The Firefly Plus is sweet! It incorporates lightweight titanium coil springs to further lighten the ride. Plus you can adjust the travel from 110-150mm to suit the terrain. With SPV Evolve damping, you can stand to climb or sprint without performance-robbing bob.
from Plymouth, UK
Date Reviewed: February 3, 2011
Strengths: Stiff, burly, eye catching looking forks with lots of tunning possibilities, doesn´t flex at all in big hits, reliable, set up and ride for ages almost 0 maintenance.
Ridiculous weight with Titanium spring, very good performance.
Weaknesses: For what i use it, theres nothing bad to tell, SPV platform can be disconnected so...
Awesome fork for anything you want to do, Dirt Jump, Cross Country, Freeride, DH (a bit), climbing it´s maybe harder with these than with a solo air fork but in the way down they feel superb.
Manitou has one of the best customer services, they sent the SPV cartridge for free 7 years after the purchase of this fork, who can tell the same of RS or MZ??
5 Flaming Chillies overall, a very good forks.
Similar Products Used: Rock Shox Domain, Boxxer wc, Marzocchi 66, 888, Van 36, Manitou Minute air
Bike Setup: Kona Coiler Deelux full equipe, endurance set up.
from Sydney, NSW, Australia
Date Reviewed: October 19, 2007
Strengths: • Look absolutely awesome • Feel absolutely awesome • Very light • SPV adjustability • 150 or 110mm of plush travel
Weaknesses: • My forks leaked air (been fixed) after I did a 8 stair drop to flat.
These are the most awesome forks i've ever felt, but after a while of hard using they start to feel poor. I probably should have replaced the oils earlier but after a year they felt lousy so I sent them away for new oils and they feel great again. The paint of the forks is strong too, but if you do manage to get some of it off you can always touch it up with a black texta or paint and have it looking new again (what I did).
The SPV dampening can be a pain to work, but if you get it just right its a dream, also what the other reviews haven't said if you ride a lot on it set at 110 and do dirt jumps the SPV can break and you won't be able to adjust to 110 anymore.
a Weekend Warrior
from Watson Lake, Yukon, Canada
Date Reviewed: October 15, 2006
Strengths: Adjustable, plush, strong
Weaknesses: non yet
This fork offers good value for your dollar is a great deal if you can find one unused or good cond for sale. fork is not quite as plush as a 888 (to be excpected) but other than that it is the plushest fork i have ridden. the rapid travel feature is nice when climbing or doing urban and the exterior adjustability makes tuning a sinch if you are looking at a new fork and can find one in good shape GET IT you wont regret it my bike feels like a completely new bike with this fork
Similar Products Used: drop off4, dj3, 888, sherman breakout
Bike Setup: stock '06 manik except fork (firefly plus)
a Weekend Warrior
from Sacramento, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: June 8, 2006
Strengths: Great travel/action (feel of suspention) manitou forks are great in that sense. Light, versatile...all the givens...
Weaknesses: Iv owned two Manitou forks and have found they are a little bit on the flimsy side. I guess I am talking about quality. I owned a Sherman awhile back and when I was changing the oil in the fork one of the screws on the bottom leg of the fork leg literally broke in half. My current fork (the one this review is for has cracked where the axel connects to the fork leg.
Great forks but have had problems with quality (above...). Although I am ruff on my bike stuff. Try one for urself.
Favorite Trail: Culvert in Auburn i guess, fun trail
Duration Product Used: 1 Year
Bike Setup: Burly steel single speed hardtale
a Weekend Warrior
from hood river, OR
Date Reviewed: May 25, 2006
Strengths: light for what it is, very adjustable for weight of rider using SPV pressure, stiff steering repsponse, excellent on big and medium sized hits
Weaknesses: quality control sucks. Mine came with 2 of the 3 oil chambers dry (left semi bath chhamber and SPV chamber).
