Manitou Sherman Slider 2003 Front Shocks

4.56/5 (16 Reviews)
MSRP : $699.95


Product Description

Weight: 6.3 lbs
Travel: 152 mm
Damping: TPC+
Adjustments: Rebound, Comp
Lubrication: Semi-Bath with Evil Genius Seals
Spring: Coil
Casting: Magnesium RA
Stanchions: 32 mm aluminum
Steerer: Aluminum
Axle: Hex Lock Thru-axle


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mack P. a Weekend Warrior from north van,B.C,canada

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2009

Bottom Line:   
not sure how good it is yet

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Favorite Trail:   CBC trail or 7th secret

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   from a friend

Similar Products Used:   Kona stinky

Bike Setup:   2002 Norco Vps Atomik,Manitou sherman sliders,mechanical discs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jason a Weekend Warrior from milwaukee

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2007

Strengths:    so plush. plenty of travel. pedals very good for how plush the travel is.

Weaknesses:    ummm...i guess the steering radius is greatly reduced. who cares. hell, even the logos are embossed so there arent any stickers to get all scratched up.

Bottom Line:   
buy this fork. i was somewhat hesitant to buy a dual crown due to the weight but it doesnt weight alot more than the rest of the sherman line anyway (which are all nice forks) and it feels amazing.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $170.00

Similar Products Used:   manitou black, flicks, lots of single crowns

Bike Setup:   sette relic, sherman slider, saint cranks, singletracks, blah blah

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Crash Zimmer a Downhiller from New Castle CO USA

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2007

Strengths:    it is ferm when it needs to be and soft when it needs to be

Weaknesses:    when you cut a drop short and land on the flat it bottoms out to easy

Bottom Line:   
it is the best triple crown that i have ever rudden. get one

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   adventure cycles

Similar Products Used:   rock shox BOXXER team, manitou sherman breakout

Bike Setup:   Azonic sabor with a fox dxh 5.0 rear

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nic Sye a Downhiller from Whistler, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2005

Strengths:    Very plush, surprisingly light, stiff, smooth, looks awesome. High speed compression damping great for big hits.

Weaknesses:    Poor steering radius, gets sticky in wet cold weather.

Bottom Line:   
Its a great fork!! Great for freeriders and downhillers. Can make the bike quite elevated which wouldnt be great for XC-type trailriders.

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Favorite Trail:   Schleyer & A-Line

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $688.00

Purchased At:   BSP

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox Psylo SL Tullio

Bike Setup:   2002 Gemini 1000, small frame, 24" rear wheel,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jared Grainger a Downhiller from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2004

Strengths:    6 inches of plush, butter smoooth travel; with the strength and power of the Reverse Arch and Hex-Lock Thru Axle.

Weaknesses:    NONE

Bottom Line:   
Best 6 inch dc fork money can buy.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   The Cyclepath

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Sherman Firefly

Bike Setup:   2003 Giant Ac1, 2003 manitou Sherman Slider, RaceFace Diabolus Stem/Bar (31.8mm), SDG Bel-Air Saddle and Oury Lock on Grips.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John 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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

Bottom line, I love these forks!

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Favorite Trail:   Rat Pack

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Greenfish Adventure Sports

Similar Products Used:   Z1 QR20

Bike Setup:   Ells Id, Romic, XT/XTR, Hope Bulbs, Hayes Hydros

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BigBenz a Downhiller from Quebec

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2004

Strengths:    Stiff, lightweight...Quality for price.

Weaknesses:    Small turning angle ,seals a bit too sleaky even if they are sleaky seals.

Bottom Line:   
Worth the price,Maybe not the best Shore fork but Whatever.Stiff tought. No problems so far.

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Favorite Trail:   Adrenaline(Bromont)

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   OGC

Similar Products Used:   Jr T, super T ...

Bike Setup:   AC2 with Prodigy DH crank.Single wides

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark a Downhiller from North Van

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2004

Strengths:    Very Plush. Strong. Not too tall

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $599.00

Purchased At:   bikeroom.com

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Z1 Dropoff

Bike Setup:   Stiffee, Slider, Race Face everything, etc....

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver

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


Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Platnium

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $599.00

Similar Products Used:   Z1, Z3, 02 JuniorT, 02 Monster, 03/04 SuperT, 04 Silder +

Bike Setup:   03 AC2

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Geof Offrinchuck a Downhiller from Colorado

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.

Bottom Line:   
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!

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Greenfish Adventure Sports

Similar Products Used:   marzocchi


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lecreak from Los Angeles

Date Reviewed: November 22, 2003

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...

Bottom Line:   
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...

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Favorite Trail:   Any singletrack...

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Atomic Bikes

Similar Products Used:   rock shox boxxer, Manitou black elite, Xvert

Bike Setup:   03 Bullit w/5th element, Xt drivetrain, Singlewide Rims, Grimeca Brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by trudare a Downhiller from a city

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2003

Strengths:    stiffness, plushness, light weight

Weaknesses:    only 6" travel, bottoms rather easily with stock springs

Bottom Line:   
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

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Favorite Trail:   the steep one

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $465.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA

Similar Products Used:   Stratos S7, '03 Jr-T

Bike Setup:   bullit, profiles, doublewides etc etc

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joseph Barbour a Racer 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.

Bottom Line:   
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)

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Favorite Trail:   the one I havent ridden yet

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Deep Cove Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Dorodo DH

Bike Setup:   Kona stab primo, king headset XTR Race Face North shore's maxxis minions titec el norte saddle telescopic seat post purple hayes 321's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Conar Lang from Oakville Ontario Canada

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2003

Strengths:    plush plush plush nothing compares to it its super stiff plush and feels like unlimited travel

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
this fork is great for the money comes with the internals of dorados and feels super sweet

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   manitou x vert dc dorado

Bike Setup:   bike

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by RONALD SOLOMON a Downhiller 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

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   ANY TRAIL

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   THE BIKE HUB

Similar Products Used:   SHIVER SC, BLACK 80/100

Bike Setup:   UZZI SLX FOX RC, D321 WITH HAYES HUBS AND BRAKES 8" IN FRONT 6" IN REAR, PRO TAPERS AZONIC SHORTY 50mm, XT AND XTR COMPONENTS,

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