With Metel, we’ve set out to prove that freeride and downhill components don’t have to be stripped of features or lacking durability to be affordable. Metels use the same oversized body and steel damper shaft as on our Swinger coil shocks. Building on that solid foundation of durability we’ve added the performance and adjustability of our new Platform Plus damping system.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 3, 2011
Strengths: Good value, effective rebound adjust, smooth damping for a low-end shock, fairly light for its size, reliable
Weaknesses: my platform plus adjust was faulty from new
This shock is a real treat for the price. I got mine for £23 new!
It rides and feels similar to a Fox VanR but, in my oppinion, the metels rebound adjust is more effective and it feels smoother through its travel.
Ive used mine for a few months riding long distance to my downhill trails- it doesnt bob too much when climbing. On the trails it somewhat lacks any small bump correspondance but takes the medium to large hits well.
My only downside is that my platform adjuster never worked. If I turn it either way it starts to let oil out, so I just leave it alone. But I probably just got a dog.
On the whole the metel is easily in the same class as the more expensive Fox Vanilla shocks. For the price you cant go wrong.
Strengths: the platform adjustment was nice for climbin hills, then when i knew i was gonna bomb a downhill i could crank it down and bomb it. it was cool while it lasted.
Weaknesses: This is my second shock i've blown. The first time happened right at my 1 year warranty w/ the shock. they warrantied it, gave me a new one. unfortunately you can't do it twice. about another year later, the second one i had blew out.
Weaknesses: not sure if it has any since it was designed for the bike
The thing functions and has been very durable. It doesn't fail. It looks good and nice anodized control knobs. Manitou designed this just for OEM sales, so they did not have to spend $$$ marketing it. It is a quality product.
a Cross Country Rider
from NE Indiana
Date Reviewed: April 11, 2009
Strengths: Strong, simple, reliable
Weaknesses: few adjustments make tuning problematic
I'm a big guy, 235+, and I need something sturdy; also, since this is my "everybike" -- I don't own a car -- I need reliable. I get it with this shock! The Swinger 3 was good...while it lasted, which wasn't long, about 8 months. No factory support for a seal kit, so I threw that bi+ch away. Ran a cheap generic for a loooong time til I found this one. Works perfectly for me, with minimal preload and compression. It moves when I hit a bump, it stays put when pedaling. It LOOKS like it weighs about 20 pounds, but it's light for its size. This shock may even outlive the frame!
Weaknesses: Overdamped (seems to be way too much compression). Poor range of rebound adjustment (does not go fast enough)
This shock seems pretty good as a budget product, which, after all, it is. You cant expect a shock that costs this little to work like a roco or fox dhx.
On the plus side, the shock is really simple. Only preload, rebound, and platform plus valve. This makes it pretty easy to set up, but once you get it there its never quite perfect. For a start, in compression the shock seems to have way too much damping. This makes the back of the bike feel really numb and dead. I think this is due to the cheap platform system installed on the shock. It resists pedalling really well, but at the sacrifice of small bump response. This is okay for big hits, where the shock copes admirably, but on rooty, technical sections, the back of the bike bounces everywhere. Its just nowhere near sensitive enough. Having tried a fox dhx 3.0, the fox does seem to be far more active. The back of the bike really feels like its working. Also, although there is rebound adjustment, even with this fully open it seems slow. This again adds to the 'dead' feel you get from this shock.
However, its harsh to complain about this shock considering the price. Its really strong (uses the same steel body as the swinger) and seems solidly built ( no leeks ). just try not to mess about with the shock pressure and it should be reliable.
Anyway I will soon be upgrading to the fox dhx, as it seems a shame to have a DW link 7 inch bike and for it to have such a cheap shock. But overall, as an entry level product, I think it ticks all the boxes required.
Weaknesses: everything rebound is too slow even when its wide open
stp has so much of a platform the shock barely moves over bumps
its a giant doo doo. my 888 fork makes my wheel stick to the ground around corners while the metel makes my wheel slide out because of the outragous amounts of compression dampining and the slow rebound it makes my 8" travel bike feel like a hardtail because it buckes and skipps over rocks its a pile of S***
Bike Setup: faith 3 with 888rc soon getting roco because it has no platform
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: May 30, 2008
Strengths: this is a great shock. the adjustments work great and its fully tuniable to you how you like it.
Weaknesses: none so far. i only wish that the compression was high and low instead of just low,but it still works good.
this thing is great because i took it apart and added a nice shim stack of about 15 all together.there were only three to begin with. so now its ok for big hits and my big butt. i also upped the oil rate to a 10w oil. and the best part is that i took an old 5th`s voulum adjuster because its the same size and screwed it on. now i can pump it up at high voulum about 200 psi and change the bottom out control. if you have a old 5th or swinger you too can do the same. and for the double it great for drops or trail riding because its a bit plusher than a air shock in the begining stroke.
