documentation

Specifications:

  • Inverted construction
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  • Dual-layer, custom modulus carbon legs
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  • 36mm hard-anodized aluminum stanchions
  • Internally convertible between 180mm and 203mm of travel
  • Self-equilibrating air spring
  • TPC+ compression damping with adjustable velocity, pressure, and energy-dependent circuits
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TPC+ and high speed adjustments (click to enlarge)

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rebound (click to enlarge)

  • Open-bath, double-tube rebound damper
  • Hydraulic bottom-out and top-out
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bottom-out circuit (click to enlarge)

  • HexLock 20mm thru-axle
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Weights:

Manufacturer Model Year Real(g) Pic.
Manitou Dorado with short crown and full steerer tube
2009
2908g / 6.41lbs
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Manitou Dorado 8″ Post Mount adapter
2009
30
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Manitou Dorado 8″ IS adapter
2009
26
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Manitou Dorado Tall crown
2009
187
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Manitou Dorado Short crown
2009
178
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Cost:

The MSRP is $2775 USD for the 2009 Manitou Dorado. In the US, orders will be taken by dealers and fulfilled directly from their Milwaukee, WI facility. In the rest of the world, they’ll be carried by distributors and sold through shops. The Dorado is assembled in the USA.

Factory Support:

The Dorado is a bit unique and the Hayes Bicycle Group wants to make sure the people who buy it get the most out of it. They’re offering a support package for every person who purchases a Dorado that includes a good bit that is outlined below.

Customers who purchase a new Dorado in 2009 will receive two free overhauls of their fork within the first two years of ownership.

This service will be performed either directly by HBG’s service center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, or by an authorized Manitou Service Center.

Each overhaul will include a complete tear-down and inspection, replacement of damper fluid, and replacement of all worn or damaged o-rings, dust wipers, and oil seals.

Additionally, routine maintenance will be provided at no-cost at all events attended by the Hayes Bicycle Group race support crew.

Initial Analysis:

The 2009 Dorado rides quite well and we’ll be posting up a full review of it after we get more time on it. So far it rides amazingly well and is one of the best (if not the best) fork available. The price tag is steep but if you want the features and benefits of the Dorado it’s a hard fork to beat when it comes to performance on the downhill.

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The TPC+ and high speed adjustment work in harmony together to provide a supple initial feel and maintain good ride height. Often it’s hard to set up a fork to be plush initially, not dive in the corners (or under heavy braking), and take big hits without harshly bottoming but the 2009 Dorado does just that. The bottom out circuit is very impressive to say the least and works with you to maintain control on big hits without blowing your hands off the bars.

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If you’re looking for a high quality race fork for 2009 and want the best, it’s arguable that the Dorado is the answer for 2009.

Contact Info:

If you have any questions, feel free to contact David Lee

1.888.686.3472 extension 4243

[2009 Manitou Dorado Gallery] [Hayes Bicycle Group Website]


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