I'm really looking forward to the teardown and a review of the new Manitou Mezzer Pro fork. What I'd like to know:
- Does it live up to it's marketing as the stiffest long travel single crown fork on market?
- How does the damper compare to the Fox 36 Grip 2, possibly the best damper (at least for big, aggressive riders) on the market?
I really love the control my Fox 36 Grip 2 provides, which is second to none of the other single crown forks I have ridden so far (although it is possibly a little harder on the hands and wrists than some other options when dialed in for this level of control). What I do not love is the flex in the Fox 36 fork for a big guy like me.
The Mezzer's marketing includes a graph of fork flex verses force (both torsional and fore-aft) that rings true for me at least as far as the Fox 36 and RS Lyrik are concerned. It shows the Fox 36 being significantly more 'noodle-y' than the Lyrik (which is my experience as well) with the Mezzer being just a tiny bit stiffer than the Lyrik. If this is true and the fork performance checks out, this could be my next fork. (It would also be interesting to compare it to the Marzocchi Bomber Z1 since this seems to be another fairly strong / stiff option - which is not on Manitou's nice little graph).