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Bike Checks: New Build on a Transition TR500!

We will be featuring bikes that are build at Tionghin from now and having a bike checks on the complete set up!

Bike Checks on a Transition TR500!

We do provide Race Shield protections on your bikes with additional cost on the labour charges too!

Getting ready for oversea downhill terrain!

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The complete build of the bike!

Components List
Frame: Transition TR500
Fork: 2017 Manitou Dorado 27.5
Headset: FSA Sealed Headset
Wheels: WTB complete wheelset
Tires: Maxxis HIgh Roller 2 27.5 x 2.4
Bar: Raceface bar 35mm clamp
Grip: Transition lock on grip
Crank: Raceface Chester Crankset
Brake: Shimano Saint Brakes
Rotor: Shimano rotor 203mm front and rear
Stem: Raceface direct mount stem
Seatpost: Raceface seatpost
Saddle: WTB Saddle
Pedal: DMR Vault
Cassette: Shimano XT cassette
Shifters: Sram GX shifters
Rear derailleur: Sram GX
Front derailleur: Nil
Chain Guide Device: E13 LG1
Chain: KMC Chain

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New Manitou Magnum 27.5+ and 29+ Fork

Manitou Magnum 27.5+ and 29+ Fork

Manitou says that their new Magnum fork has been designed from the ground up to work with 27.5+ and 29+ tires, and that includes an entirely new chassis, custom valved damping, and an air spring system that’s been lifted from the Dorado downhill fork and tuned for this application – more on all the fork’s tech below. Travel ranges between 80 to 140mm for the 27.5+ model, and 80 to 120mm for the 29+ fork, and there’s enough clearance for riders to fit a massive 3.4” wide tire. The Magnum is already shipping to bike shops, and it retails for $900 USD.

Manitou was at pains to make it clear that the Magnum is not just a 29er fork that’s been widened out and spec’d with a 15 x 110mm axle, and that the purpose-built fork is actually 5 – 7mm lower from axle-to-crown than its competition for this very reason. It also sports the company’s reverse arch design, a machined out hollow crown, and the 15mm x 110mm thru-axle is Manitou’s own Hex Lock design.

The fork employs a very similar air spring as you’d find inside the Mattoc and Dorado, with the air valve at the bottom of the leg pressurizing both the positive and negative chambers simultaneously and to nearly the same pressure. This near-balancing between the positive and negative air springs is said to make for a responsive top end to the travel, and Manitou says that the fork’s active early stroke is important as it takes away the high-volume front tire’s tendency to act as an undamped air spring. In other words, less uncontrolled bounce that first time fat bikers often take notice of, and also more control.

The Magnum’s Incremental Volume Adjust system allows riders to easily tune the amount of progression that the air spring provides.

Repositioning the white air piston on the IVA system is as simple as moving around the four black spacers that are above and below it.

One of my few complaints with the Mattoc was its lack of volume adjustment, and while the fork’s Hydraulic Bottom Out control helped in this regard, the ability to tune mid-stroke and bottom-out by changing the volume of the air spring is handy. Manitou listened and has come up with something they call Incremental Volume Adjust, a nifty tuning system that allows the volume of the air chamber to be changed by moving 10mm spacers above or below the air piston itself, a process that only requires releasing the fork’s air pressure and opening up the top cap. There are four positions available, and the neat part is that all of the pieces are contained within the fork – there’s no spacers floating around in the bottom of your tool box.

It works like this: release the fork’s air pressure and then unscrew the top cap – the IVA assembly is attached to it and will come out with it. The plastic spacers that determine the height of the air piston can be pushed off of the rod by hand, allowing you to reposition the piston for more or less progression (higher for less, lower for more) and then reinstall the spacers accordingly. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to make changes.

The Magnum’s MC2 compression assembly is housed at the top of the fork leg.

Riders can adjust high- and low-speed compression, as well as bottom-out ramping, with dials at the top of the right leg.

The Magnum’s damper employs all of the company’s high-end, acronym-heavy damper technology that’s laid out in their TPC system. TPC means ‘Twin Piston Chamber’, and it’s exactly as it sounds: there’s a rebound piston at the bottom and a compression piston at the top. The fork’s MC² compression unit allows for both high- and low-speed adjustment, and the Hydraulic Bottom Out control dial at the center allows riders to tune how the fork ramps up in the last 25mm of its stroke. As its name suggests, HBO harnesses oil displacement to slow the fork down during compression in the later stages of its stroke, doing so by using a position sensitive valve on the bottom of the MC² compression damper. As the fork nears the end of its travel, a small extension on the end of the Magnum’s rebound damper enters the hollow HBO unit, and since the confines are tight and the entire system is submersed in oil, the fork’s compression action is slowed.

