Manitou's Sherman Breakout Plus leverages the OnePointFive head tube standard into a fork that's super strong and stiff - with a single crown design! The OnePointFive setup allows an amazing 170mm of travel in a single crown fork. Rapid Travel II top-mounted travel adjuster lets you go between 130-170mm of travel to suit the terrain.
Strengths: I am failing to recognize any strenght in a supposivingly major player in MTB industry who doesn't provide any fork joints 5 years after the Shermann Fork was sold.
Weaknesses: my front fork is unable to be fixed up due to a lack of spare parts. I was advised to just buy another fork.
For the record, I have bought the Scott High Octane Fr bike in 2008, and now that I need a general inspection and my front fork to be revised, I was said my bike was ytoo old and I need to buy another bike.
Thus, considering the fact, that this bike is sold with Hayes brake system which belong to Manitou's group, I just realize I was helpnig out a bunch of robbers.
Pardon my english, but this ain't my natural language as I am writing from France. I could sound a little Borat
from norcal, costa rica
I got it for 200$ with the trek frame. that would make it free? idk. upside down, its kind of sticky, but someone told me its the hydraulics that dont work upside down. This fork is sooo light! my last fork was a rst omega and it weighed more than this w/ 100mm of travel! thiese are like 3 pounds lighter than the bomber 66s and have travel adjustment so i stuck w/ these. The travel adjustment is a little weird because it clicks, but once in the 130mm setting it feels like an xc fork. plush travel in full mode, love the air. The only thing is if you have a normal bike the fork wont fit in because its 1.5in.
strong, light and nice.
id buy it.
people have said manitou isnt very good but ill keep riding and see.
you can always buy something nicer if you have the money, except it might not be as light.
from Charlotte, NC
Date Reviewed: August 13, 2007
Strengths: Excellent for large drops. Adjustable. Strong.
Weaknesses: Horrible at soaking up small bumps (before I "Devoled" the SPV platform)
I took this fork out to Snowshoe and it was a horrible disappointment. The fork ceased up after doing actual downhill riding. HOWEVER, i took the fork apart, cleaned the seals, replaced the oil, and disabled the SPV platform (you can find out how to do this easily, just search for "SPV Devole") Now it feels great. I reccommend disabling the SPV platform (its reversable btw) to anyone who doesnt like the feel of the sherman as is. With the devolve, it feels like a whole new fork, much more capable of soaking up little bumps as well as large ones.
Similar Products Used: 66, 888, totems, Stance Flows
Bike Setup: 2006 Gemini 600 manitou suspention set up (4-way in back, breakout up front)
from Syracuse, NY
Date Reviewed: May 1, 2007
Strengths: Camo lowers look rediculously nice, spv evolve is good if you get it set up right, takes biiig hits and lots of abuse without complaining..
Weaknesses: everyone i have ever seen leaks a little oil out on the stantions... should check out how much yer losing on average and add a little every 2 months or so if u dont change it that often...
This fork is super cheap used and if you have a 1.5 i would reccomend this fork as the travel adjust is very nice while pedalling up (if thats what yer into) and the 7" of travel is awesome for dropping gapping and downhilling...
Similar Products Used: 66vf, jr.t, 888, sherman flick, boxxer race team and wc...
Bike Setup: 05 IH Yakuza Kumicho, sherman breakout plus,saint cranks, halo combat wheelset...
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: January 19, 2007
Strengths: stronge fork i realy liked it
Weaknesses: driping oil all the time
good strong fork that will take any drop and the feeling is almost like the fox 36 u wont feel any big bumps with this fork and now i just gat another 1 for 150 buck dont use the 130 cuz its not good for the fork 170 and that it if u change the travel a lot u will brake it realy fast
Similar Products Used: 66rc and i guess you can say dirt jumper 1 even thought it doesnt have much travel
Bike Setup: ley toy 4 sherman profiles dhr hayes...
from Steamboat Springs, CO, USf**kingA
Date Reviewed: June 19, 2006
Strengths: This is a really great fork. I must say that I have ridden this fork for one year ALMOST DAILY and never had it serviced and the performance has only gotten better (somewhere it picked up a propedal platform, i dont know either) I can climb and it doesnt move, yet as soon as the trail points downwards, it softens up for everything except the smallest bumps. It is easily preloadable to jump. The hex valve at the top right tube is great for adjusting for different types of riding. The air pressure also has an effect on the ride quality/bottom out resistance. Also, it is a pretty low fork for having 170mm. I hardly ever bottom this fork out, even when dropping 8 feet to concrete.
Weaknesses: The rebound adjuster doesnt change the ride at all. Not all that great for small bumps like it is for anything bigger than 2". It has developed a sticky feel (the propedal thing) when it is moving slowly.
