Nixon is Manitou's new fork lineup for long-travel trailbikes. The Super model has 145mm of travel, infinitely adjustable using Manitou's IT (infinite travel) bar-mounted travel adjust system. That means you can dial the travel in on the fly, perfect for rides that cover all types of terrain.
a Weekend Warrior
from Mountain Brook, AL USA
Date Reviewed: August 18, 2008
Strengths: This is for the Nixon Super Air with SPV not IT. Good deal on cost for 20mm AM fork, stiff and has the right amount of adjustments to tune in the ride. Customer support is helpful still best to call.
Weaknesses: SPV can hydrauloc. Modifications can make this fork exceptional if you are up to it by "Devolving" and changing out oils to higher quality like BelRay 5wt, Mobil 1 5-30, Fox Lube 50wt and changing seals to Enduro. SPV on a 145mm fork is pretty tall and better on a 100 to 130 travel fork for cross country.
Hard to beat at this price knowing that the fork has been around for a while and you can "modify" the action if you are willing to learn how to get into the fork. If not, stay away from SPV forks. SPV works best on cross country susp heights up to 130mm or so from my experience. This one is easy to modify and will save you $$$$$.
Bike Setup: SC BLT2, RaceFace Next, Dues X tye cranks, X0 shifting, CK Isodisc hubs, xm819 wheels, 2.3 HighRollers, Juicy 7s
a Weekend Warrior
from Vancouver, Wa USA
Date Reviewed: August 5, 2007
Strengths: smooth movement, good travel, good adjustability
Weaknesses: After 30 miles of urban riding, fork was blowing oil. Had bike less than 4 hours and the fork failed.
I hope Manitou works with me on this problem or I am dumping the fork and never getting another product of theirs. This fork is great in appearance and initial ride but completely disappointed in reliability. A few stairs and seals are blown. At 175lbs this shock should last for quite a while before needing service
Similar Products Used: Manitou Slate, Suntour Duro-D
Bike Setup: Relic Frame, Sette grips, bars, headlock, and seat clamp. Manitou Nixon Super Plus SPEvolve 145mm fork, Truvativ Hussefelt stem, 1.1 crankset, bash guard, Howitzer Team BB, Sun DitchWitch rims w/ Shimano M475 hubs, Alivio rear derailleur, Tioga Factory DH tires, Bontrager Seat w/ post 31.4mm, and Hayes MX2 brakes 8"front, 6"rear.
Date Reviewed: April 8, 2007
Strengths: Excellent transfer between high and low speed compression - the damping does its job really well. This fork has given me confidence in air forks.
Weaknesses: The IT Adjust is useless. It drops the bike so low my pedals hit the ground climbing on rough terrain, changes the geometry too much, and bottoms out too easily (an ugly feeling even when you're climbing. Lockout is a much simpler, more reliable, and functional option for climbers that designers should use. I'd accidentally bump the "golden spoon" while riding, causing me to suddenly loose all my travel. For above reasons, I just lopped the thing off, but I've been finding lately (I've owned it ~1 yr now) that it "auto-adjusts" on its own occasionally, and I have to pull the (now stumpy) cable to bring it back to full extension.
I got this fork on clear-out for about $300 CAN, which was a ripping deal that I couldn't turn down. It's held up under a lot of abuse (Remember folks, this fork wasn't designed for Whistler Downhill), and never bottoms out when set up properly. This fork is solid and sturdy.
Similar Products Used: Marzocchi Drop Off, Monster T, Rock Shox Psylo
Date Reviewed: December 22, 2006
Strengths: great fork good on 15+ foot gaps and dirtjumps
they work great for street gaps drops and tables i love them and the "bling bling" compression lever, 20mm axel is great for drops and gaps wont break. dropping the forks works great for trials and blance i love them they work great
a Weekend Warrior
from Brookfield, CT
Date Reviewed: August 26, 2006
Strengths: Smooth, light, looks good, IT has "cool factor" when it works.
