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 Post subject: Newbie and My bike
PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:06 pm 
Dirt Disciple
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Hi all, I am new here, I have pulled my old bike out after a few years and looking to get back in the saddle. It's a 1999 or thereabouts Specialized FSR. Still in great condition except the front suspension seems to be locked. Shimano XT everything. Wouldn't change it for the world.


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie and My bike
PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:45 pm 
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Welcome, given those era of Manitou's were elastomer based I would hazard a guess the little rubbery swines have long since solidified (or collapsed and turned to mush), hence the forks being 'locked out'. Replacement parts can be found here (http://www.suspensionforkparts.net/eshop/index.php if you wish to breath new life into them. Best of luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie and My bike
PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:15 pm 
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Thanks for that. I'd forgotten about elastomer.
Any idea how I identify my forks, to buy the correct kit?


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie and My bike
PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:24 pm 
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I'm 99% certain they are the 1998 SX TI model


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie and My bike
PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:26 pm 
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Thank you. All they say on them is Manitou Pro. No serial number or other clues.


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie and My bike
PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:35 pm 
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I've found a manual for them I'll take them apart tomorrow and see what I've got. They are quite complex inside.


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie and My bike
PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:37 pm 
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Need a new seat post too, 30.9 I believe. This one is too short. Apart from that. It rides perfectly. :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie and My bike
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:31 pm 
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Can anyone help please, I bought a cheap set of forks to tide me over while I hopefully repair my original Manitous. The problem is the posts for the brakes is in a different position, higher and I can't use my XT V brakes.


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie and My bike
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:32 pm 
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Are these forks for a larger than 26" wheel? Or for a different type of brakes?


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie and My bike
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:21 pm 
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look like 700c forks to me


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