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Brand: Manitou Black Comp
Name: Black
Retail Price: About $13,000 NT (approx. $350 USD)
Type of Product: Front Suspension Fork
Duration Tested: 1. Two rides
2. Six Months
Manufacturer Website: http://www.answerproducts.com/
Technical Info: Manitou Black Comp
Pros: All that I could ask for this side of a triple crown fork. Exceptional at 80mm.
Cons: Nothing major - most earlier problems have worked themselves out.
Ride Summary: 1. Full summary written after two rides.
2. Full summary written after six months of riding.
FFTA Verdict: The Answer/Rock Shox rivalry really leaves a buyer with a headache when it comes to making a decision on what you want. Before trying the Black, I was sure that I would rather have a Psylo. Especially after the U turn came out. However, the bottom of the line Black has performed flawlessly. Can't say the same for some Psylo's that I have seen, nor for the other Black that I tried. Well, after owning the Black for 6 months, I may just have to leave that decision up to the flip of a coin.