RockShox Judy XL 98 Front Shock

3.63/5 (108 Reviews)


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Rock Shox 98 Judy XL


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by john a Weekend Warrior from san diego CA

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2007

Strengths:    light, looks good

Weaknesses:    not very sturdy but that's not a priority in my case

Bottom Line:   
I ride primarily "urban" and liked the look of a double crown to add more substance to the bike. Picked this up NOS in the box on ebay, AFAIK there is no lighter double crown out there. So it's been up to the task and was a good deal. Someday I might just use a couple of ti tubes and make a double crown rigid out of it.

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Favorite Trail:   the one I'm on

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   n/a

Bike Setup:   titanium hardtail full XTR including wheels.Morati bars and seatpost Conti gatorskins

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nikola Djurdjevic a Weekend Warrior from Downtown Eastside Van

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2005

Strengths:    Stiff, strong, freakin light,almost everything

Weaknesses:    That its only available in qr


Bottom Line:   
This is my very favorite doublecrown fork. Even though its intended for XC i would use it for my usual street drops and stairsets. But now i gotta sell since i got a dj1 cause im going into more technical stuff so it gots to go, if ur interested email me im selling it plus a frame, wheelset and some parts all for 250. Mint condition since im injured and i got a dj1

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Favorite Trail:   any good drop or jump

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Judy C

Bike Setup:   Block 8 hardtail, '02 dj1's, rynolites, avid v's ect...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Janne a Cross Country Rider from Finland

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2002

Strengths:    Well made, long smooth travel...

Weaknesses:    Color

Bottom Line:   
This fork is great for all conditions!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Similar Products Used:   Manitou XVert R

Bike Setup:   Dacon, Hope XC-4, Mavic D521, LX/XT/XTR

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ken Young a Weekend Warrior from Orange County, CA

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2002

Strengths:    Gave great travel for a OEM fork, The fork was fairly reliable and was in good shape after 4 years of abuse

Weaknesses:    weight

Bottom Line:   
If you can find a good used one for cheap than go for it, I had no problem with mine after 1500 miles, I,m a 6'4" and 200 lb aggresive rider.

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Favorite Trail:   San Juan Trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   OEM

Similar Products Used:   any 100 mm travel fork

Bike Setup:   FRS with BETD long travel, Helix Pro, XT drivetrain , Z1 MCR 120 mm

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew McAlley a Weekend Warrior from Brighton

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2002

Strengths:    weight (for triple clamp), travel (for weight), colour (i've got strange taste), rockshox aftercare.

Weaknesses:    cartridge (allegedly), not strong enough for hardcore DH, stiction, long bedding in time. Was available for very little money for a while.

Bottom Line:   
This fork is the triple-clamp version of the old '98 Judy SL. What this entails is one of the lightest triple clamp forks ever made, but not, by far, the strongest. If you're a hardcore DH/Slalom rides or are into big jumps or trials, forget it, it's not for you. If you're into singletrack/ casual XC/ freeriding, then this could be a very good fork for you - triple clamps make it steer very well, and the travel works well over all bumps, even through hard cornering. But i've heard from loads of people how fragile the cartidges are, though mine never blew.

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Favorite Trail:   Dartmoor

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   supercycles.co.uk

Similar Products Used:   Quadra 21R, RST 281R, SID SL, '98 Bomber Z1

Bike Setup:   Coyote DH1, Deore disk brake, XT/LX blend

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris McDonald a Weekend Warrior from Victoria,BC,Canada

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2002

Strengths:    great longtravel design, no flex with v-brakes, dual crown, looks good.

Weaknesses:    purple!

Bottom Line:   
nice forks, i can't bottom these things out, great and light for wheelie drops. they can take a lot of s***... straight up, i think these are better than stuff rs is makin today.

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Favorite Trail:   mother chucker

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   chain chain chain

Similar Products Used:   z1 wedge, judyTT

Bike Setup:   99 Kona hahanna w/deore components, wtb sst comp seat, rs judy xl forks, and kenda kinetics

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Peter Austin a Downhiller from UK

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2002

Strengths:    The nice box it came in.

Weaknesses:    What was inside the box.

Bottom Line:   
I think that I effectivly paid nothing for this fork so I should not complain but it is not very good. Quite pogo like at times when control is needed and bendy when accuracy is high on the agenda. Very high when going very fast over very rugged terrain. For DH this fork falls sadly short and the finishing quality is very low. I now do not own these forks but if I was offered these again or some liqurice sticks tied together with spaghetti I know which I'd choose.

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Favorite Trail:   pinchflat

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Winstanleys

Similar Products Used:   Judy DH, Quadra 10(don't ask), Marzzochi Super T Pro.

Bike Setup:   Nice. See Stinky Deelux 99 review.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Troy Nazarchuk a Weekend Warrior from Edmonton,Alberta Canada

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2001

Strengths:    Very good from smooth ride very good in winter

Weaknesses:    na/

Bottom Line:   
xecellent fork very good travel does not bottem out and good price

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Favorite Trail:   U of A

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Some guy

Similar Products Used:   maintou magnum

Bike Setup:   Brodie Jetson

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by astro a Weekend Warrior from uk

Date Reviewed: November 29, 2001

Strengths:    Cheap plentiful supply of unused forks in the secondhand market. Good rigid twin crown design. Excellent basis for building the ultimate fork!

