Cannondale Prophet 1000 All Mountain Full Suspension

4.63/5 (78 Reviews)
MSRP : $2600.00


Product Description

  • Frame: Prophet
  • Fork: Lefty Max SPV+
  • Rims: Mavic XM819 Disc, 32 hole
  • Spokes: DT Champion
  • Tires: Maxxis High Roller UST, 26 x 2.35"
  • Pedals: Shimano PD-M520


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by adam a Cross Country Rider from Fort Plain Ny

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2011

Strengths:    Awesome in every way.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
This is an amazing ride that eats up everything you can throw at it. I am looking to sell mine presently so if anyone knows looking for a size lg Cannondale prophet 1000 I have one for sale for $1000. I live in central Ny if interested shoot me an email adam_bermas@hotmail.com thanks and leave some contact info so i can get back to you. thanks

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Private

Similar Products Used:   First good full suspension bike

Bike Setup:   Stock except rear tire is specialized 2bliss

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by anjt1998 a Cross Country Rider from Fairfield CA

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2011

Strengths:    Rugged, tubeless tires, good components

Weaknesses:    Little heavy

Bottom Line:   
I had this bike for 6 years and took it through just about everything. It gobbles up rock gardens and can rip through single track trails with great speed. Long climbs can be tiring due to weight but I knew that going in.

Cannondale has treated me well too. This frame has been warrantied twice the first time I got a entire new frame in a custom color, 10% of purchase price back, new tires and new crankset just for the inconvenience of have a new bike int he shop. 6 years later the top tube cracked and 2 weeks later Cannondale is replacing it with a new Rize 140 frame for free. (No Prophet frames are available).

I think the Prophet is a top notch, durable ride and Cannondale is a great company.

I am really upset that Cannondale is no longer going to be made in the USA and for that reason alone I probably won't consider another Cannondale (Bummer). GO USA!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Rockville Park

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2600.00

Purchased At:   Rays Cycle

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Stock except Maxxis Ignitor tires and XT crankset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by el bikobandito a Cross Country Rider from Penna

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike at a swap meet and I'm glad I did. I own 4 other bikes and they are always on the repair stand. "Big C" as she's affectionately termed never has had her seatpost clamped in the stand. The bike is bulletproof (and it should be at 31.5 lbs). Which brings up my pet-peeve with Big C...she loves blasting downhill, but shes a big pig headed up...no-one wants to lug 31.5 lbs of pig uphill. Whenever you see a big climb on the horizon prepare your sweat glands because you can bet your bottom dollar that they will be engaged once you reach it.

All in all a good bike ...5 chilis...but Cannondale whats up with the made in China in 2010...Thumbs down.

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Favorite Trail:   BearCreek

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1350.00

Purchased At:   LBS


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by white flashes a Cross Country Rider from Ohio

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2008

Strengths:    Made in USA. Good parts.

Weaknesses:    Single pivot isn't the best. It will wear your butt out on longer rides.

Bottom Line:   
There are better designs out. The who XC or freeride settings are a joke. XC puts your center of gravity too high and makes tight cornering a joke. Freeride works well. Parts are good.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1675.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Giant, Kona, Cannondale Rush

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by xaq a Weekend Warrior from marietta, GA, USA

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2008

Strengths:    tires are great, it might be better to have nontubeless tires though. the lefty is really nice, but you have to learn how to "set" it. the manitou setup is really nice. a really stable, solid bike for under 30 lbs.

Weaknesses:    could have"interchangeable" tires. a little bit heavy, but then again, im a little bit on the heavy side myself. avid juicy brakes are horrible after the first month, unless you know how to bleed them

Bottom Line:   
this is the perfect bike-unless you're stupid enough to use it as a cyclocross or a road bike.good setup except for the brakes. perfect for anyone from beginner to advanced riders.

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Favorite Trail:   Big Creek

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   craigslist.com

Similar Products Used:   Kona Dawg, Ibex Ignition

Bike Setup:   all original except brakes, now avid bb7, and pedals, now crankbros eggbeater(they are the bottom of the line ones, but they work just like the ti's)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kevin a Weekend Warrior from Canberra, ACT, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2008

Strengths:    Looks great, a All Mountain beast. Top line SRAM. Life Warranty on frame.

Weaknesses:    Brakes need constant adjusting and cleaning.

Bottom Line:   
I ride a combination of trail, X Cross and medium downhill. This bike handles it all. Sure there are bikes of equal or better out now, but this bike was bought 2nd hand with about 1000KM and needed not much to get it in top notch condition. I hammer this bike and it has not let me down other than a buckled well after a particularly gnarly touchdown. The lefty is no problem other that very minor issue of taking off the wheel. (takes all of about 3 minutes). Even then it fitted into my car better than a standard twin fork. Now I have a rack so no issue at all.
Problem in Aust is these are expensive bikes off the shelf..but hey if money aint an issue go spoil yourself.

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Favorite Trail:   Bobsled / Little Dingo

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   2nd hand classifieds

Similar Products Used:   This is my first dual. Nuf said

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kevin a Weekend Warrior from Canberra, ACT, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2008

Strengths:    Looks great, a All Mountain beast. Top line SRAM. Life Warranty on frame.

