Manitou Six Sport 2004 Front Shocks

3.05/5 (20 Reviews)


Product Description

The Six is designed for the entry-level rider who doesn’t want to sacrifice performance. Key features include 28.6 mm stanchions, convertible travel from 80 mm to 100 mm and a new Reverse Arch casting.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mike

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2014

Strengths:    Looks like a real fork

Weaknesses:    Not a real fork. Plastic top caps, dinky spring and elastomer guts, if you can even get it open. Plastic screw on the bottom strips out, so you can't disassemble, or can't reassemble. No "prep m" service ports, so you have to either disassemble it or spray grease into the top seals once and a while

Bottom Line:   
If you have this fork, ride it till it gets gritty, and instead of going to complain to the dealership that pawned this off on you, throw the fork in the garbage and buy a competing brand, or even a rigid fork.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Corbinder a Downhiller from Williams Lake BC Canada

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2007

Strengths:    Has great damping and can handle all the bumps and smaller jumps.

Weaknesses:    Mine was waaaayyyy too stiff. The fork didnt go down when i peddled (at all) but for some reason it went down for the bumps??????????

Bottom Line:   
all in all its a good fork and i would recommend it to beginner and intermediate riders but like one guy said earlier: upgrade if you want to hit bigger jumps!

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Favorite Trail:   snakes n' ladders

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Red Shreds

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Splice Comp

Bike Setup:   I got a new bike since i had these forks but this is my current on- >.243,6 inch hydraulic disc brakes, 2003 marzocchi dirt jumper ones (5.5 inches) and double track rims and all those goodies.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Neal Robinson a Downhiller from Oregon City

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2007

Strengths:    It is a very good entry level suspension fork if you have it set up right for you. It takes bumps in trails very well. I have never had it bottom out on me after I set it up for my weight.

Weaknesses:    There is non really. I'm a bike tech and I have worked on suspension a lot and a lot of the bad reviews on this product are simply adjustments that need to be made internally, take it to a bike shop let them take a look. Also some are improper usage this is mainly for single track trails and light jumping otherwise you will blow it up and risk hurting yourself.

Bottom Line:   
Good entry level suspension that if you find yourself wanting to take bigger jumps and ride harder trails you should upgrade your fork

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Favorite Trail:   5mile butte

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Rock shock

Bike Setup:   k2 zed 3.0 frame , Hayes hydraulic disk brakes

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Matt Vogel a Cross Country Rider from Fruita Co United States

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2007

Strengths:    great for roads

Weaknesses:    bottoms out way to easily and has no rebound. Terrible in cold weather.

Bottom Line:   
This fork is terrible i enjoy racing but it's difficult when your forks do not work properly. It makes trails harder and it is not easy on the shoulders and wrists.

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Favorite Trail:   Holy Cross

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Over The Edge Sports

Bike Setup:   Raleigh M80. Its been great to me.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by yamm efef a Racer from yon,yeah,usa

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2006

Strengths:    its an amazing fork the best in its class

Weaknesses:    n/a

Bottom Line:   
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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   1200

Similar Products Used:   manito trvis

Bike Setup:   m3

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by John Furey a Weekend Warrior from Saint Louis, MO, USA

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2006

Strengths:    Really plush. goood 100mm and adjustable rebound. If you don't ride very aggressive rider. just roll over rocks, Its a very plush fork that soaks up the tiny bumps.

Weaknesses:    too soft for my style of riding. It always bottoms out on 2foot+ drops and other rough hits. its becoming flexible and weak after 2 years of use. Coil spring on one side only. Just fragile.

Bottom Line:   
Its ok but just needs to be tougher.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   n/a

Bike Setup:   Giant Iguana. Hayes Mechanical Disk. Shimano Deore shifters and derailure.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Van Horton a Racer from newburg, PA

Date Reviewed: April 8, 2006

Strengths:    nice for racing and jumping

Weaknesses:    wieght is a little high

Bottom Line:   
well, andrew sutherland i have a raleigh M80 and it only ways 27 pounds with many extras including a topeak rack so i dont know what you have on it but learn how to ride a bike.... this shock is fine i like the 80mm to 100mm adjustment and design.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Merves bike shop

Bike Setup:   Raleigh M80

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by aljonn lacerna a Weekend Warrior from canada

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2005

Strengths:    well now that i've riden it and everything nothing really except for trails and a little of dirt jumping

Weaknesses:    at first i thought the fork is good but it not as good as i thought. there not much travel on it

Bottom Line:   
it's an ok fork

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Favorite Trail:   seven hills, brunette park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   dick's

Bike Setup:   iron horse warrior disc

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by andrew sutherland a Racer from schwenksville, pa, united states

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2005

Strengths:    well uhhhh ummm errrr it takes the sting out of bumps....

