Cannondale Moto FR Front Shock

4.11/5 (19 Reviews)
MSRP : $600.00


Product Description

Cannondale Moto FR


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by loewenm a Weekend Warrior from Portland, OR

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2011

Strengths:    Smooth.

Weaknesses:    Good luck getting this serviced.

Bottom Line:   
Great looking fork. I love the smoothness the bearings provide.

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Favorite Trail:   Deschutes River Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Very old Rock Shok.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Luigi a Downhiller from Joinville, SC, Brazil

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2002

Strengths:    Soft Damping, tough construction, excelent for dropping

Weaknesses:    Heavy, and be sure it HATES water!!

Bottom Line:   
I had a nightmare after riding 3 hours under tropical rain here in Brazil. The day after the shock was completely locked; thanks to Cannondale support I got it fixed.
I bought this bike to ride 2 meter drops... and it works beautilully!!

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Favorite Trail:   Motocross tracks

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Cruel Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Proshock HR90, Rock Shox Judy SL (100mm)

Bike Setup:   Custom SuperV900FR

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kevin a Weekend Warrior from Kansas

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2002

Strengths:    Very Strong / rigid

Weaknesses:    It is rather heavy (which is probably why it is so strong). No lock out.

Bottom Line:   
I like the security of knowing it is a very durable fork. In addition, the bearings make it very smooth - there is no stiction. I find that the stiffest dampening setting allows for best control.

Although its not supposed to be for the weight conscious rider, I would still prefer it be lighter.

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Favorite Trail:   Clinton Lake

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Shop, N.C

Similar Products Used:   Other Cannondale shocks

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Super V (all XTR)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Roger Trinidad a Weekend Warrior from Manila, Philippines

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2001

Strengths:    Beefy...

Weaknesses:    Heavy...

Bottom Line:   
I've tried some of my friend's bike to see what their forks are goin' to say. But I still prefer my Moto FR 'coz it always give me a smooth landing after a big jump.

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Favorite Trail:   Slalom & Freeride

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Cannondale Asia

Similar Products Used:   None...

Bike Setup:   '98 Cannondale Super V Raven 2000

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Roger Trinidad a Weekend Warrior from Philippines

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2001

Strengths:    Beefy...

Weaknesses:    Heavy...

Bottom Line:   
I've tried some of my friend's bike to feel their forks but I still prefer my moto FR 'coz I feel secure everytime I land from a big jump.

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Favorite Trail:   Slalom & Freeride

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Cannondale Asia

Similar Products Used:   None...

Bike Setup:   '98 Cannondale Super V Raven 2000

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Scott Rowe from Bronxville, NY - USA

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2001

Strengths:    BIG - HEAVY- MEAN

Weaknesses:    HEAVY- Not a whole lot of travel

Bottom Line:   
These things kick ass. They were a little tough to get use to on XC and uphill-- but there is nothing better than blowing past people on a DH. The best thing I have put on my bike since I bought it.

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Favorite Trail:   anything with DIRT

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Friends House

Bike Setup:   Cannondale FR 900-

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by David Lopez a Cross Country Rider from Miami Lakes

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2001

Strengths:    Very strong, very smooth, Dampening Dial actully works, reliability.

Weaknesses:    Weight (I would estimate 6.5 lbs.), Suggested retail price, Only C-dale mechanics with special tools can work on it.

Bottom Line:   
If you abuse your fork or have broken lesser forks, this is the fork for you. I weigh 225 and ride like a gorilla escapped from the circus. I destroyed the Quadra 5, Indy SL, and even the X-Vert tripple clamp!, in less than a year of riding in FLAT South Florida. On the other hand, I've abused this fork for over two years and have not had a single problem. The shock is smooth as silk but could be a little more progressive. The Dampening Dial actually makes a difference and helps to reduce some bobbing when turned all the way tight. It is extremely stiff, with no lateral flex. It holds its' line on any size impact or sharp turn. The weight is a concern if you intend to race. If you are just out to have fun and play with your bike or Freeride, this fork is a good option. If your a big guy like me and don't mind carrying the extra weight, go for it you wont be disappointed. I've started racing a little this season so I just replaced this fork with a 2000 Marzocchi Atom 80. I love the Marzocchi so far, but I've kept the Moto FR in my garage as back-up just in case I destroy the Marzocchi. It loses one chili for Value, even though I got it on sale at a decent price. In the Overall, it loses one chili for weight and the fact that you will have to pay someone to work on it unless you are a Cannondale mechanic with the special tools required to service this particular fork.

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Favorite Trail:   Kmart in WPB

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   International Bike in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Quadra 5, Rock Shox Indy SL, Manitou X-Vert tripple clamp, Marzocchi Atom 80

Bike Setup:   Cannondale SuperV, XT/XTR (8-speed)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kyle a Downhiller from cleveland ohio

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2001

Strengths:    EXTREEMLY STRONG!verry heavy duty! wont break, and is a monster of a fork, which is sweet for free-ridin'! I love it altimatly precise!

Weaknesses:    a little heavy, but weight is better in free-rides

Bottom Line:   
beefyest and strongest danm fork I have ridden, love it!

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Favorite Trail:   vultures knob

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   bike authority( great shop!)

