We received word today that Manitou has officially released the production version of the Circus Dirt Jump Fork, so it's a good time to show off some up close photos and let you know that we'll be putting the Circus Expert through the ringer in the upcoming months.

Customizable graphics - The Circus includes 4 sticker kits of various colors

Stronger crown - Production delays are attributed to several small but important changes to the fork's initial design
Adjustments include compression, air preload, rebound, and lockout
Material has been added to the arch in key areas, making it stronger and more reliable
20mm dropouts add to the fork's regidity

The Circus first caught our eye when Mike Montgomery launched his hardtail off this massive drop at Crankworx, several times

... and again when it held up to this massive case on an attempted 720 at the AT Showdown

While we were at Interbike, we had a chance to speak with Manitou's Product Manager, Rich Travis, about the two versions of the Circus - the Expert and the Comp:

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2011 Circus Expert Spec:
Weight: 4.7lbs/2134 grams
Travel: 80, 100 & 130mm (internally adjustable for 80 & 100mm)
Legs: 32mm straight wall 7050 aluminum stanchions
Spring: Firm w/air preload
Damper: ABS+ w/Jump Stack, lockout & rebound adjust
Hub/Axle: 20mm Hex Lock
Features: Double bottom out bumpers, 4 decal sheets and clown nose
Price: MSRP $449usd

2011 Circus Comp Spec:
Weight: 5.32lbs/2413 grams
Travel: 80 & 100mm (internally adjustable)
Chassis: 32mm straight wall 4130 Chrome-Moly stanchions
Spring: Firm w/ mechanical preload
Damper: ABS+ w/Jump Stack, lockout & rebound adjust
Hub/Axle: 20mm Hex Lock and 9mm dropouts for solid axle hubs
Features: Double bottom out bumpers, 4 decal sheets and clown nose
Price: MSRP $339usd

*Both feature 1-1/8" Aluminum steer and the standard 6 inch brake post mount


We'll have a full review of this fork in the future.  In the meantime, visit www.manitoumtb.com for more details and know that they are shipping now.

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