Manitou Black Sport 2003 Front Shocks

3.48/5 (21 Reviews)


Product Description

Weight: 4.2 lbs
Travel: 80/100 or 100/120 Internally Convertible
Damping: Fluid Flow
Adjustments: Preload, Rebound
Lubrication: Microlube with Motorex Grease
Spring: Coil
Casting: Magnesium RA
Stanchions: 30 mm aluminum
Steerer: Steel


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Philip Whitford a Weekend Warrior from Phoenix

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2008

Strengths:    It's a solid fork, works well for trails. Hasn't failed me yet. I weigh 160 lbs but I've tried to bottom this fork out and I haven't done it yet.

Weaknesses:    It's not good for free ride or down hill and it wasn't intended for that.

Bottom Line:   
It does well at what it was built for. If you're really heavy and/or and do some major drops or DH it's probably not going to like it and neither are you.

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Favorite Trail:   Hawes

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   Sierra Trading Post

Similar Products Used:   RockShox and other Manitou

Bike Setup:   Kona Dawg, XT, Manitou QRL rear, XT dual function brifters

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by caleb a Weekend Warrior from radnor PA

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2006

Strengths:    almost never botoms out, inexpensive

Weaknesses:    not enough travel and bacicly no ajustability

Bottom Line:   
good for cross contry not good for freeride but ok for trail riding. dont upgrade. not worth the $.

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Favorite Trail:   french creek

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came w/ bike

Similar Products Used:   pilot, duke

Bike Setup:   jamis dacar sport, flat pedels adn upgrated cranks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marten van der Wal a Weekend Warrior from Heerenveen,Friesland,Netherlands

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2005

Strengths:    Good adjustable rebound, long travel XC fork 120mm, + stifness, Adjustable travel (i used the fork for drops up to 5 meters!!!)

Weaknesses:    The Compression damping doesn't work at all, i totally dismanteld the vork and check if something was broke; i couldn't find a thing so i put some microlube and new oil into the fork.. and now it works great:)

Bottom Line:   
A great fork.. who needs a lot of maintenace... and it's a cheap freeride/street/dirtjump fork you should buy a BLACK!

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Favorite Trail:   Gorredijk

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   www.marktplaats.nl

Similar Products Used:   Manitou x-vert DC 120mm travel, Rock SHox judy 80mm travel

Bike Setup:   Be One Trial frame - Sun Ringle Double tracks met XT SCHIJFREM NAVEN - CMP DH crankset - FSA PLATINUM bracket (volgende week een NOPE BOTTOMSPINNA) - Manitou Black 120mm travel - Hayes HFX Nine HD met 203 mm custom discs - Ritchey Rizer stuur - XLC freeRide stuurpen - Cane Creek geintegreerd balhoofdsetje - NorthShore Extreme Leg Eaters pedalen met TERROR PINS(H) - Da Bomb Da Throne zadel - Michelin WildGripper DH 2.2 buitenbanden - Maxxis DH binnenbanden - Truvativ Chainguide - Shimano Deore XT achterderri.. met Deore shifter - BBB Lock on handvaten

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ian from Asheville NC USA

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2005

Strengths:    Good fork for money enough travel for aggressive trail riding to light freeride. Lightweight.

Weaknesses:    Not enough travel for bigger drops.

Bottom Line:   
a great shock for the money and good for dirtjumping and crosscountry but just not for what I wanted it for which was freeride.

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Favorite Trail:   Trace Ridge

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Carolina Fatz Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Stock except for this shock and azonic seat and more freeride stuff.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Steve a Cross Country Rider from Snellville, Ga

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2004

Strengths:    None, as it lasted not even 3 months

Weaknesses:    Super soft and plush. Probably needed to replace the internal parts. This fork is junk. I replaced mine after 3 months of non-aggresive riding. Too much slop, I wouldn't recommend.

Bottom Line:   
This is a stock factory bike only fork, and supposedly not available new in the aftermarket. I understand why. It is cheap, and doesn't properly reflect manitou quality. (or does it?) I have since switched back to RockShox and am completely happy. I would have submitted this fork for warranty but I purchased by bike from a bankrupt bike store in NYC and got no bill. Not too worried since I paid $450.00 delivered for a new bike.
Funny thing is, I sold the no good fork on evil bay for $80.00. Who cares, buy RS or a Manitou higher up the line than this POS.

