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SERVICE PARTS KITS
BLACK SPORT 80/100
Compression Damping Assembly
Rebound Damping Assembly
Preload
Crown/Steer Tube Assembly
Sticker Kit
Ride Kits - X-Soft
Soft
Medium
Firm
X-Firm
Convertible Travel
Knob Kit
BLACK ELITE 80/100
85-5135
85-5136
85-5137
85-5082
85-5165
85-4970
85-4971
85-4972
85-4973
85-4974
85-5052
85-5051
Compression Damping Assembly
Rebound Damping Assembly
Preload
Crown/Steer Tube Assembly
Sticker Kit
Ride Kits - X-Soft
Soft
Medium
Firm
X-Firm
Travel Adjust
Knob Kit
BLACK SPORT 100/120
BLACK ELITE 100/120
Compression Damping Assembly
Rebound Damping Assembly
Preload
Crown/Steer Tube Assembly - Steel
Alloy
Sticker Kit
Ride Kits - X-Soft
Soft
Medium
Firm
X-Firm
Convertible Travel
Knob Kit
Compression Damping Assembly
Rebound Damping Assembly
Preload
Crown/Steer Tube Assembly
Sticker Kit
Ride Kits - X-Soft
Soft
Medium
Firm
X-Firm
Travel Adjust
Knob Kit
85-5138
85-5139
85-5140
85-5083
85-5085
85-5165
85-4975
85-4976
85-4977
85-4978
85-4979
85-5053
85-5051
BLACK COMP 80/100
Compression Damping Assembly
Rebound Damping Assembly
Preload
Crown/Steer Tube Assembly
Sticker Kit
Ride Kits - X-Soft
Soft
Medium
Firm
X-Firm
Travel Adjust
Knob Kit
85-4835
85-4836
85-4837
85-5082
85-5165
85-4970
85-4971
85-4972
85-4973
85-4974
85-5056
85-5051
BLACK COMP 100/120
Compression Damping Assembly
Rebound Damping Assembly
Preload
Crown/Steer Tube Assembly - Steel
Alloy
Sticker Kit
Ride Kits - X-Soft
Soft
Medium
Firm
X-Firm
Travel Adjust
Knob Kit
85-4835
85-4850
85-4837
85-5083
85-5085
85-5165
85-4975
85-4976
85-4977
85-4978
85-4979
85-5057
85-5051
BLACK SUPER AIR 100/120
85-4855
85-4850
N/A
85-5084
85-5165
85-4970
85-4971
85-4972
85-4973
85-4974
85-5058
85-5055
85-4855
85-4850
85-4837
85-5085
85-5165
85-4975
85-4976
85-4977
85-4978
85-4979
85-5061
85-5055
BLACK ELITE AIR
Compression Damping Assembly
Rebound Damping Assembly
Preload
Crown/Steer Tube Assembly
Sticker Kit
Ride Kits - X-Soft
Soft
Medium
Firm
X-Firm
Travel Adjust
Knob Kit
85-4855
85-4864
N/A
85-5086
85-5165
85-5176
85-4980
85-4981
85-4982
85-5177
N/A
85-5059
BLACK SUPER AIR 80/100
Compression Damping Assembly
Rebound Damping Assembly
Preload
Crown/Steer Tube Assembly
Sticker Kit
Ride Kits - Soft
Medium
Firm
Travel Adjust
Knob Kit
85-4855
85-4870
N/A
85-5087
85-5165
85-4985
85-4986
85-4987
85-5062
85-5059
Compression Damping Assembly
Rebound Damping Assembly
Preload
Crown/Steer Tube Assembly
Sticker Kit
Ride Kits - Soft
Medium
Firm
Travel Adjust
Knob Kit
85-4855
85-4870
N/A
85-5088
85-5165
85-4988
85-4989
85-4990
85-5063
85-5059
Outer Casting Assemblies
Black
Silver
Red
White
Yellow
Orange
Blue
Candy Red
Candy Blue
Candy Chrome
Black N/B
Silver N/B
Red N/B
White N/B
Yellow N/B
Orange N/B
Blue N/B
Candy Red N/B
Candy Blue N/B
Candy Chrome N/B
* Lockout for all BLACK forks
except the BLACK ELITE AIR
* TPC+ for all Non-AIR BLACK
Forks
* TPC+ for BLACK Super Air
100/120
85-5141
85-5142
85-5143
85-5144
85-5145
85-5146
85-5147
85-5148
85-5149
85-5150
85-5151
85-5152
85-5153
85-5154
85-5155
85-5156
85-5157
85-5158
85-5159
85-5160
85-4869
85-4929
85-5065
AMERICAN MADE
MANITOU SUSPENSION FORKS
CONGRATULATIONS ON CHOOSING THE LATEST IN SUSPENSION TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE, A 2003 MANITOU BLACK BUILT IN THE USA. This BLACK fork
is fully assembled and ready to be installed onto your bicycle. It comes
equipped with a 1 1/8-inch threadless steerer tube and RA casting. It is also
available in a disc brake only version. A handlebar-mounted reflector must be
used for on-road use, which is not included with your fork.