I have the thru axle. I weigh 190 lbs naked before my morning jelly doughnut. SPV turned inn 3/4 of the way, SPV pressure of 70, stock springs. This is without a doubt the best trail fork I have ridden. Very versatile. Caveat: out of the box it will likely suck. Mine was harsh, no rebound dampinng. My sherman slider had similar problems, but was transformed with an oil change. You must plan on immediately checking the oil levels (16 cc in each semi bath, 4.25 inches from the top is the oil height for SPV, I put in 7 wt oil, though the manual says to use 5 wt for SPV). Now it is quiet and plush. the 150 mmm travbel feels like a lot more than the 130 of my Z1, which was the previous fork, on this bike. I thought thhe Z 1 was the best fork for the heckler, until I tried this! pedals great in 150 mm mode, heckler now feels more balanced. great on big hits and medium hits, still loses a little compared to zochi on small chatter. takes 5-8 ft drops with gaps to smooth tranny without problems. 110 mm travel mode is excellent for climbing and I find it more useable/tolerable than the Zochis ETA, since it gives about 2 inches of useable travel (4 inches is BS) I have the heavy springs on order, but I regret ordering them, since it seems to do fine with stock springs. Maybe I will be able to use less SPV pressure and improve small bump performance with heavier springs. Plan on lots of oil changes in wet weather to keep performance high. My other bike is a Transiition Dirtbag with dual crown sherman slider, which IS the best bike in the world. Weight weenies stay away, pure downhillers should go for something better on small hits. But if you like climbing and descending and jumping and dropping and anything that may come your way, then here is your fork. 1 chili off for selling a fork with no oil.
Favorite Trail: great northern onto road to nowere
Duration Product Used: 6 months
Purchased At: pedal sports
Similar Products Used: none
Bike Setup: mongoose firlane single black dimmond
Date Reviewed: December 12, 2005
Strengths: really good fork and strong
Weaknesses: i have a ? for all you professional guys how do u stop the fork topping out wen u pul up to manual, jump etc ( eg the fork makes a bang when you pull up i think it is because there is no air in the forks)?????
i need this question ansering please guys this does my head in when i ride :( (i have a ? for all you professional guys how do u stop the fork topping out wen u pull up to manual, jump etc ( eg the fork makes a bang when you pull up i think it is because there is no air in the forks for the rebound to kick in??????)
Bike Setup: le toy 3 frame fire fly plus sunn double tracks hope head set hope mini with wavey rotor profiles with fly bikes chain ring 24/7 bar and stem blue hope sqewer blue hope spacers and blue hope big un's! its a beast
a Cross Country Rider
from Fort Collins, CO
Date Reviewed: September 15, 2005
Strengths: Burly, relatively light, stiff, titanium spring, good service manual, easy to work on.
Weaknesses: Are different ti spring weights just not available? There seems to only be one spring weight for this fork.
I had a great year riding this fork and prefer it to my other all-mountain type forks. The ti spring makes this noticeably lighter than other coil forks and SPV is the best I've used for reducing brake dive and bob.
Recently, while "just riding along" I broke the bolt on the SPV /rebound assembly that threads in to the lower leg. A potentially dangerous situation. This meant that there was only one leg secured to the uppers. Fortunately, it was obvious that something was wrong and I took the fork back to the lab. After disassembling the fork and discovering the problem, I called Manitou's customer service line and got Tyler on the phone. After a few minutes of me trying to explain the part I needed Tyler asked if I wanted to send it in or have them send me the part. I opted for them sending the part. The new rebound assemply was at my house within a couple of days. The fork was reassembled and rides as good as new. While I was rebuilding the fork I lowered the oil height by about 5-7 mm and am now squeezing out every mm of travel. If you're not getting full travel you may want to experiment with oil height - it's a relatively easy mod.
Anyhoo, I think it's a great product and I was very pleased with Manitou's response when it broke. What else could I ask for? Five chile's all around.
Bike Setup: giant ac3 , sherman, 6 way, raceface crank & bars, intense mag 30 , maxis high roller shimano xt every thing.
from Missoula MT USA
Date Reviewed: April 17, 2005
Strengths: steering accuracy, resistance to torsional and fore/aft flex, travel feels great from mid-range to bottom
Weaknesses: VERY hard to set up SPV Evolve to get the right combo of pedaling firmness and small bump suppleness. You end up giving up small bump compliance to get better pedaling.
