RockShox Judy DH 97 Front Shock

3.33/5 (45 Reviews)


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97 Judy DH


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Beezer a Cross Country Rider from Occidental,CA,USA

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2001

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    blew cheap cartridges out after 3 months. Replaced both cartridges and springs and it worked ok for about 2 months when the new cartridges blew again. Have blown the forks 4 times!!!!!!!!!!! Finally got a Marzoocchi z2 because I got tired of riding a pogo stick.

Bottom Line:   
This fork is garbage.

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Favorite Trail:   breakfast revisited

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Similar Products Used:   white bros,answer,marzocchi

Bike Setup:   trek y22, stratashock pro, king headset, xtr etc

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Noah a Cross Country Rider from Oregon

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2000

Strengths:    Not Pogo-ey, stiff laterally and very buff. Stands up to a lot of abuse. Just the right amount of travel, and not too heavy. 3.5 pounds with aluminum stanchions and steer tube!

Weaknesses:    The compression damping is a bit funky. Other than that, it's great.

Bottom Line:   
Big Sexy Fork. It has really broken in since I bought it slightly used, and although it was stuff at first, now it's got some nice bounce without being annoying. The best part is that it is as stiff and powerful as a DH fork, but weighs as much as your average XC fork. A good choice if you can find one.

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Favorite Trail:   North Ridge, Mary's Peak

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   None for an extended period of time.

Bike Setup:   FRANKENBIKE- With White Industries Drive train, Mongoose Comp SX frame, Deore-Level components, Judy DH and a cheap wheelset.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by andy a Racer from uk

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2000

Bottom Line:   
After really riding the fork for about a month the the fork is great if its modified. Then after 6 months the '98 legs snapped at the brake brace on the right hand side. So I sent it to madison Rock Shox supplyer to the uk and they sent it back w/'2000 Judy race lower legs. They work fine and look ok w/o stickers. The forks r very responsive on big jumps and not so good on small bumps
thats y u should add some speed springs
i had the same problem as the other rider.
they said it was a manufacturing problem
so far ther great

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric a Racer from Palo Alto California

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2000

Strengths:    It works great for trials with blown elastomers and '98 legs

Weaknesses:    The '97 legs broke and the elastomers blew out. (Although it works out better for trials that way)

Bottom Line:   
The fork is great in its modified form. After really riding the fork for about a month the '97 legs snapped at the brake brace on either side. So I sent it into Rock Shox and they sent it back w/'98 Judy XC legs. They work fine and look badass w/o stickers. The fork rocks for trials. And you can pick 'em up for $109 through mail order.

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Favorite Trail:   Stanford University

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Everything

Bike Setup:   '97 Judy DH w/'98 legs and custom cut elastomers

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chris a Downhiller from nh

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2000

Bottom Line:   
good.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Justin a Cross-Country Rider from Ashland, NH

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2000

Strengths:    
Powerful and plush. Superb and a nice combination of xc and dh feel of the fork.


Weaknesses:    
A bit to heavy.


Bottom Line:   
Overall great fork.

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Favorite Trail:   
mt. livermore

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
97 judy xc


Bike Setup:   
98 GT ricochet, 97 judy xc

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

Date Reviewed: December 21, 1999

Strengths:    
Strong
easy to maintain
very reliable
lots of upgrades available
very adjustable, and easy to adjust
good travel


Weaknesses:    
stock internals too soft
slightly heavier than other forks


Bottom Line:   
Probably the BEST fork to ever be made
ALL BOMBERS SUCK compared to this fork.
and thats the bottom line

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Favorite Trail:   
THE ENTIRE STATE OF NEW MEXICO IS MY TRAIL !

Duration Product Used:   
tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   
other judys
Manitou SX
Marzocchi Z2
Quadras
Indys


Bike Setup:   
Giant

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Caleb a Cross-Country Rider from New Mexico

Date Reviewed: October 23, 1999

Strengths:    
Very plush on wash board
and uphills, absorbs everthing.


Weaknesses:    
a little flexy and soft
stock internals but I weigh 250 lbs.


Bottom Line:   
Great Fork for $200 I would never get anything else
except a Bomber.

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   
Giant ATX 890 John Tomac edition

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Thomas Aden a Weekend Warrior from Pleasant Dale NE

Date Reviewed: September 23, 1999

Strengths:    
BEEFY!!! Looks cool on a none DH bike. Also, the 80mm travel is always good.


Weaknesses:    
It's a bit heavy for CC use, but I've seen worse. Decals like to come of, but if you use a little clear fingernail polish around the edges, they stay on just fine.


Bottom Line:   
I think this is a real decent fork. It seems to handle well, has good response. I don't think I would of ever paid the original price, but on sale it was a great bargian. Also. the maintinance on it isn't very difficult.

