Manitou’s Circus Pro dirt jump fork has always gone big. But now it drops more than 150g while also increasing stiffness to land the big hits that come with crowd-pleasing slopestyle tricks. Calling it ‘all-new’, the 26″ Circus Pro looks a lot like its predecessor, but is now more capable and more versatile than ever. Whether you are building up a pumptrack bike to work on your flow, a dirtjumper to session your local park, or looking to land a Cash Roll on the Crankworx world stage… this one fork can do it all.
New 2024 Manitou Circus Pro 34 dirt jump fork
The Manitou Circus fork has been a mainstay of dirt jump bike builds for a long time. Its latest update even made our Editor-in-Chief’s top pick a few years back, after more than a decade on his original Circus. But now with revised internals and Boost spacing, Manitou has managed to build one fork for everything from 80-140mm of travel. And they built it lighter and stiffer than ever.
On the outside, this new MY24 Manitou Circus Pro dirt jump fork looks almost exactly the same as the MY21 Circus Pro. Except, the new DJ fork does feature the lovely high-polished alloy crown of other top-tier Manitou forks for a bit of extra bling. But what’s really new is inside.
First off, Manitou has given the Circus a new half-sized rebound cartridge that gives you a full range of rebound damping (20 clicks) with less oil and less weight. At the same time, they’ve simplified that internal travel adjustment. So, you can set any one Circus Pro fork from 80-140mm in 10mm increments. Buy a fork for pumptrack duties today. And you can still extend it for big hit jumps down the road with nothing else to buy.
Next up, Boost spacing.
Yes, the previous fork was still sporting a 15x100mm thru-axle – this is a 26″ wheeled fork after all. But wider spacing is stiffer, and new MTB hubs are all 15x110mm these days. But Manitou isn’t locking out legacy dirt jump wheels. The new forks include a set of spacers so you can still run your non-Boost front wheels, too!
It also scales down to a smaller post mount brake standard so riders who do want a front brake can run a 160mm rotor which is less likely to get in the way. But you can still run up to a big 203mm rotor if you need mega stopping power.
Lighter, stiffer, more modern, and more adjustable. In the end, Manitou claims the new Circus Pro weighs 1750g in any travel setup. That’s down 156g from the previous generation.
The 26″ fork is now Boost or non-Boost compatible with 15mm thru-axles, and internally adjustable 80-140mm travel. The top-tier Circus Pro fork gets the top-tier Dorado Air Incremental Volume Adjust spring. Plus, external compression & rebound damping adjustment, 1.5″ tapered steerer, hollow forged alloy crown, and butted 34mm 7000-series allow legs.
2024 Manitou Circus family options, pricing & availability
The new 2024 Manitou Circus Pro fork is available all over the world now, retailing for $850 / 1020€. The direct mount fender is extra. No official word though on whether the lower spec models will get updated, but… The MY21 Circus Pro is currently discounted 30% direct from Manitou, while the Expert & Comp models have not been. Since the lower-spec models have NOT been reduced, they will likely continue on unchanged and un-updated for the time being.
So go Pro to get lighter, stiffer, and more adjustability.