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2000 X-VERT
2000
X-VERT
OWNER’S MANUAL
• Betriebsanleitung • Manual del usuario
• Manuel de l’utilisateur • Manuale del proprietario
• Handleiding • Manual do proprietário • JapaneseJapanese
Answer Products
28209 Avenue Stanford, Valencia, California 91355-3984
Phone: 661.257.4411 • Sales Fax: 661.294.4179
.1.
Race Installation
Einbau des Steuersatzrings
Instalación de la arandela
Installation du jeu de direction
Montaggio dell’anello della testa
Installatie van loopring
Instalação do canalete
CROWN RACE
GABELBRÜCKENSTEUERSATZRING
ARANDELA DE LA DIRECCIÓN
CONE DE JEU DE DIREC TION
ANELLO DELLA TESTA
KROONLOOPRING
CANALETE DA COROA
.2.
Axle and hub installation
Montaggio dell’asse e
Einbau der Achse und Nabe del mozzo
Instalación del eje y buje
Installatie van as en naaf
Installation de l’axe et
Instalação do eixo e do
du moyeu
cubo
RIGHT PINCH BOLTS
RECHTE KLEMMSCHRAUBEN
TORNILLOS DE PRESIÓN DERECHOS
BOULONS À SERRAGE DU CÔTÉ
DROIT
BULLONI DI SERRAGGIO
DI DESTRA
RECHTER KLEMBOUTEN
PARAFUSOS DIREITOS DE APERTO
LEFT PINCH BOLTS
LINKE KLEMMSCHRAUBEN
TORNILLOS DE PRESIÓN
IZQUIERDOS
BOULONS À SERRAGE DU
CÔTÉ GAUCHE
.3.
Tire clearance
Reifenabstand
Espacio libre de la cubierta
Distance arceau/pneu
Spazio libero del pneumatico
Bandspeling
Folga do pneu
AXLE
ACHSE
EJE
AXE
ASSE
AS
EIXO
BULLONI DI SERRAGGIO
DI SINISTRA
LINKER KLEMBOUTEN
PARAFUSOS ESQUERDOS
DE APERTO
FORK MODEL
GABELMODELL
MODELO DE HORQUILLA
MODÈLE DE FOURCHE
MODELLO DI FORCELLA
VORKMODEL
MODELO DO GARFO
MINIMUM CLEARANCE
MINDESTABSTAND
ESPACIO LIBRE MÍNIMO
JEU MINIMUM
SPAZIO LIBERO MINIMO
MINIMUMSPELING
FOLGA MÍNIMA
105 mm travel forks
120 mm travel forks
180 mm travel forks
4.14” (105 mm)
4.73” (120 mm)
7.10” (180 mm)
Gabel mit 105 mm Auslenkung
Gabel mit 120 mm Auslenkung
Gabel mit 180 mm Auslenkung
105 mm
120 mm
180 mm
Horquillas con recorrido de 105 mm
Horquillas con recorrido de 120 mm
Horquillas con recorrido de 180 mm
105 mm
120 mm
180 mm
Fourches ayant une course de 105 mm
Fourches ayant une course de 120 mm
Fourches ayant une course de 180 mm
105 mm
120 mm
180 mm
Forcelle con corsa da 105 mm
Forcelle con corsa da 120 mm
Forcelle con corsa da 180 mm
105 mm
120 mm
180 mm
Loop van 105 mm
Loop van 120 mm
Loop van 180 mm
105 mm
120 mm
180 mm
Curso de 105 mm
Curso de 120 mm
Curso de 180 mm
105 mm
120 mm
180 mm
105 mm travel forks
120 mm travel forks
180 mm travel forks
105 mm (4.14”)
120 mm (4.73”)
180 mm (7.10”)
.4.
.6.
