RockShox Judy C 2002 Front Shocks

3.06/5 (18 Reviews)
Weight : 4.23 lb. (1.90 kg)


Product Description

100 mm travel available // MCU damping (100 mm only) // Preload adjustment // Travel: 80 or 100 mm // Spring: Single Coil (80 mm) or Coil Spring/MCU (100 mm) // Damping: MCU (100 mm)


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by joshua kissler a Cross Country Rider from Auburn, Ca USA

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2007

Strengths:    Looks OK I guess.

Weaknesses:    OH mY, Well I guess it's my fault, I weigh 200 lbs and ride pretty hard, Blown it out 2X on DH, and bottom it out nearly every run. I guess it's a good starter one but not 4 me.

Bottom Line:   
I suppose for a light little beginner ridin flat and slow it'll work just fine. If you want to ride any XC or DH I recommend something a little beefier.

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Favorite Trail:   Foresthill Loop

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $185.00

Purchased At:   classified

Similar Products Used:   Fox xl, Old bomber

Bike Setup:   Gary Fish 'Joshua' FS Full Shimy Deck, RockShox Deluxe rear shox.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by brett from san diego

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2006

Strengths:    none i can think of

Weaknesses:    too soft, when you hit the front brake you flip

Bottom Line:   
I'm trying to get fox, i aam not very fond of rock shox

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   craigslist

Bike Setup:   Trek Y-22

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Damien a Weekend Warrior from Montreal, QC, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2003

Strengths:    Smooth travel compared to other low-end shocks.

Weaknesses:    Not very stiff, pretty heavy.

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the 2001 model, since there isn't a category.

People seem to slam the Judy C, but I think maybe in some cases it's not being used for its intended use - this is definitely a beginner XC fork, not for like hucking.

Being a beginner, and not having tried anything better (like the famed Marzocchis), I think this shock does exactly what it's supposed to. With the preload completely unloaded I can get the full travel of the fork without harsh bottoming (I think I've got the medium springs, and I'm about 6'5" 225) unless I land wrong. On bumpy flats the ride is very smooth, and makes the bike track very well; slow singletrack it seems to give a good smooth ride too, though the lack of rebound damping is definitely noticed on rooty, rocky trails: in serious terrain you get a lot of bounce, but I think that might have something to do with me being a beginner too.

In fast turns though, or in twisty terrain, you really feel the lack of stiffness in the fork; a couple of times in quick sharp turns with a little brake I really thought it was going to snap. This being near the bottom end of suspension forks, I suppose that's to be expected, and I doubt any fork is designed to suck up riders' mistakes. Also, when I was doing some very small drops, it seemed pretty good, and is still ticking though I launched off a 3 or 4 foot drop totally wrong, panicked, landed on the front wheel and bottomed hard.

Generally, since I've only been riding mountain a short time, I feel that this shock is about as much as I can appreciate, and I'll probably stick with it, and grow with it as much as I can; then on my next bike I can get some fancy-schmancy doodadry. When I first got it, it leaked a little oil, and seemed to take forever to break in (give it some good full-travel hits to break it in faster; I was a wuss and had never used a suspension fork before, so it took a month or so to really open up). Also, it's definitely true that it's noisy - you can hear the spring hitting the inside of the bottoms, and even the swish of the oil if you've maintained it as poorly as I have. If you're a beginner and your first bike comes with one of these, or you found a good deal and want to upgrade from a no-name elastomer shock, I think it's a pretty good shock for newbie XC.

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Favorite Trail:   Quebec

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Yeti Plein Air

Similar Products Used:   Junky RST, Omni, Zoke or whatever. Crappier Rockshox Jett.

Bike Setup:   2001 Schwinn Moab stock - Hayes mechs, LX crank, Deore fd, XT rd, Avid levers

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mark Bird a Cross Country Rider from England

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2003

Strengths:    They look very nice and are fairly plush through the travel while taking big hits good.