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Favorite Trail:   all of them

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   My favorite fork was a Manitou Mars on my old bike, followed by RockShox.

Bike Setup:   03 Jamis Dakar Sport, Sun Single track wheels, XT hubs, RS Duke XC fork, Geax Blade tires.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul Orr a Downhiller from Litchfield, CT

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2004

Strengths:    this fork is great. very plush and pretty tough. the reverse arch serves no purpose, but is cool looking. 74mm disk mounts are stronger that 51mm

Weaknesses:    can be a little too soft. sometimes too little travel. seals collect dust like a magnet.

Bottom Line:   
this is a great trail riding fork and is perfect for light urban and freeride, which is my main thing. plush enough for the small stuff, but does not bottome out as long as you know it well. ive landed up to 7 footers on this fork without too much problems. i think that i abused this fork, and it still held up very well for a 200 dollar fork. this may not be a fancy high performance fork, but is is worth at least 100 bucks more than i paid for it. buy this fork if you want to be able to do everything from xc to freeride on one fork

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $190.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA.com

Similar Products Used:   marazocchi MX comp

Bike Setup:   Jamis Durango w/ avid 185 disk, ryno lites, wtb moto raptors 2.4, sram x.7

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Aaron from Louisville, KY

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2004

Strengths:    For the Money, everything is "strong" on this fork.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I'm giving this fork an excellent review because it's smooth and stiff, but plush when needed. Excellent for xc riding, racing and some freeride. The overall value does not reflect the quality, for this fork is built very well.

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Favorite Trail:   Waverly

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $190.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Magnum R, Marzocchi EXR

Bike Setup:   2000 Spec. Rockhopper Comp with upgraded components

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by szalony from poland

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2004

Strengths:    the reverse arch technology seems to be ok. no problems with that. the steer tube and the crown are quite fine the dropouts too.

Weaknesses:    the disc mount was cracked after a 204mm Hayes disc hydra brake was applied but it was fixed. the upper seals collect dust and sand and they have to be lubricated using a liqht liquid grease to prevent the teflon wear especially when riding in wet weather conditions. if one bottoms the fork constantly just as the previous owner of my black did there is a great possibility that the interior damping system will be cracked or broken. that can be fixed easily. frequent oil changes are required because old oil causes faster tear of the inside parts of the forks. the adjust knobs are not at all bombproof - should they be?

Bottom Line:   
the ultimate dual slalom / dirt jumping and street fork for its lightness. can take a lot of hucks for a long time without any effects. if interior is brokrn or cracked can be repaired easily. frequent oil changes are a must not so robust as marzocchi. the stiffness could be better but still is fine as for a standard axle. 8' rotors shouldn't be used if you're riding hard and hydraulic brakes are mounted. plastic upper corks on the crown are a shame...
when bottomed isn't so bad for the elbows and wrists - you just hear it bottom out but you don't feel it so hard!
go and try it and make it your casual allaround fork!

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Favorite Trail:   "tylko dla alp" trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   second hand

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi DropOff 03 Dirt Jumper III 03 Dirt Jumper I 03 DropOff 01 Z.1 FR 01 Z.5 02

Bike Setup:   Azonic Ds 1 24' Halo Combat FSA DaBomb Velo Sun Ringle Hayes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jon a Weekend Warrior from Wyoming

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2004

Strengths:    First of all, the price. Can't beat it. And it looks SO cool. Plenty of room for adjustment, external grease zerks, tough.

Weaknesses:    Takes a while to break in and then to tune it to the point it keeps you happy.

Bottom Line:   
"The bottom line" is that if you are willing to spend a little time getting to know the fork, it can work wonders. I've hit nine step staircases with this thing, which translates into a 8" x 9 = 72" or six foot drop onto level concrete. This was after I had a chance to play with it of course. If you like hard XC, or just putzing around bunny hopping bricks and light urban riding... it's great. Probably wouldn't trust it on a DH bike, and I wouldn't reccomend for weight freaks... it's fairly advanced and keeps up with me.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $115.00

Purchased At:   sierra trading post

Similar Products Used:   RST Crappa that came on my bike.

Bike Setup:   Trek 4300, titec, Kore & Koski all over the place, plus this fork.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robert P. from NH

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2004

Strengths:    Great Fork for the money, works great, looks great.

Weaknesses:    Internally convertable travel sucks, is a little to plush.

