Of course, we started in a garage
In 1986, Manitou began in Manitou, Colo., in the place where most bike-tinkering happens: a garage. The goal was to produce the most technologically advanced products imaginable. Our founder Doug Bradbury was an icon in mountain biking and a Mountain Bike Hall of Famer. He had a maverick spirit and was a bit of a mad scientist who saw the need for suspension in the “new” sport of mountain biking. He was the driving force behind the first-ever suspension fork introduced in 1989.