Weaknesses:    Only one preload adjustment, no internal adjustment, weight, their noise, easy to scratch/damage - the list can go on much more

Bottom Line:   
Well what can i say, they are a cheap fork and really are cheap. I think Rockshox could have done more for the price, Marzocchi manage to make some of the best forks on the market for good prices. Rock shox have never had the same kind of travel softness and overall stiffness of Marzocchi. I can see why Fox and Manitou are taking over Rock Shox in the U.S.
i have just bought some Marzocchi MX Comp ETA's - so my riding should improve 10x as they seem to be a favourite with every review i read.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Melksham cycle centre

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi BAM Z1, Rock Shox Judy XC, Rock Shox Indy XC and SL and most RST (the worst fork maker on the planet!)

Bike Setup:   Cross country Specialized Hardrock Pro (good frame, crap components) Azonic, XT

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Rob a Cross Country Rider from Maryland

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2003

Strengths:    the over all feel of it, the fork that ispires convidence....

Weaknesses:    weight with only 80mm of traval you'd exepect some thing in 3 pound range right?

Bottom Line:   
good fork not to upgrade to but to start on it's a good buy if it's bolted on a good bike..... 2 value "flaming chillis" cause of it's weight and 4 overall "flaming chillis" cause it's so right........

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Favorite Trail:   backyard

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   RST ommini 191 CL

Bike Setup:   02' raleigh with a flat.....i hate torns

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mike paul a Downhiller from miramichi,NB,Canada

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2003

Strengths:    it really soaks up those big bumps.Good for downhill travel.

Weaknesses:    when you put on the front breaks it goes down guite a bit.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line for this set of shocks r that they kick A**.

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Favorite Trail:   anything

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   with bike

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   great

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by adam joanisse a Cross Country Rider from Sudbury

Date Reviewed: January 6, 2003

Strengths:    none i thought they looked good in the box, but then i open it WoW. I fugured they would hold me since i weight 135 but bam they let me down like my Judy TT's did so i got duke xc100mm. If the dukes let me down im not gettin another rock shox again.

Weaknesses:    they started makin friction niose's fast like two days on bike. No joke

Bottom Line:   
im countin on my dukes pleasz rock shox dont let me down again

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Favorite Trail:   chizzims

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $230.00

Purchased At:   pinicle sports

Similar Products Used:   Judy TT's

Bike Setup:   custom frame 12" xt eveything dukes xc 100mm

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt Rems a Cross Country Rider from Willow Grove, PA, USA

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2002

Strengths:    Soaks up bumps. No pogoness when pedaling.

Weaknesses:    Sags when you nail the front brakes. Other than that nothing.

Bottom Line:   
These are great shocks for cross country or light downhill. I have used and abused these shocks and they still work great. Never had leaky seals or any problems. My friends are amazed at how it's lasted through all my spills. I would recommend these to anyone.

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Favorite Trail:   anything

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   With bike

Similar Products Used:   Some no-name brand

Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel 80

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chris a Weekend Warrior from OR

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2002

Strengths:    Nice price for great performance, It really soaks up those bumps. Cheap.

Weaknesses:    wieghs a ton, if you jam on your front brakes it sags and you do an endo.

Bottom Line:   
It rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great all around performance. goes anywhere. Great for riders with a limited budget. the cheapest shock for its performance. If you're a pro get something better. I'm not. I'll take off a flamin' chili for its wieght.

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Favorite Trail:   forest park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint.com

Similar Products Used:   lots 'o stuff

Bike Setup:   00 hardrock gx with lotsa stickers.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Niek Ronde a Weekend Warrior from Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2002

Strengths:    Cheap, ok for heavy people

Weaknesses:    To stiff, in my case (80 kg) fork doesn't move at all

Bottom Line:   
I want to replace the coil, or find an other way to make it work....

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Favorite Trail:   Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   Trek 4900

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jobbo a Downhiller from Canada

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2002

Strengths:    You could eally hurt someone if you hit them with this fork.It's very heavy.Great for self defense. The 2 1/2 inches of travel really suck up those 8foot drops and gaps I'm always doing.Never bottomed out, ever.

Weaknesses:    Could be heavier. I weigh 310lbs and I feel that they can be a little squishy. I'm also always flipping over because my front end is too light.

