Manitou Minute Three 2005 Front Shocks

4.67/5 (27 Reviews)
MSRP : $749.95


Product Description

The '04 Minute was awarded Bicycling Magazine's 2004 "Editors' Choice" award for "Best all-purpose suspension fork", and we expect no less from the new '05. Minute 3 is the top-end of the Minute line, and for '05 Manitou has added their IT (infinite travel) remote travel adjuster, that lets you dial in from 130mm to 0mm of travel, on the fly. It's perfect for "all-mountain" type rides where you encounter widely varying terrain.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by winsail a Cross Country Rider from Soquel

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2012

Strengths:    It does what it's supposed to do and it's very adjustable

Weaknesses:    It has too many options, You could spend every ride adjusting it

Bottom Line:   
Can't go wrong with this fork, It's light, very adjustable and it works. You can also pick these up cheap on e-bay or craigslist. It is great for what it is. A very adjustable 9mm dropout straight 1 1/8 inch steerer fork. It also fits 650b wheels.

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Favorite Trail:   Enchanted Loop

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Similar Products Used:   Fox Vanilla 130mm fork, Fox Float R 130mm, Manitou Minute 3, Marzochi

Bike Setup:   This fork is now on a 2008 Giant Trance X

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bgkorekom from Littleton, Colorado

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2007

Strengths:    versatile, light, durable

Weaknesses:    non so far

Bottom Line:   
I bought it for Chicago trails, where I have not utilized all of the feature, but I moved in Colorado year and half ago and I swear in this fork. I would drop it down to 80 for climbing and pump it up to 130 for downhill and I love it. It gives me more stability downhill and more power on the clibing.

Strongly recommended especially if you have rapidly changing terrain.

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Favorite Trail:   White Ranch, CO

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Similar Products Used:   maniou axel

Bike Setup:   FRS- Minute 3, Mavic 321, Easton Monkey bars, Avid BB7, XT/XTR drive, etc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James a Weekend Warrior from Cooper Landing, Alaska

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2007

Strengths:    The Minute 3:00 is a solid, solid fork. It's 130mm of SPV travel make it ideal for those looking to climb like a goat, and then descend like a bomb. The infinite travel feature is cool, allowing for 0-130mm of travel, but frankly, I don't use it much. Even at 130mm, the Minute 3 performs quite well uphill. This thing soaks up bumps and drops. It also looks great.

Weaknesses:    No real weaknesses. However, when I first ran the Minute 3:00, there was a knocking sound on rebound. After researching awhile, I discovered that this knocking noise could be resolved by raising the SPV psi above 50. It worked, and now no noise! My only other complain would be the difficulty of adjusting the rebound setting. The knob is extremely hard to turn.

Bottom Line:   
A great fork, period. Performs well for all mountain use, is easy to maintain, looks great, etc. Easy to setup. Find some rough riding and enjoy!

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Favorite Trail:   Cresent Lake Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matamua a Cross Country Rider from SLC, UT

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2007

Strengths:    Super stiff, light weight, SPV platform is rad, travel, looks cool.

Weaknesses:    No manual lockout, but with the SPV, who really needs it anyway? Crappy owners manual.

Bottom Line:   
Bottom line = awesome. For the money I would buy this all day long over the talas. My dad has a stumpy expert with the talas, and sure it is a superior fork, but not $500 superior. So far, I love it. If anything changes, I will post a new review. The owner's manual sucks, and setting sag/pressures (both spv and regular) is a little tricky. I am 6'1" and 210lbs, and I am running about 110psi in the main chamber, and 50psi in the SPV. It works well for me, but it I like less SPV, and more plush feel.

