The Manitou Mattoc Pro has the physical presence of a well built fork, slightly leaner than some 160mm forks with its 34mm stanchions, but at sub 2kg puts it very much head to head and in Fox 36 and Rockshox Pike territory. Available in travel options ranging from 140mm through to 170mm at 10mm increments and two crown offsets of 41mm or 44mm. Internally, there’s plenty going on – Dorado air, HBO and MC squared tech is all packed into the legs.
‘The big question then, does the Manitou Mattoc hold its ground over other 160mm forks?’
With Manitou’s distinctive ‘Reverse arch’ sitting low, stiffness in check and wheel access is a breeze with the 6mm Hexlock axle which has now replaced the quick release lever on earlier versions. A tapered steerer, 180mm post-mount brake bosses and evil genius seals complete the picture.
Some people talk of the Manitou Mattoc as having a great coil like feel and we can report that the progressive nature of this fork’s action is bang on. On the charge the Mattoc allows for good chassis balance never over-using its travel, the fork holding its shape, and therefore the bike’s stability, exceptionally well. It doesn’t quite have the sensitivity in the initial part of the travel as a Pike, but what it did do was take the harder impacts without any feedback, and we’d take that, as grip was never an issue.