Manitou Swinger SPV Coil Rear Shock

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Featuring Stable Platform Valve (SPV) damping technology


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by MartyL76 a Weekend Warrior from Valdosta, Georgia

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2011

Strengths:    Tuneability
Fairly light
Looks good
Sensitive (if you set it up right)


Weaknesses:    Tuneability take a little time to get right.
SPV valve leaks down a little (checked after every ride, it loses about 15 psi.)


Bottom Line:   
After tinkering with it for a few hours I finally got it set up. I absolutely love this fork, it really glues the wheel down when hitting big roots and mid size jumps. The SPV platform is flawless, in my opinion way better then the propedal. Keep in mind that you set it to your liking. I have it set tight, its a little chattery on the small stuff but on the bigger stuff it just laughs at it. I was skeptical after reading some of these reviews but some of these folks must not set it up right. I did have to fab up a custom shim to fit my frame but that was no biggie. BOTTOM LINE IS BUY THIS SHOCK!!!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $110.00

Purchased At:   Bikewagon.com

Similar Products Used:   Fox Vanilla R
Xfusion Glyde RL
Rock Shox Bar 2.1
Fox Float R


Bike Setup:   2009 Jamis XCT
Marzocchi All Mountain SL fork
Manitou Swinger 4 way 7.875 X 2
Shimano drivetrain and brakes
Titec seatpost, stem and handlebar
Salsa gordo wheels, XT hubs

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:4
Submitted by luke240z a Weekend Warrior from Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2011

Strengths:    Absorbs medium to large drops OK. With the correct spring weight it can handle some fairly decent hits while the shock still remains in one piece.

Weaknesses:    Well after 3 months it completely snapped at the base and fell into two pieces after an average size landing. Being the owner of two dogs, I've seen some piles of poo in my time but this one is the clear winner.
The shock did not perform well on smaller bumps with little plushness which was a little firm for looser surface cornering.


Bottom Line:   
I got it at bargain price which explains the poor quality. Bottom line, you get what you pay for. Thanks Manitou for reminding me to spend my money elsewhere.

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Favorite Trail:   Where the mountains are.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $79.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   FOX RP23 Air, FOX RC4 = the business.

Bike Setup:   2008 Santa Cruz Heckler, 160mm Lyrik, DT Swiss, Mavics, Juicys, Race Face, SRAM.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Manchicken a Downhiller from Axminster, United Kingdom

Date Reviewed: January 3, 2011

Strengths:    ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm well i guess it did hold my bike up for a few rides

Weaknesses:    http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/6027011/ this is an 07 swinger 4x after less than 10 rides

if that doesnt say enough ill add that the adjustments do not work in the slightest except the reound which can just about make it feel a little less dead. i mean it did work until i snapped it (admittedly not down to the shock but down to a snapped linkage bolt)


Bottom Line:   
worked for 2 rides and it snapped along with a linkage bolt. this is probably the best that could have happened to it as it didnt work for me and my agressive riding style, i mean i want my fork and shock to take the hits whilst i plow through them but this just didnt realy do that. the adjustments, dare i call them so, did absolute jack to how the shock felt infact when i did 'adjust' it it just felt worse. realy not impressed with this shock so wont be buying a new one especialy not for the piss taking price of 275 quid.

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Favorite Trail:   Gawton

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   fox rp2 (worked better and it was on a 4x bike

Bike Setup:   bergamont team dh 888wc pro 2 etc

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by #1downhill a Downhiller from Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2009

Strengths:    Really nice, looks cool, I really like this shock

Weaknesses:    Bouncy and it cant be ajusted, no matter what, but is still fine, not to big of a deal

Bottom Line:   
After about a year the shock gets really bouncy, BUT it doesn't really affect the performance, and in my mind it makes it better, it doesn't buck you over, but on rock gardens your rear wheel goes right back down to the ground. If you ride AM, FR, DH, XC, get this shock.

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Favorite Trail:   /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ DOWNHILL

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Came on bike

Similar Products Used:   5th Element, Fox Vanilla, Fox DHX 5.0

Bike Setup:   2004 Giant AC Team, boXXer race, manitou spv coil 4 way, xt hubs and duraliurs, Hayes nine 8"in rotor brakes, deore shifter pods

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by steveo-dh a Downhiller

Date Reviewed: December 15, 2008

Strengths:    nice and smooth on the dh track

Weaknesses:    was working good then the rebound was real fast. can not slow it down then the rebound nob fell off

Bottom Line:   
works well if it is working

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $170.00


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Cooch a Downhiller from Brisbane, Australia

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2008

Strengths:    Looks good with lots of adjustability

Weaknesses:    Read below.

Bottom Line:   
One afternoon of serious downhilling to dial the bike in on its first hit out and I snapped the shaft where it meets the rebound adjust end. Failed bushings??? No! Everthing was still moving ok. I'm not what I would regard as a hard rider on gear and I only weigh 70kg, but it failed nonetheless. Maybe 10 runs of a 2k light downhill trail. Hmmmmmm... No after sale service in Australia and Manitou can't decide which distributor to stay with - no spare parts to fix. It's a write off.

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Favorite Trail:   Kenilworth

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Intrinsic SX6 Air, Fox DHX Coils

Bike Setup:   Came on my Banshee Scythe Frame

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by vilneff33 a Downhiller from Canada

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2008

Strengths:    Wow, its wide range of adjustability is great and is so sensitive, it came on my bike which was raced downhill for many years and has all new internals(seals, etc..)
i havent had a problem with this shock, except that the frame i have, it is hard to access the adjusment knobs,


Weaknesses:    absolutly nothing

Bottom Line:   
best shock i've ever riddin, love it soo much. ill never use anything but. exceptionaly well with a Floating rear brake

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Favorite Trail:   Anything

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Came on bike

Similar Products Used:   nothing that measures up to this

Bike Setup:   2004 Cannondale Gemini DH, (Gracia Edition), Dorado DH up front.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by lifesgod a Downhiller from Adelaide, Australia

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2008

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    I purchased an Intense M3 Frame new, which had sat on the shelf for a few years unused, big mistake as it came with a 6 way swinger. I have used the shock since November 2007 and it has failed 3 times ! Same issue SPV valve failure.

