Cannondale Headshocks P-Bone M Front Shock

3.68/5 (28 Reviews)

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Cannondale Headshocks P-Bone M

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by NYC-V500

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2014

Strengths:    Let me say it as it is, with out bs as most of these reviews are BS and talk out of there aholes.

i have a 1998 super v500 (1997 for a 1998 market), it came with a P-Bone shock, yes it does have 60mm travel that is more then fine for trails, it is not made for hardcore trails nor jumps and so worth..why speak bs about that? it's a pure XC suspension fork and that's it.

Now i got this v500 from trash you can call it in 2012, from guy who was selling it and kept it in a garage that had water coming to the bike from the broken roof for year or two, so the whole bike was covered in water, dust, garbage and had rust / surface rust every where.

I put every component is the trash and rebuild the bike without touching the P-Bone and i been riding it till last week so for a 16 year old suspension! let me tell you still rides and works like a Swiss Watch! i beat the living hell out of it on trails for two years and it never never failed me once, but yes it wasn't the 120mm travel that i often wanted or needed so it did bottom out but did not break or crack. That's is why i now got a new fork and selling the p-bone only because i need more travel

If you want a pure XC or have a road bike that can fit a headshock suspension fork, that does not need any maintenance and you love a simple comfortable soft ride, this would be A+

I gave it 4 starts as it's limited 60mm travel, that is only why.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
P-Bone For Life!

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Dana Nickles a Cross Country Rider from Sarnia, ON

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2002

Strengths:    very good at first

Weaknesses:    wears out fast; keep it dry!!! If water gets in behind the boot it will rust out your needle bearings.

Bottom Line:   
junk, not worth the money. I'm 150 lbs and wore out the shock in less than a year. I'm upgrading to a rock shox duke. Good fork if you want to look at it in the garage but don't actually ride!!

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Favorite Trail:   any trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   stock superv 400

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Devin Samuel from Toronto, Ontario

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2002

Strengths:    I bought the C'Dale Terra. The small size frame is totally different from the medium or large. I basically bought it for the frame. Cool frame

Weaknesses:    I'm new to Cannondale so I've been looking for reviews about their Headshoks. Opinions are all over the board. I'm going to need a fork with way more travel REAL soon!

Bottom Line:   
The bike is nice and light, especially compared to my Trek 4500. It was a tank. I love everything about the bike except the travel on the bottom of the line P-Bone Headshok. I will be making calls to upgrade it real soon. I'm not as hardcore as alot of riders out there, but this P-Bone Headshok will bottom out with ease! Only 60mm of travel...good for Sunday stroles through the park... that's about it. Definate good value for the money though!

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Favorite Trail:   um...Don Valley I guess... it's close

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $900.00

Similar Products Used:   I was riding an entry level Trek 4500 with a Rock Shock Jett before. P-Bone Headshok is way more cushy

Bike Setup:   Um.. I'm using XT components, Hutchinson tires. I changed the seat right away, it was crap. Everything is stock at the moment.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark from Corvallis

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2002

Strengths:    Shock will take a three foot drop at 20 mph and not bottom out
Stable as hell

Weaknesses:    Too little travel for real aggresive downhillers

Bottom Line:   
The bike is great. Shame on all the other people who think otherwise. This shock is not a downhill shock, it is a cross country shock. But this thing will take a beating and keep going. If it continuosly bottoms out, then tighten the spring.
REAL EASY. Again, this is not designed as a downhill shock, but it will take a but load of crap without giving any problems

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Favorite Trail:   South Side Slip

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   300.00 ( closeout sale)

Similar Products Used:   First and only shock ever had

Bike Setup:   Factory setup F500 1995

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by BOB from FLORIDA

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2001



Bottom Line:   

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Favorite Trail:   RAZORBACK

Duration Product Used:   2 Years


Bike Setup:   STOCK F400

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jay Hawranik a Cross Country Rider from Stead, Manitoba, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2001

Strengths:    Lockout
great stearing

Weaknesses:    needs some more travel for dropoffs

Bottom Line:   
Great fork for racing and trailriding. If you do a little freeriding I would upgrade to a Fatty or even better a Lefty.

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Favorite Trail:   Birch

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Olympia

Similar Products Used:   RST 281

Bike Setup:   99 C-dale F600, rolf rims added

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by luke a Weekend Warrior from maine

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2001

Strengths:    colors, decals, steering,price, good for pulling wheelies- happens whenever you hit a rock, pebble or boulder

Weaknesses:    not enough travel, bottoms out, rebounds like a pogo stick, weight, headshok, wierd sounds.....not enough travel

Bottom Line:   
p-bone is ok for beginners, pavement and gravel roads, but if you are looking for a serious hardcore shock for a modest budget, go with a marzocchi won't regret it

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Favorite Trail:   any with bumps

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   matheus

Similar Products Used:   fatty(OK), jett(sucks), manitou magnum(OK) Z5(kicks @$$), indy(my god!), Ballistics(dangerous) rigid.....

Bike Setup:   C-dale super-v 400, STX(need upgrade as soon as i pay off Z5), fox vanilla X....

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ed a Cross Country Rider from northville, michigan

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2001

Strengths:    absorbs a lot of terrain.
feels nice and strong.
no pogo effect

Weaknesses:    paint rubs off easily.