Favorite Trail: fast flowy steep with drops and jumps
Duration Product Used: 6 months
Purchased At: click bikes in japan
Similar Products Used: alot
Bike Setup: transition double with a 55 ata and a roco air or this shock meta rp.
a Cross Country Rider
from Salem, OR
Date Reviewed: January 13, 2008
Strengths: Price, simplicity
Weaknesses: loooooooong break in/ dial in time. Limited adjustment
Great Bargain, came on a bike I bought and for some reason I just couldn't get rid of it. It is a really nice shock once you get it all perfect it rides pretty sweet, low maintenance due to the pre-charged nitrogen. (To all the retards who gave it one star because it "bottoms out", shocks don't bottom out, springs do, read your manual!!, its a large valve shock, it needs AT LEAST a 650lb spring which a 20 bucks from manitou)
Similar Products Used: Roco, DHX 3.0, Cane Creek Double Barrel
Bike Setup: Transition Dirt Bag, Totem Solo Air, Full Saint
from Fruita, Colorado
Date Reviewed: October 15, 2007
Strengths: feels nice, I have yet to bottom it out
Weaknesses: I ve heard bad things about this shock, like it blows easily, and it is very hard to adjust.
This shock feels good, but when i pop up a ledge, it makes a sound like air moving around or blowing or something. what does that mean????? is it blown, or is that normal? If you know, please e-mail me at email@example.com Thanks, I appreciate it!
from EL Centro CA
Date Reviewed: August 11, 2007
Strengths: It does what its designed for.
Weaknesses: If you use the RPA setting, you stand a significant chance of blowing your shock.
Well, at first I thought this was just an OEM shock that was only available to bike companies and not available to the public.
fist off, I'm going to say that it does hold up just fine. I'm pretty impressed with it. However, I have multiple friends and aquentances that have all blown that shock! some after one ride, some after several, but they all make that nasty squeeking sound that, mind you laties and gentlemen, is NOT normal; it means you blew your shock, and your probably going to start leaking oil if not already so! I asked em how all their shocks where set up, and they said they had the RPA set up turned to MAX'd out, or close to MAX.that I have never even touched my RPA set up, only the rebound which is probably why I'm not in the same boat as the rest of these guys. SO to this day, I dare not touch it ever, and it works just fine. So that is my advice to the general public. And if it blows on you still, then...well... that really sucks... sorry, might as well upgrade to a better shock rather then send it in to get fixed because it will cost more to fix it then what the shock is worth.
I'm going to give it a fairly high rating because it works good for what it is, an entry level DH/ freeride shock thats apparently cost efficient. And we all know ( or should know) that cost efficient entry level stuff doesn't hold up all that great once you've reached a certain level of skill... Thank you for your time, take care.
Favorite Trail: corral and nobal canyons, anderson truck trail
Duration Product Used: 6 months
Purchased At: OEM stock on bike
Similar Products Used: All of the swingers, DHX, and the REVOX ( man that shock is sick!)
Bike Setup: Haro 357, fox 40, double tracks, minions, hayes, pretty sick bike.
from West Linn, OR
Date Reviewed: August 6, 2007
Strengths: plush, rebound adjust works great, propedal is perfect. Springs are easy to install. good controlled shock. great ramp up.
Weaknesses: squeaks when pedaling
mine has 7" of travel, it just got back from its second year at whistler. I ride this shock harder than most of the people here. it DOES NOT bottom out, and if it is..then you dont know how to set up your shocks or are landing improperly. Get this shock, its well worth the money. I would suggest its use to FR and DH specific though, while the prodedal will make the shock not bob at all, when climbing the shock squeaks which is kind of annoying.
Similar Products Used: Fox DHX AIR/5.0, swinger 4 way
Bike Setup: 2006 Ibex Zone FR-1, 2005 Marzocchi Shiver DC, juicy 7 brakes.
from NSW Australia
Date Reviewed: May 10, 2007
Strengths: Rebound works great, The canister hanging off it works a treat, dose the job for the price
Weaknesses: Alot more adjustments would be nice but you simply cannot compaire this shock to a Swinger or similer
I got sick of bobbing up & down with the stock AC Giant shock, It Absorbs bumps nicely, i weigh 60 kilo & have the 500Lb spring & it's handled everything i'm throwing at it, might go for a 450, but it's a basic upgrade from the stock pogo shock the bike came with, again dont try & compare this to a swinger or the likes, it is a great upgrade but lacking the fine tuning abillity of the dearer shocks, you get what you pay for & it's good for the price.