Manitou Sherman Breakout 2004 Front Shocks

4.17/5 (12 Reviews)


Product Description

The fork that turned the tides in the battle for freeride supremacy, the Breakout remains largely unchanged for ‘04; better this year only by virtue of the wider 40mm range Rapid Travel II top-mounted travel adjustment.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2012

Strengths:    Handle's anything thrown at it! Perfect for any type of ride.
Extremely light, after 10ft drops etc.. It works like new.


Weaknesses:    A bit pricey

Bottom Line:   
All in all, a definitely recommend it. I've had no trouble with it.
Shop around to get the cheapest price though.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MikeRosie a Downhiller from Phoenix, AZ

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2010

Strengths:    TAKES A BEATING!!! This fork has been through hell and still works pretty damn well. Both the lowers and the stanchions have been banged up badly, but the damage seems purely cosmetic. Despite having crappy small bump sensitivity, it takes hard hits EXTREMELY well, especially big square-edged rocks at high speeds, and of course, big drops. Relatively light, I think (although I've never weighed it but it's WAY lighter than the 888 that replaced it, obviously not even in the same class but thought I'd mention it).

Weaknesses:    Not very adjustable; there's almost no way to speed up the rebound on this thing. It goes from slow to slower, which negatively effects its small bump compliance. SPV doesn't work very well, I removed it after realizing it has almost no benefit. Not very smooth on small bumps. Kinda ugly (which didn't matter to me), could be more stiff (another thing that didn't bug me), relatively short axle to crown height compared to other forks with similar travel (could be considered positive or negative depending on the rider wants).

Bottom Line:   
You have to ride on this fork to appreciate it. When I first got my bike (the Sherman came stock on it) I started compressing the fork as hard as I could just standing above it, thinking that doing this would give me some idea of how plush it would be on the trail. When performing this test, the fork felt dead and anti-plush compared to other forks, so I thought it would suck. I was wrong. When riding fast, this fork comes alive and saved my @ss many times when I took bad lines.

Awesome durability and great fork for my style of riding. I don't really care about small bump plushness, I just want to know that it can soak up the hard hits when I really need it to, and it does!

I recently swapped out my Sherman for a 888. The 888 just fits my bike better. Although I liked the Sherman, it's short axle to crown height made the geometry on my x7 feel too steep for chunky fast downhill. The triple 888 is an awesome fork and no doubt more plush, but it's also made me realize what a great fork the Sherman was. I never gave it enough credit when it was on the bike.

I'll be looking to build a heavy all-mountain rig centered around this fork (or pedal friendly FR bike if you prefer). I already miss the way it helped my big heavy Haro climb like a mountain goat.

Bottom line, this is an underrated fork and I wish Manitou never stopped making it. It's not the best, but considering what you can buy them for now, it's more than a great value. I will be trying to find more of these forks wherever I can.

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Favorite Trail:   National

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Private seller

Similar Products Used:   Totem, Domain, 66, etc. (all long travel single-crowns)

Bike Setup:   Haro X7 built with all heavy DH/FR components, which I won't bother listing. RS Vivid out back.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fatnip a Downhiller from Toronto

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2008

Strengths:    Very Plush, very sexy, lots of knobs

Weaknesses:    No holes to penetrate

Bottom Line:   
These forks make me wanna blow my load, very smooth ride can handle most of the drops you throw at it.

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Favorite Trail:   G-Spot

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Pinkbike.com

Similar Products Used:   Doe Jhonston

Bike Setup:   pornking

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dylan a Downhiller from maple ridge BC

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2006

Strengths:    good feeling fork

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
great light weight freeride single crown awesome

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Favorite Trail:   platinum

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   pinkbike for 400canadian new

Similar Products Used:   jrT

Bike Setup:   bottle rocket

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris Moyses a Downhiller from Alice Springs N.T Australia

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2006

Strengths:    Almost evertything this fork is super plush and doesn't bottom out too easily rapid travel adjust is the best invention ever

Weaknesses:    The Compression knob does very little, my lowers cracked :(

Bottom Line:   
they are a very good and smooth for but my lowers cracked Anyone who thinks that they have bad seals are idiots who obviously dont know enough about their forks, It is not leaking seals it is purposely done by manitou to lubricat e the fork so it is smooth

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Similar Products Used:   marz z1freeride 2's marz z150

Bike Setup:   rocky mountain switch DMR cheiftian cranks mr dirt chain guide dice wheels

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kyle a Downhiller from Kincardine Ontario

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2006

Strengths:    Verys strong fork, Not very heavy awsome for freeride

Weaknesses:    Seems like they are kind of slow not respoding real quick...

