RockShox Judy SL 00 Front Shock

4.2/5 (25 Reviews)
Weight : 4.0 lbs


Product Description

  • Hydracoil, All Travel System, XXX Sealing System
  • Travel: 63/80/100 mm
  • Aluminum Upper Tubes, Steel Steerer


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Alain a Racer from Muenchen, Germany

    Date Reviewed: November 15, 2002

    Strengths:    Reliable, damping control

    Weaknesses:    Weight...

    Bottom Line:   
    This fork is very reliable under any situation. It never put me in any bad situation although I used it in MTB races (Marathons) accross the Alps in Germany and Austria.
    Good painting quality. Seals are also perfect and it does not require any maintenance other than normal (cleaning, bit of oil)

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    Favorite Trail:   Garmish

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Similar Products Used:   n/a

    Bike Setup:   Cube Acid, all XT, Magura HS 33 hydraulic brakes.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by max a Cross Country Rider from knoxvegas tn

    Date Reviewed: September 7, 2002

    Strengths:    cheap light and looks awsome worked great for about 1 year and 1/2

    Weaknesses:    flexy
    after a year of hard riding i noticed the xxx seals had come loose i decided to give it a over haul. i bought a revive kit from rs and added 10 weight oil it worked great for a while. a few months later a blew a cartridge and about the same time the rebound knob started to give out and the top caps seperated from the part that screws in to the top tube!


    Bottom Line:   
    this fork is awsome....... for about 1 year after that it is a time bomb

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    Favorite Trail:   haw ridge

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $220.00

    Purchased At:   price point

    Similar Products Used:   sx sx-r z-3 z-4

    Bike Setup:   P.O.S

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by sdf sdf a Cross Country Rider from sdfs

    Date Reviewed: April 2, 2002

    Strengths:    Feel and easy of use.

    Weaknesses:    none at this time

    Bottom Line:   
    Awsome fork I weigh 200 pounds and have fully tested this thing to what I thought would be the the limit and then beyond that. I have it set to 100mm with 15 weight oil and it works perfect. I decided to test it riding at a 8 inch porch edge. I rode straight at the thing a full speed and without pulling the front off at all. I new that if it didn't work it would throw me off onto my head, but it took the bump right out and didn't bottom hard at all. The bottom line is this is just a stimulating fork and for $149 you would be insane to pass it up. The still have the red ones with alloy steerer at supergo. Buy one.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $175.00

    Similar Products Used:   bomber

    Bike Setup:   Stock

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Andreas Klauser a Cross Country Rider from Feldafing

    Date Reviewed: January 31, 2002

    Strengths:    Stiffness, function.

    Weaknesses:    Weight.

    Bottom Line:   
    An update. I 've used it now the last eight month with 80mm travel and w15 oil setup. The Risse Catridge I had intermittently put in flew out againg. This Judy SL is certainly no conspicious fork like the Marzocchi Atom 80. It is rather heavy when compared to the Manitou SX Carbon. But it works well now, it is still in very good condition. The price compares well with the top class forks of Manitou, Marzocchi and Rock Shox itself. So this fork is o.k., then.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $250.00

    Purchased At:   rösch

    Similar Products Used:   RS SID98, RSJudy100, RSXL, Marzocchi Atom 80'00 and Race'01, Manitou SX Carbon, Manitou X-Vert Super '01

    Bike Setup:   Hot Chili Hardtail, Magura Quick Silver, GripShift, else ShimXT, Mavic 521Ceramic, Thompson seat post, Race Face Stem, Kore Low Riser

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by dustin a Racer from charlottesville, va, us

    Date Reviewed: November 25, 2001

    Strengths:    this is an update to my previous review...
    pretty long lasting when you abuse it


    Weaknesses:    after a year of intense riding, this forks performance has started to decline drastically, see bottom line

    Bottom Line:   
    this fork, after about 10 months of use, has started to falter in performance. the bushings are wearing fast, it makes strange noises now. my main problem is that the right cap's adjuster stopped working. i took it off to fix it, and the part that is fitted for the socket wrench separated from the threaded shaft. now i fear that my rebound spring may come flying out of the leg on a right, so i must soon upgrade to a duke sl or a mars comp. 3 chilis overall, as this fork does not last very long

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $165.00

    Purchased At:   Stock

    Similar Products Used:   judy c, race, marzocchi x-fly, manitou mars

    Bike Setup:   trek 8000, xt drive-t w/ lx crank, time pedals, other xt parts, panaracer tires

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by dustin a Cross Country Rider from charlottesville, va, us

    Date Reviewed: August 16, 2001

    Strengths:    its a pretty plush ride, responsive, easily maintained and adjusted

    Weaknesses:    dont know- mines springs seem to get out of whack every once in a while, other than that, the weight is the only thing but that doesnt bother too much

    Bottom Line:   
    this is a really good all around fork. if you like something to abuse and not have to baby, this is your mid-grade fork right here.