Weaknesses: IT is useless for all practical purposes, IT started leaking after only ONE day of downhill riding. This wasn't anything extreme, just blues and greens at Keystone. I would be riding down some trails and notice that my fork had reduced itself all the way down to nearly no travel several times that day. It could be dangerous. Now I can't even hit little bumps without it leaking. Will have to have it fixed by Manitou, then I'm definitely selling the fork and getting an AM1 or another more abuse-worthy fork. Pathetic for the price these used to go for.
Great fork when it works, but it won't work for long.
a Weekend Warrior
from Manila, Philippines
Date Reviewed: February 14, 2005
Strengths: stiff, light but still burly. PLUSH! rebound and compression are big help on fine tuning. excellent for all mountain set-up. TPC DAMPING!!! (best ever IMO)
Weaknesses: still have those bumpers that limit travel to about 135mm no clue when manitou will get it together and make the real upgrade kit to give the full 145mm travel
i opted for this over the platinum (i hate spv forks... backward technology IMO). i'm real happy with it so far i haven't had the need for the full 145mm travel its supposed to have (and i've done some gnarly technical stuff already). its plenty stiff and faily light. Moves like a coil shock on the dh runs and is just a real sweet fork.
i got this off a bike set so its an oem fork and it was sold ridiculously cheap. i wouldn't pay the aftermarket price for this fork right now though since manitou still hasn't come up with the permanent fix for their "blunder". but by my guess when they do figure out the permanent fix its going to be worth every single penny. its smooth and as burly as a sherman but without the weight, fantastic for long travel trailbikes.
i'm going to give 3 chilis for value since its pretty expensive and there still isn't any permanent fix for the "tire clearance upgrade" issue 5 chilis for the overall coz despite that upgrade mishap its a ridiculously plush and great all around fork...NICE!!!
Bike Setup: santa cruz heckler with all the goodies.
a Weekend Warrior
from Krakow, Poland
Date Reviewed: February 10, 2005
Strengths: light weight - long travel (ok quite long) good stifness, remote travel change
Weaknesses: not so long travel as ad says, virtually no compression damping - what for is that dial?
the most impressive cross country fork for enduro bikes ever ridden by me, The IT is the best way to change the fork lenght on the market. So you can do any uphill - only yours fitness is a limit. However "the golden spoon" looks awfull and doesn't work that easy. You will need a powerfull thumb. Maybe the golden housing isn't perfect? To shorten the fork you need just to press the spoon - fork will drop instantly. No hard pressing of the handlebars like with ETA or ECC. Moreover it compresses completely. No good, this change geometry so much that it is hard to pedal. You need to adjust yours muscles to work efficiently in such a position. On the top of a hill you have to maka wheelie or manual to adjust the fork for downhill. I prefer ETA for that pourpose. Nixon Super is quite progressive during travel you can feel it is air fork but it is still one of the best of them Not like Z1 SL '03. Coils rules so maybe I should check out Elite? Still it is nice on small bumps it is active and plush but at the end of the travel you you know where are the limits. I would like this fork more if it has 145 mm of travel instead 130 I'm 74 kg and I could not compress it more. No matter how high are the drops I can land my front whel first and feel the rubber cusions at the end. There is big black dial on the fork, the cheap sticker says Compression, but I'll pay for yours lunch if you can really feel any difference. No matter how much the fork compress, how fast you ride how you want to adjust that stupid dial. Reboud is totally different very precise and efficient. For Poland it is quite pricey so only 3 chillis
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[url]http://bestbikezone.com/itemdetails.cfm?id=1142[/url] I've never really considered Manitou forks having used Fox for the past 5 years and Zokes previously, but it's super cheap and I believe it's a little taller than a PIKE which I like.
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This is mainly a noob Suspension question here:
I was looking to upgrade my fork to a Tora 318 and can get a good deal on one, but I also found a Nixon for about $20 bucks more (no the shock isn't stolen....its at a reputable LBS). The Tora has 100 mm of travel compared to the Nixon's 145.
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