Manitou S-Type SRL Rear Shock

3.08/5 (12 Reviews)
Weight : 200 grams


Product Description

S-Type shocks were designed to pack huge performance in a small, clean package. Other features include a CNC machined air canister, minimized domed cap for optimized spring feel, and aluminum damper shaft.


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Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by excalibur1200 a Weekend Warrior from Ft lauderdale

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2011

Strengths:    Nice smooth action, just right for xc but can take bigger hits without fuss, good finish quality

Weaknesses:    Lockout lever not very positive in feel

Bottom Line:   
Great shock, smooth as butter and well matched damping rates, no real issues other than the lockout action not being positive enough, seldom used anyway, not much pedal bob.

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Favorite Trail:   Markham

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   On frame

Bike Setup:   K2 Apache 6.0, i9 XC wheelset, Fox F32 fork, XT groupset, Raceface, KCNC, Syncros

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Filippo69 a Weekend Warrior from Phoenix, AZ

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2010

Strengths:    Reliable, simple, fully-adjustable, needs no attention.

Weaknesses:    no propedal

Bottom Line:   
Once you get this set up it's sweet. It does exactly what it's supposed to. I set the rebound fast for XC and slower for taking bigger hits and I have no complaints. I weigh 165 lbs.

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Favorite Trail:   BCT

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   on GF Supercaliber

Similar Products Used:   FoxRo23

Bike Setup:   GF Supercaliber 29er

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mtbwesley a Cross Country Rider from rockville

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2009

Strengths:    plush,light,tough

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
shock never gave a problem. i get a little nervous on some decent drops, but it always eats 'em up! not bad for xc specific shock. but i hold a manitou 4x as back up.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   rp2

Bike Setup:   xc trail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rx_7addict a Weekend Warrior from redlands, ca

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2008

Strengths:    This air shock is light and robust. I wiegh near 200 lbs and I ride all mountain. I have never had a problem with this shock. The lock out works great. the rebound adjustment is very fine tunable. If serviced these shocks should last years.

Weaknesses:    I have not found any weaknesses. Don't buy it for a downhill shock

Bottom Line:   
No problems with this shock. it performed weel during the time I used it. I love the ability to lock out a rear shock.

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Favorite Trail:   Marshall Canyon

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   cyclery usa

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Roco TST R Air, Fox RP2

Bike Setup:   2006 Fuji Thrill 1.0

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by barry S from Modiin, Israel

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2008

Strengths:    Easy to take off bike

Weaknesses:    Hard to dial in settings. looses air preasure - ALOT. Kept tightening the valve stem, fixed the problem for a week, then lost even MORE air. Worse - ones no air is in the canister, the shock won't lock out. :(

Bottom Line:   
At first the shock was OK, since i didn't know any other shocks, i was new to FS bikes.
I replaced the shock with a Rockshox Monarch 2.1. I wanted the 3.1, but the guy on the phone misunderstood me. in any case, after trying this very basic shock from Rockshox, the Manitou REALLY REALLY REALLY is an awful piece of garbage. If yours is broken, don't send it back in, even in working order it can't compare to what Fox and Rockshox has to offer....

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Favorite Trail:   Ya'ar Ben Shemen

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   RockShox Monarch 2.1 - i replaced the manitou with this shock.

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Supercaliber 29er - 2007.
Tubeless, Ergon grips.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Just Racing XC a Racer from Boulder, CO USA

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2008

Strengths:    The stable platform valving seems to work well, but inconsistently.

Weaknesses:    This is the worst documentation for a product I've seen. The manual does a great job of describing their premium SPV shock, but overlooks the rest of the product line. It took a long, long time to figure the best settings, etc.
The lockout lever has no detents from off to on. When you're riding you don't want to reach down and swing and back and forth several times trying to figure out if you're close to a lockout, etc.


Bottom Line:   
A good shock on a great bike. Trek upgraded to Fox RP2 for the 2008 model year in order to have a great shock on a great bike.

