Lizard Fork Boots Extras

2.75/5 (36 Reviews)
MSRP : $14.00


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Lizard Skins Fork Boots


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by summarex a Weekend Warrior from NYC

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2011

Strengths:    NA

Weaknesses:    NA

Bottom Line:   
Dust boots ARE necessary just as air cleaners are necessary on car engines. Unfortunately the fashion slaves in the MTB world decided they didn't look good and therefore were not needed. The best boots are the old factory installed rubber ones. But if you don't have them and don't want to take your fork apart, then these stap on gizmos are the next best thing. There is nothing sexy about a naked fork.

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Favorite Trail:   Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Traditional boots


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Catalin Strava a Cross Country Rider from Medias, Sibiu, Romania

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2008

Strengths:    Some protection for scratches when falling.

Weaknesses:    They DO NOT SEAL. Dust, sand and mud will get between boots and stanchions in the end and because permanent contact with stanchions there will be fine scratches on your precious stanchions.
The boots will remove all lubrication from stanchions.


Bottom Line:   
Do not use these boots! Do not use ANY boots! If there would be a need for boots, Manitou and others would have put them in place.
These boots will scratch your stanchions with sand trapped inside. The sand and dirt are getting inside on the arch opening, no matter how well you wrap boots, even when you ride on roads!
The precious lubrication on stanchions will be removed after first hour of riding! The stanchions should be lubrified after every ride and with boots it's like you never lube.

If you are afraid of dirt getting inside you should think about special seals like Enduro Fork Seals. Manitou Evil Genius seals have double sealing rings and with proper service periods you should not worry about dirt getting inside.

Don't be afraid of basic service (cleaning only!) for your fork by manufacturer specifications, it's easy, believe me!
Enduro Fork Seals have excellent picture tutorials.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   eBay


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Darrin Wilson a Weekend Warrior from Valrico, FL USA

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2008

Strengths:    looks cool, protects fork tubes, keeps sand out, no more worries about scrathes on bike rack.

Weaknesses:    you actually have to read the directions when you install them. with a little triming in the right spot they fit perfect.

Bottom Line:   
dont cut these to just cover the tubes! just trim the flap above the notch taken out to get them around the crown i that spot if needed. They work great and look cool if installed right. most complaints I see below did not read he directions or just plain installed them wrong. use your head, they need to be under the crown so the stay in place.

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Favorite Trail:   too many to list

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   Bike Nashbar.com

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   1999 Specialized RockHopper A1 Comp RockShox Dart3 w/ Remote lockout

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Catalin Strava a Cross Country Rider from Medias, Sibiu, Romania

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2008

Strengths:    They protect the stanchions from scratches and dirt. Scratches on stanchions will ruin bushings and seals. Dirt is not a problem for today's seals.

Weaknesses:    They should be more abrasion resistant like the chainstay frame protector.

Bottom Line:   
These boots fits really well on Manitou R7 100mm, 30mm stanchions.
They don't slip at all and stay in place. The suspension is not affected in any way.

Do not cut them! Just velcro the extra around crown. Easy installation in 2 minutes! Looks good.

Remember to remove them when cleaning from heavy dirt, there is a place between the arch and stanchions where excesive dirt may get inside.

I think is a great product that prolongs the fork life and really needed for expensive forks.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Manitou R7 100mm

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Gobbi a Cross Country Rider from Poland

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2006

Strengths:    Easy to mount (no fork disassembly), look nice

Weaknesses:    Durability, too expensive

Bottom Line:   
If it fits your fork it will work fine, do not cut it as they write in the manual (leaving fork boots to be almost touching the crown). Will protect better.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $13.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle shop

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Rock shox judy 2

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jace a Weekend Warrior from Raleigh, nc, usa

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2005

Strengths:    They stay in position on your fork forever, as long as you don't ride or sit on your bike.

Weaknesses:    With minimal riding they slide up, exposing several inches of the stanchions. This makes having the boots on your forks pointless.
Another weakness is the price, $14 for 2 little squares of neoprene, what was I thinking!? And they are cut-to-fit so by the time I realized they blew ass I had already cut them, making it impossible to return.


Bottom Line:   
Don't waste your money on this terrible product. Actually, they might work well if you have forks with a small amount of travel, but probably not. I would have to suggest buying the accordion type boots, even though they look stupid.

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Favorite Trail:   Beaver Dam (South Loop)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $14.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   none, but I am sure anything else is better.

Bike Setup:   Marin Northside Trail AXC ('05)-stock
and a NEXT with shiny mexican upgrades

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kent a Cross Country Rider from Yuen Long, Hong Kong

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2004

Strengths:    Flexible, simple, easy to install, it really keep dust out of my fork tubes.

Weaknesses:    if dirt get on top of it, is hard to clean.

Bottom Line:   
It does what it suppose to do. 5 falming chilis !

