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Hayes Bicycle Group is moving forward with the integration of the Manitou brand with new, wholly-owned and operated suspension fork assembly facilities in Taiwan and USA. Located in Wugu Township, the Hayes Bicycle Group Taiwan facility was opened in November 2007 and is now fully operational, providing quality control, sourcing and assembly for four Manitou suspension fork models. This facility adds to the Hayes global footprint with facilities in China, Germany, and two in the USA. Manitou also announced two new products and additional details on their 2009 line-up.

Hayes Continues Manitou Integration

Hayes Bicycle Group is moving forward with the integration of the Manitou brand with new, wholly-owned and operated suspension fork assembly facilities in Taiwan and USA. Located in Wugu Township, the Hayes Bicycle Group Taiwan facility was opened in November 2007 and is now fully operational, providing quality control, sourcing and assembly for four Manitou suspension fork models. This facility adds to the Hayes global footprint with facilities in China, Germany, and two in the USA. Manitou also announced two new products and additional details on their 2009 line-up.
 
The 2009 Manitou Dorado MRD is a limited-production, hand-assembled, competition-level downhill fork. It is a technology centerpiece for Manitou and demonstrates their design, manufacturing, and performance capabilities.

The product development cycle lasted approximately three years and incorporated ride testing with some of the top professional athletes in the world. Julien Camellini (UCI #10 ranking), Chris Kovarik (UCI #11 ranking), and Melissa Buhl (UCI #15 ranking) were the primary contributors in the athlete testing program. Production, which will be limited, began in January 2009.
 
The fork weighs 2902g (6.4lbs) and uses a 36mm inverted design with outer legs constructed from a custom modulus carbon fiber. Maximum travel is 203mm, and the fork can also be converted for use at 180mm. A self-equilibrating air spring is used in conjunction with low-speed compression, TPC+ (high-speed compression), and rebound damping adjustments to provide a wide range of tuning capabilities.

Each Dorado is carefully hand-assembled by expert technicians in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, where a database is maintained with information on each fork and its owner’s setup preferences. Customers who purchase a new Dorado will receive two no-cost overhauls of their fork within the first two years of ownership.

To meet the needs of the cross-country market, a new remote lockout called Manitou Integrated Remote Lockout (MILO) will be released in 2009. This unit is thumb-operated and features separate lock and release buttons. A narrow footprint allows multiple mounting locations depending on the shifter/brake/grip combination. 

Light actuation makes for easy operation in all riding conditions. Joining the release of MILO is the enabling technology found in the new Absolute+ compression damping system. Absolute+ is a highly tunable/customizable technology that will retrofit into Manitou R7, Minute, and Drake forks back to model year 2007. Dealers and distributors can expect availability following the traditional tradeshow season in the early fall.

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