Bottom Line:   
Since I have owned this bike the shock has failed regularly every 3 months. The shock has been repaired by the bike shop, however this shock is the most unreliable product I have used. I have raced with a DHX 5 on an Orange 224 for two years with faultless performance, however this shock is a dud !!!!!!! Not Happy !!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Thredbo

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   5th Elelement,Fox DHX 5

Bike Setup:   Intense M3, World Cup Boxxers, XT's, E13, Hadley Hubs/Mag 30's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric a Weekend Warrior from Henderson Nv.

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2008

Strengths:    Has taken a beating around Bootleg for two years and still works.
Doesn't leak down air from the SPV chamber.
Easy to adjust.
Easy to get springs for it.
Bushings have lasted for thousands of miles of riding.


Weaknesses:    None that I know of when set up properly and used for all mountain type riding.

Bottom Line:   
Mine is a Swinger 3-Way.
It's been a very reliable shock for me.
It has endured severe summer heat and sub freezing temperatures here in the Mojave.
The way my bike frame is set up, the shock sees lots of rock hits and has lots of gunk thrown up onto it while riding.
Despite this, it has made it two years without an overhaul.
The pedaling platform works as advertised and like all shocks with some kind of platform, it doesn't absorb small hits as well as those that are fully active.
My bike is a Six inch travel all mountain set up and I can really tell the difference between Platform and no platform.
The bike is much more fun with the SPV chamber aired up.
It makes my San Andreas feel a lot like my old 2000 Stumpjumper FSR xc, instead of a downhill bike.

I recommend the 3-Way to all mountain / trailbike users.

As a last comment; service from Manitou has been great for me, when I have needed new springs or tech advice.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything I can ride.

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Came on bike.

Similar Products Used:   Fox Floats and Manitou Swinger Air.

Bike Setup:   06 Mountain Cycle San Andreas Classic, set up for all mountain.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Aaron a Downhiller from Orange

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2007

Strengths:    Not quite sure. I suppose it has been OK.

Weaknesses:    it rarely works. the third run after I bought my DH comp the O-rings on the compression adjust knobs blew. The distributor fixed it and 12 months later they have just blown again. Wondering if it will be covered under warranty. Also, no rebound adjust. If you like really slow rebound, then you would love my shock.

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy one unless you enjoy being frustrated by a dysfunctional bike. My family Xmas shindigs are generally more functional than this shock.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came on the bike

Similar Products Used:   various Fox and Fifth Element

Bike Setup:   DH comp stock standard

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nick a Downhiller from lancaster. Ca

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2007

Strengths:    ERasy to setup, i come from a vaja racing bnackground and the shock is easy to setup and tough, great ramp up as it goes through travel

Weaknesses:    hi speed compression knob leaks oil a tad but no biggy

Bottom Line:   
great shock. east to setup and handles hits. small bumps used all the travel almost and i was worries but on big drops like 12 feet it doesnt bottom out and feels great

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   came with frame

Similar Products Used:   fox dhx 5

Bike Setup:   raliegh ram 3500 marzocchi 888 avid codes sram x9 all over

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Aaron a Cross Country Rider from Simi Valley Ca

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2007

Strengths:    Came on the raleigh xt 3500 frame that I bought. But Has great peadling efficiey and usually only bobs when you jump or push down on it.

Weaknesses:    It is a heavy shock, and it is hard to tune.

Bottom Line:   
It is a strong shock thus far and worth the price I payed for the frame.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Raliegh xt 3500

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Justin from Toronto,ontario canada

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2007

Strengths:    spv is good for pedaling.... rebound is somewhat effevtive... broad tuning range

Weaknesses:    strength.... this is the most unreliable product on my bike.... after blowing it 3 times and breaking off the rebound knob once i would never ever buy a swinger again

Bottom Line:   
if you are a freerider this is a good shock, but only if your not going big

for dhers and guys who are more interested in reliability over pedaling efficency steer clear of this shock...

id recomend either a roco or dhx (dhx more so then the roco)

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   DHX, VAN RC


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dustin a Downhiller from CA

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2007

Strengths:    Awesome looking shock, lots of adjustability. Very smooth/plush over stock manitou mentel.

Weaknesses:    Takes some time to set up

Bottom Line:   
offers all the adjustability of many other high end shocks out there

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $170.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Manitou mentel, which came on my bike

Bike Setup:   iron horse 7point

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by VIktor a Weekend Warrior from Bratislava

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2006

Strengths:    This is for the 3way. Solid build, no worry about bottoming unlike the Fox Vanilla RC. Will fit any frame cause nothing sticks out.

Weaknesses:    Not nearly as plush as Fox, even at 50 psi. Actually I think its stuck from the start maybe mine was poorly manufactured and the stiction can be removed, because the 4way I had before was slightly better. Good enough for XC and Freeride anyway.

Bottom Line:   
Go with the FOX or Romic, their products are better.

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Favorite Trail:   Podkonice

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Kaktus bike

Similar Products Used:   Swinger 4-way - a little plusher
FOX Vanilla RC - plushest shock ever
5th Element - manitou has still got a lot to learn


Bike Setup:   Norco A-line w/Shivers, DH specs

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