LEGENDS NEVER DIE
The longest-standing inverted downhill-specific fork is back, in a big way. For almost two decades, the Dorado has rewarded riders with unrivaled suspension performance and on-trail precision. The newest rendition stays true to its heritage with an inverted design, but this is where the similarities end. Featuring a new 37mm chassis, fresh internals, and new material options the all-new Dorado is now available in three trim levels, Pro, Expert, and Comp.
Inverted forks provide an incredibly smooth and consistent feel due to the constant lubrication of the bushings and seals. Inverted forks also provide a major increase in fore-aft stiffness with much longer bushing overlap compared to traditional fork designs while maintaining torsional compliance which provides more control to the rider over rough trail sections.
The blend of the increased fore-aft stiffness and lateral compliance improves steering accuracy and traction while simultaneously reducing rider fatigue. When riding, you can focus more on what’s ahead and allow the fork to track over the small trail inconsistencies without bouncing you off-line.
Inverted design means lower unsprung weight. With less weight moving with the wheel over obstacles the fork can respond quicker to changes on the trail benefiting your traction over rough terrain.
37mm to be the perfect balance of increased stiffness, weight savings, and an ideal seal surface area for reduced friction. Compared to the previous 36mm version of the Dorado, the new 37mm carbon Pro chassis is 27% stiffer fore-aft and 22% stiffer torsionally. The alloy Expert and Comp also saw a significant increase in stiffness at 20% for both fore-aft and torsionally when compared to the former 36mm. The shared chassis of the Expert and Comp is also e-bike certified.
PRO: TPC+ SEALED CARTRIDGE
New for the Dorado Pro is our TPC+ Sealed cartridge damper. This new TPC+ (twin-piston cartridge) Sealed damper is built off the former version and maintains its twin-piston design as the name suggests. TPC+ is a velocity and position-dependent damping circuit that maintains light damping through small bumps when the fork is high in its travel. As the fork compresses deeper in the travel the secondary TPC+ circuit engages and increased the damping force for added support and bottom-out prevention. Additionally, an independent Hydraulic Bottom-out circuit further increases the damping force in the final 30mm of travel to soften deep travel events and prevent hard bottom out. The new cartridge design with spring-backed IFP fully seals damper oil for the most consistent damping on long demanding DH runs. Spring-backed IFPs offer improved performance during extreme riding. Unlike a bladder system, an IFP pressurizes the oil at the initial stroke eliminating any cavitation for the most consistent damping. The compression damping can be adjusted for both low-speed and high-speed damping independently from one another through the two knobs located on the bottom of the fork. The rebound damper features a new tune that has a more defined range with increased settings, this will allow for the rider to have more fine-tuning of their rebound speed. The rebound can be adjusted by the blue knob located on the top of the fork.
EXP: TPC+ HALF CARTRIDGE
The Expert shares a similar version of TPC+ but in a half cartridge format. Compared to the previous version of TPC+ the updated version has a redesigned architecture that reduces pressure losses during the rebound stroke by separating the check-valve from the compression pistons. It also features a new single high-flow check valve design that increases flow paths for improved small-bump compliance and increased damping consistency. The HBO circuit has been moved inside the damping cartridge to be fully submerged within the damping fluid to further improve end-of-stroke consistency. On top of these improvements, we have also redesigned our knob and detent design for better fine-tuning of the adjustment range. Both low and high-speed compression are adjusted independently of each other on the bottom of the fork with the Rebound adjustment found on top.
Our Comp version of the Dorado is fitted with our ABS+ damper. This damper has been with Manitou almost as long as the Dorado itself and has seen countless refinements over the years. Known for its incredible reliability and easy tuning this was a no-brainer to include on the Comp version of the Dorado.
As a bonus, every damper within the Dorado family is interchangeable. Should you wish to swap your damper, replacements are available as well as guides to assist you through the process.