Cannondale Super Fatty D Front Shock

Cannondale Super Fatty D

User Reviews (27)

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jeff   Racer [May 24, 2003]
Strength:

Dependable, low maintenance, fairly light-weight, stiff steering.

Weakness:

Not very plush, only 80mm travel, Beats the crap out of you in the singletrack. This fork is more suited for a smooth course without a lot of rocks and roots. If you race on the east coast then switch this fork out with something better. Get a set of problem solvers headset reducers or a CLC cannondale adaptor and get rid of this mild mannered fork for something a little smoother.

If you're a recreational rider then this fork might be ok but if you ride tough technical singletrack and race the way I do then you need something a little more plush. This fork is pretty dependable however I blew the cartridge in it in about 6 months or so. If your cartridge breaks you'll get an annoying top-out clunk that sounds like your headset is loose but it's not. You also have to pay big bucks to get a new cartridge.

Similar Products Used: Manitou mars, Rock Shox Judy, just purchased a Duke 100 to switch this thing out, I'll let you know how it goes.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Jeffrey   Cross Country Rider [Jan 02, 2002]
Strength:

Very plush compared to my old DD50 shock. Compression is a major upgrade due to the air cylinder which can help with preload adjustment.

Weakness:

Would love to have rebound control knob instead of just oil weight changing.

Retro fitting this shock on my current bike was a huge upgrade over what I previously had. I wish it had rebound adjustment externally as it needs to be slowed down due to my clydesdale like stature over the rough stuff. Other than that it has made a huge difference already in the 2 months I have been riding it.

Similar Products Used: Cannondale DD50 headshock
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
thady mcandrew   Weekend Warrior [Oct 22, 2001]
Strength:

really precise steering lockout and weight

Weakness:

costs a furtune to up keep

a really plush fork, hard a nails. I would never look back
the perfomance will allways outweigh the cost of the upkeep

Similar Products Used: rockshock judy tt
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
ReaL   Weekend Warrior [Apr 06, 1999]

I took me only a short test on the shop floor to realize what a fork this was over my old 97' judy.
Similar test on bomber Z5 didnt impress nearly as much... (felt sticky)

Similar Products Used: 97' Judy with aftermarket steel springs.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Pave   Weekend Warrior [Jun 26, 2001]
Strength:

Weight, stiffness, low friction

Weakness:

Needs constant care and service. Only for XC-use cause of the limited amount of travel.

One year behind:
- One exploded valve -> damage here and there -> warranty repair.
- Compulsory oil change after every 900 miles /1500 kms (until now five times). After that there will be slack on the beginning of the travel.
- Oil change and repair CAN be done rather easily by yourself, only some special tools needed.
- Thin oil must be added to the bearings every now and then for smooth action: bike upside down, open the fork boot from upper tie and dropp oil to bearings. Pump the fork few times to spread the oil and close the boot.
- Condensation water MUST BE REMOVED from inside the fork boot regularily. Rusty bearings will not work...
When you remember these and don´t abuse the fork with hard freeride/DH, SuperFatty will be excellent.

Similar Products Used: WP Rond HP3 / Rebel, HeadShok MotoFR / Fatty SL, RS Judy 100, soon RS Boxxer 151
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Burts   Cross Country Rider [Mar 09, 2001]
Strength:

Beautiful steering/travel and absolutely no bob
Unique appearance

Weakness:

maintenance

A fine shock that is delicate when it comes to maintenance. Rides beatifully while horizontal...keeps your wheels on the ground.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Tony   Weekend Warrior [Feb 24, 2001]
Strength:

-- on-the-fly adjustment/lock-out.
-- responsive.
-- stiff.
-- excels in tight single-track.

This fork is outstanding for x-country conditons. It can't be beat in tight, winding, technical single-track. It's very stiff around corners and easily absorbs ruts/roots. On-the-fly adjustment/lock-out is a welcomed feature as you approach the steep inclines. Isn't meant to take more than a few rides down the super rough stuff. Say, a weekend of riding at Kilington (VT) or Snowshoe (WV).

Weakness:

-- high-maintenance.
-- protective boot tears easily.

This fork needs more attention than an insecure chihuahua. I'm not going to sit here and pretend I know how to service a headshock, but a personal friend who takes care of it for me asks me to bring it in atleast once a month to have a look at it. He usually finds something. God forbid you get a hole in the protective boot and allow the outside in. If you don't mind giving it that type of attention, it's a great x-country fork.

Great performing x-country fork that's not worth the maintenance aggravation. I'll give it 4 chilis for that reason. As far as value, the amount of cash put out for maintenance on it so far could've given me a nice start on replacing it. It gets 3 chilis for that reason.

Similar Products Used: 00 Marzocchi Z1 MCR
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
God   Cross Country Rider [Oct 11, 2000]
Strength:

the whole damn thing

Weakness:

the air valve on the bottom is inconveinent but who cares

This is a lightweight good shock.
People who say tehy ride it too hard and it ain;t durable are full of crap. I have rode solid for 6 months and i broke it trying to change the shock boot. I took it in got it fixed and it works just as good. If the boot makes noise like some one said earlier it is because the quick ties aren;t on tight enough.
If you have any questoins please e-mail me cuase there ain;t no one that can tell you about this shock any better than me

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Adam Hirschkorn   Weekend Warrior [Aug 10, 2000]
Strength:

Very plush and add's a good feel to the bike

Weakness:

The boot makes a bit of noise but that's it.

This shock Rules!!!! it is very plush and is very fun to ride. This Shock for shure deserves 5 flamin chili's!

Similar Products Used: Bomber Z5
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Johnny Sears   Weekend Warrior [Jul 19, 2000]
Strength:

Light and druable

Weakness:

None

I don't understand how people dislike this fork. The Super Fatty fork from Cannondale is very well made and designed as well as offers a low-maitinence tune-up. I give it 5 stars, period.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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