Manitou Axel Comp 2003 Front Shocks

Features:
Internally convertible travel from 80mm to 100mm Coil, Fluid Flow Damping, adjustable preload, Microlube grease ports, Magnesium RA (Reverse Arch) casting, Steel steerer tube

User Reviews (25)

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old school freerider   Weekend Warrior [Aug 10, 2009]
Strength:

it takes alot of discipline and it others a smooth ride.

Weakness:

after about a year and a half it bottoms out and becomes crunchy. And after about 2 years it locks on you

overall a good fork dies whithin 2 years but great value. I would recommend ennyone starting out mountain biking

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3
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5
tiki ford   Downhiller [Jul 11, 2003]
Strength:

can binch press 300lbs

Weakness:

can leg press 100lbs

buy a drill

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1
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1
David   [Jun 04, 2003]
Strength:

cheap

Weakness:

poorly made, i had mine rebuilt twice, bent the steerer and have snapped the reverse arch on it. Im a smooth rider also, it bottoms out all the time. It is a pathetic fork. Dont buy one, save your money and buy something nice, chances are what your replacing is better, and if its broken why replace a bottom line broken part with this bottom line POS.

I wouldnt recomend this fork It came stock on my c-dale, at first I liked it, then I started having nothing but trouble, I ride mostly technical single track. Any more questions email me, im not interested right now in a huge review.

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1
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1
Thi   Cross Country Rider [Feb 11, 2004]
Strength:

rebound dampening works awsome

Weakness:

a little too soft

I take 4 footers with this thing and it still wont break.The springs are too soft it seems to be a constant problem with oem forks and this is no exception but i weigh 145 lbs so it isnt that bad but even when it does bottom out the fork seems perfectly fine no broken seals or anything.Rebound dampening is awsome it didnt work for the first three months and then it started soaking up the bumps and roots like none other.oh ya do the 100mm conversion, big
difference.4 chilis overall because of springs.

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4
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5
Ian   Cross Country Rider [Dec 23, 2003]
Strength:

one of the cheapest forks you can buy, works ok for what it is.

Weakness:

only way to adjust damping is by changeing oil. no size-specific spec on new bikes (all come with medium spring), can be a bit of a hassle to get a different spring.

i run mine with 100mm travel, and it's pretty good for what it is. once you get the right springs, of course. damping works, firm spring is firm enough for me. it's not as stiff as my AMP, but i doubt anything you can get nowadays is.

I wouldn't buy it if it wasn't on a bike, but on a lower-end speced bike it's hard to beat.

Similar Products Used: Old rock shox, scott, AMP, demoed many forks on the market now
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3
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5
Wade Warfield   [Dec 04, 2003]
Strength:

It hasnt broken yet. It has externally adjustable rebound which i find very suefull. WHen you have it on the softest setting, it is great for cross country riding, and when you want to give it hell you can adjust the preload accordingly.

Weakness:

It took a lot of riding and lot of big hits to break it in

I realy like it, but that could just be because i havent really ridden anything else that much. I recently discovered the joys of mountain biking and have ridden all the timei since then. I ride alot of cross country, and on the trails it never bottoms out. I also discovered that i like to spend alot of time in the air and the fork hasnt shown any signs of breakage. It bottoms out all the time on drops and jumps to flat, but what 100 mm fork wouldnt.

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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
isaac   Cross Country Rider [Jan 25, 2006]
Strength:

100mm travel,

Weakness:

the rebound and compound dosent work, very soft

the shocks compound and rebound doesnt work thought i think that has somthing to do with them been an oil shock instead of a spring shock

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3
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4
bas koper   Racer [Dec 05, 2003]
Strength:

manitou axel comp:
+100mm travel (after converting)
+Oil damping
+29mm innerlegs
+smooth travel!!!!

Weakness:

a lot!

-4.2lb?
-oil damping does not work (....look at bottom line)
-bottom-out-all-the-time
-80mm travel
-lateral flex

The Manitou Axel Comp performs in its standard setup very bad!

You can change all that:
+convert the travel from 80mm to 100mm
+change the oil from 5W to 7W (or mix 5W with 10W)
+replace the standard spring by the yellow one (yellow=stronger)

Results:
+smooth 100mm travel!
+no more bottom out!
+oil damping,....it works!

Conclusion: 100% suspension

Similar Products Used: AMP suspension fork
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Charly   Cross Country Rider [Sep 26, 2003]
Strength:

Haven't ridden it enought to say.

Weakness:

See above.

Just letting everyone know the written manual and online instructions for coverting the travel are wrong. They say the adjustment is in the right (from rider) leg.....it's not, it's in the left, along with the spring (definitely recommend the heavier spring upgrade, I weigh 170 lbs.). I took apart the right leg, and interestingly the directions/figures are correct up to the last step.....the clip isn't there. I called Answer and the "tech" on the other end of the phone line was like..."DUDE...it's in the other side". I explained that I followed the directions....he said..."well, they must be wrong". lol.

Just wanted to save everybody some time/trouble. I put in the new spring nd converted the travel on my lunch break...easy. Feels incredible now. FIRM!!

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3
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5
Austin Groves   Cross Country Rider [Apr 22, 2003]
Strength:

smoothness!

Weakness:

A bit to loose..

aint to bad but could be a bit stiffer.

Similar Products Used: marzocchi EXR
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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
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