Impressive fork that still needs some tweaking of the SPV feature to match Marzocchis on small bumps, but otherwise an absolutely ideal combination of travel, weight and stiffness. Ideal for those who don't mind giving up a tiny bit of small bump compliance for the ability to climb under power.
Similar Products Used: many single and dual crown forks over the past 7 years
Bike Setup: Turner Sick Packs with the usual stuff for backcountry bingo
from Mad heights VA
Date Reviewed: April 14, 2005
Strengths: SPV is the dabomb, light fork good do all fork. would recomend it to anyone who has 1 bike that they freeride and trail ride. This fork also makes a good dirt jump / urbin fork.
Weaknesses: fork cost to much if you pay retail buy one on Ebay
I like this fork alot but if you get one make sure you get a warrenty with it I have seen many reviews of people getting manitou forks and having problems with them. get a new one if you get one so the factory has got your back. Buy this fork if you need a light long travel single crown fork that gets the job done on the street on the trail and in the air.
a Weekend Warrior
from Bulacan, Philippines
Date Reviewed: March 28, 2005
Strengths: very stiff, 6" of limitless travel, SPV evolve, torsionally rigid for a single crown fork, the 20mm thru-axle
Weaknesses: none so far... but the left leg sticker came off...had to glue it though... doesn't really matter at all. i guess price? you get what you pay for...
buy this fork! every one who loves aggresive XC or a little bit of downhill runs should buy these. it's a great all-around fork. it feels like your flowing thru rocks and ruts in a downhill run. bottomless travel. it's good for aggresive trail riding! worth every penny! 5 Flamin' Chilis
Strengths: Torsionally ridged, 6" adjustable rate travel, black is beautiful, 5lbs,
Weaknesses: none yet.. oh yeah.. the foil stickers fall off so if you want the company blah blah get out super glue.
This is a factory blem I got on ebay. Tiny dent in the crown, No warranty,$350.00 off! My beloved tracer has been reincarnated! This bike rocks! This fork is the perfect match for my custom rear end. At less than 30lbs I'm 10lbs lighter than my friend's Heckler. I can ride this bike on an all day epic or engage in some real huck-lite. On the huck side I had the fork set up in a linear mode and managed to bottem it out on some front wheel 4' landings. I weigh around 185 and came straight down on the front :). I've since changed the rate to a more progressive one and could tell the difference in a little test off my front wall (only 2'). The rebound works great as well. I wouldn't put this fork on my real huck bike (Uzzi SLX with Z150fr soon to be Fox 40rc2) and I wouldn't pay 650+ for it but for what I wanted it is perfect! It is too early to tell if it will last. I'll re-post if I have any problems.
Bike Setup: Intense Tracer w/Titus swinglink (5.5" travel), Magura Odin Plus rear shock
from Harbor springs, Mi, USA
Date Reviewed: December 21, 2004
Strengths: Very tunable,dosnt bottom easy, light weight. its climbs good. if you put it on 5 inches its great for streat to
Weaknesses: the sticker falls off, it can not be set up propery so it works good on both travel settings, recal on the fork legs or somthin like that,i haven sent myn in yet http://www.answerproducts.com/dynamic.asp?pagename=recall-sherman
This fork is great for my style of riding wich is, Ride my freeride machince up one trail fora mile or so and get to the top, turn around and go down the other trail which has ladders, 7-12 foot drops, off camber fst flowy trails and dobles, its a great fork. i ride my bike to work and cant help but do a little urban on the way down and just puttin the fork down to 5 in makes that easy, and of course on lunch break i have to go out to the local roof drop and hit that well in my aperin and collerd "might mac" shirt... good times. and to top things off every sunday we would go on a 10 mile xc ride on our freeride bikes, but i would usally bail out around 6 or 7 beacuse im not in shape and work at a fast food joint. but the fork handles it all with grace