Manitou X-Vert 99 Front Shock

3.75/5 (32 Reviews)


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X-Vert 99


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Tom Freeman a Downhiller from Suffolk, England

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Bit on the spongy line but absorbs the nocks well not quite as much travel for a fork that size, it’ll do.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Madgetts cycles

Bike Setup:   Nokian Gazzaloddi Dual Halo Tornados 26”, Hope Mono Mini F/R,DMR V8 and BBB head set.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kelly a Cross Country Rider from Victoria, BC Canada eh

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2003

Strengths:    very smooth on small bumps, can take a fairly big hit, light compared to competition

Weaknesses:    adjuster knobs seize up when exposed to air! Poor seals

Bottom Line:   
I bought 3 pairs of these forks for my bike and for my friends. I put zipties around the bottom of my fork boots and kept the airholes in the boots pointed away from the tire. After 2 years of riding in everything, I rebuilt all three. Mine were still like new inside! One friend, equally anal, was pleased to see his were perfect as well. The other guy didn't care about the boots. THe stanchion tubes were worn through the annodizing and there were just about siezed up. Two of us are still riding them. Bottom line: way more active and smooth than Psylos. Way cheaper than Marzocchi. But stay away if you don't keep them clean.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   Z3, psylo, Z4, Z5,Z1


Bike Setup:   hardtail or XC FS

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Igoe from Brooklyn

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2003

Strengths:    Smooth, adjustable, and very reliable

Weaknesses:    can't extend travel, seals broke in 2 months, but i guess its just me otherwise its all good

Bottom Line:   
This fork is GREAT for the price, good enought travel, feels safe by the weight...

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   none


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff a Cross Country Rider from Ohio

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2003

Strengths:    AWESOME!!! Read below...

Weaknesses:    cheap cheap cheap plastic knobs!

Bottom Line:   
OK, i've been riding x-country, and did a few races last year on this fork. I've owned it for a few years, but bought it used. For the first time since i bought it, i decided to finally rebuild it and change the oil (i dont think it was ever done since it was new!)

Now, when i was riding/racing on it last summer, it felt awesome... nice and soft and worked great...

well, i opened it up for rebuild, and there was NO oil in it!!! bone dry!! not even a drop came out. Also, upon further dissasemby, i found that the compression rod on the non-TPC side was BENT! This fork has abviously had the crud kicked out of it, but was still working awesome!!!

I was so suprised... i love how rugged this thing is... you dont even need to take care of it and it still works good enough to race on :) I cant wait to feel it now that its been rebuilt!!!

The only negative is that the knobs are total junk. i had to use vice-grips to turn mine cause they just stick. cheap plastic :( oh well!!!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Ohio Bikes and Boards

Bike Setup:   Jamis Diablo - Carbon frame, full suspension, X-Vert, Hayes hydro disc, Mavic Crossroc tubeless, raceface+XT drivetrain

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Tilman Marsh a Cross Country Rider from London

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2002

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Hates the rain and dirt,we get in the UK Everytime riden in bad weather it fills with water and locks solid.Seals do not prevent water from entering fork. Finish on legs wearing off in less than 1 year. Damping rod broken. Adjustemnt variations impossible to work out or to notice any difference. Bike shop rekons fasr too complicated for what they are.

Bottom Line:   
When I can afford it, they are going a new set of bombers MXC's to replace them

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Favorite Trail:   Leith Hill

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Bikewise Sport

Similar Products Used:   Pace RC 36 Marzocchi Z2

Bike Setup:   jamis Dakar pro

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by madEG a Cross Country Rider from germantown

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2001

Strengths:    cheap, low maintenance, decent all around hit control

Weaknesses:    seemed more squirly than the '97 fs-ti's they were replacing...but i believe in them now without a doubt...

Bottom Line:   
decent fork. stiff enough for 180# rider. may make you non 100mm adjusted bike steer like a school bus, but YMMV...

i don't understand peoples saying this is a high maintenance shock. i have not done hardly anything to it and it still seems smooth.

TIP: don't adjust the preload while riding - the threads will cross and the knob will be difficult to turn...

