Answer Lok Out Fork Lockout Shock Upgrade

4/5 (7 Reviews)


Product Description

Answer Lok Out Fork Lockout


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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Dave a Cross Country Rider from Philadelphia

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2005

Strengths:    locks out fork for climbs

Weaknesses:    durability and support!

Bottom Line:   
this product worked great for about 6 months of medium use, then the entire fork froze up. tried overhauling, no dice - sent it back to manitou and they ended up replacing all the innards. the fork worked great for another 6 months, then the lockout mechanism failed. requested warranty replacement, got the wrong part from manitou. called them up again, got a different wrong part. still waiting for the actual right part.

in sum, don't bother. ride your manitou w/out the lockout, save yer pennies, and get a fox fork.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   C'dale headshok, fox F100x

Bike Setup:   '03 stumpjumper custom build w/ black comp 100/120 fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tim keating a Racer from denton, TX

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2000

Strengths:    locks out fork for climbs and smooth singletrack/road


Weaknesses:    takes away external compression adjustment
not total lockout
must get exact oil level for lockout to work


Bottom Line:   
this unit is great for racers and road rides. the fork does not totally lockout, wich is not all that bad. depending on how much oil you put in, you can still get some movement from your fork . this is great for smooth trail or dirt roads. it leaves just enough movement to smooth out your ride without losing too much energy. just have a proffesional mechanic install this for you. or be ready to buy fork oil and new seals for the lockout when you break the originals installing it yourself. they are very delicate!

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Favorite Trail:   Bar H

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   mtbr.com

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   ibis mojo w/2000 mars1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David a Racer from Oregon

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2000

Strengths:    -Cuts out the majority of the fork travel
-Makes for very efficient climbing, and riding on flats, or road.


Weaknesses:    -Does not eliminate travel.
-Most likely not a do-it-yourself job


Bottom Line:   
I am very pleased. Although it would be nice to be able to completely lock the fork out, the Manitou Lok-Out kit does close enough of a job. I have found that if you hold the fork down in its travel, and then lock it out, you will see the best results.

I tryed to install it myself, thinking it would be no problem since I knew the basics to overhauling the fork, but I was wrong. It looked okay when I got it all in place, but it didn't work at all. Took it to my local bike shop, and after a couple of trys, they (Eric at Hutch's) had all of the damage I had done corrected and the fork working smoother than ever.

If you substitute a road bike by puting slicks on your mountain bike like myself, the Manitou Lok-Out is a must have. And likewise, if you race frequently, do yourself a favor and pick up one of these kits for the climbs. You can really notice the difference.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   None, although a person on my team is loving his Head Shok lock out, which completely locks the fork out.

Bike Setup:   '98 Manitou SX-Ti, White Brothers fork wipers

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by brad a Cross Country Rider from phx, az

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2000

Strengths:    does exactly what it's supposed to do, easy to access

Weaknesses:    none found

Bottom Line:   
i'm like the guy below...as much road riding as off road. centuries and doubles with lots of vertical require some out of the saddle time to save my back. this truly stops the "bobbing", which surely adds to efficiency. my LBS mechanic (bob at funsports) had absoutely zero problems getting the correct oil level in my '99 sxr or my wife's '99 sx carbon. ironically, i feel i can climb 1 gear higher off road with this (probably because i have the soft elastomer/spring kit to give a plush ride). i just need to remember to flip the shock back "on" at the top.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ed a Cross Country Rider from San Francisco

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2000

Strengths:    Ease of use.

Weaknesses:    Requires professional mechanic for installation.

Bottom Line:   
For what it is supposed to do, I think this product works great. With a flip of a lever, you can activate or deactivate your front fork. Although I have used it only for a limited time, I have had no problems with it at all. I bought this product because I am using my mtn bike for road as well. Climbing standing on road definitely requires a stiff front fork. For off-road riding, I usually climb seated on dirt anyways so I can't say it makes a huge difference. One downside is the fact that you have to be an accomplished mechanic to install it. It adds $30-50 at the local shop. I would give this product 4 flaming chili's because of this added cost, but since the guy below me has given an overly harsh review, I'll balance it out with a 5.

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Favorite Trail:   All

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Winslow a Racer from Michigan

Date Reviewed: September 29, 1999

Strengths:    
Good concept. Good internal design.


Weaknesses:    
Weak plastic cap, oil level has to be very exact, so far I've tried 6 different times to get the correct amount of oil in the fork only to have the lok-out not work or work and not turn off for a while.


Bottom Line:   
A good design but requires to exact of oil levels. Instead of getting it and hassling with it just save your money for a White Bros or Marzocchi fork.

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Favorite Trail:   
State Hospital

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Cannondale lockout


Bike Setup:   
Klein Attitude Race now with a Marzocchi Z2 Bam on it due to crappy, mostly plastic, non lockout working, 10 minutes before a 30 mile race breaking piece of Manitou POS

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Jambo a Cross-Country Rider from Gothenburg, Sweden

Date Reviewed: July 9, 1999

Bottom Line:   
Just tested it once. Planning to buy it because it seems pretty nice to hav the opportunity to make your Manitou stiff. Especially while climbing. Just flip a lever on the top of the left leg an your fork gets rigid. I'll give it a 4 for the great idea. Will come back to rate durability.

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Duration Product Used:   
tested or demo'ed only


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