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    Favorite Trail:   technical stuff

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $179.00

    Purchased At:   The Bike Factory

    Similar Products Used:   '00 judy race, manitou magnum r

    Bike Setup:   trek 8000, xt drive, lx shifter pods, shimano pd-m515 pedals, rolf dolomite wheels

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Chris a Cross Country Rider from Calgary, Ab, Can

    Date Reviewed: June 4, 2001

    Strengths:    Simple Spring/Oil Bath Design, Lots of smooth travel with the proper spring/oil weight set-up

    Weaknesses:    A little on the heavy side with the steel steerer

    Bottom Line:   
    I wish smart-@#$#24 downhillers would stop submitting reviews for XC forks. No Sh@#$t XC forks aren't going to take 5' plunges. Wah Wah Wah, " the damn thing bottomed out when I hucked a 10' set of stairs" Wah Wah Wah. This fork is sweet when set up PROPERLY for the riders weight. Nice travel options, smooth rebound (adjustable) and solid design. No fork covers a rider from 125lbs to 250lbs right out of the box. Give your head a shake. Pick this up, tune it to your ability and weight and you've got yourself a good, responsive shock. For all those other dumb $@$&^*: If you can't afford a DH fork for a DH bike then shut up!

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    Favorite Trail:   Landslide Lake

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   Manitous, other RS Products

    Bike Setup:   2000 Vertex

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ben Maddy a Cross Country Rider from Wahkiacus

    Date Reviewed: May 27, 2001

    Strengths:    Plush, stiff and takes big hits without so much as a wimper

    Bottom Line:   
    Awsome fork I weigh 200 pounds and have fully tested this thing to what I thought would be the the limit and then beyond that. I have it set to 100mm with 15 weight oil and it works perfect. I decided to test it riding at a 8 inch porch edge. I rode straight at the thing a full speed and without pulling the front off at all. I new that if it didn't work it would throw me off onto my head, but it took the bump right out and didn't bottom hard at all. The bottom line is this is just a stimulating fork and for $149 you would be insane to pass it up. The still have the red ones with alloy steerer at supergo. Buy one.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $150.00

    Purchased At:   supergo.com

    Bike Setup:   Schwinn Mesa, Shimano XT rear der., rock shox judy SL

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Andreas Klauser a Cross Country Rider from Feldafing

    Date Reviewed: May 25, 2001

    Strengths:    Design, stiffness

    Weaknesses:    sligthly overweight, dampening noteffective enough.

    Bottom Line:   
    I 'ver experimented quite a lot now with different forks and different fork set-ups with the RS Judy SL (see below). The Judy really IS a good fork for the money, but as a rather heavy guy I always had a problem with the poor dampening even with a w15 oil. Both Manitou and Marzocchi are a lot more effective with this respect. Stiff coils are of course mandatory, but the effective dampening is, with my experience, even more important. So I disassembled the thing again, changed the travel on the right side back to 63mm and put a Risse Cattrige and a Coil from an old Judy into the left side. Now the Judy works like it should. I'll put it into my Hot Chili hard tail now.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $250.00

    Purchased At:   Rösch Munich

    Similar Products Used:   Manitou SX Carbon 99, Marzocchi Bomber Atom 80

    Bike Setup:   Cycle Craft CPS Fully, Shimano XT/Sram Attack 8,0, Magura Quick Silver, Mavic 521 Ceramic

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Woody a Racer from Clarksville

    Date Reviewed: February 23, 2001

    Strengths:    Good all around fork. Easy to maintain. Responsiveness, stiffness. Easy to adjust.

    Weaknesses:    Weight

    Bottom Line:   
    Came OEM with my bike. I weigh 185 lbs. and have not had any problems. I bottom out once or twice a ride but have not broken anything. The bike handles well, no complaints, just point and shoot. I have ridden technical single track and XC raced this fork and can't say anything bad about it except I wish it were lighter. May upgrade to a Sid to shave some grams. 4 flamin's due to the 3.9 lb wt.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   www.bikesandmoore.com

    Similar Products Used:   Manitou, RS Mag 21

    Bike Setup:   Trek 8000, XT/XTR

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Adam a Downhiller from South Wales, UK

    Date Reviewed: December 7, 2000

    Strengths:    Looks good, strong, plush, lots of tyre clearence

    Weaknesses:    None.

