Hayes has some legendary brands in their lineup, with the likes of Manitou, Pro Taper and SunRingle, but they've been somewhat forgotten about in recent years. With their new 'Enduro Collection' of wheels, brakes, fork and shock, they aim to get back on top of the mountain bike game.
The big news is the new Manitou Mezzer Pro fork, which uses a chassis with 37mm stanchions, which makes it probably the burliest single crown fork on sale today. As with all Manitou forks, it uses their reverse arch and they claim it's 28% torsionally stiffer than 'the competition' - which assume has got to be the RockShox Lyrik and Fox 36 - and weighs a claimed 2,000g for the 650b model.
It'll be available in 650b and 29" sizes with travel ranging from 140-180mm, with adjustable high and low-speed compression damping plus rebound adjustment. The air spring comes with Manitou's Infinite Rate Tune adjuster that allows you to tweak mid-stroke support independently from bottom-out and you can also pick from standard or short offsets.
The Mezzer is paired with a new Mara Pro rear air shock which comes with two switchable modes of 'Work' and 'Party', which we'd hope are fairly self-explanatory options for pedalling or descending platform support. It has further adjustments for low and high-speed compression and low-speed rebound and you can get it in metric sizes or with a trunnion mount.
The Pro Taper name will be familiar to riders of a certain age, but their new MTB range comes in carbon and aluminium bar options with 31.8mm or 35mm diameter clamps, plus some matching lock on grips.
Hayes has also introduced a two-piston version of their Dominion brake, called the A2. It's aimed at lighter riders that don't need the power or bulk of the A4. Boht brakes can now come with a new short reach, narrow width lever that designed for riders with smaller hands.
Rounding up (geddit??!?) this new setup is a new SunRingle Duroc Pro wheelset which uses the Duroc 35mm and SD37 rim on a new straight pull hub. The big party trick here is the 'Clock'd Technology' freehub, which uses two separate ratchet rings to allow two configurations of engagement angle with pawls engaging every four degrees for all-mountain or six pawls engaging every eight degrees for downhill.
You can check the full lineup below and we'll update as soon as we have UK prices:
You might also like: