Manitou Q-Air Rear Shock

3.38/5 (13 Reviews)


Product Description

“Q” air shocks are designed with performance, durability, weight, and cost in mind.


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Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by oddestfellow a Cross Country Rider from Boston, MA

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2010

Strengths:    Lockout, doesn't lose air

Weaknesses:    Tend to bump lockout with my leg when it's activated on occasion

Bottom Line:   
I haven't had any of the issues that some of the other folks on here have had with this shock, and I've ridden on it for over 3 years. Each spring when I dig the bike out of the shed, I expect to have to pump it full of air, but the loss after sitting even for a couple months is pretty minimal. Usually I'm not a big fan of Manitou stuff, but this came with my frame and I figured I'd just ride it until it broke, and it's still going strong!

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Favorite Trail:   Lynn Woods

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Came on Frame

Bike Setup:   Weyless SL Frame, Marzocchi MX Comp

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Discopooh a Cross Country Rider from UK

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2008

Strengths:    It works, no problems. Loses zero air, nuff said - I'm using the QRL

Weaknesses:    None to speak of.

Bottom Line:   
Buy this shock if you can find it and want a pump up and forget shock. tweaking rebound makes the world of differance and the lock out helps on those climbs.

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Favorite Trail:   The Beast (wales)

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   came with a Club Roo

Similar Products Used:   Fox float 230

Bike Setup:   Marin Mount vision 02,hope 2's on mavic 717,Full XT, carbon bits and bobs, pace 38 LT forks 25.5lb

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mark b. a Cross Country Rider from fort wayne, in

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2007

Strengths:    holds air well, adjustments make a difference, light but sturdy

Weaknesses:    rebound & lockout only -- could use compression

Bottom Line:   
i believe this shock will outlast the frame! never figured an air shock would handle my big a$$, but this one does just fine. lockout works VERY well, and rebound adjustment responds, makes a difference.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   supergo - on weyless sp

Similar Products Used:   swinger 3-w, coilover crap

Bike Setup:   weyless sp (on rebuild sabbatical)

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by hcampian a Cross Country Rider from Cluj, Romania

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2006

Strengths:    Solid lockout
Good absorbtion


Weaknesses:    Sometimes lockout doesn't work, sometimes it does
No rebound adjustment (QL version) and the factory rebound tuning is a little too fast


Bottom Line:   
The review is for the QL version (without lockout)

It works well, no air/oil losses, but I'd like some kind of rebound adjustment. I can't figure it out why the lockout sometimes failes to activate. However, it never lets me down on trails, only when testing it without riding. It's quite odd. When it wotks, the lockout is rock-solid and helps a lot for difficult climbs.

I think I'll keep it until it breaks, and I'll replace it with a more technically advanced RS MC or Ario.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   B1 Rockbumble frame

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Arlington, Va

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2006

Strengths:    light, does what's it supposed to. No problems for past year. Has rebound and Lockouot

Weaknesses:    none when regular maintenance done to it.

Bottom Line:   
It's rear shock, I have had no problems with air. When property maintained and cleaned holds air.

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Favorite Trail:   Any quick singletrack

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Gary Fisher bike

Similar Products Used:   Fox Float, For Float RL

Bike Setup:   Stock 292 GAry fisher

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Big Papi a Cross Country Rider from Somewhere, MA

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2006

Strengths:    Works fine for cross country riding. Lockout has worked fine for me, and I use it a lot!

Weaknesses:    I tend to hit the lockout switch with the inside of my leg a lot when jumping causing the shock to lockout before I land. Kind of defeats the purpose

Bottom Line:   
I really can't complain too much about this shock (this is in reference to the QRL by the way). Aside of the occasional bumping of the lockout switch, I haven't experienced any of the other problems that others have with it.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Supergo


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Boner from Uranus

Date Reviewed: November 15, 2005

Strengths:    well when my boner goes hard it feels real nice

Weaknesses:    sometimes it gets bent !!

