Mezzer in the News
IÑAKI GAVIN, MTB PRO MAGAZINE
“On trails with many bumps, steps, and down features, the fork's performance is superb, filtering out a lot of hits (impacts) and bringing tons of comfort and softness to the cockpit allowing a restful ride.”Spain
BRIAN GEROW, SINGLETRACKS MAGAZINE
“In short, this fork is not only surprisingly light and wicked stiff, it’s also at the top of the suspension tune ability chart.”USA
ALEX EVANS, BIKERADAR
“The Mezzer’s a surprise performer, offering an excellent balance between small bump sensitivity and bottom-out resistance. It’s particularly capable no matter how deep into its travel or how hard you’re pushing it. The fork’s performance really impressed me."UK
CHRIS SPATH, MTB-NEWS.DE
“Superiorly the Mezzer Pro works away impacts and provides a lot of confidence to the rider.”Germany
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.
Infinite Rate Tune (IRT) allows for advanced spring tuning by independently adjusting air pressures in the beginning and end stroke. IRT technology creates a secondary positive air spring that effects only the middle to end stroke of the fork. This allows the main air spring to be set to lower pressures for improved small bump sensitivity while maintaining mid-stroke support and moderate to aggressive end-stroke ramp-up.
The Mezzer 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.
Travel Change Made Easy
The Mezzer is internally travel adjustable from 180mm down to 140mm. This is done quite easily by adding or removing the supplied travel spacers included in every box. For full details and step by step instructions visit the service manual found here
The Mezzer Pro I bought for my long travel enduro bike was so good, I bought a second one for my shorter travel trail bike. One of, if not THE best, enduro/trail forks on the market. This is especially true if you value more mid-stroke support. The three chamber air spring, coupled with a firm damper setting (that doesn't result in spiking), provides mid-stroke control that cannot be replicated on an OE fork (e.g. Fox, Rockshox). Would recommend with a few caveats.
1. Some people like the less supportive beginning and mid-stroke portions of the OE springs. They seem to like the off the top suppleness provided by less pressure and more tokens (which almost always results in very little mid-stroke support, followed by a steep ramp up in end-stroke support). If that is your preferred set up, you may not find the Mezzer Pro to be so much of an upgrade.
2. You can expect that it will take some extra time/effort to develop knowledge of how the three chambers interact to get an optimal set up. The three chamber air spring does not operate like OE forks using standard springs and volume tokens. It is incorrect to see the IRT chamber as either an add-on to what the standard OE offerings have, or as a replacement for the volume token system of standard OE systems. The Mezzer Pro operates in a different way.
3. The rebound tune can run a little slow. It might be too slow for light weight/low air pressure riders. If you fall in that camp, you many need a service re-tune to find an optimal set up.
When I first got the fork and set it up, it didn't ride too well. Then I ended up watching a video on how to set it up and saw I was doing it wrong! After following the right steps in order, these forks (I have 2) came alive! I've been riding Manitou since the '90's and STILL have my EFC! Thanks for the great products from over the years!
Still dialing it in but so far it feels much better than my lyrik, especially the way it resists bottoming out yet stays smooth deep into the travel.
I run this fork with 170mm travel on my enduro bike and 130mm travel on my trail bike. I love that it can provide an immense amount of midstroke support while still being very supple off the top. My only gripe is that the fender is quite flimsy - if Hayes came out with better 2.0 fender I'd buy it immediately. There are a lot more settings to play with than most forks, but Manitou's recommendations seem to do a pretty good job getting the setup in the right ballpark and it's fairly easy to tweak things to your liking from there.
And would a third time if I get another bike in need of an AM/Enduro fork. I got the first to replace the OEM RS 35 fork on my Salsa Rustler and the second replaced the RS Zeb on my Salsa Cassidy. The Mezzer makes the front end of both bikes come alive - the travel, whether at 150 or 180mm, feels bottomless; I know I've hit the limit based on the o-ring being fully seated against the crown, but I can't say I've ever felt it. I switch between 160 and 180mm, based on the rear shock & link I'm running on the Cassidy, changing fork travel takes all of 30 minutes start to finish, and it offers a perfect opportunity to perform a fork service. I leave the Rustler fork at 150mm, but service is so easy, I usually do both at the same time and save myself a little effort. If there was one thing I could change about this fork, I'd offer a classic blue/black/silver colorway.