Maverick SC32 2005 Front Shocks

4.14/5 (14 Reviews)
Weight : 3.48 lbs

Product Description

The SC32 represents the finest in Aggressive XC Fork technology. It combines the weight of an XC fork with the steering precision and performance found in a Free ride forks.

  • The Fork has 5" (125mm) of air sprung, oil damped travel. Run it open at five inches while riding or, with the flick of a switch, reduce it to 3" (80mm) of travel while climbing technical terrain.
  • 40 mm externally butted aluminum uppers, 32mm hard anodized aluminum lowers.
  • External rebound adjustment.
  • Proprietary Design, True Quick Release, Front Loading.
  • Stanchion Guards included.
  • Fork weight, including upper crown is 1588 grams (3.5 lbs).
  • Maverick Hub with 24 mm axle available separately (244 grams).
  • Build Height (Axle to Crown Race): 494mm.
  • Ride Height (with recommended 25-30mm sag): 464 to 469mm.

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Reviews 1 - 14 (14 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by ewascent a Cross Country Rider from Portland, OR

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2009

Strengths:    Light. Interesting. Simple and effective design. Travel adjustment works well. Hub works well.

Weaknesses:    Guards noisily rattle.

Bottom Line:   
I would not pay 600 bucks for this, plus the price of a wheel build. At that price I would buy a Fox. Having said that, this is a nice fork. Not as plush or stiff as my Talas, but it works great for what it is. I wanted a long travel hardtail that would not wallow uphill. This fit the bill perfectly. The lockout travel mode is solid and I can power up non-technical climbs.

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Favorite Trail:   Lewis River

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Fox FX90, Fox Talas, Marz Marathon 100-120, many Manitou forks.

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Chameleon. Mavrick front hub, King rear hub with Mavic tubelss 819 rims. King headset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Billy a Cross Country Rider from San Diego CA USA

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2008

Strengths:    This fork is the best thing around. Picks up ALL small bumps while eating all the large ones as well. Super easy to maintain - as long as you're mechanically inclined - all you have to do is change the oil per their schedule. If you're a bit of a clydesdale like me, all you do is give Maverick a call and they'll help you dial the thing in for your size, weight and riding style. Like a Moto, all you do is add a few ml of oil or step up the viscosity.... that's it .......... no springs or bushings to hassel with. Great job on this fork. Hasn't let me down in a full year of riding, minimum of 40 off road miles a week.........

Weaknesses:    None. Rack problem others have disappears with a hitch rack or the Rocky Mount available from Maverick. The hub seems to be an issue for some, but the thing is super light with a 1" axle that makes it stiff. Super easy to replace the bearings in the hub too. Go with Ceramics for a few bucks more and you'll be really happy.

Bottom Line:   
Get this fork. Follow the Maverick maintenance schedule and you'll never have to buy another fork...... period.

Way to go Maverick!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Maverick

Similar Products Used:   Fox Float RLC, Fox 100, Marzocci, Manitou, Rock Shox

Bike Setup:   Started the fork on my Klein Palomino. Ran great. Upgraded the frame to a Maverick Matic with 5" Rear too :~)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jer a Cross Country Rider from Fl

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2007

Strengths:    Listen, this fork is one of the few models out there that actually got it done right. Use the "Gunna Flo" lube and the right maintenance that Maverick recommends, and this fork will never let you down.

Weaknesses:    The roof rack issue is the only thing that anyone should complain about. they had some issues with seal leaks, but just call them up, get the blue seals ordered, and you will be fine.

Bottom Line:   
I'm 190 pounds. I ride over 100 miles a week. I love this fork. From the technical trails of Pisgah to the flats of Florida, you can set up this fork to be exactly what you want. The customer service from Maverick is top notch, always there to be the company you need them to be.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Bob's Bicycle Center

Similar Products Used:   Everything. honestly.

Bike Setup:   Klein Palomino, raced for years and never let me down.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Al C a Weekend Warrior from Alhambra, CA

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2006

Strengths:    Stiff, plush, travel adj, easy to use, light weight.

Weaknesses:    only 3 companies make this 24mm hub. maverick, king, and bontreger.

Bottom Line:   
Great fork, stiff inspire confident. plush and bottomless feel. I love this fork. I was trying to put the duc32 but due to stack clearance i've decided to put the mini instead. great cornering fork very stiff, easy to adjust, and the climbing mode is a plus. highly recommended.