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $9.00

Purchased At:   LBX

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   it works with 01 SID SL(80mm)

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by AlienKossa a Weekend Warrior from Spain (Galicia)

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2004

Strengths:    Flexible and why not, looks cool (till now at least)

Weaknesses:    A little hard to fit sometimes

Bottom Line:   
They are made from neoprene, so they aren't like a raincoat. If you want them to keep the water, mud and grit out you can try to seal them externally with some silicon grease (or petroleum jelly). This little scuba trick works fine to me.

It's usefull to have some sewing machine skill in order to get them adapted to some forks too.

3 chilis because they need help to work fine.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Local Shop

Similar Products Used:   Rubber boots


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Alexander a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2002

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    It does not fit the new Mars Elite Air 2002. The boots tends to ride up during a long ride.

Bottom Line:   
This product must be redesigned by Lizard skin to fit 2002 XC forks. It is the only product on the market so far.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $15.00

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Rockhopper 2000 A1 FS Mavic 517 rims,LX hubs, DT stainless steel Spokes, RaceFace crankset, XTR Front Derailluer, XTR rear derailluer, LX shifter, Levers, RaceFace handlebars, seatpost, stem, Velo saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Toby Brayley a Cross Country Rider from Hampshire England

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2002

Strengths:    Look okay keeps crap out of the seals

Weaknesses:    Expensive and velco round the back gets muddy

Bottom Line:   
Good for what they are, do the job fine many people complain cause they cant fit them , i had no problem and most people with forks that come with no boots have a pair and they fit fine they also look a damnsight better than normal rubber boots

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $13.00

Purchased At:   Action Bikes

Similar Products Used:   n/a

Bike Setup:   Trek 4500, xt , lx, deore , hope monos on d521s, z5 s

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by rob a Cross Country Rider from Australia

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2002

Strengths:    Keeps the sliders and seals clean.
Keeps everything else out.


Weaknesses:    I'd prefer not to have to put them on, but after having my bushings replaced at a hideous cost, i'll give these a try to save money in the long term.

Bottom Line:   
I don't know how a piece of gravel gets in these, unless the fork sliders are made of matchsticks. On my SIDs, nothing can get inside these because they are so tight on the fork.
I'd use them on all my forks, but always remember to take off when cleaning bike.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $10.00

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   2000 Rockshox Sid Xc

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Ed Salazar a Cross Country Rider from San Mateo CA

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2002

Strengths:    Keeps the dust off.

Weaknesses:    Need to keep them clean.

Bottom Line:   
I started using these when my Mag 21 was the hottest thing out there. I use them now on a maintence nightmare of a SID Race. Primarily, the skins keep the summer dust and dry stuff out. They are not perfect but they come off easier than those stupid looking stock springy boots (which collect a good share of dust and trail crud inside). For the skins to be effective you need to take them off and clean them off once in a while. I give them three of the too much of my aunts authentic Mexican turds.

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Favorite Trail:   not telling

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Stock boots

Bike Setup:   Bonte Race, SID Race, XT

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Geoff Mills a Weekend Warrior from unionville ct

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2001

Strengths:    None they're crap, you couldn't fit them on a straight piece of tubing if you wanted to.

Weaknesses:    everything, they suck

Bottom Line:   
Hmmmmm...thats a hard one I mena they dont fit on my 01' judy sl so they suck...I just spent 13 $ and got them in the mail...the box says cut to size so I just about cut them in half because thats the only way they would fit. DO NOT GET THEM, IT WAS THE WORST 13$ I EVER SPENT. THey don't even deserve a flamin chilli, instead im gonna put them in the flames on a gas grill.

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Favorite Trail:   The one I just made

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $13.00

Purchased At:   UniversalBikes.com

Similar Products Used:   Nonebut im going to get the reg rockshox ones...mabye they'll fit.

Bike Setup:   Trek 8000

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by James a Cross Country Rider from Oxford MS United State

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2001

Strengths:    Looks good, and sounds good on paper.

Weaknesses:    Doesn't fit my Manitou fork at all...There is now way that thing goes on there.

Bottom Line:   
If this product fits your bike, you are lucky, and you might get some function out of it...Otherwise, take your fork apart, and put on some regular fork boots, or nothing at all.

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Favorite Trail:   Bonita Lakes, MS

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $14.00

Similar Products Used:   Nothing.

Bike Setup:   Trek 6000, Manitou Fork.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by SPUD LEE from PROVO, UTARD

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2001

Strengths:    NONE

Weaknesses:    MAKES NO SENCE, MODERN WIPERS AND REGULAR BOOTS WORK WELL.

Bottom Line:   
LIZARDSKIN FORK BOOTS CONSTANTLY SCRAPE TEFLON SLIDERS, AND ANY DIRT WILL CAUSE TEFLON EROSION. THESE MAKE NO REAL SENCE.
CALL MARZOCCHI THEY WILL CONFIRM.

THE REAR SHOCK BOOTS MAKE MORE SENCE, AND FOR CHAINSTAY PROTECTOR, NOTHIN BEATS A CUT DOWN OLD TUBE WITH MATCHING ELECTRICAL TAPE.

CHEERS

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only


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