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Favorite Trail:   dry creek/bobsled

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   greenfishsports.com

Similar Products Used:   Fox Talas RLC 32 140mm

Bike Setup:   05 Dakar XC Expert, 130mm minute :03, fox rp23, sram x7s, avids

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, ON Canada

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2007

Strengths:    Excellent stiffness to weight ratio, plush and IT travel adjuster works wonders on the trail

Weaknesses:    A bit complicated to setup and rebound knob is difficult to adjust. No response from Manitou to tech question sent via e-mail

Bottom Line:   
All in all a great performing fork with outstanding stiffness for it's weight. I ride some very rocky technical trails where picking the right line and momentum are critical to staying upright. Well the Minute holds it's line, never seems to bottom out and easily handles the pounding. I can't praise the IT adjuster enough for convenience while riding. Set it up properly on your handle bar and you can change travel instantly and without ever having to stop to turn a knob or flip a switch. A great feature if you are looking to do some epic all-day rides with lots of climbing as well as decending. My only complaint is that after 1+ seasons of weekly technical riding I started to get a knocking sound on rebound. I contacted Manitou via their website/tech support and never received an answer! In today's era of e-mail communication and web support, no response to customer inquiries is unacceptable. As it turns out, days earlier I had tried a different setting on the fork, and when I returned it to the original settings the knocking went away. Let's hope it lasts. If not for the poor customer service it would have received a 5 chili overall rating. If you are looking for a relatively light fork that can handle the decents almost as well as the climbs, then you can't go wrong with the Minute 3. Looking for a fork to handle all your drops and stunts, than I'd suggest something a bit beefier and w/coils springs. Cheers and happy trails!

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Favorite Trail:   3Stage outside Collingwood ON

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $260.00

Purchased At:   buddy in business

Similar Products Used:   RockShok Phylo

Bike Setup:   Giant AC setup as "lite" All-mountain bike with Manitou swinger rear, Crossmax Enduro wheels and a mix of XTR/XT.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mikeyboy a Weekend Warrior from Palos Verdes, Ca.

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2007

Strengths:    Looks killer with the black stantions and brushed steel writing. Lightweight yet rock solid. Solid thru axle, yayy!! Metal rebound dial... all metal for that matter.

Weaknesses:    My wife gets mad when I sneek them into bed with me at night. tee hee. I hug them too much. Hell, I hug my whole bike too much for that matter!

Bottom Line:   
I ride a lot of all mountain. I weigh 210 lbs. and have taken some 3-4 foot drops with NO BOTTOMING OUT!! Yeah it came pretty close but didn't go PING! I run about 115 lbs. in the chambers and have them dialed in plush.

Ultra plush, ultra bomb proof!

I highly recommend and I look forward to the long term test. Too bad there's not 6 flaming chilis...

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Favorite Trail:   A nice looooong technical fast singletrack. Anybody got one?

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Judy XC, Mozo Groove Q

Bike Setup:   2006 Iron Horse Hollowpoint MKIII Team model with all that comes with it (this fork included)!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Evan Ferguson a Weekend Warrior from Sugar Grove, IL

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2006

Strengths:    Lightweight, PLUSH!!!!, everything is a strength they even look killer.

Weaknesses:    Uhm, they make everyone want to steal them.

Bottom Line:   
This fork is amazing. When I first got it, it was a little hard to dial in the air pressure, but like everyone else says, once it's done it's great. I rode this fork on a tight technical singletrack in Illinois and was a little frustrated with how long it was and had to lower the travel a bit. When I took it to Fruita and Moab though on faster, rougher, bigger stuff it was AMAZING. I can't say enough good things about this fork. I had an internal problem with it once, but Manitou sent ALL new internals within a week and it's better than ever. It soaked up 2ft drops at porcupine rim without a hiccup, landings were so soft. It let me plow through rocky corners with speed that would normaly frighten me. I was keeping up with a FOES FXR and a Santa Cruz Blur on my hardtail NO problem at Moab, this fork is truly amazing, and for the price... it CAN NOT be beat, even Fox forks have nothing on this plush beast.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $365.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Fox Float100, Manitou Black Super Air 120s

Bike Setup:   99 Schwinn Moab, XT/LX everything, Raceface Atlas cranks, rhyno lite xl, thomsom stem, thudbuster LT.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tim a Weekend Warrior from Madison, CT

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2006

Strengths:    Easy setup, IT switch, Smooth travel

Weaknesses:    A little flex, but I am fat.

