Similar Products Used: something rockshoxs and fox f32 rlc
Bike Setup: fox f32 rlc, avid juicy sevens, manitou radium, shimano decore xt Derailleurs
a Cross Country Rider
from quincy in the IL
Date Reviewed: February 24, 2008
Strengths: It attaches your front wheel to your handlebars
Weaknesses: Oh jeez. First of all, it leaks constantly, no matter how fresh the oil is, how hard you ride, temperature, maintenance, anything. I've actually found it works better without any oil in it and with no maintenance. Also, it doesn't include a coupon for $150 off of a better fork, which it should
I'm still saving up for a replacement, but like I say it rides better without oil in it. If that doesn't say something about the quality, nothing will. If you buy a bike that has it, ask for a good $250 off the price to replace your fork.
Similar Products Used: 36 talas 32 float rockshox reba and some other stuff
Bike Setup: its a dahon zero (pretty sweet folding hardtail)
Date Reviewed: October 29, 2007
Strengths: Been riding this fork for over a year and a have and have about 800 miles on it with no problems so far.
Weaknesses: It is a little Soft but I am a bigger guy (210 LBS) and would like to see a stiffer spring made available. Hasn't been enough of an issue to make me want to upgrade.
It could be lighter and could have more adjustment but it isn't and it doesn't. Bottom line is that it is an affordable shock that has held up very well for me. If you are a racer you should probably look else were. If you just love to get out and ride, give it a look.
Similar Products Used: Marzocchi MX Comp, old Rock Shox Indy
Bike Setup: Hard Tail, Deore LX and XT Drive train. BB7 brakes, Easton Monkey lite riser.
a Cross Country Rider
from Chula Vista, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: August 3, 2007
Strengths: When it works, it really gives the spec 4 inches of travel. From my experience, it doesn't flex.
Weaknesses: Even when properly lubed, it will start to freeze up after about an hour of riding. Once frozen, it only gives about 2 inches of travel. Heavy, but it's an entry-level fork, so no worries.
This fork came on my entry-level Trance 4, so I didn't expect much from it--you get what you pay for. I was happy to finally be riding a bike with more than 3 inches of suspension front and rear. Coming from an 80mm, super-sticky, Marz Z4, this Axel felt like a monster. And that's a good thing. When the fork is clean and lubed, it gives 4 inches of smooth travel. Plus, I've never had any problems with fork flex. My only beef is that once the stanchions get dirty, the fork will slightly freeze and travel seems to reduce to just over 2 inches. I can usually tell by the pain in my hands when my fork has reached this point during a ride. I'll see if a Lizard Skins fork boot will help.
Similar Products Used: Mid-range stuff from the late 90s from Marz, RockShox, and Manitou--nothing over 80mm travel
Bike Setup: 06 Giant Trance 4
a Weekend Warrior
from Albany, OR
Date Reviewed: July 21, 2007
Strengths: lightweight, decent seals
Weaknesses: no real range of adjustment. lockout is weak. Easy to break, so prepare for warranty work.
I just bought this bike and took it down a pretty challenging xc trail with 3-4ft dropouts, downhill, babyhead singletrack and a few "make your own trail" areas. The rest of the bike was great, but this Manitou wouldn't adjust correctly. Poor rebound, bobbing when locked out on climbs, etc. Just totally misbehaving. Had it checked out after 1st ride and tech at Cycletopia in Corvallis, OR (hey Mike!) says it's toast. After 1 ride! I rode an old RS Judy for 4 years prior and no issues. Manitou has some serious quality/design issues on this product. Granted, I'm 210lbs and I ride hard, but the fork should've lasted longer than 1 ride before failing. NO adjustment now, no lockout, very stiff except on babyhead trail, then it locks up completely and beats you to death. Unless you stay on the sidewalk with your training wheels on, I'd avoid it. This fork is not meant to be ridden.
