Cannondale Prophet 400 All Mountain Full Suspension

4.75/5 (16 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Frame: Prophet, 140 mm
  • Fork: Marzocchi AM III, 150 mm
  • Hubs: Shimano M475
  • Spokes: DT Swiss Champion
  • Tires: IRC Trail Bear, 26 x 2.25"
  • Handlebars: Cannondale Riser, 20 mm rise


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by cannondale a Weekend Warrior from United States of America

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2011

Strengths:    Climbs like a beast for what it is.. smoothest 5-6" travel bike downhill.. great for if cross country because you are keeping up with everyone climbing and downhill your gone!

Weaknesses:    crapy stock rear shock on older models

Bottom Line:   
amazing all around bike.. don't hesitate on buying one amazing all around bike!

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Favorite Trail:   Rock&Roll

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Classifieds

Similar Products Used:   specialized stumpjumper but it feels a lot more roomy and lower center of gravity

Bike Setup:   stock 2005

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Shay Raveh a Weekend Warrior from Rehovot, Israel

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2009

Strengths:    Very solid, climb well, great for technical rides. Aggressive riding position.

Weaknesses:    A bit on the heavy side, but that's the price you pay for a solid bike.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is aimed to the all-arounder cyclist, a true all mountain bike. Gives you great confidence in all cycling terrain, from rock gardens to fast slopy trails. Behaves superbly under any condition but requires the rider to know what he's doing. Not a cross country bike, can go for the longer rides but not exactly built to shine in these routes.

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Favorite Trail:   Haruvit forest

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Trek 4500

Bike Setup:   Front shock - Fox Talas 100-140, rear shock Fox DHX 3.0, 58 cm handlebar (much narrower than the original one)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jethro a Weekend Warrior from Scotland

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2009

Strengths:    Versatility, value for money, handling (especially downhill)

Weaknesses:    None really. A bit heavy but this is not a XC racer.

Bottom Line:   
I have used this bike all year round, for everything - from local trails and UK trail centres through to a holiday in Whistler (including the Bike Park) - and it has never let me down. The handling is impeccable even with low rent shock and forks (Manitou Radium and Marzocchi AM3 - both due for an upgrade), and it gives me complete confidence and masses of fun whenever the trail points downhill. Great on technical climbs too.
Easily the most fun I have had on a bike and it is still going strong. 2009 Prophets have an amazing spec for the money - DO NOT HESITATE - GET ONE!

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Favorite Trail:   Spruce Lake BC/Crank it up Whistler

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Leisure Lakes

Similar Products Used:   Tested Trek Fuel, Kona Dawg, Giant Reign

Bike Setup:   Stock except shorter stem,60mm, and replaced wheels with Mavic XM317 with Hope Pro2 hubs + Maxxis High Rollers.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chris a Weekend Warrior from San Diego, CA, United States

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2008

Strengths:    long, smooth travel, great downhiller, good on climbs, great deal

Weaknesses:    broke the frame (replaced by Cannondale), a little on the heavy side

Bottom Line:   
An amazing bike for the money. Looked at the HiFi but liked the longer travel of the Cannondale. Climbs well for a long travel bike and still has plenty of cush for the big hits and drops. The frame cracked (keep an eye on the back of the upper shock mount) but Cannondale replaced the frame with an '08 in a couple of weeks. Great bike.

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Favorite Trail:   off the top, mammoth mountain

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Zumwalts Bicycle Center

Similar Products Used:   jamis dakar, trek liquid, gary fisher hifi

Bike Setup:   stock except kenda nevegal tires w/ stan's sealant, crank brothers pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jude a Weekend Warrior from Yokosuka, Japan

Date Reviewed: December 31, 2007

Strengths:    1. Adjustable frame geometry for different riding styles.
2. Single-pivot swing arm suspension system.
3. Tough aluminum frame construction, specifically the rear swing arm.
4. Larger top tube footprint for extra durability and strength.
5. Superb climbing abilities.


Weaknesses:    1. Rear configuration may seem "flexy" at times.

Bottom Line:   
The Cannondale Prophet 400 is a superb bicycle. The amount of uses are endless as it is extremely versatile. From the cross country rider to a downhill rider, the Prophet can do it, with the right components, obviously.