2003 MANITOU BLACK FORK LINE
BLACK SPORT 80/100 . . . . . . 80/100 MM CONVERTIBLE TRAVEL /
COIL SPRING / FLUID FLOW DAMPING / SINGLE CROWN / RA CASTING
BLACK SPORT 100/120 . . . . . 100/120 MM CONVERTIBLE TRAVEL /
COIL SPRING / FLUID FLOW DAMPING / SINGLE CROWN / RA CASTING
BLACK COMP 80/100. . . . . . . 80/100 MM RAPID TRAVEL ADJUST /
COIL SPRING / FLUID FLOW DAMPING / SINGLE CROWN / RA CASTING
BLACK COMP 100/120. . . . . . 100/120 MM RAPID TRAVEL ADJUST /
COIL SPRING / FLUID FLOW DAMPING / SINGLE CROWN / RA CASTING
BLACK ELITE 80/100 . . . . . . . 80/100 MM RAPID TRAVEL II / COIL SPRING /
TPC DAMPING / HOLLOW CROWN / RA CASTING
BLACK ELITE 100/120 . . . . . 100/120 MM RAPID TRAVEL II / COIL SPRING /
TPC DAMPING / HOLLOW CROWN / RA CASTING
BLACK ELITE AIR . . . . . . . . . 80 MM TRAVEL / AIR-COIL SPRING / TPC DAMPING / HOLLOW CROWN / RA CASTING
BLACK SUPER AIR 80/100. . . 80/100 MM RAPID TRAVEL ADJUST /
AIR-COIL SPRING / TPC DAMPING / HOLLOW
CROWN / RA CASTING
BLACK SUPER AIR 100/120. . 100/120 MM RAPID TRAVEL ADJUST /
AIR-COIL SPRING / TPC DAMPING / HOLLOW
CROWN / RA CASTING
You can also download this manual at www.answerproducts.com.
BICYCLING IS A HAZARDOUS ACTIVITY
THAT REQUIRES THAT THE RIDER STAY
IN CONTROL OF HIS OR HER BICYCLE AT ALL TIMES. READING THIS MANUAL
ENTIRELY AND PROPERLY MAINTAINING YOUR BICYCLE AND SUSPENSION
FORK WILL REDUCE THE POSSIBILITY OF INJURY OR POSSIBLE DEATH. PRIOR
TO RIDING YOUR BICYCLE, YOU SHOULD INSPECT YOUR SUSPENSION FORK TO
ENSURE THAT NO DAMAGE HAS OCCURRED DURING THE COURSE OF RIDING.
DO NOT RIDE YOUR BICYCLE IF THE FORK SHOWS ANY SIGNS OF BENDING,
CRACKING, CREAKING, LEAKING, OR IF IT IS MISSING ANY OF THE ORIGINALLY
SUPPLIED COMPONENTS. ANY FALL FROM YOUR BICYCLE CAN RESULT
IN SERIOUS INJURY OR EVEN DEATH. FOLLOWING THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAN
HELP YOU REDUCE THE RISK OF BEING INJURED. IF YOU ARE A MODERATE OR
AGGRESSIVE OFF-ROAD RIDER, OR RIDE AT LEAST THREE TIMES A WEEK OVER
ROUGH TERRAIN, ANSWER RECOMMENDS RETURNING YOUR SUSPENSION
FORK EVERY 2 YEARS FOR A THOROUGH INSPECTION AND UPDATE. TAKE
YOUR FORK TO A MANITOU AUTHORIZED DEALER WHO CAN ARRANGE FOR
SHIPMENT TO ANSWER PRODUCTS, OR YOU MAY CALL ANSWER AT (661) 2574411 TO HAVE YOUR FORK SHIPPED DIRECTLY.
