Manitou Stance Kingpin 2005 Front Shocks

Everyone knows that dual-crown forks offer superior performance for the most aggressive riders, but until now, the price has been prohibitive. Enter the Stance - a new line from Manitou that delivers Sherman-style performance at an amazing price.

User Reviews (92)

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ajuscoboy   Downhiller [Jan 25, 2011]
Strength:

Its a Manitou... ,170mm

Weakness:

CRAP!! this is a crap

Its a Crap, i bought the first one and in one week it got a fissure. Then i bought another one and the same thing. I was not doing DH it was moore freeride with 2m Drops

then, i bought a drop off, its much better.

DONT BUY A STANCE!! (if they are selling you at 40 bucks its ok but its gonna be destroyed in less than 1 year)

Similar Products Used: Marzocchi Drop Off, Boxxer, Fox 40, 888, junior T, 66
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1
e t   Weekend Warrior [Aug 20, 2010]
Strength:

good long travel fork

Weakness:

seal

I posted an earlier review and at that point i didn't have any problems. sence then i have blowen the seal albiet i've abused them. i found a simple upgrade from lowes that turn these forks from a rating of 3 to a rating of 4 1/2 or so. some fat orings from the hardware department coupled with retention clips fore and aff $2.00 and some elbow grease. i now run my air at 90 psi with no problems

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3
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4
jazbon   Downhiller [Jul 10, 2009]
Strength:

plush and adjustable

Weakness:

loss of air in the air side and lack of damping in the oil side

These forks lose air because the seal rolls over, gets trapped between the internal stantion tube and the metal thrust piston and then splits. The seal is effectively an 'O' ring with a square edge to stop it rolling around called 'Quad rings ' in the uk and 'x' rings in the usa. The inner diameter of the groove that the ring sits in is about 23mm. but you will need a ring more like 20 - 21mm ID for it to be tight. I think the one that I used was 20.22 mm or something. The reason why the seals pop and break is beacause the groove in which the ring sits is too big. In other words there is play in the up/down direction which gives room for the quad / x ring to roll over and do the same thing again and again when replaced. The way to overcome this is to effectively 'pack' the gap allowing no play in the groove. you can do this by super glueing a shim to the 'no air pressure' side of the groove. you may also be able to use an additional more narrow quad ring as a packer, but i have not tried this. The forks are actually quite easy to take apart so dont be afraid if you are fairly good with your hands. if you use a quad ring that is to big or has a too large cross section then you may find the forks sticking which will bring its own problems. I used the 3.5mm (ish) cross section. Since using the shim (which i got from a 24mm internal diam, 1mm thick raceface axle spacer which i then stuck down, filed down to fit and tapred in so that no plastic was exposed) I have only lost a few pounds of air per ride whilst doing reasonable downhill with 3 -4 ft shore drops to transisiton and some narly steep technical sections. Take a shock pump with you, but they shold not pop. I also used a small bath of oil for the seal to run in (not loads though). The other side of the fork is fairly crappy and does not do its job very well. if you want more damping then use some heavier oil. say 10 weight, that shouls slow them down. You dont want too much damping though, the rebound gives you lift for jumps and pops anyway. so you need it a bit. I will post a link for a 'how to' with pics soon.

Similar Products Used: 888, drop off triple, 40rc
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3
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3
phildamo   Downhiller [Nov 11, 2008]
Strength:

Smooth ass ride. Can't feel those bumps on trails.
ive had them for 3 years now and they haven't bent.

Weakness:

Not for extreme down hilling

this is a great fork.
if anyone says its bad, its cause they were probably abusing it.It has 170mm of travel so its not meant for dropping off 8 story buildings! But great for soft downhill trails and even some dirt jumps.

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4
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5
Jimothy121   Weekend Warrior [Aug 04, 2008]
Strength:

20mm Axle, double Crown, inexpensive.

Weakness:

O-Ring on the air assist leg is the wrong size.

A Diamond in the rough... Go to the hardware store and get an o-ring that is one size larger than the original in the air assist lower. This will solve all the problems related to blowing the seals.

If you don't mind getting your hands dirty and rebuilding the fork its a great product for the price.

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3
VALUE
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4
Daniel Okuda   Downhiller [May 30, 2008]
Strength:

perfect for what i do iv dropped off 6ft dropps onto flat ground and i have never had a problem

Weakness:

adj rebound cant tell if it works stiction could be better

for the price these forks rock perfect for any one that doesnt race.

Similar Products Used: marzochi bomber 150mm
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5
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5
Daniel Okuda   Downhiller [May 30, 2008]
Strength:

perfect for what i do iv dropped off 6ft dropps onto flat ground and i have never had a problem

Weakness:

adj rebound cant tell if it works stiction could be better

for the price these forks rock perfect for any one that doesnt race.

Similar Products Used: marzochi bomber 150mm
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5
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5
Alex Candage   Downhiller [Jul 31, 2007]
Strength:

None what so ever!!!!!!!!!!!!

Weakness:

The fork broke on my second ride! And it wasnt even a difficult trail with large hits!

Worst fork on earth! Go with one of the newer Manitou forks or a Marzzochi 888 or a Rock Shox Boxxer!

Similar Products Used: None really.
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1
erik remoy   Downhiller [Sep 22, 2005]
Strength:

its alright for small 2 footers or going off curbs, oh and it makes a good spear.........flies pretty far.

Weakness:

it sucks ass?? omg ok i blew the air assist seals then snapped it in half off a 4-5 footer in my yard and i only weigh 115lbs. or 52kgs. answer has good customer service though because i got the new seals and crapin like 4 days but i snapped it in half before i got the parts.

dont get it because its worthless.....it will snap in half or you will need to get the new parts from answer....then you will snap it in half..........or you will get pist and throw it off a cliff and get a new one.

Similar Products Used: JR. T
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2
VALUE
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1
kevin   Weekend Warrior [Mar 08, 2006]
Strength:

good price, hold front tire on, looks nice

Weakness:

soft suspension, narrow turning radius, it is scary to ride with a fork that u don't feel confident on.

if u are a beginner it might work well for you. Don't make the same mistake i made by reading these reviews and buying it anyways. if you do make that mistake make sure you smart and get the 20mm thru-axle, because the QR sucks.I dislike the fork so much im gonna just buy a new bike with a good fork.

Similar Products Used: 888VF, dropoff triple, 66rc2x
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2
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4
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