Bottom Line:   
Nice fork great for freeride,downhill, crank it down and do some dj's overal sweet fork.

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Favorite Trail:   autobon

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   dj3, flick

Bike Setup:   Ironhorse sgs pro,single tracks,breakout,e-thirteen

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Pascal C. from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2005

Strengths:    Light, many knobs

Weaknesses:    The compression dampening knob does nothing. The fork is not plush or progressive. The seals really suck, they are the worst thing about the fork.

Bottom Line:   
My stantitions are very scratched because the seals leak oil which attracts dirt and sand.

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Favorite Trail:   Toothless

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Calgary Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi, Fox

Bike Setup:   Ellsworth joker 1.5

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Alex Milnes a Downhiller from Kent England

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2005

Strengths:    Works well, Lots of fine tuning addjustments on the fork. matt black finish looks cool. 1.5 stem is really stiff and i cant feel any flex

Weaknesses:    its lower legs are made out of magnesium so do not take near any salt because it corrodes like feck were the 20mm axel goes.

Bottom Line:   
do not buy if u live in scotland or like to do a lot of traveling with the bike on the back of the car

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Favorite Trail:   Super Mozrine

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $915.00

Purchased At:   Bromley bike Co

Similar Products Used:   jn T, bomber

Bike Setup:   yeti asx 5th element rear shock shimano race face cranks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BURN a Downhiller from LOS ANGELES

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2004

Strengths:    i think the manitou breakout is sweet the bigger stem makes my freeride bike feel so much more grounded and stiff. i love it i can literally fly through those sections of trails im not supossed to go..these forks rock have nothing but love for manitou

Weaknesses:    umm i think the weakness on mine is not having a fender on it. i love the flat black look matches my powdercoated black rearend on my bike


Bottom Line:   
this is a great all around freeride downhill shock .it gives great travel to those huge drops and really saves your neck on those steep huge downhill faces.The Manitou Sherman Breakout is a killer front fork its worth it trust me.you won't regret it..

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Favorite Trail:   My Trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   given to me by maker

Similar Products Used:   rock shock phsylo,specialized forks,older manitou forks


Bike Setup:   AN6 Freeride Custom,MAnitou Sherman Breakout frontfork,MAnitou 4way SPV rearshock, full SAINT componentry

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by mark a Weekend Warrior from canada

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2004

Strengths:    still with the 1.5 head tube. smooth as butter. i love the feel

Weaknesses:    weak lowers (probably just mine though)

Bottom Line:   
the fork preforms very well, i have no complaints in that area. but i do have a crack in my lowers, and i haven't crashes them. there are no impact marks, so it must be a defective piece of aluminum. small amounts of oil leak out through the crack, so it is being sent back to the dist., who is replacing the lowers for me. about 3 weeks off my bike, so i am not happy about that. great product otherwise, but the cracks in the lowers are bad news.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   marzocchi dj's.

Bike Setup:   cannondale chase frame, sherman breakout fork, husselfelt cranks, chris king/sun singletrack wheelset, oversized husselfelt bars, lx drive terrain.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by King Louie from Philly

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2004

Strengths:    Tons of adjustability, very plush through the stroke, handles big drops nice. Can download detailed servicing instructions from website. Marzocchi blows in this regard.

Weaknesses:    None so far!

Bottom Line:   
I must say Manitou has earned my respect. My original 03 Sherman blew out 3 times and caused much hassle but they finally replaced it with an 04 and this has SPV and this thing is working great for 4 months and I ride 4-6 times per week. It took me about 8 rides to fine tune it to my liking but that was fun and nice to ba able to do. There are tons of settings with air, rebound, and compression. Great fork! Gotta love them promoting servicing on your own by providing detailed instructions. Marzocchi should take a hint.

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Favorite Trail:   Whistler/Moab

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Warranty Replacement

Similar Products Used:   2003 SHerman Breakout, which I broke out! 2004 Z1 Freeride.

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Gemini 900. King hubs, Diablous stem, Azonic bars, Saint cranks, sweet stickers, bling bling...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dan rou a Downhiller from Gatineau Quebec Canada

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2004

Strengths:    It handels perfectly in the trails or in 10 foot drops.It 6inches of travel feals endless, it performs almost like a cross country fork in its 110mm setting and just like a 8inch fork in its full travel settings.

Weaknesses:    with its 1.5" steer tube, it weights a ton!!
And its price lol


Bottom Line:   
If you want to go all-out with a single crown fork, this is the fork for you...or its big brother the breakout plus, if you can afford it.

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Favorite Trail:   whistler bike park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Came with my K2

Similar Products Used:   Psylo sl, Z1-drop off and shiver sc.


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