IMPORTANT: The Manitou BLACK fork is an off-road fork, and as such,
does not come with proper reflectors for on-road use. Have your dealer or
mechanic install proper reflectors to meet the Consumer Product Safety
Commission's (C.P.S.C.) Requirements for Bicycles if the fork is going to be
used on public roads at any time. If you have questions regarding C.P.S.C.
Standards, contact your dealer.
CONSUMER SAFETY INFORMATION
Never remove or have the steerer tube or stanchions removed from the crown.
The steerer tube and stanchions (inner legs) are press fit at the factory. Press
fit inner legs have higher performance versus bolt-in inner legs, but can not be
pressed out. Pressing them out will permanently damage the crown beyond
repair and render it unsafe for any continued use. Never attempt to thread a
threadless steerer tube. Cutting threads will weaken the steerer tube and cause
an unsafe condition. The only safe thing to do is to obtain the proper
crown/steerer from your dealer, or contact Answer Customer Service at (661)
257-4411. Any other alteration or modification to your fork should be considered unsafe. Contact Answer Customer Service prior to modifying your fork in
any way for safety information.
Do not use the BLACK fork if any parts are broken, bent, cracked, or you suspect may be damaged. Contact your dealer or Answer Products Customer
Service at (661) 257-4411 if you have any questions concerning the integrity or
condition of your fork.
Answer Products recommends that you periodically inspect your fork for wear
and damage. Inspect the crown, inner legs, outer legs, dropout and brake arch
areas for cracks or damage.
WARRANTY INFORMATION
Any Answer Products fork found by the factory to be defective in materials
and/or workmanship within one year from the date of purchase (or two years in
EU countries) will be repaired or replaced at the option of the manufacturer, free
of charge, when received at the factory, freight prepaid. This warranty does not
cover breakage, bending, or damage that may result from crashes or falls. This
warranty does not cover any fork that has been subject to misuse or whose
serial number has been altered, defaced or removed. This warranty does not
cover paint damage. Any modifications made by the user will render the warranty null and void. This warranty is expressly in lieu of all other warranties,
and any implied are limited in duration to the same duration as the expressed
warranty herein. Answer Products shall not be liable for any incidental or consequential damages.
If for any reason warranty work is necessary, return the fork with original purchase receipt to the place of purchase. At that time, instructions for repair,
return, or replacement shall be given. Customers in countries other than USA
should contact their dealer or local distributor.
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
Ensure that the proper steerer tube has been delivered on your BLACK fork
first. The steerer tube may need to be cut to length to fit your bicycle head tube.
If you are not familiar with this procedure, or do not have the proper tools to
cut the steerer tube, it is recommended that you seek a dealer with a qualified
bicycle mechanic to perform installation.
THE STEERER TUBE AND STANCHIONS (INNER LEGS)
ARE A ONE-TIME PRECISION PRESS FIT AT THE FACTORY AND CANNOT BE REMOVED FROM THE CROWN. REPLACEMENT OF THE
ENTIRE CROWN/STEERER ASSEMBLY MUST BE DONE TO CHANGE STEERER
TUBE LENGTHS OR DIAMETERS. REMOVING AND REPLACING THE STEERER
TUBE OR STANCHIONS WILL RESULT IN AN UNSAFE CONDITION AND SHOULD
NEVER BE DONE.
BREAK-IN
Your new fork is designed to break in during your first few rides (about 20
hours total riding time). Prior to break-in, you may notice your fork feels tight
and slightly notchy. Following the break-in period, your fork will feel much
smoother and will react to bumps much better than when you first put it on
your bike. After 20 hours, you may want to recheck your compression, rebound
and preload adjustments (when applicable) to fine tune the fork completely.
FORK INSTALLATION
1. Remove the old fork from your bicycle.
2. Measure and cut the steerer tube to fit your bicycle head tube. You can use
your old fork as a guide for cutting the steerer tube length.
3. Remove the headset crown race from the old fork and press onto the
BLACK fork steerer until the race is seated over the crown.
4. Clean and grease the headset bearings and races.
5. Install the lower bearings (if applicable) on fork crown race.
6. Insert the steerer tube into the head tube of the frame.
7. Install the upper bearings, stem spacers, and stem.
8. Install the stem cap and bolt. Tighten the bolt to headset manufacturer’s
specifications.
