Cannondale Fatty D Front Shock

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Cannondale Fatty D


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Courtney a Weekend Warrior from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2003

Strengths:    tracks well, doesn't develop any play even after several years. Light

Weaknesses:    not very strong, can't take many big hits before the oil leaks, or the sliders pop out, or the boot rips. Can't fix anything yourself because it requires some fancy cannondale tool. Replacement spare parts and servicing is very expensive. Not very forgiving suspension.

Bottom Line:   
It seems like the headshok system is a little too delicate for riders who like to leave the ground. I don't ride really hard but I seemed to be forever taking this shock back to the shop to get something fixed. The boot broke several times for no apparent reason. Oil was forever leaking from the shock (broken seals). The sliders for the needle bearings were always moving around. It's very expensive to maintain. The lockout doesn't feel nearly as good as the Marzocchi ETA feels. It was expensive to put the Marzocchi on the Cannondale - but the bike feels much better to ride. If I had known what I know now, I would never have bought a cannondale. For speedy racing types who stay on the ground. Don't buy it if you like air or rough terrain.

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Favorite Trail:   Cootha

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox Indy/Judy/Psylo, Manitou SX/spyder/Black, Marzocchi MX with ETA

Bike Setup:   1999 F700

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matthew from San Diego Ca USA

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2002

Strengths:    Light, tight, right for a hardtail. With the right wheel and tire combo it tracks like its on rails.

Weaknesses:    Limited travel, Can only be serviced by a C-dale trained mech.

Bottom Line:   
My first fork, the venerable Mag 21 (on a Nishiki Colorado) tended to wander around a bit....(You could see the legs "walk" back and forth) When I bought my F1000 in '96 I was amazed by its performance. I 96 it's performance WAS amazing. Things have changed in 6 years and having ridden some newer forks I can see its limitations, but I still love it anyways. I works well on a hard tail. If your a huckster or gravity guru fergettaboutit. If your an XC racer or rider and don't mind limited travel, nothing is lighter and few track as laser-like.

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Favorite Trail:   The next one

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   The original Mag 21

Bike Setup:   Cannonkeg F1000 bla bla bla

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin Shepard a Cross Country Rider from Amherst, Ma, USA

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2002

Strengths:    Lock out feature, Looks way cool, VERY VERY STIFF, tracks very well

Weaknesses:    Not enough travel, Can be noisy at times

Bottom Line:   
The fork is really really cool but doesnt have enough travel for todays hard core rides. I am sold on Cannondale and will stay with them forever even the Fatty D. It is so durable and easy to maintain that I still cant believe it. Thank you C-dale I am a life long rider of your bikes now.

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Favorite Trail:   All of them

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   All the others out there

Bike Setup:   99 C-dale F700, icon seatpost, crowbar riser, I love it

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ryan Vars a Cross Country Rider from Seattle

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2001

Strengths:    Stiff as they come, and fairly light. Disc Brake compatible a bonus. Lock out a cool feature

Weaknesses:    only 60mm of travel.

Bottom Line:   
Decent fork but the Bike will push it's limit the firts time out. Mine rebounds like a kicking mule and thuds as it hits the top. I had the cartride replaced but it still does it due to some dampening issues. like i said above, 60 mm is no where near enough travel. alright fork Stiffness really helps.

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Favorite Trail:   Finn Hill/St Edwards

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Sportsman Ski Haus

Bike Setup:   99' F700. CT2 seatpost. avid brakes and levers.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from Massachussets

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2000

Strengths:    Lockout,looks,stiffness, weight.

Weaknesses:    Could use a bit more travel.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent on medium size rocks and big roots, but sometimes i feel like im going to flip over the handlebars but never do. Overall great ride and i love the lockout feature. 5 flamin' turds for this one.

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Favorite Trail:   N/A

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Rocksox indy XC, Judy T2, about every low end rockshox haha

Bike Setup:   f600 full XT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by alex penton a Cross Country Rider from sydney, nsw, australia

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2000

Strengths:    looks, feel, adjustability, craftsmanship

Weaknesses:    nada

Bottom Line:   
I upgraded from the fatty m and boy was it worth it. How could anyone have a fork that doesn't have lock-out? My bike turns into a road bike with the twist of knob. I admit that i'm a novice but this fork feels like heaven.