Stay tune for more updates of arrival of the Magnum!

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Bike Checks: New Build on a Transition Patrol!

We will be featuring bikes that are build at Tionghin from now and having a bike checks on the complete set up!

Bike Checks on a Transition Patrol!

We do provide Race Shield protections on your bikes with additional cost on the labour charges too!

Custom decals and matching stickers for it!

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The complete build of the bike!

Components List
Frame: Transition Patrol 2016
Fork: 2016 Manitou Mattock
Headset: Chris King Inset headset
Wheels: Chris King hubs with lightbicycle carbon rims on Wheelsmith DB14 spokes
Tires: Maxxis DHF2 650b x 2.3 front and Maxxis DHR2 650b rear
Bar: Renthal FatBar
Grip: Velo Lock on grip
Crank: Shimano XT Crank with Straitline Bashguard
Brake: Hope Tech Brakes
Rotor: Shimano XT rotor 203mm front and rear
Stem: Straitline 50mm stem
Seatpost: Thomson Elite seatpost
Saddle: WTB Saddle
Pedal: Nil
Cassette: Shimano XT cassette
Shifters: Sram XO trigger shifters
Rear derailleur: Sram X9
Front derailleur: Shimano XT double
Chain Guide Device: Nil
Chain: Shimano XT speed chain

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2014 Manitou Mattoc is here!!

2014 Manitou Mattoc Pro
The Mattoc is a nod to all the trailbuilders who make this sport possible, and Manitou set out to design a fork that is as exacting as it’s namesake. They built it for riders who like to earn the right to use gravity . A fork that provides efficient pedaling and yet can handle any terrain you throw at it, making it an ideal platform for enduro riding.

TPC (Twin Position Chamber): Providing 4-Dimensional Compression Damping; The velocity dependant circuit responds to the terrain while the Pressure Dependant Circuit flattens the bumps, the Energy Dependant Circuit activates on big hits while providing unmatched small bump sensitivity and the Position Dependant Circuit creates a bottomless feel.
Dorado Air Spring: Features a single air input on top of the fork and a large volume air spring to give a linear spring feel. Combined these give the ultimate sensitivity for any rider in any condition.

Grab yours in store now!

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Manitou Mattoc All Mountain Fork

Manitou forks has been quiet for a couple of years, with only the downhill Dorado being a stand out fork in its range. Now, however, comes the Mattoc; a 160mm trail fork designed by the Dorado designer, using much of the same technology. And, 26in lovers rejoice as there’ll be 26in and 27in versions.

The chassis is similar to existing forks like the Tower, with a tapered steerer and the X-Loc axle. However, the Mattoc internals have been developed for the rufty-tufty world of enduro with much trickle down from the Durado.

The Mattoc was named after the trailbuilders’ tool

Numbers first then: It’s coming out early 2014 and will be available in 140/150/160mm via clip-on/off internal spacers, so it’s easy to change the travel. Stanchions are 34mm. The 26in version will even go to 170mm. The lowers are the same, although the fork offset is different for both forks. Theoretically, though, it would be possible to buy the 26in version now and then run 27in when/if/when you upgrade. A 27in wheel in a 26in fork would have more trail (and be more stable/DH feeling at the expense of some slow speed nimbleness), so it might be an acceptable upgrade path for a 26in rider who might want to go bigger wheeled in the future. Or you could just go out now and get a 27in bike. Did we mention that they were everywhere at the show?

Lovely satin red finish. Black and white available too.

The fork has a clever hydraulic bottom-out. Rather than have a steeply ramping air-curve at the bottom of the stroke, there’s a more linear air spring and when the fork is into its final 30mm of travel, it engages with the hydraulic bottom out, where the rate of bottom out curve is governed by the flow of oil through adjustable ports.

Rather than slot the bushings on the stanchion-facing side, to allow oil to pass through, the Mattock has slots on the back side of the bushing, to allow oil to pass, while keeping full bushing contact on the stanchions to keep things solid. There’ll be a Pro/Expert/Comp level of fork and although we don’t have prices yet, they’re looking to be less than the cost of an equivalent Rockshox Pike.

The Mattoc. Classic Manitou reverse arch and bold graphics.

Stay tune for the arrvial of the Manitou Mattoc in stores.

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Bike Checks: New Build on a Specialized Demo 8!

We will be featuring bikes that are build at Tionghin from now and having a bike checks on the complete set up!

Bike Checks on a Specialized Demo 8!

A DH machine for any one who dare to ride it.