Similar Products Used:   headshok fatty

Bike Setup:   cannondale super-v 400 frame, motto fr fork, mavic rims, race face lp cranks, magura claras

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Tom Carter a Downhiller from Tucson, AZ

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2000

Strengths:    Beefy, smooth 100 mm travel. Very stiff.

Weaknesses:    WARNING!! The first year production has serious faults. One: can't use disc brakes with it. Why? I don't know Cannondale has not been forthcoming as to the reason.
Decription: Yellow, round holes for disc brakes.
Two: The beefy fork brace seems to be welded on at an angle relative to the stanchions. Does it matter? Cannondale hasn't told me yet.


Bottom Line:   
Be careful about buying that particular year 98 I think.

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Favorite Trail:   Too many to list

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Rock shock, Lefty, White, Marzocchi

Bike Setup:   Super V Raven 2000 FR

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by BikerAl from Dearborn Hts., MI USA

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2000

Strengths:    Strong, long wearing, NO stiction, sealed, accepts disc brakes

Weaknesses:    Weight, valving

Bottom Line:   
My wife's Cannondale came with one of these forks, and I liked it so well I put one on the bike I was building for myself. The fork is heavier than most others with the same travel. But it is VERY strong, stiff, and durable. Where most forks rely on a sliding fit beteeen the forktubes and lower legs, this fork has needle bearings. As a result, it needs little maintainence compared to traditional a fork. Since introducing the "lefty" (which is basically one leg of this fork) Cannondale installs the Moto FR only on tandems. When the fork does need service, special tools are needed. Overhauling it is beyond the scope of even many mechanics. So if you're not sure whether you should disassemble one of these forks, don't do it. Most people are happy with these forks the way they come, but they can be better. With all this fork has going for it, Cannondale made some questionable choices on the shock valving. Heavier oil helps a little, but re-valving is really what's needed. Cannondale will re-valve it for you, or if you're brave, you can play with it yourself. If you choose the do-it-yourself route, be prepared to spend some quality hours making small changes and trying them out. I like the fork, and if not for the valving thing, I'd gladly give it more add more chili's.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by graham davidson a Downhiller from aberdeen,scotland,uk

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2000

Strengths:    Not to heavy and there is plenty of people waiting to buy them off you when your finished with them since they have easy maintenence.

Weaknesses:    Not enough adjustability and flaky paint.They sieze-up if any mud gets in and they cost a bomb to get fixed.(£70-£90)They bottom out to easy while jumping and make an awful noise.

Bottom Line:   
Good for trail riding but to soft for jumping but if you are looking for a downhill fork try something with a little more travel.Be carefull not to let any mud under the boots.

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Favorite Trail:   anything downhill

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Pace RC150 monsters and Bombers.

Bike Setup:   Cannondale SV900fr with Race-Face cranks,Hope hydro disks,mavics,mr dirt gizmo and Azonic

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by KB Turner a Cross Country Rider from Valley Forge, Pa.

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2000

Strengths:    smooth, fair working adjustment, nice tracking, and no maintenance hassles

Weaknesses:    heavy, crappy drop-outs, enough material to build another frame

Bottom Line:   
Hey, I bought the medium frame, when the large would be slightly better. The fork works predictably, which is all I really want. Big sticker shock on tools, but it made a difference. Maintainical info from LBS and C-dale took months, and was not entirely reliable. The weight issue is enough that I want to get the Lefty fork, in hopes that the inner workings are somewhat identical. A great fork, but a dog on the looooooooong climbs. Tandem bikers should really look at this, as should folks with a fork breakage history.

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Favorite Trail:   Horseshoe

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   RockShox Judy, SID, C-dale Heads

Bike Setup:   C-dale FR frame, Shimano, Avid, Mavic, various nice pieces

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Sandy a Downhiller from Swixerland

Date Reviewed: October 11, 1999

Strengths:    
Stiff


Weaknesses:    
Only for Freeride enough travel
No rebound adjustment
while riding it it began to stiction
to heavy for Feeride use
QR only


Bottom Line:   
To me it seems that the fork is a compromise but not the best ive seen yet if you gonna use it for freeridde the forks seems to me to heavy the travel is for that use enough for serious downhill use the weight is secondary she is very stiff but the travel isnt enough the one id used began after some time to stcition and getting real hard

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Favorite Trail:   
Everthing that rocks

Duration Product Used:   
tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   
Jr. T Mr. T Hanebrink LT 8


Bike Setup:   
Cannondale SV 700 Freeride

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: September 18, 1999

Strengths:    
Very very stiff. Plush. Strong. Excellent dampning


Weaknesses:    
Heavy (6LBs) could use 30mm or so more travel


Bottom Line:   
Awsome fork, Heavy but I'don't care, good offset for such a non flexy fork

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
RockShox & Bomber


Bike Setup:   
98 SuperV Freeride 2000

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Lee a Racer from Ashburnham MA

Date Reviewed: September 7, 1999

Strengths:    
kicked ass in all ways


Weaknesses:    
little on th eheavy side but worth it


Bottom Line:   
i broke it and by collerbone, i bent its legs, no warrenty

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Favorite Trail:   
fast and windy

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
no triple clamps


Bike Setup:   
Cannondale Super V 1000FR

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