from Swindon, UK
Date Reviewed: March 11, 2005
Strengths: Tough as nails. Poor forks had a tough life. Three years of serious downhill and nose manuals. Snapped off just below the bottom brace after a 40 mph downhill run. Quite plush but old technology compared to marzocchi super T (2003). Probably one of the best looking forks over the past 10 years.
Weaknesses: Heavy forks, took a while to perfect the noble art of the wheelie.
I own various types of two wheeled toys. Both human and engine powered. Yes motorcycles are very quick (I ride a Yamaha YZFR1 and Kawasaki ZX7RR) but they do not give me the same thrill as jumping off a flight of steps or hitting over 40mph on a downhill run. I would not have experienced this had I not decided to buy a Cannondale SV downhill spec bike. Love the sport, love the thrill. If you ever decide to buy a top quality mountain bike then look no further than your local Cannondale dealer. They may be expensive but if you break a frame within five years then they are likely to replace it with the new model. Moto 120 forks took a lot of abuse, would definately buy them again if Cannondale still made them.
Similar Products Used: Rockshox Judy DHO (Snapped) RST Mozo Pro (4.5' with speed springs, still on my old hardtail) RST High five (Crap) Marzocchi Super T 2003 (Super plush and maintenance free)
Bike Setup: More freeride than downhill. Snapped moto 120 forks, Cannondale had none in stock. Had to buy new front end including disc brake and hub. Replaced with Marzocchi super T's, hope bigun front hub and Hope M4 disc brake. Snapped SV600 frame three months later. Sent frame to cannondale and they replaced it with a brand new Jekyll (brushed aluminium). My bike now consists of Mavic 521 ceramic rims, hope bigun hubs, M4 disc brakes (front and rear). I also have middleburn crank, chainring and roox chain guides.
Rodrigo ''cuasi'' Casasempere
from Santiago, RM, Chile
Date Reviewed: June 3, 2002
Strengths: no stinctions , very smooth, it's really amazing, up side down fork makes it better for dh and also it's a great fork for freeride, i have jumped cliffs and it has worked really good
Weaknesses: the only problem is that the caliper must go at the right side, not like the usual ones that go at the left side
, if you look for good jumps, no stinction problems, and good travel for freeride on hills and street you must buy this fork, it's really great, and the other thing that's really good that you can have a rebound control.
Bike Setup: HARO EX2 '2001' full deore, rear disc brake tektro, front disc hayes, amoeba handlebar, vp dh pedals, rst 22-a shock, and of course the amazing headshox moto 120
from meadow vista, CA
Date Reviewed: October 17, 2000
Strengths: MADE BY CANNONDALE! absolutely no stiction, smoother than marzocci's. stiff, good looking, adjustments up the yin yang, couldn't find a better made hub in the world.
Weaknesses: no stupid adapter for that very weak stopping sachs disc brake. I can't stand the fact that there is no adapter for these forks. sometimes cannondale screws you like that. but if you want the best made products in the world, you better be able to put up with it.they desperatly need at least one more inch of travel.
no other fork comes close as to how innovative these forks are or on anything Cannondale designs. no other fork comes even close to how buttery smooth these forks are. and any body that says they are full of stiction is a retard. there should be no stiction, if you idiots had any idea on how to work on a bike. you guys are probably the kind of rejects that scratch their head when attempting to adjust your seat! they are super stiff; and super plush. and if it takes you two hours to lube and do all of that fancy stuff in there, then you truley are special.you can adjust shims, air , oil rebound, and compression. what more could you ask for in a fork accept one or two more inches of travel. it makes dream about what the Cannondale factory MOTO'S fell like!
