Bike Setup: 2003 Giant Ac1, 2003 manitou Sherman Slider, RaceFace Diabolus Stem/Bar (31.8mm), SDG Bel-Air Saddle and Oury Lock on Grips.
a Weekend Warrior
from Vashon, WA
Date Reviewed: May 18, 2004
Strengths: Very stiff. Good dampening adjustments. Very light for a DC.
Weaknesses: Even for XC, a headlock is a must have. The starnut will not keep these tight.
The max travel that my Id is speced for is 6", so these forks were the ticket. I originally splurged and expected to use these as my Whistler/North Shore fork with the idea of swapping back to my Z1 for everything else. Except for the lack of any travel limiter, a QR front axle, and the reduced turning radius (hey, this is a DC), I have absolutely no intention of going back to the SC Z1. Yes, even for XC.
These forks are awesome. Tremendous confidence builder. They have saved my hide on more than a couple of occasions :-).
One more note. Out of the box the compression dampening adjustment made no noticeable difference. After fiddling around a bit with the rebound adjustments, the compression adjustments started working.
Bike Setup: AC2 with Prodigy DH crank.Single wides
from North Van
Date Reviewed: April 15, 2004
Strengths: Very Plush. Strong. Not too tall
Weaknesses: None so far
Perfect match for my hardtail. Gives me a little more suspension without wrecking the geometry. It's loads better than the Z1 I was using (even though the Z1 is a very nice fork). Perfect setup for the North Shore. 5 chilies.
Bike Setup: Stiffee, Slider, Race Face everything, etc....
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: April 14, 2004
Strengths: -durable -plush -hex axel -TCP+ works well -light weight -very tweakable -inexpensive spring :) -not very tall
Weaknesses: none really -maybe higher service intervals than a Zokie -not tall enough for some geometry
Very happy with the tunability and overall performance of this fork. Tracks straight and true. If you are over 180lbs or go big you may want to consider a Firm or XtraFirm ride kit. I'd pick TPC+ over SPV at this point in time or go with a SuperT.
Date Reviewed: February 16, 2004
Strengths: Very stiff Fork doesnt blow through its travel TPC+ is incredible LIGHTWEIGHT-6.3lbs: Manitou knows how to make the lightest, yet strongest forks
Weaknesses: None that matter. The rebound and compression adjustments dont do very much compared to marzocchi, but I don't really care.
I got this fork for an amazing deal. If you are looking at upgrading your 5 inch fork with a dual crown, this is it. I can hardly tell the difference in weight and axle-to-crown height compared with my old 5 inch fork. This fork is only a half inch longer than most 5 inch forks, so it is perfect for those who want more travel, but don't want that chopper feel. This fork is perfect!
Strengths: Super Beefy Construction, Way Stiff, Alot of adjustment, really really plush.
Weaknesses: none, maybe heavy but not for this amount of travel...bobbing on uphills, probably solved with the 04 Spv model...
After finally getting a softride kit in this fork ( I weigh about 145lbs), it is feeling very plush and responsive but at the same time very solid. This fork allows you to take the best lines with the utmost confidence. I was hesitant to buy a dual crown but after bombing down some rock gardens with this fork I'm convinced I made the right choice. with the 20mm thru axle this is really an awesome fork for this price. Feels alot better than the boxxers I test rode with the bullit. If you can find one on sale still, buy it and you won't regret it...
Weaknesses: only 6" travel, bottoms rather easily with stock springs
After being so frustrated with leaky seals on my Stratos S7 I bought a barely used '03 Jr-T HUGE mistake, the dampening is a joke and performance at speed sucked. I heard that the Slider had similar dampening as the Dorado and the $465.00 price well..... now this is how a fork is supposed to feel! just as sweet at speed as my S7 but without the leaky seals and over a pound and a half lighter. It does bottom rather easy but nothing a set of the stiffer springs won't fix. I'll admit to never being a Manitou fan but so far I am very impressed with the stiffness and plushness. And best of all no oil all over the place! Sure, I wish I could have sprung for the '04 7" version but couldn't wait and couldn't afford. Perfect fit for my bullit
from North Shore British Columbia
Date Reviewed: September 10, 2003
Strengths: Very stiff and light. TPC+ is very helpfull
Weaknesses: the stock springs are too soft and the turnig range isnt waide enough. the bushing are really easy to destroy.
Sick fork. Expensive. Neet to sell it cause its not strong enough and I only weigh 160ibs. need a shiver (I Hate Marzocchi) Manitou is king but they need a beefy fork for the real Freeriders from the freeride capital of the world (THE NORTH SHORE)
from ARCHBALD, PA, USA
Date Reviewed: May 16, 2003
Strengths: STIFF, LOOKS SICK, PLUSH, INSPIRES CONFIDENCE, DID I SAY PLUSH
Weaknesses: MY FORK ARRIVED BROKEN IN THE BOX (INTERNALS WERE ASSEMBLED WRONG), MY REBOUND KNOB STOPPED WORKING, THE PINCHBOLTS STRIP OUT TOO EASILY
OVERALL THIS FORK DOES WHAT IS DESIGNED FOR. I TAKES EVERYTHING I CAN THROW AT IT BUT I CAN BE IMPROVED. THE BUSHINGS ARE A LITTLE SLOPPY. FOR THE MONEY I WOULD NOT HAVE BOUGHT ANYTHING ELSE. DID I MENTION THAT IT IS PLUSH.
Hey guys, i came across an awesome 05 sherman slider + deal from local.
it has the rebound knob broken off. the guy said its functional but needs rebuild.
i did search a little. since its an old fork nothing useful really came up
is there any write ups thats hiding somewhere on the interne ... Read More »
hello, I recently picked up a used dual crown Sherman Slider Plus SPV Evolve 170mm fork. I disassembled it to check the SPV valve, oil, etc. and found a broken part. The threaded end on the bottom of the rebound shaft broke where the O-ring goes. After looking at the manual, it seems that the SPV ... Read More »
I misplaced my forks upper and lower crowns. I have a friend getting into the sport so I was going to give her the fork, but I misplaced the crowns! hmmmm. Anyone got a busted kingpin or slider, or know of a website to order such parts for hopefully not much dough. Thanks :thumbsup:Read More »
So I have a 170mm SPV Sherman Slider
I'm having trouble with the fork when the temperature drops below 60F or so... the fork stiffens up and my small hit sensitivity goes buh-bye. The oil is the recommended Manitou stuff ... Read More »