Microlube grease ports
Microlube Schmieröffnung
Orificio de engrasado Microlube
Graisseur Microlube
Apertura per l’ingrassaggio Microlube
Microlube smeergat
Orifício de lubrificação Microlube
Fine tuning compression spring
Feinabstimmung der Druckfeder
Ajustes de precisión al resorte
de compresión
Réglages fins des ressorts
de compression
Messa a punto della molla
di compressione
Fijnafstelling van drukveer
Mola de compressão de ajuste preciso
ROTATE
RUOTARE
DREHEN
DRAAIEN
GIRAR
GIRAR
TOURNER
.7.
Fine tuning compression damping
Feinabstimmung der
Druckstufendämpfung
Ajuste de precisión para el
sistema de amortiguación
de compresión
Réglages fins de
l’amortissement de
la compression
Messa a punto del gruppo compressione di smorzamento
Fijnafstelling van drukdemping
Ajuste de precisão do amortecimento de compressão
.5.
Oil level
Ölstand
Nivel del aceite
Niveau d’huile
Livello dell’olio
Oliepeil
Nível do óleo
ROTATE
RUOTARE
DREHEN
DRAAIEN
GIRAR
GIRAR
TOURNER
.8.
MAX.
RECOMMENDED LEVEL
EMPFOHLENER ÖLSTAND
NIVEL RECOMENDADO
NIVEAU RECOMMANDÉ
LIVELLO RACCOMANDATO
AANBEVOLEN PEIL
NÍVEL RECOMENDADO
Fine tuning rebound damping
Feinabstimmung der Zugstufendämpfung
Ajuste de precisión para la amortiguación de rebotes
Réglages fins de l’amortissement de la détente
Messa a punto dello smorzamento all’estensione
Fijnafstelling van terugveringdemping
Ajuste de precisão do ressalto de amortecimento
MIN.
ROTATE
RUOTARE
DREHEN
DRAAIEN
GIRAR
GIRAR
TOURNER
ANSWER PRECISION SUSPENSION
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
CONGRATULATIONS FOR CHOOSING THE LATEST STATE-OF-THEART MOUNTAIN BIKE SUSPENSION FORK AVAILABLE. THE 2000 XVERT FORK MODELS HAVE A STATE-OF-THE-ART MCU/SPRING
COMPRESSION SYSTEM. THE X-VERT SERIES USES THE TWIN
PISTON CARTRIDGE SYSTEM (TPC) THAT SURPASSES ALL OTHER
TYPES OF OIL-DAMPED SYSTEMS IN PERFORMANCE AND DURABILITY. THE X-VERT DC AND
X-VERT CARBON ARE EQUIPPED WITH DUAL TRIPLE CLAMPS
FOR EXTRA RIGIDITY. THE X-VERT CARBON USES THE
20 MM X 120 MM OVERSIZE THROUGH AXLE AND IS COMPATIBLE
WITH STANDARD DH HUBS.
Insure that the proper steer tube has been delivered on your X-VERT. The
steer 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 steer tube it is recommended that you seek a dealer with a
qualified bicycle mechanic to perform installation.
Your X-VERT fork is fully assembled and ready to be installed onto your
bicycle and comes equipped with a 1 1/8” threadless steer tube. XVERTs are available with the V-brake cable hangerless arch, post style
disk brake mounts, and have an optional attachable cable hanger which
is available through your dealer.
CONSUMER SAFETY INFORMATION
IMPORTANT:
The X-VERT 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 or would like to purchase
reflector bracket kit (P/N 85-3674) contact your dealer.
1. Never remove or have the steer tube or stanchions removed form
the crown. The steer tube and stanchions (inner legs) are press fit
assembled at the factory. Press fit inner legs have higher performance vs. bolt-in inner legs. Pressing them out will permanently damage the crown beyond repair and render it unsafe for any continued
use.
2. Never attempt to thread a threadless steer tube. Machining threads
will weaken the steer tube and cause an unsafe condition. The only
safe thing to do is to obtain the proper crown/steerer from your
dealer.