Bottom Line:   
These are THE shocks. I challenge anyone to try sticking a 25' gap with anything but. I can do it all on these babys. I can totally cliff drop on these bad boys and they always take the pain. Farthest so far 21'down, I thought I was toast they pulled me through. Judy and me, we can land anything.

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Favorite Trail:   BC Northshore

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Sid, Dukes, Marz, RST...the works, nothing seems to last me

Bike Setup:   A killer Huffy Northshore. Cro moly everything. Bombproof, especially the 1/2" round stays and the tin foil rims.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Kimani a Cross Country Rider from Queens, New York, US

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2002

Strengths:    Ok starter fork.

Weaknesses:    Broke the coil twice without much effort. I only weigh 150lbs so go figure. If you plan on doing any semi-heavy trail riding this is NOT the fork for you. What can you expect though it is one of Rock Shox's least expensive forks. The fact that the coils broke on me twice without any real reason has straying away from all Rock Shox products. Swithching to Fox Float RL. We will see how that goes.

Bottom Line:   
This fork is for very light riding.

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Favorite Trail:   Grahms Hill Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Bike Setup:   Trek 6700 (2001)

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bob a Weekend Warrior from NC

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2002

Strengths:    Ummmmm. It goes up and down. You won't bottom A little.

Weaknesses:    Only 80 mm of travel. The spring is extremely stiff when I ride it. I weigh 110 lbs, and it barely moves when going over roots n such. Flexes like mad. One adjustment: preload. Has no rebound dampening, or it does and it's unnoticable. The only reason I have it is because it was cheap and I was on a major budget when I bought the bike.

Bottom Line:   
The only reason you should get this fork on a bike is if you don't have any cash to afford the next step up. DO NOT BUY THIS FORK AS AN UPGRADE. Instead, go buy a flame-broiled double cheeseburger from Burger King: they're just as cheap.

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Favorite Trail:   Harris Lake

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   CSC

Similar Products Used:   Friend's Duke XC (awesome for cross country), Judy C (1999 model- much better), Manitou Six Comp (a little worse), Psylo SL (if you want a great all around fork- cross country and a little bit of small-hit freering like 6 foot drops, get this fork. Its not good for serious cross-country because of it's height and weight.)

Bike Setup:   Trek 4900, clipless pedals, Sun Rhyno Lite (ruined the stock wheels), and lotsa stickers (don't stick the Atomlab stickers on ur bike by the way- they come apart). Soon to have a Psylo SL.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by andrew a Downhiller from michigan

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2002

Strengths:    its smooth travel 100 mm

Weaknesses:    i blew the bushings, i am leaking oil. i havnt heard any noise ( other reviewers )

Bottom Line:   
this is an easy fork to screw up so if u ride it take excellent care of it or else go purchase a marzocchi. good for xc, but dont get to aggresive. bottoms out really really easily ( like curbs and even peddaling *****), go ahead and freeride with it but its not worth repairing. look elsewhere freeriders, downhill enthusiasist.

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Favorite Trail:   black jack

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   ------

Bike Setup:   marin rock springs- 6 inchs, xt steup and deore,

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by ernesto freyre from miami, florida

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2002

Strengths:    IT is perfect for beginers. I am not a heavy rider, this suspensions gives you a good ground feel. Responds well and as far as I know no maintence needed.

Weaknesses:    I should know the weakness by 6 months from now. I am currently dating my new shocks, so I got to learn their personality first, befoe I could make a comment.

Bottom Line:   
Who would buy it? It is perfect for beginners. IF you ask me why? Because for any starters needs to learn how to use the shocks in the right way, once you build experience you get an advance shocks that owrks for you. As far as I know JUDY shocks works for me, it is going with the flow. I am happy with it. Perfect idea for starters!!!!!!!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   oleta Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Bike Tech

Similar Products Used:   First time in my life front suspension, that is why I have to wait and see how i experience with my shockes. I will respond in six months and let you know about these shocks.

Bike Setup:   Specialized Rockhopper. I brought the whole set, I have no idea how much the the front shock cost.

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