Bottom Line:   
Great fork. Im not sure what this "Kenny" was talking about when he says he did drops that big, i have mine to 120 mm. , and with the compression as high as it can go, i bottom out on a 3 ft. drop to flat land almost every time, Landing on a decent is a different matter, but there is no possible way you can do the drops that big, and i only weigh 150. im thinking of getting a firm spring just for the drops, but i dont want to loose the small bump sensivity.

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Favorite Trail:   Secret

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $190.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Six

Bike Setup:   Fisher-Eggbeaters, Hayes HFX-9 XC, Custom disc wheels

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kris Allain a Cross Country Rider from Zachary, LA

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2004

Strengths:    Convertable travel, external rebound and dampening adjustments, lube injection ports, looks cool

Weaknesses:    nothing worth writing about

Bottom Line:   
This has been a great fork so far. It is my first fork to purchase brand new. It was extremely plush and smoother than butter when I took it out the box. I did think it was too soft at first but I had just transferred from a Rock Shox Judy SL with Xtra firm springs. The medium springs have grown on me since our trails have a bunch of rooty sections. The softness soaks them up like I were riding on the road. OK, not exactly but close enough!

Anyway, I have done some jumping and the fork hasn't bottomed out yet but has come close. Just get springs to fit your riding style and weight and you should love the fork. I weigh 195 so it works for someone my size. Great for for the money I spent. I like the extra 25 - 50mm of travel that this fork offers compared to its competitors.

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Favorite Trail:   Hooper

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $170.00

Purchased At:   PricePoint.com

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Judy (all models), Manitou Six

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Super V, Full XTR, Race Face Drive Train

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kenny M from Wilmington

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2003

Strengths:    Plush feel, adjustable

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
These forks work very well. I hit up to 14 foot drops and hit jumps that launch me as far as 18 feet and the forks work great. I really like these forks and would recommend them to any one not hardcore Freeriding or downhill but to the people who like hard xc, freeride and downhill.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ken Osman a Cross Country Rider from Florida

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2003

Strengths:    Great looks, stiff and easy to adjust, dampening works very well and the fork did not bottom out although I weigh around 210. Also, travel was smooth out of the box.

Weaknesses:    Product literature and owner's manual could be improved.

Bottom Line:   
I am not quite sure why this fork has an average rating of 2.88 while the Comp version averages almost 4.4 points as it is essentially the same fork. The only difference is that the Comp has Rapid Travel Adjustment whereas the Sport is internally convertable between either 80-100 or 100-125. For me, I don't need the adjustment on-the-fly capability, and I have found this fork to be a bargain. It is stiff, durable and plush over the nasty stuff. It is not as plush as an air fork, but for the price, it simply cannot be beat. Highly Recommended!

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Favorite Trail:   Alafia

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox Judy TT, Manitou XVert, Rockshox Duke

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar Expert frame, LX and XT drivetrain components, Sun handlebars and rims, Titec stem and seatpost. Shimano 520 pedals.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Bjorn Borgen a Cross Country Rider from Horten, Norway

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2003

Strengths:    Really smooth ride with this fork. Looks nice. Great to have the lookout option.

Weaknesses:    It looked up after 3 months of use. It's been ridden hard at times but this fork should be able to take some beating!

Bottom Line:   
I really like this fork, but when it locks up after 3 months of use I really don't think it's worth the money!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   RST Aerosa HT, other RST and Manitou forks

Bike Setup:   Marvil Fury (complete XTR hardtail)

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by MTB Freak a Downhiller from Toronto Ontario Canada

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2003

Strengths:    Looks Killer, Plush, Easy to add microlube.

Weaknesses:    Right shock leg leaks, Plastic components, stickers peal too easy, Bottoms out on a 3 foot jump.

Bottom Line:   
This shock came standard on the Hollowpoint Sport 2003 edition and it worked greafor the first few days of riding. But then after the right frok leg started to leak the microlube all over the place. I had not use the bike on any jumps ~ strikly street riding to work. I recently returned to fork to Manitou and they are going to replace it...but I have already put my order in for the Marx Z1 SL. This fork is not very stiff and the stiffness adjustment dial does not appear to work. I would not buy this fork..lucky for you it only comes OEM.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   OEM

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Z1 FR, Rock Shox s10

Bike Setup:   Ironhorse Hollowpoint Sport XC, kept the origional frame and upgrade all the components into a team xc racer. Avid Disc, XTR shifters and derailers, Progressive 5th, 2003 Marz SL front fork.

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