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $260.00

Purchased At:   old frame manufacturer

Similar Products Used:   manitou FS-Ti Stroker 80mm, rock shox quadra5


Bike Setup:   now a days with xero absolute with swell stuff.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan Blair a Downhiller from Bonanza OR

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2001

Strengths:    excellent damping, w/ good range of rebound control. the most burly looking fork I've ever owned.

Weaknesses:    it's weird, from the the day I got these things, the the stinkin' bushings have been all sloppy, you know, it feels like your headset bearings are loose.
The cheezy looking plastic preload adjuster seized on me.


Bottom Line:   
Sweet fork, I love the rebound/ compression adjust.
this fork takes picnic tables, 3+ foot drops no prob.
but it starts to get a little noodly at speed, but I think it's from the sloppy bushings
If you bought a man. X-vert from price point, e-mail me and tell me if your bushings are sloppy because I want to know if all of price-points X-vert forks were sloppy, or just mine.

I'll give it five 5 flamin' dog terds for overall and I'd like to give it 20 million flamin' dog terds for value (ain't that a scary mental picture?!)but I can only give 5

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Favorite Trail:   back yard

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Similar Products Used:   some Zoky on my moms bike, Z3 I think, short trav, but excellent, I mean superb action (I can't even imagin how one of those 5" Zoky cushers would feel!)
Old RST
Crappy old RST
Manitou SX-LE
And some ancient Tioga forx


Bike Setup:   Haro EX 1 Sram 7.0 throughout Mavic 221's Pazzaz DH carbon bars, Odyssee v's

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Downhiller from Napa CA

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2001

Strengths:    Smooth, adjustable good for freeriding

Weaknesses:    Bottoms out, tops out, only 4 inches,

Bottom Line:   
This is a good fork for how much money it was, its pretty smooth, mine bottoms and tops out a lot, and its not very good over small bumps, I wouldnt suggest it for downhill, I raced it once and it was alright butits good for ds. Like I said it is really adjustable but once you have it set really loose it starts to top out. But overall it is a nice fork.

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Favorite Trail:   karpiel

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint.com

Bike Setup:   Mountain cycle san andreas, magura disks, sun tomak series dh rims, raceface northshore.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by davo bullet a Weekend Warrior from australia

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2001

Strengths:    if your into XC and want to look like a weirdo; buy

Weaknesses:    worthless dampening and travel response

do not use for anything but XC they will snap


Bottom Line:   
I find it a joke a popular manufacture to install these crapy forks on a freeride/ DH bike

as manitou tells me there not for this purpose

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   marzochers super for the dollar and they work

Bike Setup:   giant atx dh2

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Parker a Weekend Warrior from Louisville Ky

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2001

Strengths:    Long travel, buttery smooth, microlube, tcp, etc etc

Weaknesses:    Goofy lookin boots

Bottom Line:   
Great fork for someone who wants more travel for XC use. Have only used for a little while but so far so good. Besides whats that expression about first impressions??? Only prob is i might have to cut off those boots, they look pretty strange for some reason. But a hella good deal considering I paid only 50.00!!!!!!!! 5 flamin turds for an all around good product

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Jamis eureka full Lx avid mec discs

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bike Guru a Weekend Warrior from Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2001

Strengths:    I've been riding it for around 6 or 7 months and its really great. It's still in excellent condition even after jumping off cars, its never topped or bottomed out and the travel is just awesome. The most controlled fork I've ever ridden, and I love it. Its got great adjustability and its light weight.

Weaknesses:    Well I just think that if it had an extra inch instead of only 4 then it would be awesome. Thats why I've bought a new Marzocchi Z1 QR20 for my bike.

Bottom Line:   
These forks are worth the money I bought them for and they do serve their purpose well. If you want a four inch travel fork, and a concerned a bit about weight then buy this fork its sweet. Like I said its stood up to jumping off cars and its taken a 7 foot drop off a free standing wall and it still works perfect!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Don't do many trails I just freeride, like Picnic tables, stairs, stuff like that.