9. Install the handlebars and the torque stem pinch screws or stem clamping
system to manufacturer’s specifications.
10. Install the brakes and adjust per the manufacturer’s instructions.
11. For all BLACKS, adjust the front wheel quick release to clear the 0.374”(9.5
mm) thick secondary catch dropout. The quick release must be tightened
after it is properly seated into the dropout counter bores to manufacturer’s
specifications. Ensure that there is adequate thread engagement (4 or
more threads with the release adjusted to lock).
12. Install the brake cable per manufacturer’s instructions.
NOTE: 2003 BLACK forks are equipped with a secondary catch dropout to
retain the wheel in the fork in the event the quick release comes loose.
CHECKING OIL LEVEL
IMPORTANT: Setting the proper oil level in your TPC or FFD equipped fork
is critical. TPC or FFD is located in the right leg of your BLACK fork. Not
enough oil will allow foaming and reduce the performance. Too much oil will
restrict travel and may cause damage to the system and create an unsafe
riding condition. Finish reading this entire section prior to altering the oil
level.
To check the oil level, remove the compression assembly located in the top of
the right leg (as you are looking at the fork from the rider’s position). Leave the
left side spring stack in place to keep the fork fully extended. Use a tape measure or “dip stick” to measure from the top of the fork crown down to where the
oil sits (Figure 2). The oil level should be per the following table.
FORK MODEL
BLACK SPORT 80/100
BLACK SPORT 100/120
BLACK SPORT W/TPC+ 100/120
BLACK COMP 80/100
OIL LEVEL
115-125 mm (4.5-4.9”) in 100 mm travel
115-125 mm (4.5-4.9”) in 120 mm travel
86-91 mm (3.4-3.6”) in 120 mm travel
115-125 mm (4.5-4.9”) in 100 mm travel
Your BLACK fork requires periodic maintenance, cleaning and inspection. This
is because moisture and contamination may build up inside the fork depending
on the severity of riding conditions. To maintain top performance, it is recommended that the fork be periodically disassembled, cleaned, dried and relubricated. You can download service and tuning instructions on the web at
www.answerproducts.com.
BLACK COMP 100/120
BLACK COMP W/TPC+ 100/120
BLACK ELITE 80/100
BLACK ELITE 100/120
BLACK ELITE W/TPC+ 100/120
BLACK ELITE AIR
BLACK SUPER AIR 80/100
BLACK SUPER AIR 100/120
BLACK SUPER AIR
W/TPC+ 100/120
115-125 mm (4.5-4.9”) in 120 mm travel
86-91 mm (3.4-3.6”) in 120 mm travel
115-125 mm (4.5-4.9”) in 100 mm travel
115-125 mm (4.5-4.9”) in 120 mm travel
86-91 mm (3.4-3.6”) in 120 mm travel
115-125 mm (4.5-4.9”)
105-110 mm (4.1-4.3”) in 100 mm travel
105-110 mm (4.1-4.3”) in 120 mm travel
IMPORTANT: Before every ride you should:
NOTE: Use SAE 5WT suspension fork oil only.
1. Ensure that quick release skewers are properly adjusted and tight.
2. Wipe the inner legs and clean and check entire fork for any obvious damage.
3. Check the headset for proper adjustment.
4. Ensure that the front brake cable is properly routed and check brake
adjustment.
If you have any questions regarding your 2003 Manitou BLACK suspension
fork, contact the Answer Customer Service Department at (661) 257-4411. You
can also log on to www.answerproducts.com and download this manual or see
detailed instructions on how to service your suspension fork.
DEALER SERVICE ADDENDUM
TRAVEL MEASUREMENT To determine which travel your BLACK
WHEN INSTALLING THE WHEEL OR A NEW TIRE, CHECK
TO MAKE SURE THE FORK ACHIEVES MINIMUM TIRE
CLEARANCE. MEASURE FROM THE HIGHEST POINT ON THE TIRE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE BRAKE ARCH. THIS MEASUREMENT SHOULD BE AT LEAST 9 MM
FOR ALL BLACK FORKS. (FIGURE 1)
IMPORTANT: The BLACK fork should not be used if any parts appear to be
or are damaged. Contact your local dealer or Answer Products for replacement parts.
MAINTENANCE
86-91 mm (3.4-3.6”) in 120 mm travel
Thank you again for choosing a 2003 Manitou BLACK suspension fork.