    Bottom Line:   
    An excellent long travel fork at a very good price. Perfect for street, light downhill, duel, jumping. Plenty of clearence for large tyres.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $255.00

    Purchased At:   Chain Reaction (UK)

    Similar Products Used:   Jnr T's, RST 281, Pace R36

    Bike Setup:   Yes.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Laurens a Cross Country Rider from Baltimore, MD, USA

    Date Reviewed: November 23, 2000

    Strengths:    -Cheap
    -Keeps the front wheel on the ground well
    -Rather plush


    Weaknesses:    -Inconsistent performance
    -Cheap construction
    -Useless instructions


    Bottom Line:   
    This shock has really failed me. I have been riding with the Judy SL for a mere three months, preforming proper mainteniance and the because of weak construction I have bent the fork so that the wheel is misalligned meaning my front disk brake is useless. Often the shock rides well enough, but other times it really feels as though its only got 30 mm of travel. Basically a peice of crap, buy something better, and with the Judy SL's hefty weight it shouldn't be hard to find something that preforms better and is more durable and is lighter. No more Rock Shox for me.

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    Favorite Trail:   Loch Raven

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   Headshocks, Marazochi Bombers, other Rock Shox crap

    Bike Setup:   Cube Reaction, Shiamano XT, Magura Louise, Black Spire Chainrings

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by ray ebc from berkeley, ca

    Date Reviewed: September 29, 2000

    Strengths:    rebound, sealing, soft

    Weaknesses:    weight, looks

    Bottom Line:   
    this fork is great. I like it alot because it is really soft and dirt has to try really hard to get in. I set it up so its just plush enough to take the wicked stuff, but doesnt bottom out like bombers. It's a little portly (4 lbs) but that's ok.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $1.00

    Purchased At:   michaels bicycles

    Similar Products Used:   White bros dh4, jett xc, z1 alloy,

    Bike Setup:   rocky mtn hammer race

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Luke a Cross Country Rider from Knoxville,TN,USA

    Date Reviewed: September 20, 2000

    Strengths:    Plush and dependable ... once modified.

    Weaknesses:    Flexy, not terribly good stock.

    Bottom Line:   
    These forks are defenitely not worth the money retail out of the box, but once modified, they start to become excellent forks.
    I am currently running a hydracoil damper in the left leg, 80 mm dummy rod in the right, Eibach springs, Mountainspeed speedseals (great!) and have oilbathed the dry leg. All that and liberal amounts of Englund slick honey have made this mediocre fork perfect for me. It is very plush and other than regular maint. , it has been worry free.
    Sure, it isn't terribly light, but I dont want to fuss with air sprung forks, and oil/spring is always far superior in performance.
    I suggest this fork to anyone who finds a great deal on one, as retail is far too pricey. You can eventually make a wonderfully plush, responsive fork. The array of aftermarket parts for these is mind boggling.
    Those obsessed with weight, or those who need insane amounts of travel look elsewhere, as this fork is too heavy for gram counters, and too flexy for serious DH/jumping type riding.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Purchased At:   From friend

    Similar Products Used:   Manitou SX, 3 generations of Judys, AMP F3 XC

    Bike Setup:   99 Jamis Dragon

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Fat and 40 a Weekend Warrior from Herndon, VA USA

    Date Reviewed: September 6, 2000

    Strengths:    Plush, adjustable travel, boots and wipers actually keep dirt out. Low maintenance, just oil the wipers every couple of rides.

    Weaknesses:    Springs were making a clanging sound against the inside of the stantions. Yellowish orange color took getting used to. Rebound adjuster doesn't do much.

    Bottom Line:   
    Believe it or not, to remove that clanging noise, I wrapped the springs with Saran wrap, this was a suggestion by Rockshox tech support. I think the springs should of had rubber sleeves in the middle, like some of their springs do. A lot nicer than a MCU spring combo, especially in winter time. I don't have to mess with it much. I reduced the travel to 80 mm, 100 mm was a little tall for uphill. Since I weigh 193 lbs, the original setup was a little soft. So, I changed the oil to 10 weight and now it's perfect, no need for stiffer springs (no it doesn't bottom out). In combination with the Rockshox seatpost,my back and wrists no longer get tired. I think this fork was a good choice; not as much maintenance as air forks and once you feel the ride improvement, you don't mind the weight. I give it a rating of four for the Saran wrap issue, but still give it a 5 for overall rating. By the way, Supergo tech support never did return my email about the clanging noise (ya get what you pay for).

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    Favorite Trail:   Difficult Run

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $179.00

    Purchased At:   Supergo.com

    Similar Products Used:   Manitou SX, 98 Rockshox Indy XC

    Bike Setup:   98 Hoo Koo Ekoo, XT derailleurs, hubs and cassette, Ritchey Rock Pro rims, Michelin Wildgripper Lites, Hell Bent riser bar. WTB saddle with Ti rails. Rockshox seatpost.

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