The all new for '05 Splice Super delivers value and performance at a great price. All the features you'd find on a top end fork are here, including a Rapid Travel Wind Down adjuster that lets you change the travel from 100-130mm, Fluid Flow damping, and a lockout knob so you can climb and sprint with power, even in "long-travel" mode.
Strengths: it holds my weight and its smooth for jumps
Weaknesses: not enough to adjus
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a Weekend Warrior
from Tenino, WA, USA
Date Reviewed: May 13, 2011
Strengths: Takes a beating, inexpensive, does what it's suposed to, reliable
Weaknesses: No Lockout
So here's the deal... This fork does exactly what it is suposed to, I point my bike where I want to go and it takes me there without dumping me on my head or causing me to soil my drawrs. This is the 130mm comp no frills modle (I'd rather spend my time riding than trying to dial crap in or count grams) AM riding in the muck, roots and rocks of Capitol Forest in the Pacific Northwest is no joke and not for the faint of heart and in the 5 years I've owned it it this fork has never let me down. I weigh just this side of 300 Lbs fully geared up and I've never bottomed this thing out and it doesn't have so much as a little leak anywhere. I can't say what it would do on big air stuff because where I ride anything more than a few feet will end bad but for true AM riding I have no complaints. I like it so much that it will be going on my Turner 5 Spot that will be here next week
The RTWD 100mm travel (in question) GARBAGE!!! but was on the bike bought and matched the Red, white, blue rig paint scheme...
The 130FF Comp and Elites are both light and strong.. They seem to be built as if they were made by different manufacturers..
Mind you, the 100mm says Taiwan, The 130FF Elite and Comps say USA.
Weaknesses: The RTWD 100mm travel version sucks.. This was equipped on a K2 Razorback Team issue I assume for the color (blue) and I took the bike on a test ride today, Lets just say that the fork seemed to only have 80mm of travel including the 12-18mm sag as on the manual and not the full 100mm. I didn't mind becuase it rode fairly but was way too springy feeling. Getting to the worst part was when I hit a nice log run and the fork did a poor job of absorbing the bumps even when the compression was adjusted which didn't seem to do much... anyway, when I came down off the end log, the rebound leg cap (it's plastic!?!?!) popped off and hit my helment aswell as the lower rebound knob had snapped clean off.. Luckily, I was able to thread the stupid cap on and rode (limped the bike) back to the parking lot where little to my dismay... All the rebound leg oil had leaked out and the rebound adjuster rod had actually snapped!!!! What a piece of garbage!!!!
Don't EVEN look to the 70-100mm RTWD Splices if you choose the cheap route.. They are cheaply (for a nicer choice of words) made and you can buy alot better of a fork... I'm pro Marzocchi personally but I do own the better built Splice Elites and Comps with 130mm FF travel which are GREAT sets of forks.. I ride these on my other XC rigs and cannot complain as they are 1 lb lighter than my Marzocchi forks.... Go figure..
Similar Products Used: Nothing this bad.. Even the old All grease 100mm X Vert of pre 2000 is more solid and burly than this!!! I still have one hanging.
Bike Setup: K2 Razorback team 4" travel with upgraded Fox Air pull shock w/ lockout.. Full XT 9 speed drive including cranks.. Mavic Crossride bladed wheels. Magura HS33 Hydraulic V Brakes. This thing was 21 lbs!!!
Strengths: Looks great. Rides well over most XC terrain
Weaknesses: Doesn't handle anything big. Rebound adjustment doesn't do that much and could do with some more adjustments
A good first fork upgrade, but make sure you buy the 100-130mm version, not the 70-100mm like I did, as you will never use the lower setting. Works well for me as I am quite light (118lb), but I wouldn't reccomend for a heavier rider. Overall, works well for me. Good for XC and mild mountain trails, but do NOT buy if you ride downhill or on very rough trails, as it just isn't designed for it and it wont take it. Reasonable fork though.
Similar Products Used: Some rubbish stock Suntours.
Bike Setup: 08 Giant Yukon Pretty much stock, with a few changes
Date Reviewed: February 2, 2008
Strengths: Nice color
Weaknesses: Bottom nut came loose. creaked really bad. ended up cracking the tube. leaked. and was very stiff even with low pressure. would get stuck in the compressed position with all the lubrication in the world
Dont use this shock. I hated it. The only thing i like is its color. For probably 100 dollars more you can go out and buy yourself a nice rock Shox Reba
a Weekend Warrior
from Santiago de Chile.
Date Reviewed: July 4, 2007
Strengths: Nice look, soft.
Weaknesses: Plastic parts.
