A great fork communicates everything that’s happening between your tyre and the trail, without jarring loose any expensive dental work. In the past, though, you had to accept a weight penalty in order to gain rock-solid steering. The Minute is here to change all that with its ultra-stiff 32mm stanchions, MARS Air spring, and available Hex Lock thru-axle. Forget about noodly XC forks and heavy trail forks. It’s time for a Minute.
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.
ABSOLUTE+: Velocity/Pressure Dependent System; Compatible with MILO remote lever, Absolute+ Switches between velocity dependent to pressure-dependent based on adjuster position. With an eight-position dial for compression rate-adjustment, it achieves lockout feel at maximum adjuster position, and plushness and control with pedalling efficiency.
MARS Air: is a hybrid spring consisting of a small coil spring and an air chamber. The two springs work in series, minimizing sticktion and providing smooth, bottomless travel. The result is a fork with the suppleness of a coil spring and the light weight and adjustability of an air spring.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by Andrewjag Now I know what buttery means!
Out of the box, compliant, very very good setup guide for weight/air pressure.
The fork is light - bang on spec, feels smooth and progressive, good lateral stiffness, follows the ground surface very well and is easy to adjust. Available adjustments are progressive over a sensible working range. Stays smooth and compliant on uneven downhill, 105kg all up, hard ground grass and leaf litter cover under near constant braking.
The switch to lockout is simple and effective.
On road the locked out ride is very firm and efficient. Unlocked the fork turns in well, steering is neutral and it holds a line without any sense of flex. Damping changes on the move are a snap. No sense of wallow even on very soft settings Stable doing the wrong thing like breaking deep into a turn. Braking is excellent.
A judder near stop when braking on hard surface. I have had Ducatis and Suzukis which did the same thing. No biggie.
Overall very good performance, very good value, excellent all rounder.
15 November 2013