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    Manitou X-vert Triple Info needed.

    My neighbour has a '99 Manitou X-Vert triple that he wants $50 for. It's identical to this one...

    Manitou X-vert Triple Info needed.-manitou_xvert.jpg

    I bought a '98 K2 Animal that originally came with that Girvin Noleen Pipeline Chubby LT which is a triple fork also.
    Manitou X-vert Triple Info needed.-k2-animal-1.jpeg

    I would like to stay with a triple as I like the look of of it on the Animal.

    Is the Manitou X-Vert a decent fork? I have tried to find some info on it but I haven't had much luck. Some places say it's a 105mm fork, others say if it's a triple, it's 120mm. The same thing with the guts, is it air, elastomers or oil?

    I know it's not a good way to test a fork, but I only pressed down on it against the floor and it did rebound quickly and firmly.

    Is $50 good for this fork? As I have never bought a suspension fork before, what should I look for when I inspect it?

    Thanks for the info,
    Ian

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    There are several forks fitting your description, check them carefully.
    The Xvert T is a dual crown Manitou SX. Pretty basic but did the job. Travel around 100mm and stanchions are 28.6mm. Damper was basic, might not have any adjustments.
    The Xvert R is the dual crown fork with 30mm stanchions and were a very good fork, still are if the stanchions are unmarked.

    Damping is TPC. Compression internally adjustable, rebound externally. Travel is 120mm. The spring is half coil spring (5.5 inches) and the rest MCU.

    There's one catch with the 1999 manitous, that year they used the orphan 69mm post-mount for a disc brake. The 98 versions of that fork had IS mounts, the 2000 onwards versions had 74mm post-mounts which is the current standard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougal View Post
    There are several forks fitting your description, check them carefully.
    Thanks Dougal,
    Is there anyway to differentiate between the X-Vert T and X-Vert R without calipers? I have no way to measure the stanchions.

    Do they have serial #'s or any features that will tell them apart?

    Ian

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    Well, the # on the back of one of the legs is "XVRT016627". I guess the fork is a '99 because it has the 69mm post mount.

    There is this on the underside of the arch, it says '98.
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    The Xvert T has one piece cast lowers. The Xvert R has lowers cast in three pieces and bonded together.
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    Thanks again Dougal, It's a 'T', one piece lowers.

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