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Manitou Grabs Romaniuk, Kinrade and Buehler for 2010, Sponsors Freeride World Tour

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PRESS RELEASE: The Hayes Bicycle Group is pleased to announce the official release of the 2010 Manitou “Big Top” sponsorship program. Under the Manitou sponsorship tent are number of new athletes and event sponsorships primarily focused on DH and DJ categories. Manitou would like to officially welcome Steve Romaniuk, Mike Kinrade and Garett Buehler to the 2010 program. Manitou also supports the 2010 Freeride World Tour as these three riders will be competing.

Steve Romaniuk: Steve needs no introduction as he keeps the free in Freeriding and has a huge 2010 season planned. Manitou is pleased to be working with Steve. “(The Dorado has a) bottomless supple feel, biggest noticeable difference from the competitor’s fork this fork turns the roughest sections into a walk in the park. Point it through and you will be just fine and the look of this fork turns more heads and truly boasts its price in shine. Whatever kind of bottom out bumpers you guys use are unreal… still debating if I have even bottomed it out.”


Mike Kinrade: Mike has been invited to every Red Bull Rampage even since its inception, enough said. “The Dorado is absolutely the best feeling fork I’ve ever used, and I couldn’t be happier. It just works in every condition. Manitou has outdone themselves in re-introducing the inverted fork back into the market. Time to send it kids!”

Garett Buehler: Fresh like a daisy and ripe like a surfer this kid could podium in every discipline on the Freeride World Tour and that’s his plan. “I’m excited to run Manitou goods this season, its cool to be with a company who really cares, and is stoked on the athletes they’re supporting. The new Dorado is feeling slick and I couldn’t be happier, it’s sweet to have
confidence in equipment when going into events like Rampage in the fall.”

The 2010 Dorado Pro comes in 7050 aluminum legs and utilizes the same premium internals as the Dorado MRD carbon version. With the added strength of the 7050 aluminum legs, it’s now proven Freeride fork. Along with proven TPC+ damping, the fork has a plush top-out coupled with a unique hydraulic bottoming ramp-up that makes the fork feel bottomless. It’s the perfect fork for these three Freeride superheros.

Weight: 6.55lbs
Travel: 180mm/203mm in 26”
175mm in 29”
Chassis: Alloy Legs & Crown
Spring: Dual Air Chamber
Damper: TPC+
Hub: 20mm Hex Lock
MSRP: $1,749 in 26” & $1,799 29”

(Check out full details on the Dorado Pro in this post)

The 2010 Dorado Pro was designed and tested in California and North Vancouver and is handmade in our Wisconsin facility. The Hayes Bicycle Group will continue to offer a one-year service program which allows riders to return their fork for factory service and inspection at no charge (specific rules apply to factory service). All race support at the Hayes race truck will remain free of charge as we continue to support race teams, free riders and privateers.

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