All new for 2004, the Axel family is designed to provide new levels of high performance and high value. Features include 28.6 mm stanchions, convertible travel, hydraulic damping and a Manitou RA casting for ultimate stiffness without extra weight.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: February 12, 2006
Strengths: Came as stock on Jekyll 400 (2004)
Weaknesses: Where do I start....Flexy, leaky, leaky, leaky, did I say leaky, stuplidly soft, poor quality adjusters....feels cheap (they are. Threw them in bin after 2 rides and bought a NEW Lefty DLR off ebay at a FANTASTIC price from USA
Chuck em away and pay for a Lefty.....you won't be disappointed with the Lefty
Bike Setup: Jekyll 400 (RAW), Lefty DLR, Hayes HFX9 Carbon discs, WTB saddle, DMR V12's, Fox remote locklout,
a Weekend Warrior
from Brisbane Australia
Date Reviewed: November 24, 2005
Strengths: Range of adjustments and features for price
Weaknesses: Heavy, flexy chrome moly staunchions, standard spring to soft for my weight (90 kg), poor warranty.
On these original equipment forks the hard chrome on one staunchion has been partially removed by grinding during manufacture, exposing the bare steel beneath which started rusting soon after I started riding the bike. The lockout and compression damping adjustment ceased working shortly after.The best Manitou could offer was a small discount on the current model of the same fork. I told them i would rather put the money towards a better fork, one without the Manitou brand name on it. the performance of these entry level forks is quite satisfactory once a spring suitable for the riders weight is fitted is fitted. As it is an OE fork I would recommend upgrading it as soon as possible.
Bike Setup: customised rockhopper with freeride components
a Cross Country Rider
from all overthe world
Date Reviewed: March 27, 2005
Strengths: Has a lot of adjustable features. V and disc brake compatible.
Weaknesses: Bottoms easily, not stiff at all (for 185 lb rider), need special grease gun to lubricate properly. Not built for jumping.
This fork has a sticker on the leg that says NOT INTENDED FOR JUMPING. I have, however taken it over small jumps and drops without serious issues. Bottom line is that it is a decent fork for LIGHT xc or commuting use. Anything other than that you should get an upgraded fork. This fork is not very stable under heavy pedaling or cornering. It seems to "tweak" a lot.
Similar Products Used: Axel Elite 80 mm (just as awful, made from paper mache!!)
Bike Setup: Jekyll, Fox Float RL, Pace RC40
from Broomfield, Colorado
Date Reviewed: July 11, 2004
Strengths: easy lockout, nice rebound adjustment, great shock for the money
Weaknesses: It sure could use 20mm to 30mm more tavel. Switching between 80mm to 100mm of travel is a pain in the a#%.
I have not had any big problems with this shock but I recommend anyone wanting to get into any kind of dirt jumping or drops to consider getting a Black or a Sherman. I have been doing a lot of downhill and dirt jumping and have been consistently been bottoming out and I only weigh 150 pounds. All and all it is a great shock for the price.
Bike Setup: Jekyll 400 frame with a bunch of upgrades
a Cross Country Rider
from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: June 24, 2004
Strengths: Adjustable travel and easy lockout. Great value, has everything you could realistically want. Definetly a good buy. Mechanically sound, needs little maintenance and looking after. Came stock on my bike - I am considering a black.
Weaknesses: I would personally like another 20-30mm of travel. For this level of fork, it doesn't really make sense to have it go as low as 70mm especially since it's not fixed.
A solid buy. Does everything you could want, and works flawlessly.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: January 28, 2004
Strengths: This is an awsome looking fork, and has already preformed really well even though i havn't had it for too long. I do only weigh 125 lbs, but this has still been pretty stiff. I do fairly aggressive xc riding, and this has worked great.
Weaknesses: i have heard that these forks bottom out easily, but i have not had this happen to me yet. I do only weigh 125 lbs, but this has still been pretty stiff. I do fairly aggressive xc riding, and this has worked great.
If you like a hot looking fork and at the same time a great preformer, this is great for you. I personally did not pay too much for this, so I am even happier. If you can get a great deal like I did, go for it right away.
I have a 2003 Rockhopper FSR Comp that I just picked up, and sent it off to my LBS for an overhaul.
I got a call today and they told me they can't get the front shock to adjust correctly, it "pops" when they try to turn the adjustor knob to set preload. It also looks like the lockout damper isn't ... Read More »
Well to make a long story short-both my Fox Triad and Float RL from my 07 Stumpjumper are being serviced, which forces me to ride my old SJ FSR until the suspension parts are returned. The old SJ has a 03Manitou Axel Super, which is an inexpensive fork that I was planning on selling the bike with un ... Read More »
I have a bike with a 20mm through axel and there arent too many good options for roof rack carriers. I've been using the Thule Super G and it[I] seemed [/I]to work OK, but the bike always moved around a lot and never gave me much confidence. This past weekend the carrier developed enough play and ... Read More »
I have a set of Manitou Axels that are only 500km old and feel very notchy whilst riding and seem to be getting worse. The manual is pretty much useless and the web site is down probably forever by the look of it. Is there any thing that can be done to this fork to make it smoother?
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What could cause the travel adjuster (75-100m i think) on my Manitou Axel super to stop working?
Can anyone help me out here?
I'd prefer if I could fix it myself since I dont want to spend any money on such a cr@ppy fork.
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