An oversized air can enables Evolver ISX shock to perform shockingly well on the most demanding of trails, plus it is light and turnable down to the smallest of air pressure changes. Choose between 4 or 6 levels of adjustment in either shim-based or SPV based damping systems.
a Weekend Warrior
from Valdosta, Ga, USA
Date Reviewed: July 11, 2010
Strengths: Completely adjustable, durable, high quality product
Weaknesses: Parts availability
I have been looking for a good allmountain shock for awhile and had high hopes for the TST but was dimally disappointed. I was hesitant about trying the maintou, it sounded real good, I have used the RP air and it was decent and better than the previous shoxs tried but no platform which is important to me. Wish I wouldve tried it first. The ISX 6 air is hands down better, it raises the bar as to how a shock should perform. You can change the ride for your preference and the adjusters give noticeable changes. After tuning you can set it and forget it for the most part. The only adjustment that I fiddle with is the Intrinsic (low speed compression). Sometimes I turn it down for bumpy stretches or firmer for hills. The shock doesnt lock out but gets very firm when the intrinsic adj is turned all the way in. You can even find a happy medium, using small increments of adjustment on the fly. The shock matches the 888 very nicely, better than the roco and tst did. The volume adj changes the progressiveness and the high speed compression soaks up big hits. I am very happy with the shock and will be keepin it on my steed.
Similar Products Used: Marzocchi W/C and TST air, 5th element, Fox DHX5 air, Rock shox Monarch 4.2 air
Bike Setup: Mountain Cycle Sin, 888 upfront, Manitou ISX-6 air, Hayes 9, xt mega 9.
a Weekend Warrior
from Missoula, MT, US
Date Reviewed: July 7, 2010
Strengths: Customizable to the end, and so so smooth.
Weaknesses: The many many different controls can be confusing, especially with no help from Manitou's manuals.
Get it. I was using the Fox Float RL shock that came with the Dakar, and thought it was pretty good. I put the ISX 6 on it, and after a few weeks of rummaging through forums and decoding confusing Manitou manuals, I am starting to get it dialed in.
Check out http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=263230 that page for setup instructions, as it will save you a lot of time.
from Southwest USA
Date Reviewed: February 9, 2010
Strengths: This is for the ISX-6 with Intrinsic (shim), NOT SPV.
Weaknesses: Wore out main slider in 3 years, and the replacement part is no longer avavilable from Manitou.
I installed the Evolver ISX-6 as soon as I recieved the bike from Titus. The Intrinsic works very well with the Horst Link.
I had to remove the Evolver recently for a rebuild, and thus have tried several shocks in the past months. The RP23 performs really well for pedaling, but sucks as a freeride shock - bottoms out.
Just got another Evolver ISX-6, and man, am I happy about it!
It's an expensive shock, and it pisses me off that only 3 years later I can not get replacement parts from Manitou (they we bought by Hayes...), but alas, I feel there is no other shock for my bike. For this I give it 4 chilis for value.
Similar Products Used: Many many from Fox, Manitou, RockShox...
Bike Setup: El Guapo.
I use this bike for BOTH 30-40 mile rides and double black DH - sometimes on the SAME ride.
a Weekend Warrior
from calgary, ab, canada
Date Reviewed: January 1, 2010
Strengths: A lot of tunability and adjustments; reliable, smooth and plush
Weaknesses: Doesn't come with set up instructions and Manitou's website was useless
I have been quite happy with this shock. I originally ordered my frame with a DHX air but it wasn't going to be available for two months so I ended up with the evolver instead and I do not regret it at all. I use my bike for trail riding mostly and the occasional downhill trip and this shock has been flawless for it all. It took a bit of trial and error to set it up, thanks to the lack of info from Manitou but thanks to this website, I found the sweet spot for me.
a Weekend Warrior
from Alberta, Canada
Date Reviewed: November 25, 2009
Strengths: very adjustable, and what everyone else is saying here
Weaknesses: -no instructions
While breaking in the shock in the first month i got it, it developed a strange crackling/breaking noise inside the shock..wasnt too happy considering what these go for brand new. Contacted manitou and they required to send it in for warranty i have to go through my LBS. My LBS was confused enough at this, but they sent it out for me and all I had to pay was shipping. Got the shock back after 3 weeks which was a bummer since my season for biking is only about 4 months long, but it works great now!! I would still never go to fox or any other brand just because the adjust-ability and performance this shock gives you. Also this shock just works with my rune frame very well... To dial it in read the forums and do the research! Value is very good if you know where to buy it!