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Favorite Trail:   my local trails

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   It's sister DUC32, same weight bit longer leg. minute 3, sid, black, skereb, lefty, and headshock

Bike Setup:   giant reign, bontreger racelite 24mm front hub, juicy carbon, 07 xt RF shifter, xtr 952 rear derl. easton monkeylite bar, raceface crank, kenda tire. Amazing enough about under 29 lbs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ian a Weekend Warrior from Balikpapan, Borneo

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2006

Strengths:    The harder you ride, the better they work. The lock down is great for climbing.

Weaknesses:    None. They're not cheap, but, you get what you pay for.

Bottom Line:   
These forks are the business. They're ahead of their time.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Cotic

Similar Products Used:   Nothing in this league

Bike Setup:   Cotic Soul, SC-32's, Rohloff, Mavic 819 tubless, Race Face Carbon Bars

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andrew Palek a Cross Country Rider from Rolla, mo, USA

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2006

Strengths:    solid, plush, adjustable, great customer service

Weaknesses:    propritary front hub...

Bottom Line:   
Excellent customer service + solid plush fork = good deal. Reguardless of the propritary front hub (which works excellently) the fork is very adjustable and climbs extrememly well when locked down. Concerning hits, the fork takes the large ones and adjust well to a number of conditions.
The customer service is grade A. I Fed up one of my seals, sent it in the service was done with new seals and oil for the mear cost of shipping there... the turnaround time was pretty decent also.

All and all I think this is a excellent fork for agressive cross country useage.
4 chillies for value because it is a little expensive if bought new + you need the hub. overall its a 5 any day of the week.

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Favorite Trail:   Council Bluffs

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   classifides

Similar Products Used:   mars Z1 fr, Marz Marathon SL, manitou X-vert Super

Bike Setup:   Dos Niner SC32 set up for 29er useage mav hub laced to velocity dyad X-0 drivetrain, carbon post / bar, juicy 5's

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jesse VOZA a Racer from St-Martin, Guadeloupe, Caribbean

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2006

Strengths:    + Looks cool
+ Big
+ Different

Weaknesses:    - Everything
- Too different

Bottom Line:   
Don't get this fork !
1 - The fork seals will pop out after every long downhill
2 - You can't put your bike on your car
3 - The oil from the fork will leak on your disk pads
4 - When the front wheel is off, the legs are turning and are not at the same height
5 - the rebound damping is not working
6 - There is no technical booklet. Nothing on internet either
7 - Maverick will promise everything to you but will do nothing (interbike 2005)
8 - There is a secret valve in the right leg
9 - You will never get 5 inch of travel
10 - Open the fork every month
11 - And so on...
Please, stay away from that exotic product. Marzocchi and Manitou stopped producing these kind of shock.

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine rim in Moab

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   TRISPORT St-Maarten

Similar Products Used:   Fox 100, Rock Shox Reba, Leftys

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Sugar 1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jerry Cardozo a Cross Country Rider from Marin County

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2005

Strengths:    well its a maverick, this is my 2nd fork and i have had no toubles at all. I love how these clowns complain about leaking seals about this fork. come on guys theres an easy solution to that: get someone who actually knows what they're doing to put it on for you, dumbass!!! i myself am a local bike mechanic and i set the fork up with thee oversized hub just like the instructions said and so far its been 3 months an no problems

Weaknesses:    as said in another review, the oversize hib is a little bit annoying

Bottom Line:   
this fork kicks ass, especially if u ride up or around the marin area (esp. mt tam!!!)


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Favorite Trail:   mt tam

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Maverick DUC32 (the only thing that could even compare to this fork)

Bike Setup:   Ellsworth Truth (2006), sc32 up fornt, rp3 on rear, custom wheelset w/ stans notubes, full sram x.0 2006, total bike weight w/ pedals: 23.96 lbs. Very, very nice ride.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tyler a Cross Country Rider from Boulder

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2005

Strengths:    Unique, great looking, stiff single-crown fork that is fairly light. Maverick 24mm hub is awesome, makes the whole setup very stiff and responsive. "Upside-down" design, like motorcycles, keeps everything well-lubed. The axle quick release is really sweet, truly quick releasing, although the spring steel safety clips could be a bit bigger to ease them out of the way more easily with cold fingers and tired hands. One alarming thing I noticed immediately, due to the "inverted" design, is that the stanchions can rotate, since they are not fixed in the crown. I turned around to put my wheel back on and thought I had broken something because the dropouts were askew! It's not actually a flaw though, just scares you the first time you notice. Seems very plush so far, have yet to bottom it. Still working out the perfect adjustment, I'm picky and will make small adjustments gradually to get it perfect; there are options for air pressure, oil viscosity, and a heavier negative spring. The "climbing mode" is cool because it lowers you down over the front end but keeps small bump compliance, and is really easy and quick to use, without another lever cluttering up your bar. By the way, Maverick has a shim available to convert this fork to use with a 29" wheel, if you should want to for some reason.

