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Can someone please identify the year of this prophet. If anybody have any experience with the same model can you please tell me how it rides. Thanks
 

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Agent_ said:
Could be this:
http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/08/cusa/model-8VE3.html

But do you have any details about the components or do you only have that pic?
Sorry took a while. That does look like the 08 model, but I believe some of the parts are upgraded or swapped.
Here are few more details: It has Vanilla R fork, Manitou Swinger X3 rear shock, Hayes Stroker disc brakes, Sram X.7 shifter with X.9 rear derailleur, XT chainset.
I also heard that there isn't much change in the frame design between the years the prophet was designed, is that true? How would you recommend this bike for cross country? I know that it does well on the downhill, but would it climb efficiently? THANKS
 

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dbong87 said:
Sorry took a while. That does look like the 08 model, but I believe some of the parts are upgraded or swapped.
Here are few more details: It has Vanilla R fork, Manitou Swinger X3 rear shock, Hayes Stroker disc brakes, Sram X.7 shifter with X.9 rear derailleur, XT chainset.
I also heard that there isn't much change in the frame design between the years the prophet was designed, is that true? How would you recommend this bike for cross country? I know that it does well on the downhill, but would it climb efficiently? THANKS
For a bike with 5.5" of travel, the Prophet climbs quite well. I have no complaints about my Prophet as it provides the best of both worlds (XC and AM)!!!
 

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The 08 Prophet 3 seems to fit except for the shock.

It's true that the Prophet frame pretty much stayed the same through the years. I am going to get flamed because this is the Cannondale forum, but I must say that there are many all mountain bikes that will pedal more efficiently. On the downhill, you will also experience some brake jack with the Prophet. Sorry, that's just the way it is. People are going to hop on here and defend the Prophet, but most people on these forums just recommend the bike they bought (one wants to feel justified in spending the money). I am not saying the Prophet sucks, but there really is something to be said for bikes with Maestro, VPP, DW-Link, etc.
 

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Agent_ said:
The 08 Prophet 3 seems to fit except for the shock.

It's true that the Prophet frame pretty much stayed the same through the years. I am going to get flamed because this is the Cannondale forum, but I must say that there are many all mountain bikes that will pedal more efficiently. On the downhill, you will also experience some brake jack with the Prophet. Sorry, that's just the way it is. People are going to hop on here and defend the Prophet, but most people on these forums just recommend the bike they bought (one wants to feel justified in spending the money). I am not saying the Prophet sucks, but there really is something to be said for bikes with Maestro, VPP, DW-Link, etc.
First, you won't get "brake jack"....but rather "brake squat"....2 totally different things.
Second, with the Swinger rear shock it'll be barely noticeable...the rear end will stiffen up some under hard braking, but one shouldn't just ride downhill with a locked rear wheel anyhow.
Third, the cannondale single pivot design is proven and reliable but has some disadvantages like mentioned before.
Riding the Prophet on a steep climb in the granny gear for instance will cause the rear end to come up...some folks might consider this a disadvantage, for me it's an advantage.
I can clear climbs on my Prophet that I couldn't clear with a Multi Link bike since they would sag in the rear causing it to wheelie all the time.
The Prophet is a nice allrounder and even when built somewhat burly will be around 30lbs. so it's not to hard to get it uphill.
I love the simplicity of the Prophet, and my next bike will be a single pivot again.
 

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The 2007 has a FOX 32 TALAS RLC, but the bike in this picture has a Vanilla R.

cdalemaniac, regardless of what it's called, I'm referring to interruption in suspension action due to braking.
 

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Yeah, I confirmed the bike to be a 2007 Prophet 3Z. Most of the parts were swapped, upgraded, well some are downgraded. I changed my mind about purchasing this, seems like it's a good deal but I really want a solid bike for my next purchase. Doesn't want to spend a lot of money in the long run with upgrades.
 

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Agent_ said:
The 2007 has a FOX 32 TALAS RLC, but the bike in this picture has a Vanilla R.

cdalemaniac, regardless of what it's called, I'm referring to interruption in suspension action due to braking.
:thumbsup: fair enough...
 

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the shimano XT is great, the Prophet is a good climber, it excells in real twisty rooty rocky steep singletracks going down. a Lefty Max would be perfect. the rear end is hyper sensitive to even small air adjustments so your terrain and style of riding will make adjustments very personal and less applicable person to person. i like less air in mine but you might not. dont ever lock your rear wheel up. your rear sus will work for you. 69 degrees for AM steers real aggressive.HAVE FUN.
 

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cdalemaniac said:
:thumbsup: fair enough...
I'm sorry that I don't have anything useless to contribute to this thread, other than:

Nice bike. I really wish that I had a prophet. I'm currently hoping to be able to afford one in the next year.

The point of my post:

Thanks Agent and cdalemaniac. I have yet to see mtbr forumites behave with such civility in a disagreement. You all know how these forum-wars usually take off. So, that's all.
 

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JaySC said:
I'm sorry that I don't have anything useless to contribute to this thread, other than:

Nice bike. I really wish that I had a prophet. I'm currently hoping to be able to afford one in the next year.

The point of my post:

Thanks Agent and cdalemaniac. I have yet to see mtbr forumites behave with such civility in a disagreement. You all know how these forum-wars usually take off. So, that's all.
I will trade my Prophet for your Scalpel 1 in a NY minute :D
 
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