Bottom Line:   
works out great for me.

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Favorite Trail:   potowatomi

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   purchased used

Similar Products Used:   rockshox

Bike Setup:   cannondale f500

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tom Sylvia a Weekend Warrior from Auburn , NH USA

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2001

Strengths:    -Plush
-Great idea
-stears great
-soaks up all smaller bumbs

Weaknesses:    -not enough travel

Bottom Line:   
It is a great shok , but could use some more travel . The upgrade kit should defently be bought , it really makes a big inprovement . After buying a upgrade kit it is a little price that why i give it 4 for value .

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Favorite Trail:   NH powerlines

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $730.00

Purchased At:   Goddales bike and ski

Similar Products Used:   stock - 2000 and 2001 Judy xc
2000 z5 and z4
After upgrade kit- 01 judy sl on a moab 2

Bike Setup:   2000 Cannodale f-400 w/ p-bone w/ air-sprung DL performance and xt fr. derailer

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JJ Zwack a Cross Country Rider from Atlanta, GA USA

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2001

Strengths:    Very solid and dependable cross-country fork. I weigh 180 lbs. and have had no problems with the fork since purchasing it over 3 years ago with my F700.
It's smooth, predictable, has no slop whatsoever and is very easy to maintain.
This is a solid product that will last many years (as my 3+ years of use can attest).

Weaknesses:    For cross-country use only due to limited travel.

Bottom Line:   
If you are a cross-country rider that wants solid reliability, ease of maintenance and a smoth, consistent front end ride, this fork is for you. The needle bearings do a great job of giving a smooth ride and the location of the fork internals in the modified head tube give the fork very true tracking in tight, twisty singletrack. Downhillers, look elsewhere.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Mag-21, Quadra 21, Judy XC.

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F700 with LX components, Mavic wheels, IRC Mythos tires (the BEST!!).

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Andy B. a Cross Country Rider from NY

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2000

Strengths:    Soaks up the small to medium hits well.
The tracking is also very good.
Pretty stiff and some what light.

Weaknesses:    Just not enough travel, could also be more adjustable.

Bottom Line:   
The fork is a good XC fork for small to medium hits.
Its been very good for me and very plush too.
Considering it was a replacement for my other MC60, which by the way froze up on me, its an upgrade. All things considered Cannondale should have upgraded me to a Fatty because of the situation but Cannondale though otherwise.
So 4 flames for the Fork, and 1 flame for Crackondale.

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Favorite Trail:   Mt. Snow VT.(NORBA Course)

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Cannondale

Similar Products Used:   Judy SL, Judy XC

Bike Setup:   Cannondale SuperV500 Mavic 517/XT rims and hubs.
Sram composite levers/ XT vbrakes
XT crank and Sram 9.0sl drivetrain.
Fox rear shock and Answer Pro Taper Riser bars/ Avocet saddle. 636 pedals.....

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian a Cross Country Rider from AZ

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2000

Strengths:    Smart Design, Easy Maintaining, Better Tracking on Turns(point and shoot), Looks Great, Easy Upgrades

Weaknesses:    Not enough travel, MCU$

Bottom Line:   
Went straight from Rigid to Headshok and have never thought that other bikes I have ridden measure up. I do think that the design makes sense for XC use, high and enclosed, never really liked motorcycle designs translated to bikes. Bottoming out happens, but rarely if set up properly. Yes they cost more, but it's worth it.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Jett/Judy

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F400 99, LX/RF+, P-Bone M

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Drew a Cross Country Rider from Stead, Manitoba, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2000

Strengths:    -Very stiff, and good at steering.
-Soaks up small to midsized bumps extremely well
-Looks awesome
-Doesn't copy the ideas of other fork manufacturers'. Instead, Cannondale/Headshock comes up with a whole new concept for forks that works great.

Weaknesses:    -Not enough travel
-More travel would really help on big bumps/drops
-Could be more adjustability (rebound or compression)

Bottom Line:   
If you want a fork that looks great, performes great, has its own concept, and don't want to pay a fortune for it, the P-Bone is great. The P-Bone is suited for beginning riders and trails that aren't to rough or don't require lots of travel. If you use one, and are into racing, you might want to get a Fatty, which has more travel or adjustability. At least Cannondale/Headshock doesn't copy everyone elses ideas (Can you say Rock Shox, Manitou, or Marzocchi?)

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Favorite Trail:   Grand Beach

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Jett C, and a RST 281

Bike Setup:   '99 Cannondale F600, with Shimano 747's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Prince a Cross Country Rider from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2000

Strengths:    Light weight, Plush, cheap for what it is.

Weaknesses:    Not enough travel

Bottom Line:   
Great shock for it's price, I love it. Don't know what everyone elso is BSing about

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Favorite Trail:   Snakes n' Ladders

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Bomber Z-4, Z-5

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F-700

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by ROBERT LOVETT a Racer from AUSTRALIA

Date Reviewed: December 14, 1999

real plush
smooth lightweight
interesting look

too little travel easy to bottom out

Bottom Line:   
great small travel cross country fork,
excellent quality bargain pricefive chillies

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Favorite Trail:   

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   

Bike Setup:   

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