Manitou Axel Comp 2003 Front Shocks

3.72/5 (25 Reviews)
Weight : 4.2 lbs


Product Description

Features:
Internally convertible travel from 80mm to 100mm Coil, Fluid Flow Damping, adjustable preload, Microlube grease ports, Magnesium RA (Reverse Arch) casting, Steel steerer tube


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by old school freerider a Weekend Warrior from emsworth,hamshire,england

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2009

Strengths:    it takes alot of discipline and it others a smooth ride.

Weaknesses:    after about a year and a half it bottoms out and becomes crunchy. And after about 2 years it locks on you

Bottom Line:   
overall a good fork dies whithin 2 years but great value. I would recommend ennyone starting out mountain biking

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Favorite Trail:   the whites level

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   internet

Similar Products Used:   a big round 0

Bike Setup:   hardtail

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by isaac a Cross Country Rider from Australia

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2006

Strengths:    100mm travel,


Weaknesses:    the rebound and compound dosent work, very soft

Bottom Line:   
the shocks compound and rebound doesnt work thought i think that has somthing to do with them been an oil shock instead of a spring shock

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   rst omni.

Bike Setup:   Avanti Barracuda

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by alex hastings a Downhiller from harrogate

Date Reviewed: January 3, 2006

Strengths:    good on dirt

Bottom Line:   
i have the 2006 verin and they are ace for a beginer dirt jump and street rider

the ride is good and it doesnt rebound to fast.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   ump bie

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James a Cross Country Rider from IL

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2004

Strengths:    Solid Design, Easily Servicable. 80 or 100mm. Price!

Weaknesses:    Comes with some faulty parts and to little oil

Bottom Line:   
Great fork after I called the warranty dept at Answer. It came with to little oil and a faulty dampening system. After that was repaired it has been absolutly fantastic. The spring is soft for heavy riders but its still comortable. It is easy to service and refill the oil. The tech guys at Answer are great with helping you out with any problems.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $79.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA

Bike Setup:   KHS XC304

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by bandersnatch a Weekend Warrior from fairbanks

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2004

Strengths:    cheap for its class

Weaknesses:    too soft

Bottom Line:   
I really want to like this fork but I have to give it a bad rating. It really damps out the bumps and keeps the wheel planted on the ground. But the default spring is way to soft, I can stand beside the bike and buttom it down buy pressing the the handle bars. This wouldnt be bad except for the companys terrible stock situation. I ordered the stronger spring for it 5 MONTHS AGO and it is still on backorder. I just gave up and cancelled it and am currently looking for a better spring.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $430.00

Purchased At:   beaver sports

Similar Products Used:   hardrock

Bike Setup:   2003 specialized rockhopper

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim a Cross Country Rider from Kokomo, IN

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2004

Strengths:    Price, doesnt flex like other cheap forks, easy to get parts, work on yourself, buttery smooth

Weaknesses:    Stock spring too soft for me

Bottom Line:   
Fork came with medium spring, but since I weigh 220, it was waay too soft. Ordered the firm spring, now Im happy, works better than a lot of forks costing a lot more. Keeps the front wheel PLANTED on the ground thru rough sections, no matter how fast you go so you keep control.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   OEM

Bike Setup:   03 Iron Horse Rogue

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by zack a Weekend Warrior from san diego, ca, usa

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2004

Strengths:    great bang for the buck

Weaknesses:    way to soft suspension

Bottom Line:   
I am just starting out riding, and I love the bike. However, I immediately noticed that the bike's suspension was very soft. It seems that I would enjoy it more if I got a stiffer spring did the 100mm conversion. I've been searching the net looking for springs, but I'm not coming up with much. Can I get a spring off the net, or should I just bring the bike to a shop for a firm spring? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $260.00

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Thi a Cross Country Rider from Auburn

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2004

Strengths:    rebound dampening works awsome

Weaknesses:    a little too soft

Bottom Line:   
I take 4 footers with this thing and it still wont break.The springs are too soft it seems to be a constant problem with oem forks and this is no exception but i weigh 145 lbs so it isnt that bad but even when it does bottom out the fork seems perfectly fine no broken seals or anything.Rebound dampening is awsome it didnt work for the first three months and then it started soaking up the bumps and roots like none other.oh ya do the 100mm conversion, big
difference.4 chilis overall because of springs.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   pilot c, manitou six comp,Rock shox judy c and xc,rst gila,

Bike Setup:   2003 rockhopper in upgrading process

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by arturas k a Cross Country Rider from vilnius, lithuania

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2004

Strengths:    cheap, convertible travel, good perfomance

Weaknesses:    i hate those plastic caps - pre load damping and compression damping assembly. it was stupid idea not to do it from alu. besides, i broke my rebound damping assembly.

Bottom Line:   
there is no dealer in f*.. lithuania, but answer products technical support helped me to get needed parts. god bless tech support. in concliuson, axel is cheap very good fork for its price. if you want 100 mm travel, be very careful when converting because parts aren't very strong, you might brake smh

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   rst, suntour

Bike Setup:   xtc se 4

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ian a Cross Country Rider from Columbia, MD, USA

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2003

Strengths:    one of the cheapest forks you can buy, works ok for what it is.