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Favorite Trail:   
Niobraha State Park

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
1997 RockShox Indy XC


Bike Setup:   
Raleigh M-60 Cross Country

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by The Kamikaze Dude a Weekend Warrior from Singapore

Date Reviewed: September 5, 1999

Strengths:    
The Judy DH is still relatively light compared to some of the other forks in the market at the moment.
Rebound and compression damping were effective, and great for tuning the fork. Rock Shox race support was great, and even swapped my springs out to softer ones for free, but it didn't make any noticeable difference.


Weaknesses:    
Some fork flex evident -red lines on the front of the crown, caused by the fork brace scraping against it during compression. The fork's stock MCU stack was way too stiff, and I weigh around 185 lbs now. I never got full travel with the fork. Greasing the internals and servicing the fork did not make any noticeable difference to it's performance. Maybe it was because I had one of the first forks for 97', but I was never really pleased with the performance. The plastic top caps cracked - Rock Shox should have made them out of metal, or some other durable material. Also, the decals on the fork legs came off very quickly, and got scratched.


Bottom Line:   
If you look at the bottom of this review page, you'll see that I was the first person who posted a review on this fork... now I can really give you my opinion on how the fork held up for the last 2 1/2 years. I bought this fork with the thought that it would reflect the quality and performance Rock Shox products had at the time. I was greatly disappointed. It just never lived up to my expectations. If you own a Judy DH 97', throw out the Type 2 MCU/Spring combo, and change to speed springs - you'll get a noticeable performance gain.
I would give this fork a 1 rating, but since RS had such great race service, they get one extra chilli.

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Favorite Trail:   
Bromont, Que. Canada

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Manitou 4
Marzocchi Jr. T. (my new fork)


Bike Setup:   
GT STS-1000 DS

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Scott Brinkmeyer a Cross-Country Rider from Pittsburgh, PA

Date Reviewed: May 15, 1999

Strengths:    
AWESOME travel. Very smooth, and extrmely quick in the bumps, eats them up like nothing else


Weaknesses:    
The caps on the top tend to come off, but a nice tightning will fix them for good.


Bottom Line:   
This is the best fork I have ever owned. It is able to take the bumps very aggresivley. At first they seem very stiff, after a couple of times out, very nice, able to bottom out though (every once in a while) which is good at times. I go down hill a lot, but going uphill is better. It does flex a bit, but that is easily fixed when positioning yourself the right way. Whiners, this is a real man's shock. Not for the light of heart. Those who whine too much, never get satisfied. These Rock

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Bike Setup:   
Trek 830shx

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Mike Shumaker a Downhiller from Spokane, WA

Date Reviewed: March 22, 1999

Strengths:    
This fork has no stabilization and sucks because the fork flex is very crappy.


Bottom Line:   
Overall the dh is a bad fork and it blows the big one. there is no hope for roch shock by making forks like these.

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
The Dual Crown White bros forx are the best over any fork thatis made by rock shock


Bike Setup:   
I had it on a trials/ freeride bike of a gt avalanche

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by shock master a downhiller from missouri

Date Reviewed: February 5, 1999

Bottom Line:   


This is all right, its not the best fork but, its all right. With my fork, I broke the casting piece near the bottom of the brake bridge. Rock Shox then sent me a new 98 casting piece that was a lot stronger. Even when I put speed springs in I still kept bottoming the fork out.Thats only because I do realy large drop offs that require a fork with more travel.This fork does has good trail, slalom preformance. So I will give it 4 flaming chilies. Now I use the new judy 100 fork witch workes a lot better, and has more travel.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Ben & Barry a weekend warrior from ENGLAND

Date Reviewed: January 15, 1999

Bottom Line:   


Your all talking a loadof crap because the elastomers & spring dampers can be changed. Why dont you flash your wallet out and buy some spring kits. You will then change your mind about JUDY DH's.

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by mike a downhiller from Canada

Date Reviewed: December 12, 1998

Bottom Line:   


A useless fork in stock form. Upgrade to speed springs if you can. Unfortunatley I am too cheap for that so I made my own half-ass fix. In one leg I put old Judy red MCU's (the short one inch kind) and the coil spring without the plastic spacer thing, I left the other side in stock form. It is much more plush in the first 2.5 of travel, but unfortunately the last bit of travel ios unobtainable.
If you are considering buyinf these forks, please don't, get the new Judy 100's, or a Bomber, you will get a much better fork out of the box.

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97 RS Judy DH. Are the upper tubes aluminum or steel?

97 or 98. The one with the red one piece red magnesium lower (also single crown). TomRead More »

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