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Favorite Trail:   urban jungle

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   rockshox

Bike Setup:   cannandale F500, sram 9.0, shimano dx pedals!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Julio a Cross Country Rider from Miami, Florida, USA

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2000

Strengths:    Outstanding, 4 foot drops, no problem. Like Butta...

Weaknesses:    None yet!!!

Bottom Line:   
Out-F*&^%$#-Standing...

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Favorite Trail:   Oleta

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shock Jett (They Suck)

Bike Setup:   99' Cannondale Killer V-700 LX-XT, Avid 1.9 levers, Coda Crank and Bar, Mavic Rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tony king a Cross Country Rider from colorado springs

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2000

Strengths:    just plain nice to have up front

Weaknesses:    becomes super stiff in the cold
not an all weather fork


Bottom Line:   
I love this fork... except for a few complaints. First of all, when it drops below 40 deg., you start to notice a difference in the forks characteristics and at temperatures below 20 deg, it is downright stiff (problem could be solved if I bought the air upgrade. Also, this fort is sensitive to water exposure. This summer, I had a problem with rusty bearing sliders. There was no reason for there to be water in the fork because the fork boot wasnt torn. Since then, I have become paranoid about even gently washing my bike... but I havent had any other pronblems since. Even though this fork has given me this one isolated and fairly minor problem, I wouldnt trade it for anything... except maybe the fatty ultra... or even the air upgrade... maybe next year.... or for my birthday... Ill shut up now.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   various

Bike Setup:   cdale f700

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Keong a Cross-Country Rider from Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia

Date Reviewed: November 17, 1999

Strengths:    
The bearing strips helps alot on fast rebound (smoothness)


Weaknesses:    
Do you think there is any?


Bottom Line:   
Being a bike machanic for several years , I have to test and understand all kind of product.

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
manitou m1,m3,m4
R.S(most of them)
Girvin(too flexy)
Marzocchi Bombers(well made)


Bike Setup:   
Cannondale F700 99
Shimano XTR/XT groupset

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by DanDaDilToy a Cross-Country Rider from Coquitlam, B.C.

Date Reviewed: November 12, 1999

Strengths:    
-On the fly lock out
-Look Cool
-Plastic tube protects the whole shock, all weather proof
-Response quicker than any other brands


Weaknesses:    
-Expensive ungrade
-Cant fit on the other bikes, be slave od C.dale.


Bottom Line:   
Super quick response on any surface, esp in the rocky or baby-head size rocks. Lock out makes mtb becomes a road bike, useful on uphill too. If you tried fatty D, you wont feel satisfy anymore with other brands. Fatty Ds new name is DL, but same components. 80mm travel is not too much or less, lower level of lefty n higher level than unsuper fetty D. i give this shock 5 chilies for SURE......

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Favorite Trail:   
Burke Mountain

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
-Rst
-MOnitou
-Bombers


Bike Setup:   
Y2K v800, xt 9spd, hutcinson 1.85, avid 1.9, set od coda experts, fox float

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Mark Johnston a Downhiller from Hamilton,Ont.Canada

Date Reviewed: November 10, 1999

Strengths:    
Killer Travel


Weaknesses:    
Odd ride, Thought my
axe was going to break


Bottom Line:   
I loved the ride for the last 2 hours of my
ride. The Fatty D's were pretty hard to get used to at the start of my day. I've been riding
Manitou Moc5's for about a year than demo'd the fatty's. I was too used to the shock being on the barrels and not the steer tube so you can imagine the sudden change to a persons riding style. Overall I feel the head shock isn't for me, but hay that's me!!! Thanks for the ride
Cannondale. L8TER.

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Favorite Trail:   
South Shore 15Km

Duration Product Used:   
tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   
RST-Sucked
RockShock(Judy's)
-sweet ride


Bike Setup:   
Cannondale M1000
XTR/DeoreLX/RaceFace

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Ilan a Cross-Country Rider from Austin, TX

Date Reviewed: October 31, 1999

Bottom Line:   
My first real fork on my first real bike. After a little over a year I am very satisfied. I have the DD60 with 60mm of travel, and id rather have 70 or 80mm but that's ok.
Steers and tracks true, just point and shoot. Absolutely no stiction, flex, or steering lag. Very light and very responsive. Tops out every now and then and 'clunks', which is why i'd like more travel. The lock out comes in handy when i do city commuting or road tours, turns the bike fully rigid and you can ride just as well as the roadies (kind of). I havent made any adjustments as i havent felt the need to, and i probably wouldn't try doing it myself, id probably just make it worse.
Overall, a really nice fork, but i wouldnt buy another. In fact, i probably wouldnt buy another Cannondale, but thats another story. Its a good intermediate fork that should last at least 3 to 4 years until you realize headshok isn't all its cracked up to be. But it still gets 5 peppers for serving me well, and i dont plan on replcing it or the frame for another 2 or 3 years.