Bottom Line:   
ur mum was a great root... Whenever there was penetration she would scream like a little girl...

BTW wtf is a Manitou Q-Air

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $9999999999.00

Purchased At:   ya moms house

Similar Products Used:   ur mothers

Bike Setup:   its about 12"

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ned from buffalo

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2005

Strengths:    Light, reliable. great on the small stuff. Rebound knob very easy to use (insead of the click wheel that fox uses)

Weaknesses:    Havn't had any yet.

Bottom Line:   
I have had this shock for 2 years now. I have had no problems to speak of. Its a pretty good shock. It is suprisingly smooth, though it does get a little progressive near the last 1/3rd of the stroke. Set up with the correct sag and it does a great job on the little bumps. Was way cheaper than a fox- Good value!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $130.00

Similar Products Used:   Fox float RL, Flox Float AVA.

Bike Setup:   superlight.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Damian Browne a Cross Country Rider from UK

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2005

Strengths:    Nothing stands out, works well though no better than an equivalent RockShox.

Weaknesses:    The lockout. On the first QRL I had, the lock out failed after less than 10miles, most of which was on road. The replacement has just given out after about 50miles xc riding. In conclusion, it is obviously very badly designed and a waste of time, don't waste good money on this product!!

Bottom Line:   
Don't waste money on a Maniou QRL, it will need replacing very quickly!! Buy a Rockshox, quality!! The bike has not been riden hard, no drop offs of jumps, just normal xc enduro riding, and for the second time the lock out no longer works.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox SID xc

Bike Setup:   XT components, Hope M4 disc brakes, Hope XC hubs, Monkeylite bars

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Lois Rubin a Cross Country Rider from Costa Mesa, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2005

Strengths:    Holds air for about half an hour

Weaknesses:    This shock lost at 25% to 30% of its air pressure in every 1.5 to 2 hour cross-country ride. Answer Products said that they would "work" with my local bike shop to fix it but all they did was send what turned out to be a permanent loaner of lesser quality with the exact same problem. Over 4 months have passed with no word from Answer as to the status of my shock. My bike shop says that Answer never returns their phone calls.

Bottom Line:   
My new shock will not be by Answer.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   came with new Ellsworth bike in Moab

Similar Products Used:   Just the 2 broken shocks discussed above.


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Antioch

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2004

Strengths:    When it worked, it worked well. The lockout is nice.

Weaknesses:    Leaked oil badly at the rebound adjuster knob after using it on my new bike for < 1 month. Sent it back to Manitou to be repaired/replaced.

Bottom Line:   
Shock may have questionable reliability. Manitou has replaced it with the Radium, which may be telling. Since the shock has been discontinued for reasons unknown, I would go with the Radium instead.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   none.

Bike Setup:   Fisher Sugar 292. The shock was the QRL model.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pete from Philadelphia

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2003

Strengths:    Works

Weaknesses:    Non Yet

Bottom Line:   
I've been riding hard this season 4 times a week on very rocky downhill trails and climbs w/logs that are muddy and rocky. I've found this shock to be stiff when climbing, and soft when I need it to be. Lockout works great. Ascending is a ton of fun much faster. 5 for 5 flammers

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Fox Vanilla Float

Bike Setup:   Weyless SP shock came with frame

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by joe phipps a Cross Country Rider from eagle river,wi ,usa

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2003

Strengths:    clean looking ,good customer service at answer.

Weaknesses:    never got to use product and lock out stopped working on test ride down driveway.not adjustable enough.

Bottom Line:   
I am very disapointed with the shock this is my first experience with manitou products & hope this is not a sign of things to come

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Favorite Trail:   hidden lakes

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1650.00

Purchased At:   joe'scyclery& repair

Similar Products Used:   fox float rl,rock shock deluxe,noleen coil over.

Bike Setup:   2003 intense tracer,2003 xtr group,cane creek team issue disc,manitou black elite,max m bar& stem.

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