This section is designed to help a qualified bicycle mechanic tune and
maintain your Manitou suspension fork.
fork is in, simply measure the distance from the top of the seal area on
the lowers (or the bottom of the fork boot) to the bottom of the crown
(Figure 3).
MEASURING SAG You’ll need a tape measure, a pencil, a piece of
TRAVEL MEASUREMENT CHART
paper and a helper.
1. Measure the distance from the front axle’s centerline to the bottom of
the upper crown when no one’s sitting on the bike and write this distance down. (Remember the exact locations of the two points because
you’ll need to use them later.)
2. Have the rider sit on the bike and measure the distance between the
same two points as in step one. It’s important to be in the normal riding position (weight centered) with your feet on the pedals.
3. Subtract the second measurement from the first. The resulting measurement is the static sag.
SAG MEASUREMENT CHART
Fork Travel
80 mm
100 mm
120 mm
Sag
12-16 mm
18-24 mm
25-28 mm
Fork Travel
80 mm
100 mm
120 mm
Seal to Crown Measurement
Around 4 inches or 101 mm
Around 4.8 inches or 121 mm
Around 5.6 inches or 141 mm
SPRING KITS
BLACK SPORT 80/100, COMP 80/100, ELITE 80/100
Rider Weight
Recommended Spring Kit
130 lbs & below
XS ride kit (Part #85-4970)
130-150 lbs
Soft ride kit (Part #85-4971)
150-170 lbs
Medium ride kit (Part #85-4972)
170-190 lbs
Firm ride kit (Part #85-4973)
190 to 215 lbs
Extra firm ride kit (Part #85-4974)
BLACK SPORT 100/120, COMP 100/120, ELITE 100/120
Rider Weight
Recommended Spring Kit
130-150 lbs
Soft ride kit (Part #85-4976)
150-170 lbs
Medium ride kit (Part #85-4977)
170-190 lbs
Firm ride kit (Part #85-4978)
190 to 215 lbs
Extra firm ride kit (Part #85-4979)
BLACK ELITE AIR
Rider Weight
Recommended Spring Kit
100-150 lbs
Soft (DIVA) coil spring (Part #85-4980)
150-190 lbs
Stock ride kit (Part #85-4981)
190 to 215 lbs
Firm coil spring (Part #85-4982)
*Air pressure setting should equal 75% of body weight
BLACK SUPER AIR 80/100
Rider Weight
Recommended Spring Kit
100-150 lbs
Soft coil spring (Part #85-4985)
150-190 lbs
Medium ride kit (Part #85-4986)
190 to 215 lbs
Firm coil spring (Part #85-4987)
BLACK SUPER AIR 100/120
Rider Weight
Recommended Spring Kit
100-150 lbs
Soft coil spring (Part #85-4988)
150-190 lbs
Medium ride kit (Part #85-4989)
190 to 215 lbs
Firm coil spring (Part #85-4990)
*Air pressure setting should equal 75% of body weight in 80 to 100 mm
travel forks.
*Air pressure setting should equal 50% of body weight in 100 to 120 mm
travel forks.
*Maximum air pressure is 190 psi.
NOTE: In forks with the Rapid Travel Adjust feature, the preload should be
adjusted when the fork is in the longer travel position (for example, 120 mm for
the 100/120 mm fork).
CHANGING COIL SPRINGS – BLACK SPORT 80/100, BLACK
SPORT 100/120, BLACK COMP 80/100, BLACK COMP
100/120, BLACK ELITE 80/100, BLACK ELITE 100/120
1. Start by removing the preload adjuster knob by unscrewing the 2
mm hex bolt from the top of the crown/leg assembly. Then remove the
adjuster assembly. A 20 mm socket may be necessary. Remember:
The springs are housed only in the left leg on 2003 Manitou suspension forks (as you are looking at the fork from the rider’s perspective). (Figure 4)
2. With the adjuster assembly removed, the spring stack is now accessible (Figure 5).
3. Select the appropriate coil spring for your weight and riding style
(refer to the above spring chart for recommended rates).
4. Reinstall the preload adjuster assembly, then the knob, taking care
not to cross-thread the cap (on firm and x-firm kits, replace preload
adjuster with aluminum preload cap). It should thread in by hand
and be snug tightened with a wrench.