Weaknesses:    Brakes need constant adjusting and cleaning.

Bottom Line:   
I ride a combination of trail, X Cross and medium downhill. This bike handles it all. Sure there are bikes of equal or better out now, but this bike was bought 2nd hand with about 1000KM and needed not much to get it in top notch condition. I hammer this bike and it has not let me down other than a buckled well after a particularly gnarly touchdown. The lefty is no problem other that very minor issue of taking off the wheel. (takes all of about 3 minutes). Even then it fitted into my car better than a standard twin fork. Now I have a rack so no issue at all.
Problem in Aust is these are expensive bikes off the shelf..but hey if money aint an issue go spoil yourself.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   2nd hand classifieds

Similar Products Used:   This is my first dual. Nuf said

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Trevor a Cross Country Rider from Pfäffikon, SZ, Switzerland

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2008

Strengths:    Low weight, the feel and responsiveness and the look.

Weaknesses:    Lefty is not so practical and the brakes. The suspention is a bit bobby.

Bottom Line:   
I wouldn’t buy this bike again and wouldn’t recommend it. your hard earned money could be used more wisely.
I was very happy with this bike when I first bought it, all decent bikes started around $4000 back then (in Switzerland), but now not so happy with it. After having it for a little over three years and only having done around 2500km on it there are a few problems. A friend bought a Specialized Enduro around the same time and his bike is problem free. My biggest gripe is the brakes. I have spent countless Francs trying to get them not to bind just that little bit, permanently. Going uphill is really disheartening when you know your brakes are fighting against you and in Switzerland going uphill is a given. I am now thinking of replacing the brakes, but I only have the option to choose disc brakes again.
The lefty is cool but not practical, having your front wheel permanently attached to your bike makes it kind of difficult to get into your car. Having to take off the disc brake calliper if you want to take the whole wheel off is stupid and who carries the right size allen key in their pocket all the time?

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Favorite Trail:   all of them

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $4097.00

Purchased At:   Tower Sports in may 2005

Similar Products Used:   Various Giant and Specialized

Bike Setup:   Mostly stock (european model), http://gb.cannondale.com/bikes/05/ce/model-5VE1.html
Front tyre Panaracer xc fire pro tubeless, back tyre Schwalbe Racing Ralph tubeless.
Selle Italia prolink gel flow saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian Lehfeldt a Weekend Warrior from Fort Collins, CO, USA

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2007

Strengths:    Plush ride, strength, build quality

Weaknesses:    a little heavy compared to my Super V,

Bottom Line:   
I was pretty sure it would take a special bike to replace my Super V, but after riding the Prophet I hardly want to ride the old bike anymore. The super V feels almost rigid (not a big suprise, but it feels stiffer than it used to). I like the fact that they are still making the bike in the US and haven't shipped overseas (like the Yeti, Titus). I also really liked the Yeti 575, but it doesn't seem to climb as well- although I didn't have time to play with adjustments. Also, this bike was WAY cheaper than the Yeti. I believe this has to be one of the best all around bikes out there- will update review over time.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Craigs list- used

Similar Products Used:   Trek Fuel, Yeti 575, Titus motolite

Bike Setup:   Stock except Kenda 2.5" front and 2.35" rear blue groove tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jimmy a Weekend Warrior from Falls Church, VA

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2007

Strengths:    Cush ride, great brakes, clearance.

Weaknesses:    None really, but if I had to say one it's that the lefty is sometimes hard to transport b/c it can't fit on some racks.

Bottom Line:   
I really like this bike. The ride is increcible, very cushy with all that travel. Brakes are phonominal. Clearance is awesome - i rarely touch my bash gaurd.

You get a lot of bike for the money.

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Favorite Trail:   Schaffer Farms

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Yeti 575, Giant Trance

Bike Setup:   Stock except for Sram x.9 der. upgrade, climbing bars, and Panaracer 2.1's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Luke a Cross Country Rider from kankakee il

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2007

Strengths:    Rigid single pivot,easy to maintain,long travel,adjustable head tube,weight,good brakes and rear der,mavic wheels,LEFTY!!!I could praise most of this entire bike!!!

Weaknesses:    The fire hub seems kinda clunky and i've had to service it more than the spokes,there'se a wee bit of pedal feedback but being clipped in i'm immune to it or the tiny bit of bob i don't even notice it anymore.

Bottom Line:   
The bike is an all around good performer. Don't ask it to do an xc race. Do ask it to perform on any all day ride on any terrain. Buy this bike and it will reward you with predictable rock solid performance.

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Favorite Trail:   hamcreek.com

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1825.00

Purchased At:   beverly bike and ski chicago il

Similar Products Used:   gt i drive 5,iron horse mk3,mongoose teocali,trek fuel ex7,jamis xlt'kona dawg

Bike Setup:   add ignitors,bontrager carbon riser bars,time pedals, wtb gel saddle,grips

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Guy B a Cross Country Rider from Israel

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2007

Strengths:    suspension (although bobing). frame. brakes (although a bit squeacking).and most important - how easy it is to get attention with those bike. just having those amazed looks at the Lefty suspension. Feels like having a Ferari.Well..almost

Weaknesses:    may be my fault that i din't check them well before purchase, but the air runs out of the tubeless every day.frustrating. squeacking breaks.