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
RST (terrible)


Bike Setup:   
'98 CAAD3, XTR/XT/LX mix

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Sure a Cross-Country Rider from Sure

Date Reviewed: October 10, 1999

Strengths:    
-No Flex
-Best shock for small bumps
-almost maintenance free
-light for the a shock at this price
-Cannondale baks it up all the way!
-On the fly lockout


Weaknesses:    
-Only fits on Cannondales(not that bad cause cannondale rules)
-could be lighter
-Should have 70mm of travel(2000 Fatty DL have 70mm)


Bottom Line:   
The best cross country fork in it's price range.
Headshocks are the best xc forks, period. It doesn't matter if you have a 2.5 pound Marchochi or Sid, Headshocks are stiffer, more reponsive, better tracking and turn off for sprints or climbs. Those guys using them for downhill or just writting bad reviews are nuts!

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Favorite Trail:   
Vancouver North shore

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
-Lefty
-Fatty SL
-Rock shox indy/jett/judy/sid
-Marchochi Z2/Z1 drop offs
-Manitou Spyder


Bike Setup:   
-My F700 99
CAAD3
Coda stuff
shimano LX/XT
Sweeeeeeeet

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Todd a Cross-Country Rider from Sacramento

Date Reviewed: August 22, 1999

Strengths:    
Super Tracking.
Light Weight.
No Stiction.
Super Active.


Weaknesses:    
NOT ENOUGH TRAVEL.
Shock boot tears causing major internal damage.


Bottom Line:   
Awsome cross country fork, but travel and durability a definate issue...

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Favorite Trail:   
Dark Hollow, Brianhead, UT

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Manitou TPC
Noleen Crosslink
Rock Shox Judy (various)
Marzocchi (Z1 Bam, Z3,4)


Bike Setup:   
'97 F1000

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Tom a Cross-Country Rider from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: July 6, 1999

Strengths:    
Great Fork
Super Plush
No Sticktion
No bind ups
Enough travel for XC Riding
Nice looks(I mean it)
Stiff Stiff Stiff


Weaknesses:    
You can only put it on Cannondales and Merlins(not that these bikes are bad or anything, they are on of the best)


Bottom Line:   
It's the most plush and reponsive shock in it's category! Go out and try one!

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Favorite Trail:   
Singletrack

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Judy
Sid
Fatty SL
Fatty Ultra
Bomber Z4,Z3,Z2,Z1


Bike Setup:   
Cannondale F700(sweet bike!)

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Fatty D advice... and scalpel 2005

Last year I bought a Scalpel 1000 2005 frame and a fatty D to go with. They guy who sold me the Fatty told me it was working fine when he took it off. I'm starting to use now it and I'm still puzzled by the way the headshok is working. It is not bottoming down, it's the other way round. When I'm ... Read More »

Advice on Upgrading my Fatty D 60mm

Hey guys, quick question- I have a hardtail with a Fatty D 60mm shock and I'd like to upgrade to something with more travel. According to Cannondale, they have one upgrade for my headshok, an 80mm DLR, and they want $500+. I don't mind trying other hardware if I can get more bang for my buck. I w ... Read More »

Fatty D Maintenance & BB?

I bought an F2000 today and it came with a Fatty D. The bike was probably left out in the rain or wasn't properly maintained as there is some rust at the bottom of the steertube and the bearings feel like there are some flat spots in there (don't know if there is, it just feels that way) so I want t ... Read More »

Headshok Fatty D options

After all these years my '98 Fatty D needs a rebuild. As this thing's so old I'm wondering if the hot tip is to upgrade it instead of rebuild as-is. I don't have an unlimited budget, but any advice on the smartest move here would be greatly appreciated.Read More »

Super Fatty D -

Hoping I didn't screw the pooch on this one. Last night I was replacing my 120mm stem with a 55mm one, and ran into a huge ass problem. While trying to remove the cap on the fork, it turns out that I removed the while pin - sorry damn stupid on the tech term. I put on the new stem, and tri ... Read More »

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