Manitou X-Vert Carbon 01 Front Shock

4.45/5 (11 Reviews)
Weight : 2633g/5.8 lbs

Product Description

  • Travel: 180mm/7.1 inches
  • Damping: TPC+
  • Spring: Coil and MCU
  • Outer: Carbon fiber lower and arch with CNC drop outs
  • Stanchion Tubes: 30mm (1.18") straight wall machined and butted anodized aluminum
  • Adjustments: preload, rebound and compression damping

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    Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by sam phelps a Downhiller from Bristol UK

    Date Reviewed: January 21, 2007

    Strengths:    Everything! light and stif dont flex under pressure

    Weaknesses:    none that i can find

    Bottom Line:   
    They are great and weigh less than fox "07 40RC2 and marzocchi 888 and a lot cheaper!

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $400.00

    Purchased At:   EbaY

    Similar Products Used:   suntour duro triples and boxxers

    Bike Setup:   haro loads of mods too many to list

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by William Childress a Downhiller 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.

    Bottom Line:   
    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.

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    Favorite Trail:   all of them

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    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

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Natt Oliver a Downhiller 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.

    Bottom Line:   
    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.

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    Favorite Trail:   Tunnel

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $1000.00

    Purchased At:   Velo Pro Cyclery

    Similar Products Used:   Super T (but thats not even close)

    Bike Setup:   Cortina DH Extreme 8, x vert carbon, rock shox pro delux, XTR, hayes.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by mike a Downhiller from everett

    Date Reviewed: February 23, 2003

    Strengths:    lite, smooth, simple, looks great, strong

    Weaknesses:    the cheapy adjuster knobs, the edges of the stickers are peeling up and new ones are like 50 bucks, they quit making them, you have to grease them often.

    Bottom Line:   
    great fork, i havent had a whole lot of problems with them, i like them so far.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   jr t, super t

    Bike Setup:   norco launch with x-vert

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jay a Downhiller 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!

    Bottom Line:   
    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.

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    Favorite Trail:   urban

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    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.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Etienne Pariseau a Weekend Warrior from Montreal

    Date Reviewed: December 7, 2002

    Strengths:    Light, geat travel, easy to tune, microlube system

    Weaknesses:    High maintenace but easy to rebuilt, cheap plastic knobs

    Bottom Line:   
    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!

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    Favorite Trail:   18

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   Cycle Outaouais

    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

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jay a Downhiller 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.

    Bottom Line:   
    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.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $800.00

    Purchased At:   Shop

    Similar Products Used:   mr dirt

    Bike Setup:   norco vps 2 all customed up too much to list.
    Big bad freeride bike

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Martin Müller a Downhiller from Bingen (germany)

    Date Reviewed: May 2, 2002

    Strengths:    Perfect Fork, Works like butter, very light(2600g), Cool Carbon look

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    Its the best fork Ive ever Rode (I rode more than 10 DH Forks)

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    Favorite Trail:   Wolfskopf

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $770.00

    Purchased At:   Used

    Similar Products Used:   Perhaps a shiver ´, but not really

    Bike Setup:   Outlaw spider DH 'Handcrafted'/X-Vert Carbon/Singlewide-26/doublewide-24/ManiacDH/9.0sl/Amoeba parts/Formula evo9.5/Space/Fat Albert...

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Wazza a Weekend Warrior from salisbury downs...

    Date Reviewed: November 24, 2001

    Strengths:    its looks killer, like better than a kingswood with mags and a homemade spoiler...
    it goes up and down!!!!
    adds value to my house!
    picks up fat shiela's down at the gawler hotel...

    Weaknesses:    hard to ride with when pissed (it bounces too much), doesnt fit on my sons hotfoot bmx...

    Bottom Line:   
    its a killer peice of machinery that goes real good on the roof of the kingswood for picking up chicks and stuff.... makes the concrete verandah a bit smoother too!

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    Favorite Trail:   the path to the dunny out the back

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $5000.00

    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....

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by 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!

    Bottom Line:   
    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.

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    Favorite Trail:   Too many to mention

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $1263.00

    Purchased At:   CCI Pte Ltd

    Similar Products Used:   Marzorcchi T.

    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.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Racer X 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.

    Bottom Line:   
    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... a different fork.

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    Favorite Trail:   Bog/Code 4

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $1100.00

    Purchased At:   Sun Country Cycle

    Similar Products Used:   Monster t :), BoXXer, stratos S7, Shiver, some others

    Bike Setup:   Brodie 8-ball, hayes 8", XT, race face, MRP, profile hubs, mavic 321 rims, Gazz jr. high roller.

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