Bottom Line:   
Just switched from the Firefly to the Minute 3, spent the last 4 days in Vermont on single track, climbed both Mount snow and Killington and also rode the lift at Mount snow and rode every trail at the place. Fork handled everything great!! The IT switch made the climbing easy and the fork handled the DH trails just fine. Great all around fork, and for what I paid for it should get 6 flaming chilis!!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Marz Marathon, Manitou Firefly

Bike Setup:   Trek Liquid, XT drive train, King Hubs, No Tubs rims, Thomson stem and post, Conti vertical pro 2.3's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Orange Oyster from Sao Paulo, Brazil

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2006

Strengths:    SPV Evolve, travel ajustment, reverse arch, graphics, finishing quality...aluminum knobs, everything????

Weaknesses:    should there be any??? no way!

Bottom Line:   
it is just stunning. this fork rulez! what th heck for i need a lock-out if is have a "smart" suspension? the SPV Evolve is a bit hard to set correctly, but after its done it work flalessly. I own a manitou minute 2004 with IT. As soon as the distributor gets the 2004 minute 04 i will upgrade it! never want rock sucks or fox again!
Buy it, and be happy, just be sure it has infinite travel and spv evolve platform!!!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   performance bikes NY

Similar Products Used:   all kinds of rock shox, fox, rst from all levels!

Bike Setup:   banshee scirocco frame XC , xgen and x9 derailleurs, xt crank 44/32/22 cassete and chain, thomson x4 stem, xpedo mag/sl pedals, da bomb hubs, rad rims, etc...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nevin Rallis a Cross Country Rider from Windham, Maine, USA

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2006

Strengths:    the IT is crazy, keeps the bike tracking where you point it.

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
Well this jump from the pilot to this fork was amazing. The first time I rode it on a trail it felt like I was gliding over everything. The combination between the awesome leader suspension design and the fork worked awesomely. When the going goes up all you have to do is push the lever and push on the front of the bike. After that you are low enough to climb anything. When it is fully loaded it handles any bump that I am courageous enough to try. So far no complaints.

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Favorite Trail:   Bradbury Mountain

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $320.00

Purchased At:   Performancebike.com

Similar Products Used:   rock shock pilot

Bike Setup:   Leader 626S five inch travel.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Travis Petersen a Downhiller from Plano, Texas USA

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2006

Strengths:    This fork is absolutely amazing, i mean i jump off walls and ledges and i have not once bottomed this fork out, even off a 7 foot ledge it still had half an inch left! This is great for riding trails as well, it takes those turns amazingly well. Its even great for dirt jumping. If you stiffin it up a lil bit with some more pressure in the chambers its perfect!

Weaknesses:    none that ive seen

Bottom Line:   
This fork is pretty much amazing for anything that you might want to do on it. This thing is built to take a beating!

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Favorite Trail:   Rowlett Creek

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Performancebike.com

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Spice Comp, Manitou Black Comp

Bike Setup:   Iron Horse Yakuza Aniki with Manitou Minute III, 8 inch Hydrolic disk brakes, 6 inch rear suspention, Loco rims, Shimano Deore front derailer, Shimano LX rear derailer, TH Hammer w/ Cr-Mo Lower Cup headset, and 2.4 inch wolverine race tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Don a Weekend Warrior from SLC, UT

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2006

Strengths:    Super Durable, Travel Adjustment is awesome and impresses everyone.

Weaknesses:    No Lock Out, Expensive.

Bottom Line:   
After a full year of intense beating, this shock has proven itself completely. It has a ton of scrapes and been through a few crashes, but everything still works great.

The Minute 3:00 is perfect for anyone who likes to go up steep stuff and still be able to go *down* the steep stuff too. The travel adjustment is not a gimmick, I use it almost every ride. With the help of this fork I have cleaned Moore Fun, the wicked descent into Horsethief Bench, and Porcupine (except that last 4 foot drop into hell).

Porcupine is a great example of where this fork is useful. For the first three miles(uphill), the travel is set around 100mm so you can clean all the technical ups. After that the travel goes all the way out to 130. For the remaining steep ups (There are two or three), just hit the lever and the bike goes back into "climb anything" mode.

I've also cleaned every obstacle on Slickrock, even going the "harder way" on the main loop. The travel adjustment is nice for the steepest uphill stuff on that trail, almost feels like I'm cheating. :)

After slamming the travel down and finishing an uphill obstacle, I do usually stop to extend the travel, to be sure it is where I want it. It is tough to know where the travel is unless you stop and look.

