- Answer Manitou Elastomers
OK, they’re seriously retro but does anyone know of a place I can get the elastomers for these? The compression elastomers have failed and the nearest I can find is £22 plus shipping from the US for a similar but not the same fork.
Dont suggest a different fork, I want my retro ones working, dont want to spend the cash on new and cant find newer ones that dont require sus corrected geometry.
Ta!Posted 9 years ago
If they are Mani 1’s or 2’s reckon you wil be unlucky. You can get springs, but they have no top out elastomer and by all accounts are crap
People have tried to use various substitutes to no avail, if you do find some make sure you don’t use lithium grease, that’s what turns them all gungy
I managed to find some NOS for my 2’s from a canadian chap, but that was pure luck and there doesn’t seem to be many around now.
If they are 3’s or 4’s, think I may know where they are available, so get back to me if that’s what you are afterPosted 9 years ago
They’re mani 1’s (1991), just like these, theyre lighter than a light thing drinking helium:
The top-out elastomers are OK at the moment, its just the compression ones that keeled over (previous owner did indeed use lithium grease). I could try to get some coils of a similar size and cut and shape them to fit, leaving the top-out elastomers in place I suppose.Posted 9 years ago
I am sure you’ll be able to get a coil that fit inside the fork. Will work so much better
No they won’t unless you fancy having a pogo stick on the front of your bike
You could try these people who i think have got Mani 1 elastomer kits
Hope you get sorted out okPosted 9 years ago
Just remembered about them, don’t think you will find anything cheaper though to be honest
I paid 20 quid for my set and any that appear on Ebay fetch a goodly price due to their rarity value
From what iv’e heard the springs are next to useless and when you think about it they would bePosted 9 years ago
Shame their isn’t an air cartridge available like the Englund’s you could get for RS forks
Suspect skateboard bumpers are too hard, the elastomers are seriously squishy?
I’m just trying to find if I can get the elastomer in two-part mix, I did something similar with a differential mounting bush for my car that the manufacturer was charging £100 a time for, I managed to buy polyflex two part rubber (used to make polybush uprated bush stuff by manufacturers) for about £30 a tin, enough to make 3 bushes – it worked a treat, though it was a little hard to handle and came with instructions saying the fumes displace oxygen and bind to your haemoglobin permanently making it useless so I did it in a VERY ventilated place lol.Posted 9 years ago
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