Though it is a great all-around bicycle, one major irritant may be the amount of chain slap this bicycle sustains. A quick application of a chain slap protector, whether it be sticker type or reusable wrap-around type, the problem is basically solved.

Unless you are a dedicated cross country rider or if you like more control over steering, the bicycle rides better when the rear shock is set in the freeride position. The frame geometry changes to allow the bicycle to attack bumps more better without sacrificing much steering control.

I strongly recommend this bicycle for anyone who does a little bit of every style of riding.

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Favorite Trail:   Takamine MTB World

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Bike Setup:   2006 Cannondale Prophet 400: Mainly stock components with the exception of new pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andres a Cross Country Rider from Mexico

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2007

Strengths:    really good, all elements are find,

Weaknesses:    sometimes the frame seems to hard

Bottom Line:   
The best mix price/develope

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Similar Products Used:   giant warp, but i seems thar you are driving a lincoln


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by D. S. a Cross Country Rider from East Burke, VT

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2007

Strengths:    Finally made the switch to Full Suspension and love it. So far the weight has been a non-issue. The bike has more clearance than my hardtail. Handles great and a plush ride. I tried the Rush (I have raced some XC) and the Prophet and could immediately tell a difference. The Prophet was more comfortable.

Weaknesses:    The bike has been great BUT the saddle kept coming loose and I had to end up replacing the seatpost. But that is it. I am 6'3" and 205 lbs. and treat the bike none too gently and it keeps going (except the seatpost thing).

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike but I would probably say that about anything coming from a hardtail. If you are considering a switch- DO IT. The only recommendation I would make is go ahead and get the best bike you can instead of planning on upgrading later. I held out wondering if the bike would be too difficult climbing etc. and kept my hardtail. After a season of using the Prophet I got back on my Giant one time-- and then gave it away. It would be 5 stars if not for the seatpost but at $1200 it is a great value.

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Favorite Trail:   Coronary- Kingdom Trails

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Littleton Bicycle Shop, NH

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Rush, Specialized Stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   As it comes OEM

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pete a Weekend Warrior from Ottawa

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2007

Strengths:    Frame, SRAM, price

Weaknesses:    crank, brakes, tires, seat

Bottom Line:   
I bought the 800 model last year but decided the medium frame was too large for me and never really got used to the lefty. People seem to love it but I just tought it was ok but felt the front end was almost too light climbing steep inclines. I sold it and got the 400 and did some nice upgrades to the cranks, brakes, grips and seat. The tires need to be swapped out for something lighter and eventually replace the fork woth a Fox. I really did my homework and nearly bought a Trance instead but this one just had a better pedigree framewise and the stock components are not high end but proven to work well. You can't go wrong buying this bike.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Rebec and Kroes

Similar Products Used:   Prophet 800, Kona Stinky, RM Switch, Kona Bear

Bike Setup:   Replaced grips (to Oury), seat (Nisene) & seatpost (FSA), crank (Raceface Evolve XC), brakes (Hayes HFX 9 xc 8")

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gabriel Cruz a Weekend Warrior from Doral,FL,USA

Date Reviewed: March 20, 2007

Strengths:    Well built, strong frame, great looks, good components for the money.

Weaknesses:    Weight

Bottom Line:   
Great bike, looks really good,components have worked well so far, it is on the heavy side though, may upgrade the fork for something lighter in the future eventhough the Marzokee AMIII (5 lbs.) has worked well.SRAM X7 shifters work well.
Overall, this bike is just a good deal.

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Favorite Trail:   Oletta Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Whatever

Bike Setup:   Stock cannondale 400, Changed pedals though.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andy Davis a Cross Country Rider from Madeira Beach, Fl, USA

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2007

Strengths:    Solid Bike all around

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
This bike has been a great bike for the abuse that I have given it. I’ve looked at upgrading the components on the bike but just can’t justify it due to how good the bike works. I’ve had some Trek & Gary Fisher full suspensions, but this bike out handles and climbs all. Go get one.