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Favorite Trail:   XC

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Fox Float R

Bike Setup:   Trek Top Fuel 8 2007

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Al Osorio a Cross Country Rider from Zurich

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2008

Strengths:    Great performance for Price of total spec on Bike. I have always had good things to say about Manitou, although it seems there is a small but very strong anti-manitou biker group out there. I assume they have good reasons.

Weaknesses:    at 185 lbs. I can get it to reach its limits, but it stays in the game without failure. Probably not a good chioce for a freerider or downhiller, but we know it's an XC product.

Bottom Line:   
Compared to the the lower end Radium I noticed the difference in the first mile. Very stable and well balanced. I need to have 120 Lbs. of pressure and after 3 or 4 weeks that might drop to 110 lbs. No Problem. My Fuel 8 Works like a charm, and the geometry remains very stable during climbing and meets all my expectations for the downhills and rocky/rooty singletrack. I am not enough of a engineer to know how much has to do with Trek's design or the manitou rear shock. But anyway, I felt like saying something positive after reading some other reviews.

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Favorite Trail:   Engadin, Switzerland

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Came with Trek Fuel 8

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Radium with Lockout.

Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel 8 2007. Nice Bike.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Benjy a Cross Country Rider from Welsh Borders, UK

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2008

Strengths:    The Manitou S-Type SRL was fitted as standard to my Trek Top Fuel 8. This is my first experience of a full sus bike and am totally satisfied with the way this shock performs. I have no problems with it losing air as others have described, perhaps i got lucky who knows?

Weaknesses:    Lockout lever seams a bit fragile and not very clicky if you know what i mean but hasnt bust in any tumbles yet.

Bottom Line:   
Does the job, no problems. Is getting better as it beds in.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Climb On Bikes

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Trek Top Fuel 8.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Johnest a Cross Country Rider from Quebec

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2007

Strengths:    Easy to set-up, lock-out and plush

Weaknesses:    That thing loose 50psi over one night, got to re-inflate it everyday. Became totally flat in 3 days.

Bottom Line:   
That shock really is a piece of crap. I have never seen anything like this before. I just came back from a 3 hours ride and it as already lost 25psi from the setting that i have made just before the ride. It's not a big surprise too see that Trek release the same bike in 2008 but with Fox RP2 instead of that Manitou S-type piece of junk.

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Favorite Trail:   PBSD

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Fox float, Fox RP3, Manitou swinger and some Rock Shox

Bike Setup:   Trek Top Fuel 8 2007 stock except for some Time Atac pedals

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Stu a Weekend Warrior from Yorktown VA

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2007

Strengths:    weight

Weaknesses:    poorly assembled; leaked 50 lbs per day out of the box. Sent to Manitou by LBS for 'repair', leaked 55 lbs per day afterward.

Bottom Line:   
A miserable piece of crap from a company that couldn't care less about service or reputation.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   original to bike

Bike Setup:   Fisher 29er

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Randy a Weekend Warrior from GFBC

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2007

Strengths:    nil

Weaknesses:    nil

Bottom Line:   
I have a jamis with a swinger 4 beat it to death and keeps on going got a giant anthem with the ligth s shock packed it in with just a bit of thumping it is xc and was used as the bike is to be used maybe I will put on the swing 4 .

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   what ever

Bike Setup:   giant

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jake a Downhiller from Seymour, CT

Date Reviewed: November 29, 2006

Strengths:    - Easy to use
- Easy to setup (if experienced with suspension setup)
- Lockout


Weaknesses:    - Lack of documentation
- Lack of tuning documentation (internal valving)
- Rebound damping knob does not always click at each adjustment level


Bottom Line:   
A decent air shock for trail and cross country riding. This one has seen some decent downhill training rides (shuttles) and has been over a few stunt runs with no issues . The air canister volume is not an issue however lack of tuning documents makes this shock hard to setup for different bikes or riding styles.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   - Fox Float

Bike Setup:   2006 Iron Horse MKIII Expert

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