Weaknesses:    nasty colour, harsh and noisy topout, spring too linear, uses all travel too easily. Damping cartridge ineffective.

Bottom Line:   
Buy a nice unused secondhand pair for about £60 to £70, junk all the internals and fit a Total Air Cartridge system. Fit double bushings and the latest wiper kit. You'll have a great pair of twin crown forks for less than £200. Oh, respray them as well and put new non-rockshox stickers on, they don't deserve the free advertising! 5 chillis AFTER the total conversion! (one chilli before)

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $99.00

Purchased At:   secondhand

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox RS1, Manitou 3, Lawwill Leader3, RST Mozo pro 4.5, Manitou SXR.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TODD PORTEOUS a Racer from FREMONT, CA

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2001

Strengths:    TRIPLE CROWN STRENGH, LOTS OF TRAVEL

Weaknesses:    ROCK SHOX CARTRIDGE (REMEMBER THE JUDY'S)

Bottom Line:   
After I finally figured out the right spring combo everything was cool, get the alloy caps for the top the fork tubes, the plastic ones are a little to fragile for my tastes. Like everyone that has dealt with rockshox in the past knows that it is only a mater of time before the cheap cartrigde inside blows, I know because mine did on the second ride on this bike. Last year while I was enjoying the rain at the Napa World Cup, I took it to the Rock Shox tent and ask if they could fix it, they tossed the cartridge, and installed a Hydra coil, for FREE. Since then this fork has been through hell without even a wimper. So all you fancy lads that like to whine like women instead of doing something about you're broken toys, see ya at the races.

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Favorite Trail:   SECRET

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   WHEELWORLD

Similar Products Used:   ROCK SHOX JUDY/WHITE BROTHERS CARTRIDGE, SPRINGS

Bike Setup:   98 GT STS 1500DS PANARACERS, XT,XTR,MAVIC

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mido a Cross Country Rider from Croatian coast

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2001

Strengths:    Well the fork will serve its purpose if you don't ask too much out of it,but....

Weaknesses:    how can you destroy a fork with one 15ft jump?

Bottom Line:   
Bottom line, save your money for Manitou or Marzocchi, this fork feels totaly underdeveloped, like they started selling it before they tested it, sad.



I will be generous with my chillies though, cause considering everything the fork deserves a couple of chillies but definetely not my recomendation for purchase

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Manitous, Marzocchi,HS moto fr, rs, rst, noleen-girvin

Bike Setup:   Specialized FSR, xtr, hayes disc fr, avid V rr

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by matt a Downhiller from Te Aroha New Zealand

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2001

Strengths:    NONE

Weaknesses:    FLEX
NOT ENOUGH TRAVEL
BLOWS CARTRIDGES CANT GET NEW ONES EASILY
STICKERS ARE NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO GET


Bottom Line:   
Piece of crap
only had it about a month when it blew its first cartridge its blown 3 since.
It flexs like a mongrel and has a harsh top out unless you've got money to waste or your very light I wouldn't go this fork.
It dosent even diserve 1 chille
not good at all Rock Shox

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Favorite Trail:   Rotorua

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Bike Setup:   1999 FSR xt/lx components

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Xtreme Ryder a Weekend Warrior from New York

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2001

Strengths:    Long Travel

Weaknesses:    Springy Feel
Rebound Adjusters don't do a damn thing
Cheap plastic adjuster knobs


Bottom Line:   
I like to freeride...this somewhat suits my needs.It doesn't suprise me that a 80mm Marzocchi beats the crap out of this Rockshox Judy XL. the Judy XL is great on small hits...but when its comes to the BIG stuff it doesn't come through for me. It has a "springy" feel which is not fun when your flying over rock gardens and nasty descents.If I wanted a POGO Stick..I would have saved a lot more money at the local dept. store! If I actually bought it in 1998 at full price I would be pissed but I got it for dirt cheap.

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Favorite Trail:   Killer trails

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Z4,Z5
RockShox Judy XC,Jett XC


Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar Comp-Marzocchi Z4 Flylight-XT/LX-Tioga Factory DH-Avid Mechanical Disc-Sun/Rhyno Lite w/XT Disc Hubs

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by big air ben a Downhiller from birmingham, england

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2001

Strengths:    not strong but they r plush

Weaknesses:    there weak

Bottom Line:   
they top out, i managed to snap the drop out, bend a stantion and twist the one piece lower legs. the forks still remain plush but useless. recomended for freeride but nothing more.

three flaming dog turds

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Favorite Trail:   licks

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   girvin flexistem

Bike Setup:   marin east peak

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rhys Jameson a Weekend Warrior from Victoria, Australia

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2001

Strengths:    The best fork i have ever ridden on. It has great travel and i have had no problems with it at all! A light fork which is good for 'gram weenies'.

Weaknesses:    It could have come in more colours, rather than just eggplant purple!

Bottom Line:   
These forks are the best freeride fork i have ever used and i would recommend it to anyone who rides downhill or dual slalom!

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Favorite Trail:   Hurstbridge Downhill Course

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Off A Friend

Similar Products Used:   1997 Rock Shox Judy DHO's

Bike Setup:   Craftworks Slalom Frame, Race Face Cranks, Tioga Factory DH Tires, Azonic 75mm Shorty Stem and Specialized 'Special Rise' Riser Bar.

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