Bike Setup: '06 Gary Fisher Cake 3, Avid Discs, lots of Bontrager.
a Cross Country Rider
from Gladstone, Australia
Date Reviewed: July 17, 2007
Strengths: Came standard on 2006 Trek 6500 bike, looks good in black?
Weaknesses: Leaked oil from day one, lockout broke in 3rd week and I only ride on black top, don’t figure?? 80mm travel, not a major issue for me as I ride on black top. Currently at LBS being repaired/replaced.
Came standard on bike, when repaired and if they last, they are fit for purpose as I ride mainly on black top to commute to work. LBS M1 Cycles very helpful, shop owner offered to lend me his personal bike while being fixed. Can only hope repairs or replacement last; I guess that’s what warranties are for.
a Weekend Warrior
from Calera, AL
Date Reviewed: May 28, 2007
Strengths: These came on my bike and are the 2007 model. Lockout and compression adjustment. I weigh 205lbs and haven't bottomed these out yet.
Weaknesses: Forks are a little too stiff initially, but after setting sag at 3/4" and setting compression 3 clicks from the lightest setting they are doing the job. Still a little stiff though.
I WOULDN'T say this fork is junk at all. It's wayyyy better than the RST fork that I used before. After making the adjustments above it does the job on the trail that I ride which has roots, roots and more roots and lots of rocks. Over a series of roots at speed the shock does the best an entry level fork can do and lessons impact, but can't really smooth the ride out, hey it's an entry level. I'm happy with the performance for what it is, but will upgrade to a better fork when this one breaks, cause this bike does definitely deserve a plusher fork. I've ridden this fork fairly hard since purchasing the bike, I would say around 80 miles of roots and rocks and haven't had any other problems.
Strengths: Ability to switch from lockout to suspension
Weaknesses: Fork can not tollerate much bumps when locked out.
This fork caused me nothing but problems. When I took delivery of a new 6500, the fork was bad and was replaced. Then the new fork broke when I did a small bunny hop with it locked. I wouldn't recomend for anyone to buy this fork,I would only ride it till it busted and upgrade; and I'm about as new to the sport as anyone
Similar Products Used: Marz Comp, Rock Shocks, DNM & NSync, RST's
Bike Setup: Haro R3 Shift set up, see Haro website
a Weekend Warrior
from Rancho Cuamonga, Ca.
Date Reviewed: March 28, 2007
For my first higher end bike, these forks blow. i bought the bike 3 weeks ago with these on the bike and they've already failed, the adjustment was the first to go, then came the oil and grease blowing out the top. i'm a novice and don't push these things as hard as some of you, but this is a discrace. avoid them.
So it's an older bike but I enjoy it a lot and have put on some good upgrades. Blew out the fork today and am tired of screwing with it. I'm not particularly familiar with fork upgrades so I'm looking for suggestions.
Budget - unsure... $250-450?
Travel - current fork is 100mm, I don't want to m ... Read More »
I picked up an 04 Rockhpper PRO yesterday and it has the original fork which is far too soft for my 200lb ass. Anyone know where I can get the "Firm" spring kit for this fork still as its 6 years old now? eBay was no help and couldnt find anything with google.
I need this:
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I'm looking for a fork for my 12 yr. old steel hardtail, which was originally spec'd w/ a 67mm but which has spent most of it's life w/ an 80mm Manitou SX-R. The SX-R is wearing out, after thousands of miles and multiple rebuilds. Parts are no longer available. I notice the Axel has V-brake bosse ... Read More »
The fork came on my 06 Piranha, so I am assuming it is also an 06 model. Is that correct? I know it is listed as having 100mm of travel and has magnesium lowers.
I have searched the internet for info on this shock and come up empty. I have tinkered with it and figured out that the drive side has ... Read More »
i bought a 2006 gary fisher piranha used and i want to rebuild the fork. fork is working ok but i want to get some more plushness out of it. the fork has compression damping and tpc lockout. i was thinking of getting new wipers/seals, regreasing, changing the damper oil and maybe bushings. any tips ... Read More »