Bike Setup: rune all mountain set up w/ 6inch front/rear
a Cross Country Rider
from squaw valley, ca,usa
Date Reviewed: July 27, 2009
I have an Evolver isx-6 and I set it up with 35% sag on a 6 inch bike. Coming from a coil Romic shock.
1. I use 1.65" of travel out of 2"
2. When I go over a log (12" or so). lift the front wheel and if I slam the rear wheel into the log, It hits pretty hard, harder than the Romic. I have the compressions wide open, rebound 1 click form fully closed.
Bike Setup: light freeride bike with Lyrik, Formula The One
Date Reviewed: May 7, 2008
Strengths: this is a review for 6way version. this is my first air shock and i must say i love it. all the adjustments are so easy to set up and works great. with air pressure, you can make the shock as stiff as you want or as plush as you want. im 6ft, 175 pounds and have 180psi to get 20% sag which i understand is much lower pressure required compared to fox dhx 5. have not yet to test hight speed and low speed compression adjustments much, but bottom out control and rebound adjuster works like a charm.
Weaknesses: none so far. it just needs to last.
i love the shock. though because of the other components that are heavy, i cant really notice the difference in weight at the moment, i do love the way this shock looks and feels. i almost bought dhx 5 instead of this one and im so glad i didnt. its just too bad its not widely avaliable. when you get a chance, i hope you will get it.
Similar Products Used: dhx 5 coil, roco rc, no previous air shock use
Bike Setup: 06 brodie nemesis,evolver 6way, 05 66rc, code brakeset,deity bar,stem and seat,e13, xt, and so on
a Weekend Warrior
from Maple Ridge, BC, Canada
Date Reviewed: February 7, 2008
Strengths: Review for an Evolver ISX-6 (7.875" i to i, 2.25" stroke) Weight: 496 grams light weight, easily adjusted, well labeled adjusters, excellent compression adjustments both high and low speed, bottom out control works really well, ability to adjust the progressiveness of the bottom out, smooth active mid-stroke, no spiking, feels like a coil shock, excellent rebound control and it looks cool in all black.
Weaknesses: Needs a better manual, needs a set-up guide.
The Evolver ISX-6 feels fabulous. It is highly tunable and adjustable for any riding style or needs. The beginning stroke is very tunable and can be made firm or supple with ease. The mid stroke where you spend most of your time riding is very active and controlled. No spiking in the mid stroke.
The end stoke or bottom out is very tunable and feels bottomless.
All the adjustments are noticeable and do what you expect them to do.
I used info gathered on MTBR to get my initial set-up and tuned my bike until I had it perfect which took 3 rides. A better set-up guide for this shock from Manitou would be nice.
If you are looking for an air shock for your ride that you want to be able to tune and take some abuse (AM/FR/DH) then this is the shock for you. Simply and amazing product.
Similar Products Used: Swinger 6 way (coil), 5th Element (coil), DHX Air, Fox Van R(coil)
Bike Setup: Shock came on my 2008 Banshee Rune.
Complete set-up: 2008 Small Rune Frame (team colors: black and polished), Manitou ISX-6 Evolver shock, 2006 Fox 36Van RC2 fork, FSA Orbit Extreme Pro reducer headset, Easton EA70 bars, Easton Vice stem, XO shifters, Juicy 7 brakes with carbon lever ti bolts. 8" front / 7" rear, ODI ruffian grips, WTB Rocket ti saddle, Praxxis post, XT front mech, XO mid cage rear mech, XT 175mm cranks 32/22 Envy bash, Axiom road gap pedals, SRAM PC99 chain, XT rear cassette 12-34, DT 5.1 King 20mm front, DT5.1 King HD axle funbolt rear, Minion DHF Kevlar front and rear 2.35 Total weight is 33.5lbs