from Weston-super-Mare, England
Date Reviewed: August 5, 2008
Strengths: Soo Smooth, lots of travel and light (I believe) Great all rounder, long travel, light (supposedly) and great price
Weaknesses: Fair amount of twist/flex, really poor decals that are hanging off
Great forks, seem best set with low air and about 30% sag, soak up everything once set up properly, lockout great for the slog uphill, I've used them on a hybrid all mountain build, only really annoying thing everybody says there one of the lightest single crown 5.5 inch travel forks (even Marzocchi) but I cant find anywhere what they actually weigh, looks like I'll have to strip the bike down to get the weight, unless anyone reading this can tell me (email me on email@example.com)
from cambridge, ontario, canada
Date Reviewed: July 25, 2006
Strengths: This fork is absolutely amazing! it is a simple yet strong, easy to use,all you do is pump it up w/ an air pump to wat ever psi u like, u can adjust it for DH, or FR or AM or Xc Or u can pump it so hard that it is perfect for DJ or urban. u can fill her all the way and its so perfect for trials, thi
Weaknesses: this fork would be even better if it had eta and possibly 150+ travel, but the 130 is perfect.
the bottom line is that this fork is the pimp, shes cheap in price but rich in quality, u just have to no how to tune it, just differ every class by about 15 psi! this fork would be assome for any one!
Bike Setup: Kona Dawg, AMIII, BB7, Rhynolite Wheelset,
a Cross Country Rider
from Tulsa, OK
Date Reviewed: July 7, 2006
Strengths: Solid, much better feel than any air fork I have have ridden in the past. Takes a big hit just fine.
Weaknesses: Not enough suppleness in the first 2 inches of travel... cant seem to find that happy medium between nothing and too much. It's an air fork though. Would benefit from some compression and rebound dampening controls but for $230 I dont mind changing the oil around until I get what I want from it.
This fork is good for the money but lacks adjustability. You can get the results you want with it but you have to get into the fork... there is absolutely no trailside adjustability.
It's a really good design when it comes to stiffness though, it feels very stable.
If you buy this fork know that (1) it may be called all mountain... but you are still buying an air fork (2) it has no adjustability (3) it takes some work to set it up to your taste.
Similar Products Used: 97 Judy, 99 Judy, 99 Manitou SX, Manitou Black Comp 80/100, Manitou Black Elite 100/120, Manitou Axel 80.
Bike Setup: Bike is an 02 Giant AC Air with many replaced/improved features... Fork came with 7.5wt oil in it. Not enough rebound dampening. I have since changed the oil to 10wt and it has improved. I'm going to ride it like this for a bit and them if its not enough I'm going up to 15wt.
The positive sprin on this fork is tricky... you have to really play with the air settings in each leg as each leg gives a different feel.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: May 25, 2006
Strengths: Air adjustability, Stiff enough for a 200 lbs guy (when set-up) Stable through the rough.
Weaknesses: Tough to find out how to set them up.
I am 200 lbs plus and doing the real all mountain thing and setting the fork up as follows has given me great results: 10 weight oil 45 CC from the top with the fork fully compressed. Pumped to 40 to 50 lbs of pressure. With the fork set this way it has saved my ass when bombing down some rough sections chasing my teenage son, and my crazy buddy. This fork has has a solid feel and doesn't sponge out when you dive off 1 - 3 foot step type rocks. It has a little too much travel than my bike was designed for so my front end tends to float up on steep climbs, but it is a fair trade off. If you are looking to cut grams this isn't the fork for you. However, if you are looking for a true all mountain fork, and don't have a ton of cash this fork fits the bill.
from Thunder Bay, ont , Canada
Date Reviewed: May 3, 2006
Strengths: Well I think its pretty intense travel and very plush, good lookin... i like the black rods, pretty tought i think. Capable of pulling some sick stuff.
Weaknesses: I havnt really found anything.. might be a litlle weak im not shur yet.. untill i break them (maybe).. took a 10 foot drop and heard a little bang i didnt know what it was.. Probably just bottomed them out but nothing a little more air in them cant fix(but im only 150 pounds)
To tell the truth its pretty nice like iv been riding this bike for about a week and I have been beating the @#$% out of it and it seems to hold up nicely but time will tell... i think i bottomed it out once but i hit the drop wrong ( i felt my bikes pain)... but nice fork i think..