The only problem I've had with the IT is that recently the shock doesn't extend completely unless I reach down and extend the lowers down while holding the IT lever. I haven't done any maintenance on the fork yet, and I'm sure it just needs to be cleaned and regreased (I'm not great about cleaning the stanchion tubes after each ride).

The best thing about the on-the-fly travel adjustment is that if you run up to a huge hill, you just hit the lever and slam down the fork. The front wheel will not wander and you can just focus on climbing.

I've ended up keeping just a minimum pressure in the SPV chamber, about 50 lbs. It's just enough to keep it from bobbing on the roads and smooth climbs, I like a real active fork.

I've also run the rebound barely above minimum. So freakin' plush.

Bottom Line: This fork is for those who want to clean the steep ups *and* steep downs.

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Favorite Trail:   Moore Fun (Fruita)

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $625.00

Purchased At:   revolutionutah.com

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Black 120

Bike Setup:   2004 Trek Liquid 30, Crossmax XL, Fox TALAS read shock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dylan a Cross Country Rider from Santa CruZ, California

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2005

Strengths:    well ive only ridden down dead campers and mailboxes and around wilder on it so far, but yeah like most of the other reviews say, really cool how the spv works. no pedal bob whatsoever.

Weaknesses:    I seem to be having a problem with the stiffness of the fork: At first, its quite stiff (no pedal bob when standing up and pedaling), but the further down/harder i push the fork, the softer it gets, and therefore doesnt match the rear shock on my bike well. does anyone else seem to be having this problem??? im pretty sure i set up the spv right, i weigh 140 and currently running fork at ~85 psi.

Bottom Line:   
pretty damn good, but doesnt match my rear shock (manitou swinger 3way), which is kinda weird, considering they're from the same company. its good, but too weird for me, being stiff the softer as you push down further.......DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE THIS PROBLEM WITHT EH STUPID SPV???

i might just get a talas.............

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Favorite Trail:   DEAD CAMPERS BABY!!!

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Spokesman (came w/ bike)

Similar Products Used:   fox float 100RL, fox talasRLC

Bike Setup:   2005 raleigh pase 2 with manitou swinger 3way rear shock (AWESOME BIKE) full sram x.9, manitou minute 3:00, carbon bars+seatpost, custom wheelset, irc mibro tires, and crank bros candy sl pedals.

total weight=27.23 pounds with pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jake Shoup a Cross Country Rider from Charlottesville, VA

Date Reviewed: December 15, 2005

Strengths:    Super plush and light. IT switch is bad ass. Nice long travle goes over huge bumps and handles big drops with ease. There does not seem to be annything wrong with it. Handling is completey great

Weaknesses:    not lock out. could be lighter; but really, im not complaining

Bottom Line:   
Really nice, plush, long travle, light fork. This is the most plush fork i have felt ecept the manitou dorado( wich retails at $1500).I would suggest this fork for an intence, cross country rider who has bumpy, tough climbs and brutal downhill sections. This fork handles like a king.

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Favorite Trail:   walnut creek

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $390.00

Purchased At:   performance

Similar Products Used:   Splice super, duke xc, black platinum

Bike Setup:   sette Reken frame
easton ec90 carbon handle bars, carbon race face seat post Kore light 3 stem
bontrager headset, shimano LX front and rear deralure
Custom wheel set
Sugimo XD crank
Avid Mechinical discs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dong Hyoung Lee a Weekend Warrior from Daegu, south Korea

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2005

Strengths:    very light considering the travel, IT function(40~130mm)...

Weaknesses:    fragile rebound damping knob

Bottom Line:   
I was XC rider with hardtail bike. I completed 2nd bike with this minute 3:00 to Nicoli helius FR frame. I was very satisfied with it's reliability, adjustability & lightness. After completing the bike, I can climb up mountain as well as downhill. If you are looking all mountain fork, choose this. You'll never be disappointed.
You can eat the downhill like drinking water. Happy & safe riding !!!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox psylo, Manitou black comp(80~100)

Bike Setup:   Nicolai helius FR, XT drive train, Chris king hub disc, hope M4, sram rocket trigger....

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