Bike Setup: i had them on a trek alpha 4500 the bike is shot but there the only part in great shap besides paint
from West Europe
Date Reviewed: May 12, 2011
Strengths: looks durable and is durable, price-value, it ages like wine, I have the idea that it never got weaker or got worn out after more than 10 years I've used it. great paintjob!
Weaknesses: the plastic adjustment knob has NO USE exept hurting fingers after trying to turn it in cold weather, also in good weather you might as well forget about adjusting the thing, I never felt a difference in stiffness.
after reading the comments it seems to me some, or maybe a lot of poor-performing, bad quality Judy TT's got sold...
maybe they had a lot of production errors? anyhow, I got lucky, I've done a lot of rally's (beachraces, as wel as abusive downhill forest tracks) in the past with these shocks, I got my bike at the age of 16 or something, that was 13 years ago, there were no shocks available for bikes at that time where I lived, not unless you wanted to spend a fortune. I got the shocks a few years later, I guess at the age of 18, 19... approx. 10 years ago... I still use them today, not as frequently, but still, they never let me down. I did bottem them out a couple of times, but then again, I did give them a lot of abuse (:downhil foresttracks littered with huge treeroots, rocks,...) I needed stiff, solid shocks, and I am under the impression that even after 10 years they didn't soften up the slightest bit!! my bike looks old now but my Judy TT's still look brand new and the paint never got chipped!
I'm sure there are a lot of better (also more expensive) shocks out there, but to me, the Judy TT stands out!
Strengths: Cheap and strong. Spares easily available and fork easy to dismantle, clean and rebuild. Do that twice a year and you won't have any problems.
Excellent fork as long as you don't use it for regularly dropping off cliffs. Use it within its limitations and it will perform extremely well and last ages. Stiff, but that's what I like :o)
Servicing is easy.
You wouldn't use a static rope for rock climbing!
Bike Setup: Scott Voltage, Deore groupset, Rear-XTR hub, Mavic Rim, Deore Cassette, Front Wheel - Deore Hub, WTB Rim. Brakes Rear V brake.
a Cross Country Rider
from Walthourville, ga, USA
Date Reviewed: July 9, 2007
Strengths: Very strong fork, swapped a Marzocci Z3 Bomber for it. It is very rigid, and doesn't bottom out easily.
As an ex soldier weighing 250 pounds at less than 10% body fat, I need very strong components. This is a very good fork, very strong. it makes my Ti-ride very lively, and lightning quick. This is good for a "Clydesdale", but a lightweight rider may find this too stiff of a fork to use the travel this thing offers.
Similar Products Used: manitou splice, RSTs, dirt jumpers, drop offs
Bike Setup: kona blast
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: April 13, 2006
Strengths: holds up pretyy good. great for little drops under 4-5 feet. needs to be a little softer
Weaknesses: heavy. does not absorb as much as i thought
i bought this to replace my first fork (solid). my friend got me into doing little drops and jumps, and hopping around on curbs and stuff. tjis is great for that and is fun to bounce up and down obsticles. check out www.freeridesammamish.com!!!!
a Weekend Warrior
from Halifax, NS, Canada
Date Reviewed: November 9, 2005
Strengths: Good shock absorbtion, haven't bottomed out yet, that i have noticed. I hit some big stuff and am always worried i am going to kill myself in mid air then am pleased when i land and live ride another day. Tough
Weaknesses: Heavy 5lbs hard to do manuals with that much weight
If you have judy tt's or want to get some then i would suggest if cost is an issue the go for it, if you can afford a bit more find something lighter you will thank yourself for it.
Beat the mud right out of them and are holding up fine for me. 160lbs. Started freeriding and some aggressive trail riding not to mention some trials stuff. Getting better everyday. If i could shave weight anywhere it would be the shox.
If you are new to biking you should have judy's at least not that suntour stuff.
Similar Products Used: first pair of shox seems fine to me.
Bike Setup: Ironhorse sonic 03, rock shox judy tt, xt derailers.
a Cross Country Rider
from Wayne, NJ, USA
Date Reviewed: November 1, 2005
Strengths: Excellent ride for the price. Durable, handles 3 ft drops solidly,(I'm 180lbs), little flex, smooths out rough terrain as well as more expensive shocks.
Weaknesses: Adjustment limited, a bit heavy, travel seems less than promised 80mm, dampening of small bumps limited.
I think this is very good value. Don't seek Porche performance from a Chevy. It's a solid, functional shock for the money. So far, it takes a bumpin' and keeps right on humpin'. Good for beginner to weekend intermediate.