Manitou Black Comp 80-100 2002 Front Shocks

3.12/5 (50 Reviews)
Weight : 4.2 lbs. (1907g)


Product Description

The entry-level pricepoint BLACK provides all the performance and technology of the higher end BLACK forks, only at a lower price.

Travel 80mm or 100mm Rapid Travel Adjust Spring Coil


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Karl a Weekend Warrior from Niagara Falls

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2006

Strengths:    Adjustable travel; plush in 100mm mode, stiff in 80mm mode. Adjustable rebound.

Weaknesses:    Travel adjust is inconvienient at bottom of fork leg. BLACK stickers fall off, poor quality control

Bottom Line:   
Bottom line is poor quality control. The fork had a small hole in the lower leg. Initially, it was covered up by paint, and it went unnoticed. However, eventually, the fork leaked out all of its oil through this hole. No, not blown seals or anything like that. A HOLE in the metal! Not cool manipoo. Sure, seals and such fail, but this is inexuseable. The fork was not abused, or ridden all that much in the few years I owned it.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi EXR, 2005 Black 120, Marzocchi MZ3, Fox F100R...

Bike Setup:   2002 Sugar 4+

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mark a Downhiller from Nova Scotia

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2005

Strengths:    Everything

Weaknesses:    Never had a weakness

Bottom Line:   
Amazing fork, I had it for about 2 years. I did every riding style with it. I was mstly an urban/dirt jumper. It broke a while. I Snapped the arch after 2 years of abuse. It wasa snapped while doin 3's.It up well, and I would definitly own it again.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Cyclesmith

Similar Products Used:   Marz. Z-1's, z-5's, z-3's, Psylo XC's

Bike Setup:   P.1 with black,

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Dan a Weekend Warrior from London

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2004

Strengths:    Nice plush travel, when it works.

Weaknesses:    Small bump sensitivity is non existent, Leaks like a beached tanker, fades on long downhills, stiction, flexes, disc brakes rip the bushings in the left leg appart.

Bottom Line:   
This fork worked well for a few months after bedding in, but it required a lot of attention after that. Prep grease just leaks straight out, the bushings have crumbled. Got to the point where I had to fully rebuild it after every ride. My mate rides Marzocchi MX comp and they have lasted the same time without being replaced! I have just bought some and I cant wait for them to arrive.. Fair value chili as I got them 1/2 price but poor performance means 1 chili

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Favorite Trail:   The Wall

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Merlin Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi MX comp air

Bike Setup:   Club roost XC4, LX, Formula Brakes, mavic XC717

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by JAY CABRAL a Racer from hamilton ontario canada

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2004

Strengths:    nice fork when it werkin

Weaknesses:    its a tad heavey and it spemds alot of time at maitou

Bottom Line:   
frum reading the rest of the reviews alot o ppl wit and 02 nrs 2 r having alot of trouble with this fork....and ppl who bought it sya its really good....mine been bac to manitou 3 times and ive fixed it myself a few times.....i even sent it bac after warrenty and the idiots didnt notice it was like almost 2 years old...yahooo...but ne way i think that giant got a bunch of the first crappy ones that were made and ppl r havin alot o trouble with em....some advice frum me is to ride it really hard and when the rebound damping braks inside get them to send u a new aluminium one....after i got that put in ive had no probs

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Favorite Trail:   kelso

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   ancaster cycle

Similar Products Used:   none my stuff is usually good

Bike Setup:   giant nrs 2(02) wit time peds and hayes haydros

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ed koz a Weekend Warrior from ont

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2003

Strengths:    rebound adjustment is nice/same with travel for if your stuck in some spot and u need the travel down to lower the front end (for trials)

Weaknesses:    too soft, but its good for street riding and trials, it flexes too much with a v brake on the front, also u need to get some stupid disk adapter if ur not using haze direct

Bottom Line:   
its alot better than a judy xc but i would rather marzocchi, but because it is new and has all these adjustments, i would rather it over my marzocchi. It is a good setup for my trials bike, it just completes it.

