New Manitou, Sun Ringle and Hayes – Taipei Cycle Show 2011

Manitou debuts their QR15 HexLock axle equipped Marvel trail fork inside, and you can also check out Sun Ringle’s brand new Carbon SRD wheels.

2012 sees Manitou make the leap to a 15mm thru-axle on their Marvel trail/XC fork, although one can only assume that it is just a matter of time until we see it on other models that currently use 9mm QR dropouts.

Manitou Marvel Pro details:

  • 100mm/120mm of travel
  • Iso Air spring
  • ABS+ Damper
  • Adjustments: air pressure, compression to lockout, rebound
  • QR15 HexLock thru-axle
  • Tapered steerer tube
  • 3.3lbs (100mm travel w/ QR15 HexLock axle)

Hayes Prime Expert

  • Tool Free Dead Stroke (essentially pad contact point adjustment)
  • Hayes standard disc hose
  • Stamped stainless disc rotor
  • Steel/aluminum hardware (clamp screws, bridge bolts, mount bolts)
  • Steel hardware (mount washer, banjo, banjo bolt, pivot bolt, pad pin)
  • Pad printed graphics
  • Titacon lever bushing
  • Semi-metallic pads
  • No hose grommets
  • Steel push rod
  • Claimed 415g

The Prime is designed to offer tool free contact/reach adjustment and increased braking power over their Stroker brake.  They’ve developed a new rotor as well to match this new brake.

Hayes Prime Pro

  • Tool Free Dead Stroke (essentially pad contact point adjustment)
  • Hayes premium disc hose
  • Two piece floating rotor standard
  • Titanium hardware (clamp screws, bridge bolts, mount bolts)
  • Anodized aluminum hardware (mount washer, banjo, banjo bolt, pivot bolt, pad pin)
  • Lazer etched graphics
  • Titacon lever bushing
  • Sintered metallic pads
  • Standard hose grommets
  • Titanium push rod
  • Premium finish
  • Claimed 385g

Manitou have adapted their proven HexLock axle system – the axle has a hex shape in the clamping zones as opposed to being round – to the 15mm standard, incorporating a quick release lever into the design. There are updates to the 2012 Marvel Pro hidden inside as well, with the fork using their new Iso Air design that is said to be more compliant than other air sprung systems, especially at the top of the travel – the achilles heel of many air springs. The fork uses TPC+ internals to control damping. The Marvel is available in two travel options; 100mm and 120mm, and you can choose between black or white lowers.

Hayes announced the coming of the PRIME brake some time ago and it looks like things are finally falling into place.  Check inside for a video overview as well as product highlights on the Prime Pro and Prime Expert disc brakes.

Manitou’s QR15 HexLock thru-axle uses a 90 degree quick release lever to disengage the axle from the lowers. The gold dial adjusts the tension once the QR lever is tightened down. Adjust it once and it is set from then on in.

Sun Ringle also showed Pinkbike their new Carbon SRD trail bike wheels are sure to have many riders drooling. The non-tubeless rims are 26mm wide, perfect for the high volume 2.35 inch tires that many trail riders use, and are strung together with straight pull double butted Wheelsmith spokes (24 per wheel) and anodized red aluminum nipples. Total claimed weight is 1555 grams, although the goal is also to be much stiffer than aluminum rimmed options that also approach the weight.

The Carbon SRD trail bike wheels are sure to have many riders drooling. The non-tubeless rims are 26mm wide, perfect for the high volume 2.35 inch tires that many trail riders use, and are strung together with straight pull double butted Wheelsmith spokes (24 per wheel) and anodized red aluminum nipples. Total claimed weight is 1555 grams, although the goal is also to be much stiffer than aluminum rimmed options that also approach the weight.

Sun Ringle Carbon SRD details:

  • Carbon 26mm wide rims
  • 24 straight pull spokes per wheel
  • Sealed bearings
  • Front hub options: 9mm QR/15mm/20mm
  • Rear hub options: 9mm QR/12x135mm/12x142mm

Manitou offers wide after market colour forks to match your bikes!

Be prepared for the New 2012 upcoming products from the Hayes Bicycle Group that will be available at Tionghin! Stay tune….!

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