Manitou Axel Super 2004 Front Shocks

Axel Super

All new for 2004, the Axel family is designed to provide new levels of high performance and high value. Features include 28.6 mm stanchions, convertible travel, hydraulic damping and a Manitou RA casting for ultimate stiffness without extra weight.

User Reviews (9)

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Andy   Weekend Warrior [Feb 12, 2006]
Strength:

Came as stock on Jekyll 400 (2004)

Weakness:

Where do I start....Flexy, leaky, leaky, leaky, did I say leaky, stuplidly soft, poor quality adjusters....feels cheap (they are. Threw them in bin after 2 rides and bought a NEW Lefty DLR off ebay at a FANTASTIC price from USA

Chuck em away and pay for a Lefty.....you won't be disappointed with the Lefty

Similar Products Used: Rock Shox, Pace, Lefty DLR
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RATING
1
VALUE
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1
Billy   Cross Country Rider [Jan 28, 2004]
Strength:

This is an awsome looking fork, and has already preformed really well even though i havn't had it for too long. I do only weigh 125 lbs, but this has still been pretty stiff. I do fairly aggressive xc riding, and this has worked great.

Weakness:

i have heard that these forks bottom out easily, but i have not had this happen to me yet. I do only weigh 125 lbs, but this has still been pretty stiff. I do fairly aggressive xc riding, and this has worked great.

If you like a hot looking fork and at the same time a great preformer, this is great for you. I personally did not pay too much for this, so I am even happier. If you can get a great deal like I did, go for it right away.

Similar Products Used: RST Capa TL (Came stock on bike, not a good fork at all)
Judy TT2 (on my friends bike, he loves it)
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
wayne sherman   Cross Country Rider [Mar 27, 2005]
Strength:

Has a lot of adjustable features. V and disc brake compatible.

Weakness:

Bottoms easily, not stiff at all (for 185 lb rider), need special grease gun to lubricate properly. Not built for jumping.

This fork has a sticker on the leg that says NOT INTENDED FOR JUMPING. I have, however taken it over small jumps and drops without serious issues. Bottom line is that it is a decent fork for LIGHT xc or commuting use. Anything other than that you should get an upgraded fork. This fork is not very stable under heavy pedaling or cornering. It seems to "tweak" a lot.

Similar Products Used: 80mm Headshok, 2005 Sherman flick, various rockshox forks
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Jekyll Rider   Cross Country Rider [Feb 11, 2005]
Strength:

It's so flexy that if you bent it your mum could probably straighten it with her bare hands!!

Weakness:

Horribly flexy from the first ride, lasted less than 3 months before bottoming out (whilst I was sitting stationary on the bike!!!) & feeling like riding on a slinky thereafter!!

I weigh 215 lbs and this fork was so bad that it was dangerous. Only buy this fork if either you:

a. Weigh less than the bike you ride.

b. Won't drop off anything taller than the kerb/sidewalk

c. Have lost the will to live

Think I'm being harsh??........they won't sort the fork under warranty!!!

Honestlty.....if this fork is on your bike.....change it!!

Similar Products Used: Axel Elite 80 mm (just as awful, made from paper mache!!)
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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
bill   Weekend Warrior [May 20, 2004]
Strength:

great fork if you arnet to serious a rider

Weakness:

while riding to school broke and woke up in the er on a backboard for 8 hours luckily manitou replaced fork with black

crappy fork if you are serious i brke the reverse arch and they replaced the lowers wich also fixed the oil leak that i had since i bought if your are just a coummuter it will be great for you

Similar Products Used: mantiou six and rst crap
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RATING
2
VALUE
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2
evilwoodman   Cross Country Rider [Sep 14, 2005]
Strength:

Looks alright and hasn't bottomed out despite riding a 20foot double

Weakness:

acts like a rigid fork so doesn't move up or down on uphills or downhills. leaks grease llke there is no tomorrow and is only plush when doused in loads of prep m greaes

only buy one if very cheap or you like the ride of a rigid fork but want to have a little extra insurance. Take the oil level down to inprove the performance or just get a better fork

Similar Products Used: marzocchi drop off
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Geoffrey Seaborn   Cross Country Rider [Jun 24, 2004]
Strength:

Adjustable travel and easy lockout. Great value, has everything you could realistically want. Definetly a good buy. Mechanically sound, needs little maintenance and looking after. Came stock on my bike - I am considering a black.

Weakness:

I would personally like another 20-30mm of travel. For this level of fork, it doesn't really make sense to have it go as low as 70mm especially since it's not fixed.

A solid buy. Does everything you could want, and works flawlessly.

Similar Products Used: Marzocchi Bombers
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Noxx   Downhiller [Jul 11, 2004]
Strength:

easy lockout, nice rebound adjustment, great shock for the money

Weakness:

It sure could use 20mm to 30mm more tavel. Switching between 80mm to 100mm of travel is a pain in the a#%.

I have not had any big problems with this shock but I recommend anyone wanting to get into any kind of dirt jumping or drops to consider getting a Black or a Sherman. I have been doing a lot of downhill and dirt jumping and have been consistently been bottoming out and I only weigh 150 pounds. All and all it is a great shock for the price.

Similar Products Used: Manitou Black
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Peter Farrell   Weekend Warrior [Nov 24, 2005]
Strength:

Range of adjustments and features for price

Weakness:

Heavy, flexy chrome moly staunchions, standard spring to soft for my weight (90 kg), poor warranty.

On these original equipment forks the hard chrome on one staunchion has been partially removed by grinding during manufacture, exposing the bare steel beneath which started rusting soon after I started riding the bike. The lockout and compression damping adjustment ceased working shortly after.The best Manitou could offer was a small discount on the current model of the same fork. I told them i would rather put the money towards a better fork, one without the Manitou brand name on it. the performance of these entry level forks is quite satisfactory once a spring suitable for the riders weight is fitted is fitted. As it is an OE fork I would recommend upgrading it as soon as possible.

Similar Products Used: Rock Shox judy,Manitou Mars,Manitou axel elite,Maveric.
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
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