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Favorite Trail:   dont understand

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   eastside sports

Similar Products Used:   rock shox judy xc, like 6 years old now

Bike Setup:   planetX 3ball, fsa cranks, reer magura brake, xt front brake, xt back hub, mavic back rim, crap 20$ front wheel easton bars, crapy stem

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by boczar ionut a Cross Country Rider from Galati GL Romania

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2003

Strengths:    Good shock absortion, eas to adjust and multiple adjustments, stiff, price

Weaknesses:    A little bit heavy and some oil leaking

Bottom Line:   
A good fork whit a bunch of adjustments which really works and very functional but it pays on weight and it leaks a little but only for a few miles
A good fork overall

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Favorite Trail:   there are to many

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   RST, various Rock shox

Bike Setup:   Merida XC Mission Race

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mike a Downhiller from Reno

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2003

Strengths:    it isn't made of cheese

Weaknesses:    pretty much everything

Bottom Line:   
What a peice! Out of the box it seems really nice. Then I rode this for a few months and next thing I know I was bottoming out off curbs. Now it feels like I have jello for my front suspension. I thought that something this heavy would be a bit tougher; especially from Manitou. I am 180 and try to ride pretty aggressive, so I understand to bottom out off the big stuff; but curbs! Come on! I recently bought a Marzocchi MX pro and it is amazing. Spend your money on a real shock, buy a Marzocchi.

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Favorite Trail:   anything going down

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $225.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint.com

Similar Products Used:   marzocchi mx pro, marzocchi Z3, rock shox duke, rock shox judy

Bike Setup:   specialized enduro pro, all xt, avid disc,

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by ad armitage a Cross Country Rider from huddersfield

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2003

Strengths:    out of the box theyre grand,plush, tight and very comfy.
easily adjustable and good lookin.


Weaknesses:    after 9 or 10 rides i bottomed them out and over tightened the preload. it cracked and now theyre nacked. i weigh 13.5 stone and they just arent set up for big guys.

Bottom Line:   
theyre rubbish. i want an upgrade already. 3 chillis for adjustability, 1 for the fact they stay nice for like 30 minutes.

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Favorite Trail:   glossop circle

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   leisure lakes

Similar Products Used:   rock shox duke u turn

Bike Setup:   orange sub 3 deore disc. with extra spangly bits.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Frank Huseman a Cross Country Rider from Littlton, CO, USA

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2003

Strengths:    Is strong, has travel adjustment and is soft but never bottems out.

Weaknesses:    Heavy

Bottom Line:   
Is a great fork for liter people like me. I have never bottemed it out even on a 4 foot cliff. My father who is 200 pounds bottemed it out down a steep hill.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Wheatridge Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shock phsylo.

Bike Setup:   Yeti FRO, Avid Mech Disk Brakes, Front derallerand crank LX,Rear duraler XTR, Time Atac carbon peddles.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ewok a Racer from Burlington, vermont, USA

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2003

Strengths:    Stiff, travel adjust

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
great pair of shocks. I am a light rider (120lbs) so the 100mm is not to bouncy for me. i like the travel adjust. These shocks are not the lightest, but they are a great value.

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Favorite Trail:   Circumcision Highway

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   earls cyclery

Similar Products Used:   duke U-turn

Bike Setup:   Fuel 80 w/blacks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Kang you Kim a Cross Country Rider from Seoul Korea

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2003

Strengths:    Adjustable travel(very easy), rebound(So smooth)

Weaknesses:    Well, I paid too much....

Bottom Line:   
I like feel hard. So, I like my frame Easton elite because
that is so~~ Strong. And This shock is very very strong like
down hill suspension. But its damping is very smooth like
butter. If you want enough uphill & excited downhill, i`ll
suggest this suspension without doubt.

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Favorite Trail:   jard single track

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   A small shop

Similar Products Used:   RST etc...

Bike Setup:   Easton elite frame + this suspension + XT hubs + mabic 618 rims + etc.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Henry Bosman a Cross Country Rider from Fishers, IN, USA

Date Reviewed: January 11, 2003

Strengths:    Adjustable travel is cool at first, till you find the setting you prefer. Damping adjustments are sufficient for me. Stickers came off, I like a cleaner, less busy look. Stiff and plush, don't feel any play between bushings and stantions. The lack of caliper standoffs gives it a cleaner look(bike has Avid disk brakes).

Weaknesses:    Came with a weak spring. Had to negotiate paying $ 30.00 less for the bike to cover the cost of a stronger spring.
Plastic adjustment knobs. Although when you buy a stiffer spring, it comes with an aluminum cap that replaces the plastic preload cap(preload didn't do much anyway). A little heavy, but most 100 mm forks are.


