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"The Mastodon has made my fatbike a great all around choice no matter the ride or season. The performance and stiffness is exactly what I was looking for when I started riding them. I’m happy to be riding the newest and best looking version! "
- Pat Smage
The Manitou Dorado Air spring system contains a unique balancing valve that equalizes the positive and negative air chambers during the air fill process. This gives the spring rate a consistent feel without any flat or dead spots in the stroke, along with giving riders of different weights the same initial stroke feel.
The Mastodon Pro features our fully sealed cartridge MC2 Damper technology that provides an independent HSC circuit providing an adjustable high-speed blow off point combined with a LSC circuit providing adjustment for chassis control and small bump sensitivity. This cartridge utilizes a bladder with a blow off valve to prevent rupture under high pressures and keep your damping controlled and consistent no matter the terrain.
The trusted Manitou Reverse Arch requires less material for maximum torsional stiffness making for a lighter yet better performing structure. Its stiffness is even further improved when combined with the Manitou Hexlock SL thru axle.
I wanted this one since it came out, but didn't want to pay extra for just a paint job, well lucky me finding this LE on sale right after 3rd Gen was released. The paint job is amazing, it blends in with winter trails so nicely and I will keep the orange stickers for sure.
Now to the performance. It is sooooo smooth, it's crazy, this is the first year for me when I finally started to run premium high end suspension on my full squish bikes, and this Mastodon is one of the smoothest of them all. It feels like warm butter, like really, it goes into travel so nicely. I didn't ride it much yet and this is a dedicated winter-only only bike\fork when trails actually much smoother. But I am looking forward for more grip and tricks and fun with added from suspension.
The only experience I have with fat bikes forks is older RS Bluto, and while I like RS products, Mastodon is just on another level. Another things is - after obtaining service tools ( cut out cassette tool and thin deep 8mm socket) I am blown away by how easy it is to work on these forks for as an occasional home mechanic. It is a breath of fresh air in the world of super complicated suspension that just not worth servicing yourself. Koodos to Hayes team for providing detailed manuals that are easy to follow
Badass graphics. This is going on my Norco Bigfoot VLT. A little assisted snowplowing!
I installed this on my Fezzari Kings Peak using 27.5 x 4.5 Terrene Cake Eaters and so far I'm loving it. I splurged on the LE just because I thought it would look nice with my white and orange frame. Plenty of room between the crown and the tire. It has really tamed the bounciness of the front end on those rocky sections with no snow. The only minor negative I would give is that the two high and low speed compression dials on the top of the fork I received are very stiff to turn (especially the black dial) and the edges of the dials are a little bit sharp (probably enhanced by how stiff they are to turn) but, now that I have them both set up no issues. Very happy with my purchase so far. Thanks.