Cannondale Judge DH Downhill Full Suspension

4.8/5 (5 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Frame: Judge, 220 mm, w/ brake link
  • Fork: Marzocchi 888 RC, 200 mm
  • Rear Shock: Marzocchi Roco C/R Coil
  • Rims: Mavic EX823 Disc, 36 hole
  • Hubs: Thru-20 front, Sun Ringle Abbah Lawwill Thru-12 rear
  • Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Tires: Maxxis High Roller UST, 26 x 2.5"


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2014

Strengths:    Unbelievable suspension (front and aft), smooth pivoting, great stoping traction during pivoting, confidence inspiring at higher speeds, etc. I could go on for days!

Weaknesses:    No weaknesses other than price. It is expensive (definately worth the money), however most people can't afford a rig like this.

Bottom Line:   
The Judge is the best DH rig I've ever ridden. It eats everything in its path, and makes huge drops feel like you're riding a giant marshmallow. The Team Replica has a rear brake caliper travel bar, that helps to keep the braking smooth while the frame pivots. It is expensive, but this is a Supercar of bikes. Make no mistake: this is a downhill bike, and only that!!! If you enjoy pedaling, buy a differnt bike because you will hate this one. The frame's geometry, the gear ratio, and the weight are meant for big hits, not for XC or AM.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by metal mike a Downhiller from gilford,nh. usa...

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2009

Strengths:    very solid frame, decent parts spec,very smooth and stiff
rear end, pretty light for a dh rig,compared to many i've ridden !!!!!!!!!!!!


Weaknesses:    ONLY issue has been the rear shock linkage bushings wearing out QUICKLY...(AND choice of brakeset issued ,bike HAD hayes
el caminos on it,quickly got rid of them !!!!!!!!!!!)


Bottom Line:   
overall a GREAT bike ...i have put over 100 days on this bike,as well as doing MANY races with it also..easily manuverable on the trail.great feeing bike due to suspension
design, and STIFF in the back,thanks to the thru-12 design..
would give it 5 flamin chilis,BUT rear linkage bushing issue
makes me give it a 4..but,all in all i think it is THE best
D.H. bike cannondale has produced !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   dirt merchant @whistler !!!!!!!

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   from a friend (brand

Similar Products Used:   cannondale gemini (gracia model)

Bike Setup:   marzocchi 888 world cup fork,roco world cup rear,all sram x.o.,fsa gravity team dh crankset,hayes brakes,deemax wheelset,crank bros. pedals,easton monkeylite carbon DH bar

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by judge888 a Downhiller from Ph

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2008

Strengths:    Very solid frame. . . Custom built it. Lots of travel , tried it in 6-10 ft jumps. . works great with the 5.0 dhx. Other huckers will love this frame. Never tried it on competition yet. . a bit heavy but hey, theyre supposed to be heavy if theyre built to eat up everythng. . . i love this frame!!!

Weaknesses:    sizing, I dont there is a size that perfectly fits me

Bottom Line:   
INDESTRUCTIBLE!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   cdo

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   canada

Similar Products Used:   Jamis diablo 2.0

Bike Setup:   fox40 rc2, sram x7, hayes nine, raceface diabolous, easton bars, titec seatpost, maxxis high roller 2.7 f/ 2.5 r, bontrager hubs and rims, fsa hs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Shield a Downhiller from Stockton-on-Tees

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2007

Strengths:    I bought the frame and custom built it. Awesome build quality, have a Ventana La Bruja and it is comparable to that. Appreciating that the La Bruja is more FR I road it at Fort William and bemt the seat tube!!! sent it back to the states and they did a great job. I wanted to do more of this kind of riding and the Judge laps it up with a single groan...unlike the ex. Extremely rigid and it has a excellent balance between plushness and stiffness. I am 6' 5" so I bought a large and the riding position is revolutionary for me as I previously feel like I have been riding on the bike whereas now I feel the bike has become an extension of me, part of me. It feels so responsive.... I can't wait to ride this bike.... everytime!!!

Weaknesses:    There are lighter bikes around ....but they are a compromise!!

Bottom Line:   
I would always recommend you try before you buy!! Because at the end of the day it is personal choice and YOU need to decide....but hey it is one hell of a joy machine!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Fort William

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $6000.00

Purchased At:   Westbrook Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Custom built Ventana La Bruja, Gemini 2000, Kona Stinky Deluxe

Bike Setup:   Atomlab Pimp DHR rear, DT Swiss FR6.1D front, Maxxis High Rollers 2.8 front, 2.5 Rear, SRAM X9.0 rear mech, Saint chainset, DT Swiss 440 front/rear hubs....these are awesome!!!, Time clipless ATAC,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stefan Roeder a Downhiller from Cologne, Germany

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2006

Strengths:    Very easy to handle, burly, fast, well crafted, very stiff rear, corners extremly good

Weaknesses:    None found yet !

Bottom Line:   
This bike is a killer on the trails ! It takes your fears away and lets keep you "the pedal to the metal". Even on Uphills it works fine. This bike is a extremly good evolution of Cannondales Gemini DH bike ! The rear is working like they promised and helpt to accelerate the bike very quickly!
If you can afford it - buy it !

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Favorite Trail:   Various

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3400.00

Purchased At:   www.cyclewerx.de

Similar Products Used:   Gemini DH

Bike Setup:   888VF, Roco RC Coil, Louise FR, Mavic EX 823, Maxxis Minion 2.5", Sram X9 with Trigger, XT Front Derailleur, Truvativ Hussefelt w/36/22 Chainrings and Bashguard, FSA handlebar, Seatpost, WTB Pro V....

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