3. Any other alterations or modifications to your fork should be considered unsafe. Contact Answer Products Technical Support prior to
modifying your fork in any way for safety information.
4. Do not use the X-VERT fork if any parts are broken, bent, cracked,
or you suspect may be damaged. Contact your dealer or Answer
Products Technical Support, (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.
5. Answer Products recommends that you periodically inspect your
fork for wear and damage. Inspect the crown, inner legs, outer leg
dropout and brake arch areas for cracks or damage. Before every
ride check to ensure that the proper preload exists and that the positive rebound stop is in order to ensure that the fork can not over
extend.
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 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 to the place
of purchase. In the USA, dealers should call Answer Products for a
return authorization number (RA#). 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.
THE STEER 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 STEER TUBE LENGTHS OR DIAMETERS. REMOVING AND REPLACING THE STEER TUBE OR STANCHIONS WILL RESULT IN AN UNSAFE CONDITION AND SHOULD
NEVER BE DONE.
1. Remove old forks from bicycle.
2. Measure and cut the steer tube to fit your bicycle head tube.
3. Remove crown race from old forks and press onto X-VERT steerer
until seated on crown (Figure 1).
4. Clean and grease headset bearings and races of bicycle.
5. Install lower bearings on fork crown race.
6. Insert steer tube into head tube of frame.
7. Install upper bearings, spacers, and stem.
8. Install stem cap and screw, tighten until slack just disappears.
9. Install handlebars to desired height. Torque stem handlebar pinch
screws and stem clamping system to manufacturer’s instructions.
10. Install cantilever brakes and adjust per manufacturer’s instructions.
11. Position the X-VERT DC and X-VERT CARBON steering stop
bumpers to prevent frame damage.
12. For all X-VERTs except the X-VERT CARBON adjust front wheel
quick release to clear the 0.275" (7 mm) thick secondary catch
dropout. The quick release must be tightened after it is properly
seated into the dropout counter bores. Insure that there is adequate
thread engagement (4 or more threads with the release adjusted to
lock) due to the wider adjustment. Install front wheel to bicycle per
manufacturer’s specifications.
13. For the X-VERT CARBON lightly pinch the thread axle sleeve in the
left dropout. Install the through axle and hub. Tighten the axle until it
bottoms 60-90 in-lbs. (6.8-10.2 Nm). Slide the right leg in and out on
the axle to find the center position and torque the right dropout
pinch bolts to 30-50 in-lbs. (3.4-5.6 Nm). See Figure 2.
14. Install brake cable per manufacturer’s instructions.
NOTE: 2000 X-VERT, X-VERT DC and X-VERT SUPER forks are
equipped with a secondary catch dropout. The X-VERT CARBON is
equipped with an oversize 20 mm through axle that is compatible with
standard DH 20x110 mm hubs.
WHEN INSTALLING WHEEL OR ANY NEW TIRE
CHECK THE MINIMUM TIRE CLEARANCE.
MEASURE FROM THE HIGHEST POINT ON THE TIRE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE CROWN. THE MINIMUM CLEARANCE ALLOWED IS:
3.15” (80 MM) FOR 80 MM TRAVEL FORKS
3.94” (100 MM) FOR 100 MM TRAVEL FORKS
4.53” (115 MM) FOR 115 MM TRAVEL FORKS
6.30” (160 MM) FOR 160 MM TRAVEL FORKS
ANY LESS CLEARANCE CAN RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR
DEATH. (FIGURE 3)
MAINTENANCE
IMPORTANT: The X-VERT should not be used if any parts appear
to be or are damaged. Contact your local dealer or Answer Products
for replacement parts.
IMPORTANT:
Use of fork boots is required to keep your
X-VERT (except for the X-VERT CARBON) performing well and your
warranty in effect. Use of this fork with the boots removed will
shorten the life, reduce the performance and void the warranty.
