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    Perp Owners - Please Help

    OK hopefully you Perp owners can help here. I'm looking to get a DH bike fairly soon, and being a Prophet owner and Cannondale supporter for years, naturally I'm considering the Perp. This bike would purely be used for my local DH bike parks in northern California (Northstar & Mammoth), as well as local secret DH runs. My upper budget is around $3500; although I hope to spend less.

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    - Is the Perp a good choice for me? In other words, can it truly handle steep gnarly trails with large berms, tables, boulders, drops, etc.?
    - What are the main differences between the '07 & '08 models? Do you recommend getting an '07 at discount or is it worth splurging for the '08?
    - What's the average weight you have yours at?
    - Do you feel them to be modifiable or rather limited in upgrade capacity?

    Thanks kids!!

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    I have spent a season on a Judge and I order a Perp frame today. I thought I would be doing a lot of DH racing, but I more just ride freeride/fast stuff like Diablo Freeride Park. I feel as though the Perp will be a little smaller/lighter and flickable, which is what I am after. The bike is already super over built. For 2008, Cdale just did a more price point Perp version. The higher model is similar to last years except the rear shock and front shock are different I believe. I would say try to get a good deal on an 07' and you'll be happy.

    As far as upgrading, they are very similar to other bikes... 1.5 HT's, common shock size (8.75 x 2.75), 150mm rear wheel spacing, 83mm bottom bracket. I'd say go for.
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    The best new feature on the 08 is that they are painted in plain colors, no logos, no decals!

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    I would try to get a discount on an 07 Perp 1 and use the extra cash to swap out the Van R for a DHX 4 or 5. Other than the rear shock its a solid build

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    What other rear shocks would you guys recommend? You think a Manitou ISX, Rock Shox Vivid, or Cane Creek DB would be a good choice?
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    Judge is Cannondale's DH bike, Perp is for freeride. The geometry is different, and the Perp (as a complete bike) comes with a single crown fork.

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    The Cane Creek DB would be awesome if you can swing it and the ROCO's are real nice as well. Dont know much about the Manitou or the Rock Shock

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gerous
    The best new feature on the 08 is that they are painted in plain colors, no logos, no decals!
    You know what, I actually love this aspect of the new ones; I love the plain look. Wish I could clean up my Prophet like that!

    Anyone know the prices yet for the new ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheProphet
    What other rear shocks would you guys recommend? You think a Manitou ISX, Rock Shox Vivid, or Cane Creek DB would be a good choice?
    I would think the ROCO TST would be the ideal shock for the Perp. Currently I'm riding an AS-X with one and it works awesome. For climbing the shock will nearly lock the rear end out. When going down you have 4 clicks of compression adjustment over a very wide range to work with.

    Bummer is that according to the Marz site in 08 the ROCO TST won't be available in 8.75 x 2.75. Although if you call Marz they might swap the TST internals into that size body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin G
    You know what, I actually love this aspect of the new ones; I love the plain look. Wish I could clean up my Prophet like that!

    Anyone know the prices yet for the new ones?
    Perp 3: $2199.99
    Perp 2: $2999.99
    Perp 1: $3999.99
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    I dont have my new cannondale catalog with me but IIRC the Perp 2 is the one to get, it comes packin' a totem coil. Then just upgrade the rear shock, if you in good with your LBS you could get away with spending ~3100 or so putting a Marz or Fox DHX 5 on it. Few hundo more if you want the Cane Creek DB

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    Good suggestion - the Perp 2 looks to be the best bet for me from Cannondale. My other consideration at the moment is the new Transition Blindside; although this will run a good $700 more. Also looking at some of the 2007 Brodies; like the Damien.

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    That transition looks real nice, I would love to ride one of their bikes. Personally I would go for the Perp or the Bullit just because I have local dealers for both. You wouldnt go wrong with any of the bikes your looking at. The main thing with cannondale is your going to get a little bit less component wise than you would with most others, but the frames are bullet proof.

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    OK; the "freeride" and "downhill" official classifications aside (i.e. Perp - FR, Judge - DH), y'all feel the Perp could handle hitting downhill at a park such as Northstar? Drops, berms, jumps, ladders, boulders, etc. Also, the frames are exactly the same between '07 & '08?
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    if i were you i would try out the manitou revox. i've read some positive reviews of it and if it's anything like my evolver isx6 it would prob be great. I think kevin g is happy with his evolver isx4, and this is basically the coil version of mine i think - that is intrinsic dampening with high/low speed compressionand rebound adjustibility, as well as how progressive it ramps up. And yes, titanium spring to get it light. Sounds expensive, but prob well worth it.