Ia agree whit the people to say "this fork is for XC ride not for DH or Extreme Jumpers Riders" The fork it´s ok, i don´t have promblems wiht it. I used in a fast and technical XC trail (almost nothing of jumps 4 foot +) and it works prety good, may be the adjustment is a little lazy... i hope don´t get any troubles whit the fork. Bye and sorry for my english.. i´m improving...
a Cross Country Rider
from SILAY CITY, PHILIPPINES
Date Reviewed: June 23, 2007
Strengths: slick design, just like having a expensive fork but in cheaper price.
Weaknesses: they used plastic parts in RTWD, the knobs can easily broken.
all you have to do is a few modification, just get rid of plastic RTWD Assemble and bring the top cap to machineshop and have it fabricate with a copper one. then add two 20MM spacer used in fox vanilla rlx. place the spacer on the end of the RTWD tubing inside and permanently screw it. and the other one after you set up the spring inside the stancion tubing and tighten the new copper top cap. i will guarantee it, The ride is just like having a FOX VANILLA RLX.
Similar Products Used: dirt jump 2,3 and drop offs
Bike Setup: avanti hotdog 06 upgraded
from Bozeman, MT, USA
Date Reviewed: June 6, 2007
Strengths: The suspension works, and it hasn't blown up.
Weaknesses: Rebound adjustment doesn't really do anything, the steerer tube twists in the crown.
Overall this fork has done the very basics that a suspension fork should do. It has suspesion that works. I have given this fork a pretty good beating and it hasn't blown up or anything like that but the steerer tube has come loose from the crown and now my handlebars will turn every time I hit a rock or root etc. This being said, Manitou is replacing the fork for me for free, even after the warranty is up. The rebound adjustment doesn't really do anthing on this fork and is pretty much worthless. If you do much riding on rough surfaces I would not recommend this fork. If you are riding smooth trails, taking small drops, and don't care about adjustments then this fork would be fine. But even so, I'm convinced there are better forks out there for the same price that would do a much better job.
Bike Setup: trek jack 2-why the hell did they put a xc fork on a freeride bike?
a Weekend Warrior
from Marietta, GA, USA
Date Reviewed: March 18, 2007
Strengths: I have the RTWD 70-100 mm version and it absorbed the small impacts such as roots and small rocks very well and overall rode great.
Weaknesses: RTWD broke on second ride and rebound is too slow to effectively set up for jumping.
Well, I got the fork for Christmas from Jensonusa.com. It was an OEM fork, but brand new. I was very pleased with the fork on the first ride. I didn't notice too much difference from my MZ Comp initially, but noticed that it rode better as I spent more time riding it.
Then today came around. The fork had been riding alright, but it was just a little bit more sluggish on the rebound making it harder for me to pop over roots and rocks. At the end of the ride, I decided to try a 4 foot drop (not a large drop for a fork that comes on all mountain bikes) at the end of the trail. Well, I figured I should make sure it was set at 100mm so I could have a softer landing. I turn my RTWD dial and....well....it just keeps turning....
My buddy came over and looked at it and informed me that the rebound was also screwwed up because his roommate's Splice rebounds much quicker than mine. This was even with my rebound set to the fastest adjustment.
Needless to say, the fork will be pulled off and rebuilt. Meanwhile, it will be replaced by a mid 90's Dual Crown 110mm fork...fun times.
Similar Products Used: Rock Shox: Jett, SID SL, Duke XC. Marzocchi: MZ Comp
Bike Setup: 2005 Ibex Ignition 2, Deore/LX/XT/XTR mix drivetrain, Manitou Splice Super RTWD 70-100 (now non-adjustable), WTB Laser Beam wheels, and....some other stuff...
a Cross Country Rider
from United Kingdom
Date Reviewed: February 12, 2007
Strengths: These forks look good and are quite light and also Post Mount.. I ride Aggressive Single Track and I have had no major worries ,
Weaknesses: A bit soft for bigger riders , Lock out adjuster can set it self to lock whilst riding off road near bushes etc .. Bottom nut came lose , but Manitiou sent me a new one from the usa for free ..
Ok im a 100Kg rider and these forks are IMO worth the money even tho they come stock on my bike I will run them untill they die , I have ridden with them all summer 2006 and I have done some Milage Appx 1200 and they have performed well consider , they do flex a little under heavy braking , but all in all they are reasonably responsive quite Light and have a good range of settings . Mine are the Elite TPC Lockout..
the adjustability is good and if you find a sweet spot like me they are ok ,, I wouldnt buy then as I think there are better choices around for some ppl , but for the cheaper priced forks they rate quite high , better than my Rock Shox J4 and the RST Gila T4 , not as smooth as my Marzocchi Gran fondo .. As I say I will keep em till they brake , if they last this summer 2007 Ill be happy ....