Manitou Six 2003 Front Shocks

2.35/5 (68 Reviews)
Weight : 4.5 lbs


Product Description

Features:
Internally convertible travel from 80mm to 100mm Coil/MCU, adjustable preload, Microlube grease ports, Aluminum RA (Reverse Arch) casting, Steel steerer tube


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by 59ksmall a Weekend Warrior from Jacksonville, Fl.

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2010

Strengths:    Can't say it was cheap cause it came with the bike. But thats about it.

Weaknesses:    First off I weigh 135lb. and the fork is way too soft. Second I hit a two foot jump 2 hours ago, landed blew out the plastic adjuster knob which stripped all of the threads and sent me sliding head first into a very large Pine tree.

Bottom Line:   
Good for on road use and bike path trails only. Please do not take any jumps on this fork.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $175.00

Purchased At:   Came with the bike

Similar Products Used:   Old RoxShox Judy

Bike Setup:   Iron horse

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mikeerac a Cross Country Rider from UK

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2009

Strengths:    Cheap, plain, simple, uncomplicated. Easy to set up, post mount for disk brake.

Weaknesses:    It's a budget fork, heavy, flex.

Bottom Line:   
I can't see what the complaints are about, put a zip tie round one stanction, push it down to meet the fork leg, sit on the bike and wind the adjuster (+ or -) until you get about 1.5-2cm movement with the zip tie. I weigh 200lbs and there is no way this fork will bottom out just by sitting on the bike, no fork will do that unless it's broken. It's a simple honest fork and all the better for it, i had a Dart2 on here before, the lock out didn't work and i was always wiping oil from the nut at the bottom of the forks. These just do the job, treat them like a budget fork and they will get the job done. Mine are silver Manitou Six Comp and don't seem to feature here so may be a uk spec. I have fitted Hayes HFX hydraulics without the need for any adapters so i don't know why other people here have had problems with this too.

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Favorite Trail:   Swinley Forest

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   RockShox Judy, Dart2

Bike Setup:   Kona Blast, Manitou Six Comp, Hayes HFX.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by James Riesz a Weekend Warrior from Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2007

Strengths:    Cheap? Came stock with the bike, and haven't had the money to upgrade till now.

Weaknesses:    Soft! Bottoms out a lot. So spongy sometimes that it just about sends me over the handlebars when braking hard.
Flexes a lot, seems unstable at times.


Bottom Line:   
Don't buy this shocker (pun intended). If it comes stock, get it if there is no other option. My mates found bikes with similar setups, but better shocks for the same price.. if only I had known then.
But now that I have my new rockshox revelations 426, i'm laughing.
All round, it will do the trick, but only just.. Bottom of the barrel for offroad.

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Favorite Trail:   Whipbird Way/Dingo Trail, Gap Crk Reserve

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Super Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Judy TT

Bike Setup:   Shogun Team Issue 2003 - Deore XT rear derailer, LX front/Hubs/levers.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael Stanfill a Weekend Warrior from Palmer, Alaska, United States

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2007

Strengths:    Durable, light and looks good; 80 mm travel with damping.

Weaknesses:    I had to replace the internals once;

Bottom Line:   
Overall a great fork. It has a damping feature that is easy to use.

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Favorite Trail:   16 mile at Hatcher Pass

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   www.rei.com

Bike Setup:   K2 Zed 2.0 with disks at both ends; 2.4 inch tires.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Brett Rivera a Cross Country Rider from MP

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2006

Strengths:    It's cheap!!!


Weaknesses:    Almost Everything. The frame is cheap and cracks. The knobs are plastic. And the frickin rubber things!!! I hate them, they make the fork look like a cheap piece of s**t.

Bottom Line:   
HORRIBLE. I would not recommend these to anyone unless all they do is commute. Do not use these for mountain biking!!! ou'll be in the hospital before u know it.

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Favorite Trail:   Alpine Lake Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   friend

Bike Setup:   2002 marin rift zone.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Justin M a Cross Country Rider from MD

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2006

Strengths:    good price, only EVER bottomed out twice

Weaknesses:    sticks together like no other fork u'v ever seen, u lose about half the travel since it goes down half way and doesnt come back up, but still takes a nice beating

Bottom Line:   
ok to have if it came with the bike but dont buy to upgrade from another bike fork

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Favorite Trail:   justinm231232@yahoo.com

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   came on new bike

Similar Products Used:   rock shox duke

Bike Setup:   iron horse quantum or gary fisher... sumthin or other

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Justin a Weekend Warrior from Alpine, TX

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2006

Bottom Line:   
This fork has served me well. I'm only about 165 lbs. and have never had any problems bottoming it out...

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   Jamis Durango

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Al a Weekend Warrior from Hull

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2006

Strengths:    good for gravel bike path

Weaknesses:    So much sag and I only weight 150. PLASTIC TOP CAPS??? There are only internals in one of the fork legs. Finally the arch gave out.

Bottom Line:   
If you’r over 120 or ride heavy off road do not touch this fork!

