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Hi all

 

I've got a '04 (I think) Manitou Skareb Super, SPV air front fork that came with my Merida HFS frame.

I'm thinking about getting it serviced, as I don't think it ever has been. Though the previous owner mainly used it on the road it seems.

 

Thinking about doing the service myself, as the manual gives good break down instructions etc. In this case what oils would I used that I can get locally? I'm figuring I should also replace the wipers? Starting to get a slight ring of oil on the top of the pistons after a good ride.

 

I'm fairly new to the game, although fairly handy and have serviced and rebuilt most the bike myself already.

Just don't want to fiddle and end up without a bike due to lack of oil or parts. Also waiting on a shock pump.

 

Is it even worth doing the service myself? What would a service normally cost if I had it done?

The local bike shops would all just remove it and send it away to be serviced, I could just remove it myself but who would I actually send it too? Got a contact number (I'm in Cape Town)? Apparently the imports do it.

 

Regards

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If you speak to Lance at Epic cycles, I believe he is qualified to service Manitou forks amongst others.

 

They are in the southern suburbs, not sure where exactly you're based

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Hi all

 

I've got a '04 (I think) Manitou Skareb Super, SPV air front fork that came with my Merida HFS frame.

I'm thinking about getting it serviced, as I don't think it ever has been. Though the previous owner mainly used it on the road it seems.

 

Thinking about doing the service myself, as the manual gives good break down instructions etc. In this case what oils would I used that I can get locally? I'm figuring I should also replace the wipers? Starting to get a slight ring of oil on the top of the pistons after a good ride.

 

I'm fairly new to the game, although fairly handy and have serviced and rebuilt most the bike myself already.

Just don't want to fiddle and end up without a bike due to lack of oil or parts. Also waiting on a shock pump.

 

Is it even worth doing the service myself? What would a service normally cost if I had it done?

The local bike shops would all just remove it and send it away to be serviced, I could just remove it myself but who would I actually send it too? Got a contact number (I'm in Cape Town)? Apparently the imports do it.

 

Regards

 

It is easy as pie and well within the scope of the dedicated DIYer.

 

The oil is not critical, as long as is fork oil in the 10W range - a few "Ws" over or below won't make a difference.

 

You'll need a set of wipers and seals, two O-rings, some oil, some rags, a drain pan, some extra Omo for your clothes, a 10mm allen key, a screwdriver, large hammer, 4mm allen key and some beer.

 

Do it. If you're daunted, e-mail me and I'll send you my schedule for fork service workshops in Cape Town.

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