Manitou Six Sport 2003 Front Shocks

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

User Reviews (25)

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jesse   Downhiller [Aug 23, 2003]
Strength:

plush, had my lbs convert the travel to from 80mm to 100mm, only cost me $5. works great when you put some oil in it.

Weakness:

when you put oil in, it leaks out. i was having my bike in for a tune up and the shop called me and said there were 3 large cracks on the crown and they said it needed to be sent to manitou to have the crown replaced, i dont blame it for breaking, because i do some pretty crazy stuff like 6 ft drops, dirt jumps and such, i am currently just riding a rigid fork because my lbs told me i would not be able to get the fork back for 2 weeks so that sucks, i will write back when i recieve my fork back from my lbs.

this fork has been great up until it broke just a few days ago, i will write another review when i get my fork back in 2 weeks.

Similar Products Used: 2003 boxxer world cup, 2001 supert, 2003supet, 2002 monster t, 2003 dj3,2003 psylo xc, rst gila, rst capa tl, trek cromoly rigid fork (currently riding).
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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Adam   Cross Country Rider [Aug 24, 2003]
Strength:

lite,good adjustment,takes shock great

Weakness:

easy to strip plastic on adding the tension

perfect foor crosscountry and XC hardtail racing

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Bill Marzocchi   Racer [Aug 27, 2003]
Strength:

as strong as my dick... it totaly is cough cough bad cough cough

Weakness:

it sucks... it sucks my butt... marzocchi is so much better than this poop

marzocchi 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Similar Products Used: rusty pipes
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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Iulian   Weekend Warrior [Mar 27, 2006]
Strength:

Light, looks good, cheap fork. Adjustable preload. Sesitive to small bumps.

Weakness:

None so far

Perfect for cross country. Not to good for freeride (it's not made for this).

Similar Products Used: None
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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Neill   Downhiller [Oct 02, 2003]
Weakness:

Bottoms out when you sit on it (im only a 125 pnd rider)
Goes stiff some days, toooo soft on other days..leaks grease, cheap plastic parts, impossible to change travel,preload knob cheap

NO GOOD for freeride, OK for a nice ride down to the gas station, OK for XC but not if your serious, not enough travel/dependability--You get what you pay for i guess

Similar Products Used: Just got this for xc
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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
jesse carta   Weekend Warrior [Apr 12, 2003]
Strength:

plush, i have done three foot drops with it, preload adjustement works well.

Weakness:

i cant get the cheap plastic bolt out to convert the travel, also the thing gets all hard and doesnt seem to work well at all after hour long ride or so. i heard it's because of the cold weather, but i don't know because that's all i've been riding in lately.

this is a great beginner fork or XC fork, but i'm only giving it three flaming chiles because of the lousy internally convertable travel, and because the fork hardens up and works really bad and doesnt absorb anything after riding on it for a while, but the fork does go back to its normal plush self the day after the ride.

Similar Products Used: none, this is my first mountain bike.
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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Bob   Weekend Warrior [Mar 24, 2004]
Strength:

Nice ride stock but I got the firm spring upgrade in mine and it is a heck of alot better!

Weakness:

Way too soft from factory unless you weigh about 100lbs. It only has a spring in the left tube. So that is why the arch breaks.

It's a nice fork but not made for anything hardcore. Spring upgrade helps alot but the firmer spring rate increase the chance for the arch or right tube to break. I have also seen the whole spring shoot up out of it's mounting point cause of it being threaded on with a metal nut on plastic threads. Check your fork out after every ride! I'm gonna get a Marzocchi Dirt Jumper 3.

Similar Products Used: Rock Shox
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RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Wormman   Cross Country Rider [Aug 26, 2003]
Strength:

Nice Smooth travel
Preload adjustment actually does something
Strength!

Weakness:

had to use a spacer for my cycle computer

Notice this is for the six SPORT, not the plain six. As it says on Manitou's site this fork is OEM only, meaning you cant buy it as an upgrade. So the difference between the six and six sport? the plain six (ohh ohhh the thing broke!)
it tube materal! its made out of Mg not AL! So heres some hard hits me the big rider have given it.

Drops, all the time 2-4 feet FULL PRELOAD hello?
Straight into curbs no problem (as if they weren't there actually!)
Me supermaning over the handle bars after hitting a post.............
Well the shock still isn't broken, now i bet you were thinking I was a big 5'9 170 pound rider........no I am 6'3 220! So dont give me bullsh!t about this thing is soft and weak!

Similar Products Used: RST cappa CL, Rockshox Judy TT
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Daniel   Weekend Warrior [Jan 22, 2003]
Strength:

Cheap, Reverse Arch (brakes don't stick out forward so far, also aparrently stronger?), Microlube ports, external preload, internal travel adjustment (80mm-100mm).

Weakness:

Cheap crappy plastic parts galore!

First tried the fork on a 21" shop model Yukon and it was very plush. Bought a 25" bike (I'm tall) and the forks were very stiff. The preload didn't seem to do much to alleviate this either. I realise they need to be broken in which I have not done yet, so will not complain about this. I decided converting the travel to 100mm might make it a little more plush, but had great difficulty doing so.
This would be a decent fork if it weren't for the crap plastic parts. I was having difficulty getting the nylon hex bolt out of the bottom of the right leg. I actually contacted ANSWER product support for instructions on doing this. They said it was possible to remove it by turning clockwise from the bottom with a 6mm allen key or internally (anti-clockwise?) using an 8mm key.
I tried removing from the outside to no avail - the bolt just kept expanding and slipping on the allen key. I finally managed to get the plastic top cap off (after trying several methods - eventually had to buy a tube spanner and it came straight out with that). Once this was off, I found that the 8mm allen key needs to be about a foot long to reach! If I ever get that pesky bolt out, it's getting replaced with metal straight away (if possible). Probably won't bother though because I just bought a cheap un-used 99 SX-R and SX-Ti to play around with.

Come on Answer, you can and have done better!

Good for an entry level fork, but you'd be better off getting a year-old top-line model.

Similar Products Used: Manitou 5. Rock Shox Judy SL. Marzocchi Bomber. Bunch of cheapies.
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RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
hazman   Weekend Warrior [Jan 18, 2003]
Strength:

Great fork, fairly light weight, looks good

Weakness:

I gotta get the 100mm travel outta it!

It's a good fork, but i cant work out how to get that plastic hex bolt thing out of the bottom to adjust the fork to 100mm travel, i would tell you to buy it, only you cant coz its OEM only!

Similar Products Used: SUntour, Rockshox jett, rst 391
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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