Manitou Mezzer Pro Fork Review
Words & Photos by Rob “The Rake” Dunnet
If you look back a decade or more into mountain bike history, Manitou was one of the top suspension brands in freeride. They sponsored some of the most popular riders like; Cam McCaul, Darren Berrecloth and Matt Hunter. At the time, their Urban Camo Manitou Sherman was one of the coolest forks on the market and Berrecloth was riding a pink Travis. Then all of a sudden they faded from the limelight.
In recent years Manitou and Hayes have been working hard to restore their relationship with the mountain bike community. Manitou has been making headway with the Dorado, Mattoc, Mastadon and now, with the Mezzer.
The Mezzer Pro has 37mm stanchions and is available in both popular wheel sizes with two fork offsets available (37mm, 44mm for 27.5” and 44mm, 51mm for 29”). The fork is available with 160mm, 170mm or 180mm of travel and has adjustments for high and low speed compression, rebound and IRT (Infinite Rate Tune).
We met up with Manitou’s Zac Smith and he talked us through IRT and how it allows adjustment to the fork’s mid and end stroke feel with out affecting the beginning stroke. The IRT adjustment is found at the top of the non drive side leg with the main air spring found at the bottom. Essentially it is a dual air spring system with the main air spring handling the beginning to mid stroke and the IRT handling the mid stroke and end stroke. The IRT is a more tuneable version of air volume reducers.
Manitou also claims that the Mezzer is 28% stiffer than their main competition. This is in part due to their 37mm stanchions but also because of Mantiou’s placement of their reverse arch. The reverse arch location is lower down than a traditional fork arch. This adds to stiffness and reduces overall weight.
As Zac would say “It’s Science.”