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Old 06-07-02, 05:51 PM
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my mtb story

so I've been out of town for two weeks now (out of vegas) and in a northern nevada city called Ely (pop. 4000, elevation 6300 ft) one of the most beautiful cities I've ever been in, surrounded by mountains. so naturally I want to take my mtb for a few rides through this wonderful terrian. I meet up with three other riders who live in the area and agree to show me around. so saturday morning comes around and we head out to a mountain, which summits around 8000 ft. (being from vegas with a 2000 ft elevation I wasn't quite used to the ride) anyhow we reach the summit rode for a bit longer and turned back to head back down the mountain. as we head back I suggest to take a single track trail that lead basically the same way as the trail we were riding. so we take the single track and all is well until I come around a corner too fast, hit soft sand and endo/wipe out. nothing to major just a few bumps and bruises. I take a 10 min to make sure I'm alright (which I was) and then begin to ride again, we ride down another small hill and head into some flats, and boom. my Manitou magnum R suspension forks come apart. the entire assembly (boot which holds the bushing) came off the top part (which holds the spring) in other words my front wheel seperated from the bike.

Luckily I had decided to take the trail a bit slower (due to the last wipe out) and was able to ditch the bike and avoid serious injury. So I come back to Las Vegas (today in fact) head to a lbs and show them my fork. the mech said it would cost roughly $40-60 to repair the susp fork. the bushing apparently broke which let the nut which holds the assembly together move freely. So I ended up buying a new set of forks, rock shox duke xc 02 for $225. (they have a tendency to be a bit more expensive then then the internet, but I needed the fork asap) I checked mtb review and it seems to be a nice fork.

so I guess what this all comes down to, is 1) I am a very very very very very very very very very very lucky person, as the fork could have failed during much worse situation. 2) why did it fail, it was brand new... and will answer replace it or at least work with me? and 3) what is your opinion on the rock shox duke xc...

well anyhow hope you all enjoyed my story
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Old 06-07-02, 08:06 PM
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Glad you weren't hurt Vegas. Could have been disastrous. I think the Duke XC is a good shock, haven't read much about it though. Does it have the U-turn?
By the way, I think you missed one "very".
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Glad you made it through all right.

Get a hold of the manufacturer and raise some serious h*ll. You should at the very minimum recieve a new fork. Besides that, the company needs to know when and why their products fail so that designs can be improved.

If they don't want to take a look at the forks and understand the failure, I would have serious questions about the company.
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Originally posted by Dirtgrinder
Does it have the U-turn?
I don't think so (although I have no clue what it is...) it has negitive air and rebound adjustments...
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Sorry, I think it's only available on the Psylo.
http://www.rockshox.com/LatestFeatur...gradeIndex.htm
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I have a 2001 Magnum R and i havn't had any problems with it really, except that it sticks for a while and then it get pretty smooth. If you do get anything back from monitou can you let me know, cause i ride 35 km off road twice a week on it.
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Pfff, you had what most MTB`ers fear, loosing your front wheel in a descent, what a nightmare!

Glad you`re allright :thumbup:
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Hey,
I recently started biking, and have a Manitou Six on my GF Tasajarra. The second time out, The same thing happened...the upper bearing blew out and oil squirted everywhere, on my legs, the rims, the frame. It was pretty nasty. I think that I had it set a little to loose, but that shouldn't have happened as wheelied off a 15" drop.

Anyway, I brought it back and my LBS replaced it free of charge. If your fork was brand new, or even if it's not, it is probably still under warranty. At the very least they should have fixed it, but would probably opt to replace it. If you can't get back to the store where you bought the bike (or if you bought it mail order or something), I'm guessing that Manitou will take care of the problem if you send it back. Whatever it take, it should be covered under warranty...it's probably just a defect.

Good luck! Glad you're OK

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