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 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.
Similar Products Used: Marzocchi EXR, 2005 Black 120, Marzocchi MZ3, Fox F100R...
Bike Setup: 2002 Sugar 4+
from Nova Scotia
Date Reviewed: August 14, 2005
Weaknesses: Never had a weakness
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.
Similar Products Used: Marz. Z-1's, z-5's, z-3's, Psylo XC's
Bike Setup: P.1 with black,
a Weekend Warrior
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.
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
Bike Setup: Club roost XC4, LX, Formula Brakes, mavic XC717
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
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
Similar Products Used: none my stuff is usually good
Bike Setup: giant nrs 2(02) wit time peds and hayes haydros
a Weekend Warrior
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
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.
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.
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.
Bike Setup: Easton elite frame + this suspension + XT hubs + mabic 618 rims + etc.
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.
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.
Bike Setup: Giant NRS 2 2002, stock except Time Pedals and Hutchinson Scorpion Tires(the best).
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.
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.
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...
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 ;)