CHANGING COIL SPRINGS ON AIR FORKS –
BLACK ELITE AIR, BLACK SUPER AIR
NOTE: When changing coil springs in air forks, you should also conduct
a service on your lubrication system. Please read this section thoroughly before beginning the service section.
1. Start by unthreading the air cap on top of the left fork leg and removing the fork’s air pressure via the Schraeder valve. (Figure 6)
2. Next, remove the 2 mm screws and knob and the 11 mm open end
wrench and 8 mm hex wrench (clockwise direction to loosen) bolts
from the bottom of the casting. Once you do this, you will be able to
pull the lowers away from the uppers. (Figure 7)
3. On the left leg (as seen from the rider’s perspective), remove the
15/16-inch cap from the bottom of the leg. Remove the entire assembly by pulling the rod lightly. As this point, you will see the coil
spring. (Figure 8 and 8A)
4. Select the appropriate coil spring for your weight and riding style
(refer to the above spring chart for recommended rates).
5. Reinstall the assembly into the left leg of the fork, taking care not to
cross-thread the cap. It should thread in by hand and should only be
snug tightened.
6. Reinstall the lowers with the 8 mm and 11 mm bolts and tighten. You
may have trouble getting the 8 mm bolt to catch the threads. If this
occurs, remove the lowers, pull the rebound damping rod down again,
and reinstall the casting. You should be able to now install the 8 mm
bolt.
CHANGING AIR SPRING PRESSURE – BLACK ELITE AIR,
BLACK SUPER AIR All you need to change the air pressure is a
high-pressure Manitou (Part #85-4069) or other shock pump. Remove
the air cap located on the top of the left leg and then inflate the fork
with the desired pressure. Be aware that sometimes air systems lose a
small amount of pressure when the pump is removed, so you may want
to check exactly how much your pump loses by reinstalling it after you
have set and checked the pressure.
COMPRESSION DAMPING ADJUSTMENT –
QUICK RANGE TPC For Quick Range TPC forks, a simple turn of the
knob located on top of the right leg is all that is needed. Turning the
knob clockwise (as you are looking from a rider’s position) increases
compression damping, while turning the knob counterclockwise decreases compression damping.
BLACK ELITE 80/100, BLACK ELITE 100/120 and BLACK ELITE AIR only.
ADJUSTING COMPRESSION DAMPING WITH A LOCK OUT
The Lock Out on the BLACK SUPER AIR is simply an on-off switch for
your fork. To adjust compression damping, do the following: Remove the
compression assembly located in the right leg. On the lower piston of the
lockout assembly is a small set screw. Turn this in or out to increase or
decrease compression damping respectively. Note: a half turn makes a
lot of difference, so make small and incremental changes to the
set screw.
REBOUND DAMPING ADJUSTMENT – QUICK RANGE TPC
AND FLUID FLOW DAMPING (FFD) Rebound adjusters on
Manitou forks are located on the bottom of the right fork leg. Turning
the knob clockwise (as you are looking at the fork from the bottom)
increases rebound damping, while turning it counterclockwise decreases
rebound damping.
RAPID TRAVEL II – ELITE MODELS To change the travel with
Rapid Travel II, simply turn the knob located at the top of the fork’s
right leg to the 80/100 or 100/120 position as noted by the sticker on
the fork. Compressing the fork slightly is required to release or lock the
fork in different travel positions.
RAPID TRAVEL ADJUST – COMP AND SUPER AIR MODELS
To change the travel with Rapid Travel Adjust, just turn the knob located at the bottom of the right leg to the 80/100 or 100/120 position as
shown on the sticker. Compressing the fork slightly is required to release
or lock the fork into a different travel position.
CONVERTIBLE TRAVEL – SPORT MODELS
NOTE: When changing travel, you should also conduct a service on your
lubrication system. Please read this section thoroughly before beginning this service section.
Changing the travel from 80 to 100 or 100 to 120 mm or vice-versa
requires the removal of the lower legs. Unthread the 8 mm Allen bolt
(clockwise to loosen) and 11 mm bolts on the bottom of the fork and pull
the lowers free from the uppers. Then, unscrew the cap on the bottom of
the right leg (as seen from the rider’s perspective). Remove the clip and
insert it into the upper position (above the rod flange) for 120 mm of
travel or the lower position for 100 mm of travel.