Weaknesses:    Not as light as claimed, mine was 3.74lbs with fork guards and full steerer. I am expecting some very minor oil seepage eventually, but honestly, you should be wiping down stanchions after every ride anyway. Haven't seeped yet however. I had to grind the disc mount a tad to fit Hayes El Camino caliper properly (very small amount, as in sanding the powdercoat off one spot on the caliper would've let it fit.) Full retail pricing is certainly not cheap. The rebound damping adjustment seems like it could use a bit more difference between the two ends of the range. You do have to be sure and squeeze the fork legs together, snug up against the hub, when you are putting your wheel back on, because they flex enough that it is possible, even likely, that you will re-mount the axle with the dropouts further outboard than they should be. One last beef is that the only way to put your bike on a standard roof rack that holds the fork (such as on friends vehicles) is to shell out another 40 bucks for an adapter from Rocky Mounts, but that's true of any through-axle fork. Oh, and you have to get your front wheel custom-built with the Maverick or CKing hub...which is sold separately.

Bottom Line:   
Great fork, plush and super responsive because of that huge hub. A bit pricey, but it's pretty light for 5 inches of travel, and you get a custom front wheel too! Perfect for "all-mountain" riders who do a bit of everything.

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Favorite Trail:   Dyke Trail, Crested Butte

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Maverick

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi, RockShox

Bike Setup:   Dean Duke softail, SRAM XO 1x9speed, DT Swiss wheels/rear hub, El Camino discs, GravityDropper seatpost (best accessory out there!)

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Vince a Cross Country Rider from berthoud

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2005

Strengths:    You get a lot of questions about it. nice looking fork.

Weaknesses:    Heavy, everyone thinks it's light, but mine was 3.9lbs on the analytical balance at work. everyone forgets to include the fact that you have to use the dorky fork guards to protect the fork legs. even without the guards it was almost 3.7lbs. Lack of adjustability. Price for what you get

Bottom Line:   
I'm getting rid of this fork. Pain in the rear with the oversized hub. If you break a rim your s.o.l. You can't get a wheel from a buddy. For the price, I consider it a rip off. I was hoping for something with more adjustability. The rebound doesn't seem to change much when using the adjustment knob. No option to set bump threshold. Seals aren't the best. SInce day one I've had oil rings on the sliders. Bottom line, I love my new frame but the fork sucks. Can't wait to get something that mates well with the frame. To bad maverick messed up with this one...their frame is great.

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Favorite Trail:   koko

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   Fox 100x Manitou

Bike Setup:   new maverick ml7.3 with sram bits

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Erik a Cross Country Rider from SF, CA

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2005

Strengths:    This is after 2 weeks of riding, so these are intial thoughts only. First off, I love it. The shock tracks well and the stiffness of the through axle is seen when I go through mangled trails with decent drop offs from the crazy rain we've had. The 5 inches of travel has yet to bottom out and for those who still love a good climb the lockdown really helps in creating an aggresive cross country geometry. The adjustment is easily reached during the ride and I have yet to have issues with it. The travel is still remarkably resposive as well in this setting. The CK hubs look slick, but since I haven't tried the Maverick ones I really can't compare them.

Weaknesses:    So far no oil has leaked.....knock on wood. The brake cable guide gets very close to the tire when in the locked down mode.

Bottom Line:   
Some of the best downhill I know has crazy climbs and mixing this shock with the 5 spot created a bike that loves to bomb down the hill, but with the lockdown and propedal, it turn the bike into a billygoat to get there. The RP3 and SC seems to compliment eachother. I don't feel like one shock is out performing the other. Longevity is all that is left, so I'll update in a few months. Finally, looks don't matter, but if they did this thing is sick looking.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Wrenchscience

Similar Products Used:   Fox Vanilla 130MM, Fox Float, SID, Manitou Minute 2

Bike Setup:   Turner 5 Spot, RP3 Rear with SRAM and XTR, Hayes, CK...mid 26lbs.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jamie a Weekend Warrior from chappaqua, NY

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2005

Strengths:    -looks killer
-after some customizing, it's super plush
-light (4.5 lbs)
-EASY to work on
-easy to take the wheel off

Weaknesses:    -oil leaks out of seals
-maverick letters and logos scratch off easily
-pain in the a$$ brake cable routing
-a little flexy
-3" mode really doesn't work well

Bottom Line:   
One thing I want to say outright. I have broken a LOT of forks and this one is still running strong. I am a VERY aggressive rider and this thing has saved my a$$ countless times. I would suggest this fork to anyone that is looking for a light trail fork that knows how to work on bikes. This fork does require a decent amount of maintenance. But thanks to the design, you can have this fork completely rebuilt with new oil and everything in about 20 min.