Weaknesses:    everything!!!!!! it is soo bad i broke it on a log jump after comeing down it suckssss

Bottom Line:   
sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks the absalute worst fork ive eveir tryed if it came on your bike than get rid of it now and if u want a good value fork..dont get this for hevan sakes im 12 years old and 115 lbs and i can bottom it out when eveir i want so dont bye please

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Favorite Trail:   the newly cleaned up bear creek trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   bikeshop jeffersonville

Similar Products Used:   too many

Bike Setup:   raleigh m80 it is a good bike except for the fork is what makes it 31 lbs...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Macca a Weekend Warrior from Australia

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2005

Strengths:    well it works, i hav tried a few dif forks on mates bikes and in my opinion this isnt as bad as some ppl are saying, im over 100kg and i can only make it bottom out over 5-6ft drops, for the price paid(came with bike and only paid an extra $50 over stock standard forks!) it is more than worth it!

Weaknesses:    more than a bit of a pain in the ass to change the travele.

Bottom Line:   
for the price certainly worth it, but im definatly going to upgrade when i have some spare money. definatly a must for beginer leval or weekend riders, if ya gunna be going hard tho, dont buy these

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   rockshox, fox racing

Bike Setup:   KHS Alite 600 w manitou six sport shocks and mosh plate pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by aljonn lacerna from windsor

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2005

Strengths:    i thought it isn't so bad that its soft and i even thought it wass stiff if you adjust it(probably because i weigh 110lbs) im only 14 years old and have just started riding and i think this is a good fork probably for begginers like me or light riders

Weaknesses:    none found yet

Bottom Line:   
its a good fork in my opinion and i'd say it can take some small drops, and as everyone says it is a good begginer fork and its cheap(keeps the price of the bike down)

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   dicks (stock with bike)

Similar Products Used:   none i'm new to riding

Bike Setup:   ironhorse warrior disc everything stock

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by ARCHANGEL a Weekend Warrior from West Jordan, Utah, USA

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2005

Strengths:    none.

Weaknesses:    Everything, adjusting travel on it really sucks. You'll need gloves to get a grip.

Bottom Line:   
This is a horrible shock even for a entry level shock. It came stock on my bike and I should have chucked it in the garbage first thing. The shock bottoms out when you sit on the bike. I'm not the lightest rider but I'm for damn sure not the heaviest. The shock sucks if your thinking of buying the shock by itself forget about it. Save your money and get a better quality shock (Rock Shoxx.

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Favorite Trail:   all freeride

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shoxx JUDY II, INDY C

Bike Setup:   Raleigh M80(don't buy)

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andrew from Rivers, Manitoba, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2005

Strengths:    Great bang for your buck. Fine for trails and small jumps.

Weaknesses:    its soooo soft and bottoms so easy and I'm only 135lbs

Bottom Line:   
It's so soft that I lose about two inches just sitting on it. I took it off a bout 5 foot drop landing right but it popped the soft/stiff screw on top right off. It still screws in but I can't set it anymore. It was even on the 100mm setting. It is hard to change the travel setting. It has always worked great on trails since its soft and soaks up most everything. Great bang for your your buck but definetly not meant for big drops. It has started me out great.

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Favorite Trail:   tight cowtrails in ravines

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Giant Iguana Disc '04, Deore comps.,

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Michael Page a Cross Country Rider from Manchester

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2005

Strengths:    Good fork, looks nice, bargin compared to most forks with a 100mm travel. They have adjustable travel 80-100mm for going up the hard hills and enough travel to eliminate the bumps roots and rocks on the downhills.

Weaknesses:    Rebound may be a little on the slow side.

Bottom Line:   
Good fork for the money, looks nice, great starter/intermediate fork.

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Favorite Trail:   rooley moor

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Leisure Lakes

Similar Products Used:   sr suntour m600, marzocchi comp air

Bike Setup:   Orange gringo, mavic mx317 rims on deore hubs, wtb wierwolf 2.1 tyres, shimano hydraulic disk brakes, hope headset.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Dan Snook a Weekend Warrior from Corona Ca

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2005

Strengths:    Good beginer fork for the $

Weaknesses:    Flex under pedal Verrrrrry Soft

Bottom Line:   
Good beginner shock any thing more than verrrrrry light hits your gona over work it but then again its light on the wallet....

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Favorite Trail:   Sky Line

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   on line

Bike Setup:   Mongoos Wing pro/Xtr running gear/XT shifters & Lvers/Sh Lx cranks/Avid Disk/Rock sh rear sid shock/

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--HELP-- Oil leak from 2002 Manitou Six Sport.

Please see attached pictures first. There is an oil leak on seals and sliders. It is a used fork I bought from someone. It no longer has a warranty. Should I send it to a Manitou service department or a local bike shop? Are there any bike shops in Denver that can fix this? Thanks...Read More »

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