Similar Products Used: rock shocks pilot... and some other piles of something bad.
Bike Setup: 2005 Brodie bruzza.. tough bike (hardtail). all the standard stuff better derailer tho and like it had the shocks changed to the AM3's from drop off 4's i have no clue why... im going to complain tomorrow but i dont know these might be better...
a Weekend Warrior
from Northford, CT
Date Reviewed: March 27, 2006
Strengths: Beefy, Marzocchi quality, decent weight for the price & beefyness of the fork. Dual leg air adjustment with standard schrader valve. Reasonably low air preasure requirement lends to the reliability factor ~ 50lbs for a 200lb rider such as myself.
Weaknesses: Fork came with wrong oil set up & needed oil tuning before it could be used (lacked sufficient rebound dampening & topped out violently just by pressing down & releasing). Works great now that the oil level is to spec. Owners manual has minimal useful info dispite being as thick as it is.
My MX Comp solidified the praise I've heard for Marzocchi forks. Once tuned, the AM3 takes my confidence in the bike's front end to a new level. Great value for a 200 lb rider looking for a rock solid all mountain fork.
Similar Products Used: ~95 Rock Shock Mag 21, ~97 Judy, ~99 Manitou Mars (whimpy shock that ate through air seals like crazy even after beefyest springs installed, just needed too much air preasure, 02 Marzocchi MX Comp
Bike Setup: Iron Horse Hollowpoint Team, Sun Single Track rims, XT, Hayes mechanical discs
from charlotte, nc. usa
Date Reviewed: March 9, 2006
Strengths: rigid, plush or stiff. adjustable by preload or oil viscosity. i got the bear bones fork
Weaknesses: bear bones fork
by changin the air preload and oil viscosity i can set this fork up for freeride, tril riding, or urban assualt. if you know what ur doin u dont need all those facy dials....but they do come in handy great fork for what it is intended
Bike Setup: khs fr2000 (6 inch) truvativ dh bar and stem, mavic dee max ust, conti ust tyres, gripshift, shimno dr train, avid juicy brakes
a Weekend Warrior
from presque isle, me usa
Date Reviewed: March 3, 2006
Strengths: This fork is strong, simple and a great value. No bells and whistles but does the job very well
This is a no nonesense hard charging fork. It does the job with no problems and no bells and whistles. I set it up right the first time and never have to mess with it. Just the way I like it. There are many more expensive and adjustable forks out there but if you get a great fork you don't need all that stuff. I love this fork and have had more expensive and adjustable one but never used the adjustments much and they just took money from my pocket. By using this fork I have more money to have more bike choices. I have a large stable. I like it that way it allows me to have more friends.
Favorite Trail: nordic heritage center vacationland
Duration Product Used: 1 Year
Purchased At: Mountain Enterprises
Similar Products Used: manitou minute 2, sid 100, bomber z1, bomber mx pro, bomber dj and several others
Bike Setup: turner 5 spot all xt with thompson stuff my other bike is jamis xlt 3.0 mix of xtr and xt with race face stuff both have all mountain III's on them.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: January 31, 2006
Strengths: Good fork for the money. Feels solid and smooth, especially for rocky and rooty New England trails
Weaknesses: Takes some patience to set it up how you like it. Zero on the fly adjustability
For the price that I paid, ($200) you are not going to get a much better value. I had been worried about getting an all air fork but one ride on the All Mountain III cured that. Lets be fair, it doesn't feel quite like a coil but its darn close. I ride this fork on a hardtail that used to have a Manitou Black Elite on the front. The difference is night and day. While the Manitou Black is a nice fork and has a lot of adjustability, I didn't realize how unstable it was until I but the All Mountain III on the front. There is not flex or shakiness whatsoever. My confidence hitting rock gardens and doing smaller drops on the singlespeed has doubled. I have mine set to 130mm of travel and put in a bit more oil than recommended for my weight to prevent bottoming. I set it up with Marzocchi's recommended oil levels and felt like I was just blowing through the travel, even on tiny drops. It took me about 3 or 4 rides to really adjust the amount of air and oil to get the fork how I like it. I guess that would be the only real downside. That said, this fork is not a Z1 FR or Marzocchi 66. It is a lower cost fork with basically no one the fly adjustability. But if you know that when you buy it, you should be very happy.