Weaknesses:    only way to adjust damping is by changeing oil. no size-specific spec on new bikes (all come with medium spring), can be a bit of a hassle to get a different spring.

Bottom Line:   
i run mine with 100mm travel, and it's pretty good for what it is. once you get the right springs, of course. damping works, firm spring is firm enough for me. it's not as stiff as my AMP, but i doubt anything you can get nowadays is.

I wouldn't buy it if it wasn't on a bike, but on a lower-end speced bike it's hard to beat.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   performance, came on bike

Similar Products Used:   Old rock shox, scott, AMP, demoed many forks on the market now

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bas koper a Racer from holland

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2003

Strengths:    manitou axel comp:
+100mm travel (after converting)
+Oil damping
+29mm innerlegs
+smooth travel!!!!


Weaknesses:    a lot!

-4.2lb?
-oil damping does not work (....look at bottom line)
-bottom-out-all-the-time
-80mm travel
-lateral flex


Bottom Line:   
The Manitou Axel Comp performs in its standard setup very bad!

You can change all that:
+convert the travel from 80mm to 100mm
+change the oil from 5W to 7W (or mix 5W with 10W)
+replace the standard spring by the yellow one (yellow=stronger)

Results:
+smooth 100mm travel!
+no more bottom out!
+oil damping,....it works!

Conclusion: 100% suspension

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Favorite Trail:   schoorl (technical xc)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   decathlon

Similar Products Used:   AMP suspension fork

Bike Setup:   decathlon rockrider 8.1:
Manitou Axel Comp
Deore/LX
Truvativ
Avid
Mavic 221
Formula
Hutchinson mosquito airlight
Total weight: 12kg (with lighter inner tubes)


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wade Warfield from Charlottesville VA

Date Reviewed: December 4, 2003

Strengths:    It hasnt broken yet. It has externally adjustable rebound which i find very suefull. WHen you have it on the softest setting, it is great for cross country riding, and when you want to give it hell you can adjust the preload accordingly.

Weaknesses:    It took a lot of riding and lot of big hits to break it in

Bottom Line:   
I realy like it, but that could just be because i havent really ridden anything else that much. I recently discovered the joys of mountain biking and have ridden all the timei since then. I ride alot of cross country, and on the trails it never bottoms out. I also discovered that i like to spend alot of time in the air and the fork hasnt shown any signs of breakage. It bottoms out all the time on drops and jumps to flat, but what 100 mm fork wouldnt.

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Favorite Trail:   anything fun

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Came on the bike

Similar Products Used:   Duke

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar stock accept new tires and flat pedals

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Sandy a Cross Country Rider from Scotland

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2003

Strengths:    Cheap, only disc mounts, good for xc and some drops, pretty good for climbing. Convertiable travel.

Weaknesses:    Awkward to disassemble and reassemble. Top seals are pretty crap for bad weather riding which i do quite often.

Bottom Line:   
These forks arent bad, they arent great either. They came with my bike and initially were quite tough and unresponsive until i 'broke them in' (went down a semi downhill course).

These forks feel much better after conversion to 100mm, you just remove a plastic spacer. The bike doesnt sit any higher after the conversion, just much smoother forks :)

These came with a disc only mounting, and giant supplied an adapter to fit uk disc brakes (works well had no problems).

In all honesty I will probably replace the forks next year. I need a top notch all round fork and i can see these becoming a nuisance in the future. I wouldnt quibble too much if you get these forks supplied with a mountain bike, especially if your a newbie, but I wouldnt buy them induvidually as there are better forks out there.

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Favorite Trail:   Anywhere

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox judy & duke (pretty crap), Marzocchi Z1 (good for tough terrain/downhill).

Bike Setup:   Giant XTC4, Stock everything apart from pedals, tyres and handlebars.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Charly a Cross Country Rider from Portland, ME

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2003

Strengths:    Haven't ridden it enought to say.

Weaknesses:    See above.

Bottom Line:   
Just letting everyone know the written manual and online instructions for coverting the travel are wrong. They say the adjustment is in the right (from rider) leg.....it's not, it's in the left, along with the spring (definitely recommend the heavier spring upgrade, I weigh 170 lbs.). I took apart the right leg, and interestingly the directions/figures are correct up to the last step.....the clip isn't there. I called Answer and the "tech" on the other end of the phone line was like..."DUDE...it's in the other side". I explained that I followed the directions....he said..."well, they must be wrong". lol.

Just wanted to save everybody some time/trouble. I put in the new spring nd converted the travel on my lunch break...easy. Feels incredible now. FIRM!!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   ...

Bike Setup:   03 Rockhopper

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Derek a Cross Country Rider from Snowshoe

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2003

Strengths:    smooth
strong


Weaknesses:    oem springs not heavy enough

Bottom Line:   
I like this fork. I haven't had any of the issues that folks are talking about below, except for the springs. I invested $20 for new, heavier springs, and I like the fork even more. I would definitely buy this for again. I really don't think you can go wrong.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months


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