We do provide Race Shield protections on your bikes with additional cost on the labour charges too!

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Complete build of the Demo!

Upfront of the complete build.

Manitou Dorado for the front obsorber.

Cane Creek XIIX headset.

Cockpit on Avid Exlir brakes and XT shifters.

Front crankset on Shimano Saint crank and Race Face chain ring.

Shimano XTR shadow rear derailleur and XT cassette.

Chris King hubs for the engagements.

Cane Creek double barrel.

Components List
Frame: Specalized Demo 8
Fork: 2013 Manitou Dorado
Headset: Cane Creek sealed headset
Wheels: Chris King hubs on ZTR Flow rim and DT Swiss spokes
Tires: Kenda Excavator front and rear 2.35
Bar: Deity low riser bar
Grip: Crank brother lock on Grip
Crank: Shimano Saint crankset on Race Face chain ring
Brake: Avid Exlir R brakes
Rotor: Shimano XT 203mm front and 180mm rear
Stem: Thomson X4 31.8mm clamp stem
Seatpost: Rock Shock Reverb seatpost
Pedal: Wellgo Pedals
Cassette: Shimano XT 11t – 34t
Shifters: Shimano XT shifters
Rear derailleur: Shimano XTR shadow plus
Front derailleur: –
Chain Guide Device: Truvativ X0 ISCG05
Chain: Shimano XT 9 speed chain

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First Look: Manitou Mattoc Fork

Manitou hasn’t had a top level 160mm fork in a number of years, but for 2014 the company is coming out swinging with the introduction of the Mattoc, their high end, air sprung all-mountain fork. In development for almost two years, the fork has 34mm stanchions and will be available with 140, 150 or 160mm of travel for 26” and 27.5” bikes, with an additional 170mm option available for 26ers. External adjustments include low and high speed compression damping, hydraulic bottom out, and low speed rebound.

Manitou Mattoc Details:
Intended use: all-mountain/enduro
26”/27.5″ travel: 140, 150, or 160mm
170mm available for 26″ only
34mm stanchion tubes
Dorado air sprung
HSC, LSC, rebound, and hydraulic bottom out adjustments
Tapered steerer
15mm HexLock thru axle
Weight: 1877g (Pro), 1990g (Expert)

What makes the Mattoc especially enticing is its use of technology borrowed from Manitou’s Dorado downhill fork, a fork heralded for its plush feel and excellent adjustability. Like the Dorado, the Mattoc uses independent oil seals and dust wipers to reduce the chance of leakage or blow outs, and a hydraulic bottom out adjuster that controls the last 32mm of the fork’s stoke separately from the other compression settings. The Mattoc also uses the Dorado’s large volume, low pressure air spring, which is designed to be moderately progressive throughout its stroke for a controlled, bottomless feel.

A look at the fork’s internals reveals a number of well thought out features in the Mattoc’s new Multi Control Compression (MC²) damper, particularly the way that the high speed compression (HSC) damping is adjusted. When the external HSC dial is turned it adds more preload to an internal shim, accomplishing the same feat that adding a thicker shim would do, but without the need to pull apart the fork. Low speed compression (LSC) damping is changed via a tapered needle oil system – turning the external knob alters the volume of an orifice, changing the fork’s damping characteristics. There is also the option to add on a handlebar mounted remote to change the LSC on the fly.

A closer look at the Mattoc’s MC² compression damper. The far left portion is the hydraulic bottom out control, and just to the right of it, above the o-ring and below the silver ports, is the high speed compression shim. Low speed compression is altered via a needle valve inside the damper.

The Mattoc’s shim-based rebound damping is adjusted by turning the dial located on the bottom of the right leg. Turning the rebound dial controls a taper needle oil system, with different shim stacks available from Manitou for riders that want to fine tune the fork’s rebound damping. This high level of tuneability should make the Mattoc especially appealing to garage tinkerers, a fact that Manitou took into consideration when designing the fork. They wanted a fork that the end user could rebuild at home, reducing the downtime that occurs when sending a fork away to be serviced.

The Mattoc’s compression and bottom out resistance control dials are at the top of the fork, and the air valve and rebound adjust are at the bottom. The Mattoc uses Manitou’s signature reverse arch, and has separate oil seals and dust wipers.

The Mattoc Pro weighs in at a claimed 1877 grams, and the Expert is reportedly 1990 grams. The weight difference comes from the Pro’s use of a cartridge based rebound damper. The Mattoc Pro will retail for $860, with the Expert’s price still to be determined. There will also be an even lower priced Comp model that uses a different air spring. White and black color options will be offered as well.

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