Mtbr's 2016 Winter Biking Gear Reviews and Roundups





Manitou Circus Expert 2011 Forks

5/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $374.99

Product Description

Run away from home and join Manitous "Circus". With a beefy 20mmThruaxle for stiffness, its builtTo stand upTo aggressive use like Dirt Jumping and urban assault. claimed 4.7 lbs standard 1 1/8"Threadless steerer adjustable air spring adjustableTPC rebound Big, 32mm aluminum upperTubes 74mm post mount for disc brakes (rim brakes cannot be used)

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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by steveoa3d a Weekend Warrior from Milwaukee WI USA

Date Reviewed: November 23, 2011

Strengths:    Able to run locked out or very stiff and still take hard landings. Very strong fork, very easy to adjust, service is quite easy as needed.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I got this fork after blowing out my Moco Damper on my RS Pike. I had the Pike as stiff as the coil spring would allow and still had to use the damper to make it stiff enough to jump well. The Circus has no problem running very stiff for Dirt Jumping, I have it set so I can use it like a normal fork on bumps and rocks and then when its jump time a couple clicks and it is stiff enough not to absorb all the lift on a jump but still moves on hard landings. It is designed for this purpose. The fork is so strong, the bike tracks great with no unwanted flex out of the front, my Pike was a noodle compared to the Circus !

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Favorite Trail:   RaysMTB

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Direct

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Pike, Tora, Mag 21SL, RS1

Bike Setup:   Black Market 357, Deity everything else

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by heavy-on-the-mud a Downhiller from Bellingham WA

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2011

Strengths:    i have the 80mm white with gold stanchions...and now for the best fork in the world...It came with a firm spring is super light can take anything you ride looks awesome feels great has a reverse arch great adjustment the list is endless...*sigh* "I love my circus expert"!

Weaknesses:    Zilch nothing nada

Bottom Line:   
Best fork in the world...have ridden many others and none compare to this no matter what anyone tells you dont buy a crappy fox 831 one or argyle and especially not a DJ 1 2 or 3 buy the circus expert in 80mm you will be glad you did!

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Favorite Trail:   supernova

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $270.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   argyle 831 dj1 2 and 3

Bike Setup:   Transition TOP Tweet Tweet Evo 28 rims atomlab hubs dirty thirties circus expert fly bike fino seat fsa impact and holy rollers

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by effendi a Weekend Warrior from indonesia

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2011

Strengths:    it super stiff, and help me jump a lot...for pumping track is so good...

Weaknesses:    none..

Bottom Line:   
its the real 4x light, stiff, and good looking..and the most thing is cheaper than fox...

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   adimitra

Similar Products Used:   marzocchi dj 2 air

Bike Setup:   Yeti dj, manitou circus, raceface atlas crank, atomlab pimplite rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by AristotleP a Racer from milwaukee, WI, US

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2011

Strengths:    Super stiff and ability to run locked out at all times. Jumping this fork locked out is amazing because it doesn't soak up any of the lip while still having a lot of give on the landing. Very adjustable both in the shop and on the fly. Has held up great after jumping/riding it almost every day. After 6 months of riding it hasn't lost any air whatsoever.

Weaknesses:    Would like to see a quick release 20mm thru axle. Need a 4mm and 6mm allen to get front wheel off. It is somewhat of a hassle but on the other hand it hasn't come loose on me once.

Bottom Line:   
This is a burly fork that can take anything you can throw at it. I am 200ish pounds and have blown out multiple forks. This fork hasn't given me and trouble even after riding/jumping it locked out for over 6 months. This is the ultimate dj and freeride fork.

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Favorite Trail:   Ray's mtb MKE

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Manitou Direct

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox sid/reba, fox rl/831

Bike Setup:   Huckelbery Dubtek dj frame, Sun Ringle SUV wheels, profile cranks, Answer DH bars, Hayes Stroker Ryde brake.

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