It is hard to say about the small bumps because i need the oil changed but for everything else, drops, jumps, downhill, climbing, it is a great fork.
Similar Products Used: Marzocchi 888 (not set up AT ALL) Sherman stance blunt
Bike Setup: Iron horse 7.3, Sherman breakout plus 1.5, (soon to be) Fox DHX 3.0 (currently a 5th), Maxxis High Roller 2.7/Advantage 2.4, Hayes nine 8in, SRAM 7s, E-13 roller/bashguard
Date Reviewed: June 6, 2006
Strengths: A fairly good attempt at creating a beafy single crown fork.
Weaknesses: It's still a single crown fork.
I had to ring in with another comment since my earlier posting concerning the fact that these forks were frozen. In reading other postings, I ran across others with frozen forks as well. And when my mechanic called Manitou, they knew just was the problem was. This indicates to me that there is a design flaw with these forks that cause them to freeze up. Under these conditions, I would expect Manitou to at least pay for the replacement parts -- but I don't think they will. In any case, I would not suggest that anyone buy a set of these clunks. And for those of you who recommended them -- good luck. Because that's all that's keeping you happy for now. The forks work pretty well... until they don't. And when they don't, they freeze up solid.
Date Reviewed: May 30, 2006
Strengths: Heafty, long-travel, SPV.
Weaknesses: Single Crown.
The forks are currently frozen stiff, waiting for a slot to open up at the local repair shop. Right now, they have about 1/4 inch of travel at best. They are heavy for a single crown settup. They are kind of on the edge -- not enough meat for downhill, but too much for XC. And when frozen, they aren't much good for anything. They will be comming off my Gemini.
from souris canada
Date Reviewed: May 6, 2006
Strengths: dude everything this is a gnarly fork i love everything about it
Weaknesses: could be i little more sensitive
sick 7 inch single crown fork x up and barspin friendly good manitou fork good for the core freerider i dont care wut ppl say about manitou i have had manitou suspension on all my bikes and i love them
Similar Products Used: flick plus, 66, slider plus
Bike Setup: ironhorse 7.3 camo mtx rims, camo breakout plus, e thirteen chain guide, and kenda tires
a Weekend Warrior
from Flat, flatter, Flattest
Date Reviewed: November 6, 2005
Strengths: Really diggin this here fork. My IronHorse 7.3 came with the stock fork but it started to lose travel so i complained and i got me a new fork. I like the bottom-out-meter-thingy (top of the right -> stantion tube) at first i was worried that i'd break it but eventually i did it and it r like heaven!!! you can make it softer for downhill and stiffen it up for hucking. the dampening doesnt seem to make a very noticable difference from lock to lock. I keep wondering why this fork isnt a double-crown.
Weaknesses: Oil leaking from bottom of left <- lower by the rebound dampening but i think the oil is just getting old and seals worn out (ive had it for about 4 months and never had them replaced/serviced) performance seems to change from day to day, some days it bottoms out on almost every jump.
I have to be pleased with this fork, i didnt pay a dime for it (except gas to get to the place 2 hours away). Great fork for everyday use, and by everyday i mean riding jumps everyday. I havent had a chance to take it on anything more than a bluff for downhill so i dont know about that. This is a great fork but there is probably something better than it out there for not too much more monay. $0.00=five chilis TRES BEIN!= five chilis
Strengths: single crown, plenty of travel, bolt through axle
Weaknesses: can only assume its the travel adjuster! no preload either?
recived the bike on friday, couldnt wait to ride it and spent all day saturday goint through the manuals and checking all the fixings and so on, took the bike to local park, all going well....so i thought.....after riding down a two foot drop, YES TWO FOOT!! it broke!...... i mean not broke as in snapped but locked rigid!!..... i am properly gutted, its a brand new set of forks! rest of the bike is excellent and i am very happy but this is the first set of manitou i have ever owned, one day ( well about 2hrs ) and there broken....this disgusting really!
i'm looking at buying a left-over 05 trek session 77, has this fork on it stock, is it worth keeping for most riding or would an upgrade be in order??? i'm about 215-220lbs, don't ride REAL aggressive, but, hoping to raise my game once i get this bike... was thinking about finding a left over 66rc ... Read More »
To make a long story short I just bought a basically new (less then 20miles) Sherman Breakout Plus fork.
The fork is the 2005 edition, with SPV. The guy (I bought the fork from) did not like the performance of the SPV, so he decided to change it to TPC when he was at Garda lake with t ... Read More »
Hi I have a 03 Giant Ac2 and i want to get an 2004 Sherman Breakout Plus on it. The problem is im not sure if my bike can fit a 1.5'' steertube. If not is there anyway i can change the steertube for a standard one? Thanks for the advice.Read More »