R8 Pro
R8 Pro
R8 Pro
R8 Pro

R8 Pro


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Manitou Research and Development (MRD) spent nearly two entire World Cup season’s testing and refining the perfect xc solution underneath elite athletes, with the fork hiding in plain sight thanks to its prototype camouflage. From the first iteration the fork has been securing podiums on the world stage, further proof that being RIDDEN, NOT HIDDEN produces results.  In other words, what started off as a successful initial test gave way to an elite feedback loop that produced the most complete XC racing suspension package available. Little did curious minds know that beneath the intriguing covering lied a killer, of compromise: the MANITOU R8. 

• Developed on the World Cup circuit with winning athletes
• Dorado Air with IVA tuned for XC
• Variable Terrain Tune Pro Sealed Cartridge
• All New Hyperlite Chassis with external machining for less weight
• Remote Lockout
• Hexlock SLR Axle

•Wheel Size: 29"
•Weight: 1450g
•Offset: 44mm
•Ride Height:
-80mm = 491 a2c
-100mm = 510 a2c
-120mm = 530 a2c
•Spring: Dorado Air with IIVA XC
•Compression Damping: VTT-Pro X Sealed Cartridge with tooled Open Mode Low Speed Adjust. Remote lockout
•Rebound Damping: Sealed Damper TPC
•Adjustments: Air, air volume, Rebound, 3 position compression, Open mode Compression
•Lockout: Duece Remote
•Steerer: 1.5" Tapered
•Crown: Forged Aluminum, Hollow Bore, External maching, Polished - Hyperlite Chassis
•Leg Diameter: 34mm
•Leg Material: 7000 Series
•Brake: Post Mount 160mm (203 Max)
•Axle: 15mm x 110mm Hexlock SLR
•Max Tire Size: 62mm
•Options: Fender Kit, TSR, Non remote knobs
•E-Bike Compatible: No
•ASTM: 3
•GVWR: 136kg

All of what you need, nothing that you don’t

While the first request from athletes was for a stiff chassis for precise handling on technically demanding XC courses, reducing the weight of this very stiff platform was the secondary priority in the development of the new Manitou fork. No area of the fork was left untouched to ensure that every single gram that could be removed was, while not affecting rigidity or reliability in the least. The resulting 34mm HYPERLITE chassis, with direct mount fender design, plays a major role in the fork’s featherlike weight. The featherweight crown benefits from deep hollow boring to remove excess material from the inside as external machining does the same outside in a manner that strikes the perfect balance between stiffness and weight. The rear-facing arch and its shorter pathway from leg to leg requires less material and thus represents not only an increase in stiffness but a significant area of weight savings. By using stress analysis software and countless hours in the testing lab, Manitou engineers were able to eliminate excess material from both the rear portion of the arch, the dropouts and other areas thus shaving additional grams from the overall casting weight. The development of 7000 series straight thin wall legs adds yet another area of weight savings. Further reductions in weight come from material optimization in the production of Manitou’s lightest axle ever produced, te Hexlock SL-R, a R8 specific axle weighing a mere 25 grams.
The weight savings even went as far as optimizing functional internal parts. The incorporation of our lightest air spring, the XC tune Dorado Air, a light weight XC version of the IVA volume adjustment and application specific shaft lengths and materials ensure smooth performance at a lower weight. The newly developed, XC-specific VTT Pro-X sealed damper further reduces weight Only through such thorough and complete actions could a rigid, reactive, and reliable fork with its performance characteristics tip the scales at an amazingly low 1480gr.


Creating the next level in reliable, lightweight and extremely performance oriented front suspension required the development of a fork that performed in all situations and could adapt easily to varied terrain and circumstances. The R8 fork is far from a static unit and the Manitou Engineers worked diligently to produce a premium level remote system to ensure the rider’s complete control of the suspension. While there will be a manual knob option available with the R8 it is most probable that the majority of XC riders will prefer the remote solution. The ACE and DEUCE combo is a Manitou made underbar remote lockout that controls fork, shock and dropper posts. The Ace lever controls the dropper post while the Deuce lever controls both the fork and shock. The two levers are stackable and can be built into the configuration that makes the most sense for each individual rider. In other words, the Ace can be built above or below the Deuce and either can be built as a stand-alone lever as well. In an effort to minimize weight the lever uses 3mm housing and .9mm cable however, is compatible also with standard 4mm housing and 1.2mm cable. 

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