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Favorite Trail:   Alafia

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   University Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt Hamilton a Weekend Warrior from West Hartford

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2006

Strengths:    Frame, design, peddling

Weaknesses:    Alittle haeavy, some of the components

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike for the frame and put almost every part on it from my old bike. As an xc/all mountain bike this thing rocks - granted it's not really at 400 level anymore but even B4 i did the build this thing was great as an all around (only 1 bike budget) bike. I highly recomend this bike (except for the fork if your going to use it for downhill occasionally). Good climber, good rear shock (surprised me as it is not a high end shock).
GREAT FRAME and an amazingly good pedling bike - Pretty good a MT Snow except for the fork - I could not get it to not pack-up without being so soft I bottomed all the time.
I have since put a Fox fork (which I had planned on anyway) and have not had it on a real downhill run since. But true to fox - the front end is now stiff, plush and smooth. I actually sold my Santa cruz bullitt and my fisher sugar 3+ (parts donor) and am very happy with only this rig. Buy One you'll like it.

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Favorite Trail:   WH. Res and Mt. Snow

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Fisher Sugar+ / Santa Cruz Heckler & bullit / Giant (????) / Klien hardtail (years ago!!!!)

Bike Setup:   XT drivetrain / Firex Cranks / Spinergy Wheels/ Conti Tires / Salsa post and clamp / fox Vanilla RLC fork /EB Candy SL's / Thompsen stem / Race face bars / Lock-ons BB7 BRakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by yannick bisson a Weekend Warrior from toronto ontario Canada

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2006

Strengths:    Plush suspension, stable at speed and solid

Weaknesses:    Chain slap (easy fix), weak seat clamp(dukes replaced no charge!) and that is it!

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike as an "entry level" AM bike but quickly found that it is very capable and can take averything I throw at it; Jumps, drops/hits and climbs. I thought the fork would be weak and planned to trade up but it is very tough and I'm glad I didn't go for the Lefty. I've given this thing lots of abuse to be sure that any weaknesses would be sorted out under warranty and so far just a bad seat clamp. For the money I laid out on this bike and the riding I'm getting in return...full chilis

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Favorite Trail:   upper oilcan

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   dukes on queen

Similar Products Used:   Specialized XC, Kona Kikapu

Bike Setup:   Stock with Crank Bros Mallets and Race Face lock on grips

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Josh Hollenbeck a Downhiller from Montdale

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2006

Strengths:    All

Weaknesses:    Chain Slap, for what the bike is built for, i'm suppresed it doesnt have a chain guide from keeping it from flying off on jumps and rocky terraine.

Bottom Line:   
Nice bike, handles good. The 150mm forks take a little bit of getting used to. The price is a little steep for having the low end SRAM shifters/rear derailuer, but still Good Buy.

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Favorite Trail:   ALL

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1245.00

Purchased At:   NE Sports

Bike Setup:   All stock, execpt for pedals. Using Shimano Clipless

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan a Weekend Warrior from Bridgewater, CT, USA

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2006

Strengths:    Solid, well built. The frame can handle just about anything. Brakes are powerful and reliable. The Marzocchi AM III is tough and soakes up anything and everything. I've nosedived on a couple of drops and rode away fine, where as with my old bike I definatly would have flipped. The Radium is great, also very tough and can handle almost anything.

Weaknesses:    The rear brakes squeak periodically but it doesn't affect the preformance

Bottom Line:   
Amazing bike for a first full suspension. I'll probably have the frame forever and just swap out old components for new ones if needed. bottom line, if you wanna have a great ride, get this bike!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Brookfeild Bicycle Center

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chip a Weekend Warrior from Winchester

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2006

Strengths:    the frame is amazing! incredibly strong and very light
the front fork i expected to be crappy but is actually very nice and im very impressed. the radium is really smooth and strong im a pretty light guy at 165 but its handleing the 5 and 6 foot drops great. the disk brakes are great once u get them broken in which doesnt take long just a hard stop every now and again for the first few days brakes them in nicely


Weaknesses:    the only problem is my chain has a stiff spot in it that jumps on the smaller cogs (higher gears) because it wont bend around the smaller diameter

Bottom Line:   
great bike for a great price drive train a little weak but thats upgradable

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Element sports

Bike Setup:   i usually ride it in the free ride position
130 psi in the shock and about 45 in the fork

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