I rode the fork for a good part of last season, it managed ok but bottomed out all the time(some times it even stayed bottomed), twisted like crazy till the arch completely bent (one brake boss was higher than the other by a good 1/4 inch). I don't know if this happened over time but I hit a 3-4 inch bump with some speed and the fork bottomed and the front wheel gave and I supermaned onto my head/ neck, very lucky to still be walking cause the bike hit me in the back after. The fork only has internals in one of the legs, the other is hollow, no wonder one side got all tweeked. Anyways if your going to ride this thing be very very careful.

I do not know if it was Gary Fisher or my lbs but why would anybody put a fork that can only take 120 weight on a 19" xc bike. One would have to be 6 feet tall and 120 to ride that thing!

Manitou was great about replacing it, less than 2 weeks and it was fixed... Now on the girlfriends bike, hopefully it will be ok cause she's lighter, rides less and has a 16" bike so she wont put so much pressure on it, she'll sit back more.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $100.00

Similar Products Used:   RS Psylo, RS Boxxer, Mar z3, Mar DJ3

Bike Setup:   GF Marlin, XC

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Samuel a Cross Country Rider from Ottawa, On, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2006

Strengths:    Cheap, resistant, a good beginner's fork

Weaknesses:    WAY TOO ****IN' SOFT

Bottom Line:   
It's a good beginners fork but it's way too soft! I can bottom the fork just by pressing down on it. There's also too much oil leaking. Even when ajusted I lose about an inch of travel just by sitting on the damn bike!! Manitou has to keep in mind that most riders are not 160 lbs! I'm a little more than 180 and I know I'm not the heaviest rider out there.. far from it! I have to say that the fork is still pretty tough for 100 bucks: I regularly drop more than 4ft and it never broke or showed any signs of damaged. I still think Manitou should recall it just because is stupidly soft, sometimes making it useless because there's simply no more travel left!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Black, Axel...

Bike Setup:   2004 KHS Alite 1000

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Tristan Perry a Cross Country Rider from Rockwood Ontario Canada

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2006

Strengths:    Trail Riding

Weaknesses:    Everything Else

Bottom Line:   
I was not impressed with this fork and just to add on to it i was going to P.E.I. to go trail riding and I was driving under an overpass at the front door of a Holiday Inn in New Brundswick and the fork hit it and bent back far enough that I couldn't ride on the fork any more plus the fact is I was only driving 2 Km/h.

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Favorite Trail:   Trans-Canada Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Bits Bikes And Boards

Similar Products Used:   2004 Manitou Axel

Bike Setup:   Hard Tail, Cross Country, Tribal Quantum

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Matt a Racer from Texas

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2006

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    Everything

Bottom Line:   
This fork blows! I used this fork for a week and blew the seals out. If it came with the bike, buy a new fork. If you actually paid for this fork take it back.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   came w/ a demo bike


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by matthew falshaw from thunderbay ontario canada

Date Reviewed: December 17, 2005

Strengths:    good price

Weaknesses:    everything but the price if your hard up for a fork then buy them

Bottom Line:   
although these forks are cheep in price and they look good they are a peice of dog doo doo and they deserve to be recalled and replaced and all the owners of them be rembursed

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Favorite Trail:   centennial park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $145.00

Purchased At:   local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   marzocchi EXR PRO

Bike Setup:   tribal quantum with deore components and a rockey mountain hammer

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jon a Cross Country Rider from Allendale, MI

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2005

Strengths:    100mm of travel

Weaknesses:    Bottoms out on everything
Spring adjustment busted
Cheap construction
Travel is not stiff enough
Looks pretty wussy too


Bottom Line:   
The shock sucks. You really get what you pay for here. Might be better off with a Suntour. It's one step up from suspension on standard Walmart bike. Upgrade if you plan on doing any hard trails. Don't do drops or downhill, you will bottom out hard, possibly endo. Spend the extra $100 for a better low end fork if you don't have much money.

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Favorite Trail:   anything not on the road!

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Axel Comp
Rock Shox Judy


Bike Setup:   Jamis Durango SX
Cheap and light, but sturdy and easy to work with.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by stefan sebsetjanowicz a Racer from birmingham

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2005

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    every think the arch snaped it the first six weeks of riden

Bottom Line:   
they are a cheap fork alright for none agressive riders but trust me they a rubbish they are to weak for all kind of riden

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Favorite Trail:   northshore track at some woods in solihull

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   red kite cycles

Similar Products Used:   rock shoxs sid

Bike Setup:   gt idrive sport

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bernard georgio a Weekend Warrior from saltlake city utah

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2005

Strengths:    does what it is said to do
cheap
looks ok


Weaknesses:    not meant for heavy riding
the adjustment crown isnt that effective
weak but is ok for light trails not heavy duty riding
mine broke on a 4 foot drop but i got it fixed for free


Bottom Line:   
good for light riding and is not meant for jumping freeriding etc.

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Favorite Trail:   local trails

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $60.00

Similar Products Used:   marzochi exr pro (way better)
marzochi z1
manitou shermans


Bike Setup:   haro

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