AIR PISTON LUBRICATION For proper function of your fork, it’s
essential to have a small amount of lubricating oil on top of the air piston in your BLACK ELITE AIR or BLACK SUPER AIR fork. To check this,
remove the air cap on the left side of the fork (as seen from the rider’s
perspective) by simply unthreading it counterclockwise. Release the air
pressure from the fork and then use a 20 mm hex wrench to remove the
aluminum Schraeder cap (Figure 9). Once you have done this, you can
see the top of the air piston and determine if there is a small amount of
oil sitting on top of the air piston. If this oil is no longer visible, pour 3cc
of 20W-50 weight motor oil directly into the open fork leg, After this,
reinstall the Schraeder cap and the valve cover.
MAINTENANCE AND SERVICE – INTRODUCTION
When servicing the fork, take the time to inspect all parts for excessive
wear or damage. There are basically five aspects of a fork that will
require attention: the stanchions (inner legs), the bushings in the outer
legs, the spring stack, lubricating oil, and the damping fluid. Inspecting
any of these parts requires disassembly of the fork. Pay close attention
to the bushings, which can be damaged by contamination in severe conditions. Replace any worn or damaged parts that are discovered.
MICROLUBE LUBRICATION MAINTENANCE
Your 2003 Manitou BLACK fork is designed with the Microlube lubrication system. This system requires periodic maintenance to ensure that
your fork is working properly at all times.
1. Remove the rebound damping knob with a 2 mm Allen wrench (clockwise to loosen). (Figure 10)
2. With the fork positioned over an oil catch receptacle, remove the
8 mm Allen and 11 mm socket bolts from the bottom (Figure 11).
Note: With Rapid Travel Adjust forks, you must remove the RTA knob
with a 2 mm Allen wrench to access the 11 mm socket bolt.
3. Clean the inside of the lowers thoroughly and wipe the inner legs until
they are completely free of oil or debris. (Figure 12)
4. Insert the crown/steerer assembly back into the fork. Reinstall the
bolts, snugging each tight, and install the rebound adjuster knob.
5. Now insert grease into the fork via the Microlube grease ports. Inject
about 15 squirts into each side of the fork. Make sure you use
Microlube grease only (Microlube lubricant gun part #85-3812 and
Manitou’s Prep M part #85-3810).
CHANGING THE OIL IN YOUR FORK Changing the oil in your
damped fork is very easy to do. All of the damping systems, FFD, TPC
and TPC Plus, house the oil in the right leg.
1. Remove the cap from the top of the right fork leg (20 mm socket).
(Figure 13)
2. Rock the compression damping assembly back and forth slightly as
you pull up on it to remove.
3. Pour the old oil out of the fork. (Figure 14)
4. Stroke the fork up and down to remove the oil that settles beneath
the rebound piston. Pour this oil out as well. (Figure 15)
5. Add oil to the level shown in the Checking Oil Level section of this
manual. Cover the leg opening and stroke the fork up and down a few
times before the final measurement is taken to ensure that oil has
flowed beneath the rebound piston again. (Figure 16)
SERVICE SCHEDULE – Suggested Service for Manitou
forks
NORMAL CONDITIONS – Short/Infrequent Rides
• Lube fork as needed with Prep M lubricant via Microlube ports.
• Disassemble, clean and lubricate fork every 4-5 months.
• Lubricate spring stack as needed.
• Service FFD, TPC or TPC Plus by changing damping fluid every year.
NORMAL CONDITIONS – Long/Frequent Rides
• Lube fork as needed with Prep M lubricant via Microlube ports.
• Disassemble, clean and lubricate fork every 10-14 weeks.
• Lubricate spring stack as needed.
• Service FFD, TPC or TPC Plus by changing damping fluid every 6
months.
SEVERE CONDITIONS (MUD, RAIN, SNOW, EXTREME DUST) –
Short/Infrequent Rides
• Lube fork as needed with Prep M lubricant via Microlube ports.
• Disassemble, clean and lubricate fork every 6-8 weeks.
• Lubricate spring stack as needed.
• Service FFD, TPC or TPC Plus by changing damping fluid every year.
SEVERE CONDITIONS (MUD, RAIN, SNOW, EXTREME DUST) –
Long/Frequent Rides
• Lube fork as needed with Prep M lubricant via Microlube ports.
• Disassemble, clean and lubricate fork every 4-6 weeks.
• Lubricate spring stack as needed.
• Service FFD, TPC or TPC Plus by changing damping fluid every 6
months.
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