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  1. #1
    Only One Way
    Join Date
    Sep 2004

    Manitou Gold Label Question

    Ok finally getting ready to replace the RS Duke XC fork on the mob.. I am interested in the Manitou Gold Label, but have never ridden one. Any feedback on this puppy, is it stiff enough to suck your energy in the jumps but give a little wrist help on the urban rides?

    I am really worried about ridding in the bowl / half pipe, I do not want one that compresses when you come into the transition.. you know what I meen.

    I know it gets a lot of good press, but since I have not been on one thought I would ask. If not anything else you all would recommend?

    I am thinking the 100mm travel..

    Thanks C

  2. #2
    Jesus Freak
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Hey C.

    I know nothing of the Manitou but being a RS fan, have you checked into the Argyle?
    Argyle link

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    j77 is offline
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    Oct 2004
    Depends on how much you weigh. . . . . but I can tell you that the Gold Label was undersprung for my 185# carcass even with the Xfirm springs installed. Aside from that its a great fork; stiff, light, good damping once you get the spring rates dialed in. . . . .

    I will also point out that there is a very inexpensive spring fix that I came across on RM. I have not done this mod yet . . . . I am currently recovering from a partially seperated shoulder but I will be doing this before I am back on my bike.

    Originally Posted by Sean @ UnionStreet
    Here is the spring that Lee uses. It's a lot stiffer
    then the heavy/extra heavy Manitou spring. A lot of guys use
    this spring.

    I run this bad boy... super stiff. When I come up short I only
    use about 2 inches of travel.

    I order the 1in. OD x 12in springs and cut them to length with a
    dremmel. Usually leaving them a little longer then the stock
    springs. There are some other mods you have to do to the spring
    too. I always put the end I cut off down in the fork. There
    is a little nub in bottom that the spring pilots on. You'll have
    to open the end of the spring up some so it will fit over it. For
    the other end you'll have to take some off of the OD to get it to fit up
    inside the cap. I use sanding wheels on my dremmel and it only
    takes 5 to 10 min. to do. If you've got a belt sander it would
    probably only take a minute. It might seem kinda ghetto but it
    works and only costs about $15. I ran one in my Jumper
    for over year riding 3 days a week and never had any problems with
    it. At first I was worried the cap would blow off from the extra
    spring tension but it been trouble free.

    Last edited by j77; 10-10-2006 at 01:55 PM.

  4. #4
    Only One Way
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Thanks for the info, I will check into the RS fork and see what it looks like

    As for the Gold Label I am about 150 and I feel you on the springs, same issue I have had on some Fox forks I have

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