Bottom Line:   
After a year, I haven't had any trouble with this fork. When It was brand new, changing the travel took excessive force, which wasn't comfortable to use since the lever is plastic. I leave the fork in the 100 mm setting now, the NRS2 seems to handle better at this setting. The 80 mm setting doesn't seem to increase the steering response(on this frame anyway) so I leave it set at 100 mm. The fork is plush and stiff and hasn't given me a reason to replace it. Which, is saying alot because I kind of like changing and modifying things. Don't like plastic knobs, especially because you would still pay around $300.00 for the fork.

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Favorite Trail:   Difficult Run in Virginia

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Bicycle Garage Indy

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox Judy (2000)

Bike Setup:   Giant NRS 2 2002, stock except Time Pedals and Hutchinson Scorpion Tires(the best).

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by James a Cross Country Rider from San Diego, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: December 7, 2002

Strengths:    Post-type disc brake mounts, Easy to take apart/service, 100mm travel.

Weaknesses:    front-to-back flex, comes with weak spring and light oil.

Bottom Line:   
Bike manufacturers should put stronger spings in the forks they sell on larger frame bikes, and softer springs on smaller bikes. I'm sure there's some fat midgets and skinny giants, but in most cases, putting a "medium" spring on a "large" frame isn't a great idea.

The fork felt really plush with the stock spring, but it bobbed way to much while climbing, and there was alot of sag. This was an easy fix, I just ordered the new spring. I also had to keep the rebound adjustment knob all the way up untill I put in heavier weight oil. It doesn't bottom out anymore. Alot of the reviews here complain about it bottoming out, I would highly suggest changing the spring.

The fork works well and I haven't had to do much to it after setting it up. However, there is one thing I don't like. When lifting the front wheel off the ground (like in a workstand, etc.) with the front wheel spinning, the fork vibrates from front to back when I suddenly lock the brake. This hasn't been a problem while riding, but it indicates that there is some play either in the crown or where the stancions (sp?) connect with the bottom tubes. Again this isn't a real problem, but it doesn't inspire confidence. This MAY be my headset, but I doubt it, because it's pretty tight.

The stickers are puffy plastic jobs that have a "topographical" profile (they're not just printed from a flat sheet) And they came off right away. That's cool with me, I just left them off. If you want to have stickers on it, order a sticker kit for the higher end Black models, I think their stickers are the traditional flat vinyl type and they should stay on...but they're white instead of black.

There is a bit of stiction in the first half inch of travel, even when lubed. I thnk the Evil Genius seals (standard on the 03 version) should correct this, I plan on installing a set of those.

I'm happy with it.

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Favorite Trail:   Cuyamaca Grand Loop

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Forks

Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel with mixed XT/XTR drive components, Fox Float rear shock, AVID disc brakes, Thomson stem and post, Chris King headset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Frank Liebenberg a Downhiller from South Africa

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2002

Strengths:    Plush feeling. Adjustable travel,rebound, compression

Weaknesses:    Bottoms out quite easy on 100mm travel. Stickers come off after a few rides

Bottom Line:   
Strong as hell! Nothing feels better than a Manitou Black!!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Nothing as nice!

Bike Setup:   Trek Bruiser one

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Rob a Cross Country Rider from London UK

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2002

Strengths:    Super plush, nice adjusters, looks the horn.

Weaknesses:    a bit heavy, buttons in plastic look vulnerable .And it breaks ,oh yes...

Bottom Line:   
If I'd read the reviews here before I purchased perhaps I might have thought again...
Travel adjustment bust (hard to get back to 80mm, noise e.t.c.,) the plastic button for preload split and just spun, this was all almost immediately.
The bike shop sent it back...I read these other reviews and began to worry...upgrades entered my mind....

The fork came back repaired within two weeks and is all sorted: still very plush, especially after break in. Bottoms out a bit ,but not too much, and all the faults are fixed. it really is a very nice fork (providing it stays that way)
Oh and the decals:
If you like them and they fall off ,glue them back on with superglue. If you don't like them ,then think of all the weight you've saved ;)

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   moose cycles

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shoxs, Arse st's e.t.c..

Bike Setup:   commencal normal (the forks come on the bike)

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