Similar Products Used: suntour duro triples and boxxers
Bike Setup: haro loads of mods too many to list
from Mad heights VA
Date Reviewed: April 14, 2005
Strengths: THis is a strong and light fork. I would recomend this fork to any one who needs long travel DC fork at a good price. If you can find one of thease forks used go for it. This fork kicks the boxxers acid and I think it is lighter also.
Weaknesses: Adjusters fall off of bottem of fork. The fork has a little flex in it but not bad. factory stickers look like crap but the carbon under them looks great.
This forks rocks for the price you can pick them up for. You will find no better fork with this travel and weight for this price. There is also at intergrated stem for them Via MRD. I just bought my second Xvert Which came with this stem I like it well enough its a lot like the darrodo stem and a nice update for the older Xvert. Buy this fork if you need a great Freeride fork for a great price, Pick one up before they are all gone.
Similar Products Used: rock shox boxxer 6",7"& 8" , monster T, Jr T, Super T, Darrodo, bomb shell (of some sort I forgot the name)
Bike Setup: I haVE ONE xvert on my 03 Ellsworth Dare & one on my 02 Small kona Stinky. i will be mounting one on my Azonic Saber soon I will keep all posted
from Santa Barbara, CA, US
Date Reviewed: June 8, 2004
Strengths: Smooth travel, Good rigidity, overall great fork, even looks great (not that that really matters)
Weaknesses: Dust caps at the bottom of the stansions kept poping off off of big drops, but that was fixed with with some tool that the local bike shop had.
Great fork, too bad that Manitou replaced it with the Dorado. The Dorado's a great fork, but the x vert is more afordable and still just as plush. I first thought that it was going to really weak because of the skinny stancions, but it hasn't bent, broken, or anything of that type so far. Since you can't buy them anyways, I would say buy a Dorado, or even better, a Dorado X works. If you want a good 7 inch fork that is way more plush than the Super T or the Jr. T, and you can find an X Vert Carbon used and in good shape, go for it. You probably wont regret it.
from Victoria,British Columbia,CANADA
Date Reviewed: December 19, 2002
Strengths: light,lotts of travell,tire clearence,pimp looking,doesn't say bomber on the side of it! adjustability,it's one of the greatest race forks ever made,what more can you say.
Weaknesses: haven't found anything yet!
i have only ridden this fork for a short time but habe nothing but good to say,compared to say the shiver it is 100 times the fork. shiver is crap. have only ridden some tough hard hitting urban but will be hitting the trais over the x mas break. will do a follow up later on in the spring.
Similar Products Used: owned, 2002 shiver dc,2001 super t pro,2001 foes wet one,2000 manitou x vert dc, tested, 2002 super t,2002 boxxer,2002 monster
Bike Setup: 2003 .243 ht,2001 x vert carbon,dual 24" doublewides,dual 3.0 duro leopards,block 8 cranks,singlespeed,rear avids,funn seat,axiom seatpost/stem/bars,primo bmx grips,pig dh headset.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: December 7, 2002
Strengths: Light, geat travel, easy to tune, microlube system
Weaknesses: High maintenace but easy to rebuilt, cheap plastic knobs
Great fork, complements the bike quite well, very plush feeling if u take care of it (maintenance!!!). Forget what you're hearing about beeing too flexy. I'm a 195 lbs and have been riding it for the last 2 seasons and have been having good results. At the end of the season however, the fork began to really stiffen up at the last quarter of it's travel but the fork was all dirty inside, all it took was a little 30 minutes and some love!
Similar Products Used: Jr-T, Boxxer, Shiver, Monster-T
Bike Setup: Specialized Team-DH, X-vert Carbon, Mavic D-321 Disc, Hayes Purple fr, Shimano XT-Disc rr, Mirt Dit chain guide, Intense DH 2.7/60 tire fr, Michelin Wildgripper DH Comp 24.1 Soft tire rr, ODI Ruffian lock-on grips, Funn stem and handlebar
from Thunder Bay ON
Date Reviewed: October 29, 2002
Strengths: Everything! this fork is the most plush and adjustible thing I have ever ridden, The travel is smooth and endless, The tpc + dampening really works, you can really sense the progresiveness of the travel when riding, it always stays smooth over the small stuff and soaks up all the big stuff without a whimper. best fork I've ever ridden.
Weaknesses: Cheap adjuster knobs that are plastic and tend to break, You'd think that a fork with a retail price of $2800 CAD would have something better. oh well, It does'nt matter though.
Anyone who says these forks are no good for freeriding is on crack, these are the top downhill fork on the market, that's why all the pros use them , think about it. Just because it is the lightest production downhill fork does'nt mean that the strenghts is sacrificed. I have ripped it up big on this fork and never had a single problem. It will handle any big drop with ease. It is strong plush stiff and light the best of all worlds.
Favorite Trail: the path to the dunny out the back
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Purchased At: Pooraka Discount Surplus Warehouse (damn cheap parts for kingswoods)
Similar Products Used: umm... i didnt know they made any others....
Bike Setup: its a repco trailmaster with special edition rusted wheels, a piece of foam strapped on for the seat, a fat ding in one of the bars, a car disk on the front for looks, streamers for the chicks, and a fat orange flag out the back....
Mohamed Azmi Zainudin
a Weekend Warrior
from Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
Date Reviewed: August 24, 2001
Strengths: Sturdy build,quality construction,plush suspension stroke soaks up terrain irregularities/harshness,easy to tune suspension with lots of adjustability.
Weaknesses: None that I have experienced so far although I have heard complaints of flex & carbon ruptures.I don't know if to say this is in the correct category/box but my one complaint to date would be the expensive price one has to pay for an x-vert carbon in M'sia!Ouch!
As this is my 1st long travel fork(I'm used to 4" on my other bikes),it's too early to sing high praises but in all fairness the x-vert has performed flawlessly & to my expectations.Perhaps after it is properly run in,I'll post another review on the long term (ab)use & durability of the x-vert.
Bike Setup: Freeride Ellsworth Dare with Fox Vanilla RC Shock.Raceface Rock Guard/middle chain ring with XT granny,XTR F & R derailleur/cranks & 8 spd cogset,SRAM 8 spd shifters,Kris King Headset,Thomson handle stem/seatpost,SDG Satellite seat,Salsa seat clamp,Easton carbon high rise bars,Sun Singlewide Rims with Razor Rock Racing hubs(bomb proof!),Michelin Hot S tyres.
from Penticton, BC, Canada
Date Reviewed: June 18, 2001
Strengths: Light, easy to rebuild, idiot proof, cool looking, light.
Weaknesses: EVERYTHING ELSE! I bent these forks on a slalom course, (that then cost me to have the legs replaced), noisy! hearing cracking noises does not inspire confidence.
this fork is great! ** **if you weigh less than 130lbs, ride on flat ground, do not ride slalom courses,can buy new legs after every little crash (they bend and dent), don't lean forward in technical sections (they tend to deflect). If you need a 7" travel fork, go with a BoXXer, or better yet, a Shiver or Monster T Mine make scary cracking noises when the front break is applied, which manitou insists is a non-existant problem, and is not a problem with the structural integrity of the fork. This explanation does not inspire confidence when riding on bridges 15 feet off the ground Do not make the same mistake I did... ...buy a different fork.