Your X-VERT fork requires periodic maintenance, cleaning, and inspection. 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 re-greased using the Microlube grease ports located on the back of
each outer leg. (Figure 4)
IMPORTANT: When lubricating the fork with grease through the
grease ports it is important to note the grease is being forced
between the upper and lower bushings. If the area is overfilled the
force of the grease may force the upper bushing and dust seal out.
IMPORTANT:
Before every ride you should:
1. Ensure that quick release skewers are properly adjusted
and tight.
2. Wipe the inner legs clean and check entire fork for any obvious
damage.
3. Check headset slack.
4. Insure that the front brake cable is properly seated in the cable
retainer and check brake adjustment.
IMPORTANT: Maintaining the proper oil level in your TPC is critical (right leg only). 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 making any changes to the oil
level.
To check the oil level remove only the compression assembly located in
the top of the right leg. Leave the left side compression stack (adjuster,
MCU, spring assembly) in place to keep the fork fully extended. Use a
tape measure or “dip stick” to determine the oil level. Refer to the following table for the cor rect oil level for your fork model. (See Figure 5.)
Fork Model
X-VERT
X-VERT DC
X-VERT SUPER
X-VERT CARBON
OIL LEVEL
Minimum
Maximum Recommended
3.00” (76.2 mm) 3.25” (82.5 mm) 3.125” (79.3 mm)
9.00” (229 mm) 11.00” (279 mm)
10.00” (254 mm)
3.00” (76.2 mm) 3.25” (82.5 mm) 3.125” (79.3 mm)
7.50” (190 mm) 9.50” (241 mm)
8.50” (216 mm)
NOTE: Use SAE 5WT fork oil. We recommend Maxima suspension fluid.
ADJUSTING RIDE QUALITIES
X-VERT TPC forks offer a wide adjustment range to suit individual riding
preference and rider weight by simply changing the MicroCellular
Elastomer (MCU’s). Fine tune adjustments can be made using the preload adjusters located on top of the fork crown. Softer blue and harder
yellow elastomers are available from your dealer.
NOTE: The 98 and 99 X-VERT model forks use a compression stack in
the right leg only; the 2000 models’ compression stack is in the left leg.
MCUs and springs used in pre-98 model Manitou forks are NOT interchangeable with later versions of Manitou forks.
Compression Spring Fine Tuning: Figure 6
Fine tuning adjustments to the spring rate are made by rotating the
adjuster knobs located on top of the crown. Note all 2000 X-VERT models use compression spring systems in the left leg only. The left knob for
all X-VERT models is used to adjust preload. Rotating the knob clockwise will firm the ride, adding preload to the compression stack. Rotating
the knob counter clockwise will soften the ride. Four full revolutions will
take the adjuster from full soft to the extreme firm setting.
Compression Damping Fine Tuning: Figure 7
To adjust the X-VERT forks simply rotate the compression damping knob
located on top of the right leg and crown. Rotating the knob clockwise
will increase damping, rotating the knob counter-clockwise will reduce
the damping. Excessive damping will give you a harsh ride over sharp
bumps like rocky sections, but will feel good on large hits like G-outs.
Insufficient compression damping will bottom out in the large hit G-outs
and bob a little while climbing, but feel plush on the sharp hits. A correctly adjusted fork will perform well in all conditions.
Rebound Damping Fine Tuning: Figure 8
To adjust the X-VERT forks simply rotate the rebound damping knob
located on the bottom of the right leg. Rotating the knob clockwise will
increase the damping, rotating the knob counter-clockwise will reduce
the damping. Excessive damping will give you a harsh ride over repetitive bumps (like breaking bumps) because the fork will pack up.
Insufficient rebound damping will make the fork over active and top out.
We suggest that you try adjusting your fork on the very active side, or
minimum rebound. Then try it over a variety of terrains and tune in more
rebound from there.
Figures 9, 10, 11 and 12 are schematics of the X-VERT, X-VERT DC, XVERT SUPER, and X-VERT CARBON fork models. ■
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