As for the weaknesses I have listed above:

Taking out all the lubricating oil and putting in a lot of Slick Honey fixed the oil leaking out of the seals. Problem with doing this is that I would recommend rebuilding the fork every month or so to make sure that the seals have enough lubrication. If you leave the oil in the fork then just make sure you clean the oil that leaks out of the seals after every ride. Either way, no matter what fork you own you should be cleaning the stanchions after every ride anyway!

I got one of the first forks put into production and the “Maverick” letters on the stanchion guards and the logo on the uppers scratches off a little easy. Not really a performance problem though. I just constantly get stopped by people on the trail who are wondering what type of fork it is.

I solved the problem with the brake cable routing by taking some electrical tape and wrapping a long spoke to the brake line. This way the line stays straight and doesn't kink.

As for the flex, I don't feel it out on the trail. The only time I notice it is when I am on the road and nail the front brake. And last but not least, when the fork is in the three-inch mode it is very stiff and doesn't want to move...who cares. The three-inch mode is for climbing only and even when I hit a really steep climb I still keep the fork in the five-inch mode anyway.
I have also customized my fork a little more then what I have mentioned in this review.

Bottom line: This fork has been great to me. It is stupid easy to rebuild and the company is one of the few left in the world that still cares about their customers. If Maverick made a DH race fork I would definitely give it a try as well.

Just as a note: I am not responsible if you take my advice and tuning tips listed above and f**k up your fork. These tips have worked for me because I know what I am doing when it comes to working on bikes.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   from Maverick

Similar Products Used:   atom race 100, sid world cup, Z1, sherman flick plus (POS!), sherman breakout plus (also POS!), worked on many DUC 32's

Bike Setup:   2002 Seven Duo, XTR, King, Thomson...etc.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Michael Memeteau a Weekend Warrior from Sintra, Portugal

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2005

Strengths:    Beautiful, simple yet effective and very comfortable. Unconventional.

Weaknesses:    Not as rigid as conventional design. Disk only (also I don't see it as a weakness). Rigid line brake easily damage the spendid finish. Can't fit Hayes or Formula Brake as it is (have to "rework" the brake support!!!).

Bottom Line:   
Tendancy to project oil from stanchions on disks during long and rough rides (can be corrected with some neoprene "condoms"). PITA for the non-compatibility with Hayes and Formula disk brake (no mention of this anywhere on their site). Slight to bottoming when in lowered mode (much more than the DUC-32, since there is less course available). Otherwise an trully exceptionel product which work as claimed...

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $692.00

Purchased At:   Arrabida Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi MX-Comp 2003 (excellent value).

Bike Setup:   Blur + 5th Element

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by jason a Downhiller from corpus christi tx

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2005

Strengths:    Simple design, upside down design, simple effective internals. Light, stiff, proven duc 32 internals.

Weaknesses:    Dedicated maverick hub forces you out of the market for mavic crossmax xl and other style wheels and hubs like chris king.Won't fit the maverck dropouts.

Bottom Line:   
Only demoed at interbike in Las vegas. I am interested in having one of these. Hoping my write up will spur someone on that actually has one. I can tell you this....The internals and general set up is the same as there duc , that massive double crowned 6 in travel rig they offer. So its not new technology in that sense. Its beautifuly built and light. The hub is an intracal part of the forks stiffness. Thats not a 20 mm hub, its 24 mm and burly. I called maverick america and they say its a bomb proof product and they stand behind it 100%. If something goes wrong they say they will fix it and get it back out fast ???? You may want to read the write ups on the duc 6 in travel fork and see what people say about customer service as I cannot speak about something I have no experience with. If anyone has one of these and ridden the crap out if it, please write a critique of it.... Oh, I am not a downhiller or a weekend warrior or a xc racer. I am an aggresive trail/ free rider.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   rockshock psylo, fox line of singlecrown.

Bike Setup:   heckler, psylo sl, hayes hfx-9 carbon, xt hallotech ect ect.

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