I decided that the 3DV build was a bit too common these days and decided to mix up a bit. Off to a good start rebuilding the fork. I wanted to keep the Manitou 2 look but simply $%@^ hate that damn thing, I think a broken M1 is a superior fork. Inspired by Ameybrook's M2.5 effort I looked around the shed and noticed a nice and clean EFC and thought... hmmmm this should work.
Not that the EFC is a great suspension fork or anything, but it is the pinnacle of the original Manitou design and offer a bit of design improvements such as an oil damper cartridge and the best elastomer stack that Answer could come up with. The main problem was how to attach the EFC inners to the M2 lowers...
The mounting (and adjustment knob) are integrated into the EFC dropouts which I discovered were removable. The diameter of the M2 and EFC legs was the same (smart move Answer) and so I figured I could transfer them. I put the dropouts onto a hub to try and maintain alignment during installation. SUCCESS!!
Everything came together well.
My second main complaint about the M2 was brake flex. These things move 0.25" under heavy braking. This problem will be nicely resolved by adding a stiffener brace.
Anyway want to guess what color will be prominent in the new build??
Fan of: Kleins, Groves, Fats & Mantiseseses
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