Larger riders have trouble setting up the Minute and Tower Pros. The Marvel pro uses a straight air spring that will be easy to set up no matter the rider weight.
Originally Posted by InWyo
Are you riding the Marvel? If so, how does it stack up?
I'm thinking of either getting the Marvel or the Reba RLT, but lack of reviews has me leaning towards the Reba...however the price and weight of the Marvel will give me some more flexibility on the remainder of my build. I road Manitou forks about 10 or 12 years ago, and I believe that was before they started having issues, and have been on difference incarnates of Fox Float forks since.
Are they easy to set up, and do you have any thoughts on serviceability/durability as well?
I got a Marvel Pro from CRC for $283 today, got it installed and blasted around my favorite local punishing ground and I have to say that in every way it is as good or better than my Fox 32 100 RLC (something bad happened inside the Fox, which is why I now have the Manitou). Damping is really nice and setup was easy. Smooth, stiff. I really tried my best to hurt it today, but it took good care of me.
After the steer tube was cut, weight was exactly the same. 3.02lb.
Is there anyway to purchase the Pro's rebound damper (Cartridge TPC) to convert an Marvel Expert?
You'd probably also need the cartridge Absolute + compression damper with the cartridge tube for it to work.
Originally Posted by AC/BC
From what I can see the Expert and Pro use the same CSU and legs so you should be able to convert it if you buy the:
Cartridge Absolute + Damper Assembly
Cartridge Tube for the appropriate amount of travel
Cartridge Rebound Assembly
Part numbers are in the Service Guide: http://www.manitoumtb.com/assets/Ser...e%20Manual.pdf
Maybe contact Manitou about it: firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a quick review to say i am absolutely amazed by how good the Marvel Pro is. I got it like a few others here on a super cheap offer at Chainreaction, and I was expecting an 'OK' fork. Something that would just do the job. How wrong i was!
I've now had a few months riding the fork and i've got to say it has excelled my expectations in every way. It's light, stiff and superbly damped. The adjusters make noticeable changes. The fork was pretty plush to start with but loosened up even more after a few rides.
If i had to report some downsides, I would say the quick release is a little funky at first but you soon getthe hang of it, and the front disc hose cable routing is not the finest. Extra zip ties required to keep it where you want it.
I've ridden xc, swoopy trails and steep gnarly trails (that'd i'd easily feel ok about riding my downhill bike down) and it has excelled in every department (and got me out of some sketchy moments!).
Rich (not employed by Manitou)
My version is the 120mm tapered steerer 15mmQR
2014 marvel pro 100mm. so far so good. I weigh 137 lbs. really smooth with small bumps. first ride: I had it with 50 psi, fork was too harsh on the larger bumps, yet butter smooth on small bumps, sometimes couldn't feel them.. only used about half the travel most of the ride. eventually travel indicator got bumped up to 1.25" left.
second ride today. lowered psi to 40. my pump(and most I've seen) only have 3 marks between 0-50, then from 50-100 theres 4. so kinda tricky to know exact psi when under 50. smoother on medium bumps now. Looking for that small bump feel on the medium bumps, maybe its too much to ask for.
I set it to 35 psi for tomorrow. fork sags on its own at that psi. I've left rebound knob at the half way point for both rides, and abs knob full open.
At your weight, you are going to need to mess withe the compression shim stack and maybe even the rebound shim stack. You are going to be over damped.
Originally Posted by Gabe3
I'll be over dampened till I change the shim stack? if the fork was tuned for my weight, how much psi would I use? I'll have to search your tuning thread for people at my weight. I don't know if their setup would still apply to the marvel if they are using a different fork?
Originally Posted by mullen119
Last edited by Gabe3; 11-23-2014 at 09:42 PM.
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