Bottom Line:   
good bike, with small-to medium problems of used bike. fun to ride. new pair cost 3750. i got it for less then 50% after 2 years. wouldnt spend on it 3750$, or even close.

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Favorite Trail:   Yarkon Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   second hand

Similar Products Used:   K2 attack 2. cost 600$ used. can feel the differnce, but doesn't worth the money i spent on the prophet. well...may be yes...depends on your pocket status really

Bike Setup:   crank-shimano lx.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stefan a Downhiller from Vacaville

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2007

Strengths:    Great value for the money. Gives alot of confidence to a new rider!

Weaknesses:    The Maxxis High roller tires give no lateral grip. Great in a straight line, but slip alot when cornering.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for all mountain trails.

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Favorite Trail:   Rockville

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   The Pedler, San Pablo

Similar Products Used:   99' Specialized FSR

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Lefty red spring to handle my 180lb wieght.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Drew from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2007

Strengths:    Lefty is the quickest fork out there for 140 mm. It does not pull left no matter what people say, you can ride it no handed all you want and it will go straight. Since it is coil sprung it has smooth, consistent travel only rivaled by the maverick which is a $700 fork. This bike is incredibly well balanced, and eats up anything, the gnarlier the terrain the more this bike shines, and it is quick, this bike handles like a XC bike with a little more squish. The Juicy sevens are incredible even with the stock rotors, and the stock tires aren't too bad, although they are not a true 2.35 (my friends specialized 2.0s are just as wide) but they get the job done. Tubeless tires are the sickness, they ride awesome. The frame is beautiful, every frame manufacturer should grind their welds since it gives such a clean look. Looks funny.

Weaknesses:    If you want to put it on the top of a car and you have to take off the front wheel, you need to get a fork up, but thats about it.

Bottom Line:   
Ride it, everyone badmouths the lefty but they have never ridden it. It is one of the stiffest, quickest forks out there. This bike shines in technical situations where the more ass kicking the terrain the better the ride. Very predictable and balanced and that makes it fast. And once you get going the suspension will soak up everything so if you miss your line you wont pay for it, the bike will just charge through and keep tracking where it needs to go. Looks weirder than most other bikes and that makes it fun to look at. This is one burly bike that will take what you throw at it, and it climbs pretty darn well for a single pivot five and a half inch bike. Five chilis all the way around for a quality bike that comes spec'd better than anything in the same price range, and for the quality of the frame fit and finish. Makes you want to ride everyday, and that is a good thing to have in a bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Hall Ranch, Walker Ranch

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1750.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Test road only - RM slayer, Yeti 575, Specialized Enduro, Scott Ransom, Cannondale Scalpel

Bike Setup:   stock with Specialized Enduro 2.4 rear tire

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by andy reslewic a Weekend Warrior from ny

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2007

Strengths:    Tubeless tires and rims. Lefty absorbs everything and is super adjustable. Handles great on XC singletrack. Light weight for full-suspension

Weaknesses:    There has been a constant clicking noise that can only be the welds on rear of frame. On big hits it is a bit shakey on the landing.

Bottom Line:   
Great all around bike, or all-mountain bike. Best suited for XC singletrack, not so grat at DH, but then again it is an XC bike. Four chills for the 05' Prophet 1000

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Favorite Trail:   MTA

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Bryan's Bikes

Similar Products Used:   1990 Diamondback XC

Bike Setup:   SRAM XO shifters and derailure. Magura marta hydrolic discs.

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First project - Cannondale Prophet 1000

Hi All, The other day my buddy gave me (yes for free) his Cannondale Prophet 1000 Lefty. It’s been sitting for a very long time so it needs some resto but most of it is changing out some rusty pieces so it’s a good project bike to do up (this will be my first). Ill also be putting new peddles, saddl ... Read More »

Rear Shock Options for 05 Prophet 1000

I am not very educated about rear shocks, so forgive my ignorance. I am currently running a Manitou Swinger 3 way (that came stock on the 05 Prophet 1000). I am looking to replace it with something more versatile and that will give me more options for lockout/pedal-bob reduction. I am using this ... Read More »

'06 Prophet 1000 question

i've recently swapped rear tire on my prophet, and am now having a little problem with it. it was a pain in the a$$ to get the new tubeless tire (specialized captain armadillo elite) seated properly. my problem is the rim strip. it is a light blue, somewhat hard plastic strip which i'm assuming i ... Read More »

Cannondale Prophet 1000

Hey need some help i am looking at buying a used 2005 Cannondale Prophet 1000, for $850.00 need some advice on price, and this type of bike, i will be riding on the west coast and nothing to extreme weekend rides. any info would be great i have never ridden a lefty fork...Read More »

Prophet 1000

Not mine, but I saw a Large Prophet for sale locally (MI). Check out MMBA.org classifieds. $600 seems like a deal.Read More »

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