Bike Setup: cannondale sv + hope pro disc + Boxxer
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: April 19, 2000
Strengths: Looks cool
Weaknesses: hard to service
This fork bites. It only has 3.5" of travel, requires special tools just to service, and is very stiction prone. Rockshox perform far better, can be serviced with no special tools, and are a better value. The guy below me is wrong, the only special tools you need for a Rock Shox is when you replace the bushings. I've never heard of anyone doing it themselves so it is a mute point. The freaking Moto 120 forces you to buy all these dealer tools just to tune it. That is rediculous! This fork is no longer a viable choice, there are plenty of other better forks out there.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: March 2, 2000
Strengths: Cannondale Moto 120; looks cool on every bike,stiffest fork ever(i know i'm 115 kilo and still he's the stiffest one ever ridden),great way of perfect adjustment and trimming in your way of damping,this is possible by pumping the fork or to take an other oil to speed or slow the innerforkbearings,if you want to get a fork who needs a lot of time to take you to the top of damping this is the one, there are easier forks but if you find out the perfect way of adjustment in any circumstance this is the perfect one.in considering a lot of people thinks that the Rock Shox Sid or the double bridge Sid are easier to trim/adjust, no way any forks for competition had to be trimmed for every trail or race again because the matter of trail and circumstance aren't every time the same,several parts need to be adjust for example the tyres softer or harder pumped for rocky or muddy and slippy trail,choice of your tyres is one of the most important things on your bike. Second every one who likes to change this every time,for hobbie or race, buy this one.Third this was and is STILL a EXCELLENT fork,other than the other below said becaus his age or travellenght,screw you,this fork is still in use by the CANNONDALE TEAM RIDERS and for 2000 is this fork still wanted by them,because this is a great fork with a great way to adjust and he will no flex what the SID's just still do(Rock Shox,you can better than this)! ONE WAY TO ADUST- BY PUMPING AIR SECOND WAY-GREASE THIRD-USE OTHER SPRINGS For Scott and George Ryan; IT IS AN OLDER FORK BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN HE LESS THAN OTHER FORKS,FAR AWAY FROM THAT HE IS STILL BETTER THAN THE MODERN FORKS.And yes you will need specific tools but for any fork Rock Shox or Manitou you need them also!!!
Weaknesses: The high price and the anodized forklegs aren't strong enough (will scratch easily when you want to tie up your brakecables).
Still one of the greatest forks on the market, even he is almost replaced by the singleforked LEFTY.And as a weekend warrior what do you want more than a good and excellent working fork which had enough travel 12 cm, who needs 18 cm, only pro's will need that, just like the travel for the rear shocks, 18 cm is way to much for amateurs like me or others who like to bike in pleasure and peace.
Similar Products Used: Rock Shox Boxxer(98 & 99) Headshok Moto FR Bullet ZZYZX
Bike Setup: SoBe Headshok DH bike
Date Reviewed: January 18, 2000
Strengths: The fork has lots of adjustability, and has very smooth travel. Ive never bottomed it out metal to metal. Damping actually works in a couple of clicks unlike some other forks. Very sturdy. Minimal stiction if you constantly grease them up.
Weaknesses: In cornering, it dives a little. Cannondale parts don't come cheap! A little more travel would be nice.
Ive been out on the fork a couple of times and so far I love it. It was smooth and plush and extremely stiff and never bottomed it out on big drop offs. There was no fork flex at all. Very good damping with many settings. I can change the fork stiffness for any riding condition I want just by adding air to them. It would be nice if there was some more travel, but you cant always have what you want. I would recommend this fork if you like downhilling for your enjoyment,but not if you are a hardcore racer.
I seriously looked at this fork last year when I was debating about buying a Cannondale Super V. This fork was one of the reasons I didn't purchase the bike. First off it is an older fork that doen't have as much travel when compared to the new models by Rock Shox, Manitou, etc. Second take a look at the manual to get an idea of how difficult this fork is to service and all the special tools required. Sure it's got lots of adjustability but no user friendliness. Third this fork really isn't a good buy. Basically it was cool back in '96 but now there are plenty of other better performing forks out there that cost less, perform better, and allow the average guy to service them. Look into it before you buy! You won't be sorry for doing a little research.
from LAKE LICKATITTY ,NY
Date Reviewed: February 11, 1999
I liked the moto fork imensely and used it on several races. The fork had no stiction and great dampning. the only problem I had was when I raced at mt snow vermont and blew a seal causing the fork to dive and slaming my purple headed warrior into the stem rendering me Impotant! other than that its a great fork who needs a sex life when you have MT bikng anyway cannondale gets 2 and a half thumbs up ....!
Can anyone please help? I have a Super V 4000, still original spec (Headshok Moto 120 forks). my last set of front brake pads have come to lifes end, does anyone know is there a replacement disc break I can put on it? My local bike shop says; "it is an odd size and there is nothing out there that wi ... Read More »
Can anyone please help? I have a Super V 4000, still original spec. I have come to the life end of my last set of front brake pads, does anyone know is there a replacement disc break I can put on it? My local bike shop says; it is an odd size and there is nothing out there that will fit?Read More »