Manitou Splice Super 2005 Front Shocks

2.33/5 (75 Reviews)
MSRP : $329.95


Product Description

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.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lololol

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2013

Strengths:    it holds my weight and its smooth for jumps

Weaknesses:    not enough to adjus

Bottom Line:   
ovall its good

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mblangbehn 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

Bottom Line:   
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

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Favorite Trail:   Green line 6

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   EBAY

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Exvert super, Rock Shox Duke, Fox

Bike Setup:   2006 GT I Drive 5, XT derailures, Race Face Cranks, Deore M525 Brakes

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Elchulachaser a Downhiller from Jersey City

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2010

Strengths:    I own 3.

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!!!!

Bottom Line:   
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..

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Favorite Trail:   Central Jersey

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Locally

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!!!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Franklynation a Cross Country Rider from England

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2008

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

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $80.00

Similar Products Used:   Some rubbish stock Suntours.

Bike Setup:   08 Giant Yukon Pretty much stock, with a few changes

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Nick Key from tucson,az,us

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

Bottom Line:   
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

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi MZ1

Bike Setup:   IronHorse Azure

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by matt schisler from london ON Canada

Date Reviewed: November 23, 2007

Strengths:    the shock is ok for a few months but turns to crap (you almost have to baby the shock)

Weaknesses:    plastic parts, can easly blow seals, leaks oil... do i need to continue

Bottom Line:   
if you have this shock you may want to look for a new one as a back up because when it goes it goes

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Favorite Trail:   n/a

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Bike Setup:   gary fisher bitter

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andrés a Weekend Warrior from Santiago de Chile.

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2007

Strengths:    Nice look, soft.

Weaknesses:    Plastic parts.

Bottom Line:   
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...

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Favorite Trail:   San Cristobal Trails

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Sparta

Similar Products Used:   Pbone.

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Sugar 4, Deore LX, Rock Shox Bar, Bontager

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by robb a Downhiller from surrey bc canada

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2007

Strengths:    stiff..im a big guy and it holds up well

Weaknesses:    not enough external adjustments.

Bottom Line:   
good fork for value but i wouldnt ever buy it again

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   dirtjam comp. pro. dj1,2,3

Bike Setup:   custom 05 norco atomik

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by MELCHOR ACOLOLA 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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   CROSS COUNTRY

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   CYCLETOTE BACOLOD

Similar Products Used:   suntour, rst, nixon

Bike Setup:   gian yukon, shimano deore lx group sets

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by brennan clark a Weekend Warrior from auckland NZ

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2007

Strengths:    everything

Weaknesses:    nothing

Bottom Line:   

THE WORLDS BEST FORK

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Favorite Trail:   big mumma

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   dirt jump 2,3 and drop offs

Bike Setup:   avanti hotdog 06 upgraded

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jake a Downhiller 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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Marocchi, rockshocks, suntour

Bike Setup:   2005 Giant Reign

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Andrew a Downhiller from Australia

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2007

Strengths:    light

Weaknesses:    its so dam stiff, no adjustments,weak.

Bottom Line:   
im never going to use a manitou fork again

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   trek jack 2-why the hell did they put a xc fork on a freeride bike?

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ed 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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Blanket's Creek

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Jensonusa.com

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...

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kurvz 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 ..

Bottom Line:   
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 ....

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Favorite Trail:   Single Track anywhere

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Cycle Surgery

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox J4 2006 , on my hard tail IS mounts have just fractured .. Marzocchi Gran Fondo 1 Lock up

Bike Setup:   Specialized FSR XC Pro 2005 , Mavic Crossride Wheels

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Adam L a Weekend Warrior from Rothesay, NB, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2007

Strengths:    Holds up to everything i do and my weight.

Weaknesses:    Too soft, not very beafy

Bottom Line:   
Not a suggested fork for dirt jumping or drops. Al though fork is AMAZING! for cross country. I'd give it maybe 2 "Flamin' Chilis" for Jump, 5 for Cross country. So overall...about a 3

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Only othwer product used was a Dirt Jam Comp

Bike Setup:   See for yourself: http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/1169054/

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