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Price Point Online Cycling Store

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Z5 oil, Z4 ol, and Z3 oil

Bike Setup:   Yess Trials with Manitou X-Verts, Hayes 8 inch discs, 14 inch frame.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by George a Weekend Warrior from Worcester, UK

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2001

Strengths:    99 Manitou X-vert (Red with orange/yellow, black and white graphics):
VERY rigid steering, travel is progressive, v. easy maintenance, looks great.


Weaknesses:    rebound adjuster design and details of reflling with oil

Bottom Line:   
* Good for slalom-style riding as it steers so well.
* Excellent for jumping as it does big-hits like no other single-crown.
* OK for cross-country, but isn't so great on small stutter bumps.

When I first got the fork it suffered from a problem whereby big, sharp hits would blow the plastic rebound adjuster knob out of the bottom of the fork, leading to an annoying sucking noise. It didn't affect the performance of the fork though. The shop I purchased it from were helpful but couldn't solve it so I took the forks apart myself and was pleased to discover that, although they look quite complicated, they are really easy to service, if you have some fork-oil.
TOP TIP: if your rebound adjuster blows out as described, do this:
1. Remove the rebound knob, if it isn't already out.
2. Undo the adjuster assembly at the top of the right-hand leg ('Preload')
3. COMPLETELY compress the forks (the elastomer stack and spring should emerge from the right leg)
4. Put the rebound adjuster knob back in.
5. Extend the fork and screw the preload adjuster back down.
6. The rebound knob is held in by a partial-vacuum in the lower left leg so shouldn't blow out. (Hopefully!)

The other problem I had was a leakage of oil from the left leg at the bottom (around the rebound adjuster). Basically, the oil got past the seals in the left stanchion and filled the bottom of the slider.
TOP TIP:
1. When filling the left leg with oil, do it with the stanchions OUT of (i.e. seperate from) the sliders.
2. Slide the rebound-adjuster rod (sticking out of bottom of stanchion) downwards as far as it will go. This ensures there is no air below the piston inside.
3. Fill the left stanchion with oil until the level is 4" (100mm) from the top of the leg (use a tape measure).
4. Assemble the rest and you're off!

Overall, once the niggles are sorted, it's a truly fabulous fork.

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Favorite Trail:   The Malverns

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Singletrack Bikes, Worcester

Similar Products Used:   98 Bomber Z1 BAM - 110mm travel (this is a brilliantly performing fork although the seals need some work), 2000 Bomber Z3 Flylight Air - 100mm travel

Bike Setup:   98 Kona King Kikapu

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott a Cross Country Rider from Marietta, GA

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2001

Strengths:    good looks, light weight for the amount of travel given, smooth over big bumps

Weaknesses:    bad over little bumps, oil damping is hard to control

Bottom Line:   
Good overall performance but not for downhilling. Great for rider that likes travel and is not too concerned about weight.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $189.00

Purchased At:   Price Point . com

Similar Products Used:   rock shox


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jim a Downhiller from massachusetts

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2001

Strengths:    looks nice

Weaknesses:    1.not enough travel
2.need bottom out kit or this fork will suck..
3.very weak feal(not sturdy)


Bottom Line:   
all right fork company, but the fork I own sucks thats all I can say.If you have the cash buy Marzochhi.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $189.00

Purchased At:   price point

Similar Products Used:   rock shox,Marzochhi(the best),

Bike Setup:   slalom/xc bike

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Andrew Walter from LA

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2000

Strengths:    Nice travel, feels plush for the little stuff, stiff enough when laid hard into a corner in front of me. Even with some bottoming-out I've never blown the seals. I like the microlube, that may be the saving grace for this fork.

Weaknesses:    I'm 195lbs, so I have bottomed it out more than once off big hits and in heavy compressions. I have also had the preload adjustment lock up problem several times.

Bottom Line:   
Somebody please e-mail me and tell me how to fix the annoying preload adjuster lock-up. I've taken it in several times, but it keeps happening and I keep losing my bike for a few days each time it does. Also, has anyone gotten Manitou to just send parts for that fix?

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Favorite Trail:   All the shuttles off Mulholland

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   old but reliable Mag 21 from rockshox that required much much more maintainance.

Bike Setup:   Schwinn 99 Homegrown full suspendy

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