    And kevin, i don't think cannondale would issue a freeride bike that couldn't take some serious abuse, so i wouldn't worry about if it can take the beatings. it prob can. I thought about getting a perp1 this year, but i just don't need that much travel. My commencal supreme fr has enough and is more of an all rounder of a bike. I would check commencal out if i were you. They're redesigning their dh/fr bikes for 09 so sweet deals could be had the following the recent and 08 offering. Cedric had the first cannondale promodel (ever?/in a long while), but switched company to ride for commencal. Their bikes are really good, though if a none made in the us bike is deal breaker, don't look any further. I'm really happy with mine and while it is a little heavy, even after all my recent upgrades (all of which are still to get here), it's still a nicer bike than my prophet i think. The rear wheel suspension is more efficient and the adjustable angles up front works a lot better than the prophet's solution of lowering the crank. Don't get me wrong, i love my prophet and prefer if for some uses - but the supreme's just my over all favorite of the two (-though granted it's a narrow margin).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin G
    OK; the "freeride" and "downhill" official classifications aside (i.e. Perp - FR, Judge - DH), y'all feel the Perp could handle hitting downhill at a park such as Northstar? Drops, berms, jumps, ladders, boulders, etc. Also, the frames are exactly the same between '07 & '08?
    For sure! Thats what I plan to do with mine is everything you just mentioned. Have you seen the bike in person? It looks much more burlier then the pictures. Yes, the frames are the same except the colors and decal options are different for 2008.
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    So I played with one today at my local shop (first time touching one). It was an '07 Perp 2. Damn is it plush; feels really great. My only potential concern - at least for downhill fast use - is it's higher BB and less slack HT angle. And the cockpit/wheelbase felt tight (I'm 5'10" and was trying out a medium). I bet this geometry is great for slammin' FR over rocks and roots and drops. Guess I need to decide what style I want more. The Transition Blindside is slightly more DH oriented than FR. Anyways, thanks for all the input so far. The '08s seem worth the $500 or so premium over their '07 counterparts due to the component upgrades - i.e. Totem vs. Domain, Juicy vs. Hayes.

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    Perp fans: the latest issue of Decline has a review of the Perp 1 (looks like the '07).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin G
    Perp fans: the latest issue of Decline has a review of the Perp 1 (looks like the '07).
    Also MBAction has a test of the 2007 Perp 2 in it's November 2007 issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin G
    So I played with one today at my local shop (first time touching one). It was an '07 Perp 2. Damn is it plush; feels really great. My only potential concern - at least for downhill fast use - is it's higher BB and less slack HT angle. And the cockpit/wheelbase felt tight (I'm 5'10" and was trying out a medium). I bet this geometry is great for slammin' FR over rocks and roots and drops. Guess I need to decide what style I want more. The Transition Blindside is slightly more DH oriented than FR. Anyways, thanks for all the input so far. The '08s seem worth the $500 or so premium over their '07 counterparts due to the component upgrades - i.e. Totem vs. Domain, Juicy vs. Hayes.
    Cockpit should feel pretty tight, that you dont want to be streched out for dh/fr. Im 5'7" and I ride a small for dh. The HT will definitly be steeper because it is a true FR bike, but it will be able to do anything DH wise that you can throw at it. If you plan on using it for primarily DH while you get good at FR then you may consider a different bike thats more slack. Thats what I did, I ended up with a Demo 7 because it was a little more raked out and I'm not a freeride guru where I can benefit more from a steeper HT.

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    I always thought a 66 degree headtube was slack. The Judge has a 64 degree headtube and according to a lot of people on here, that is sssslllacccckkk. What more do you want?
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    Never realized it was that slack. My Demo is 65 degrees and that feels like its way out there.

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    Well, the Prophet in FR position is 67.5; so not that far off. Most FR bikes seem to be at 66 and DH ones 65. I guess 1 degree of difference isn't that much, but when coupled with the seat tube angle, bottom bracket height and wheelbase...

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    Very true. I am excited to try the Perp to see/feel the main differences from the Judge at a resort.
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    Lucky you to have both, brother - report back as soon as you rip it up with the Perp!

    By the way, if y'all haven't read the Decline article, it's a very positive review. Basically recommends the Perp for medium-paced very technical trails. They acknowledge the FR-oriented cockpit, but say the bike is great for most trails out there - including DH. It may just not rail corners as fast; in other words, I read this as not recommending it as a pure DH race bike, but certainly for DH park recreation.

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    Im not sure when my frame is coming in so it could be a little but I surely will. I defenitly know that I will be selling my Judge frame though after barely a season on it.
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    What didn't you like about the Judge? Or why replacing it with a Perp?

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    I found that I spend most of my time riding in tight situations and hitting more freeride stuff. Been riding a couple times at Diablo Freeride Park in NJ and the Judge is great for taking corners and going fast, but not so great for jumping. That could be in part to I am not the "strongest" person, just lanky. With a long wheelbase and not much DH racing, just riding in my future, I think the Perp would be a better choice. I believe the geometry will be much better and I believe I will like the cockpit. Basically everything is going to swap over so it will be a Perp with a Marzocchi 888 and maybe a single crown in the future, so I look forward to trying it out.

    And I just picked up the new Decline mag and read the Perp review, I believe they hit that spot on. Great review.
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    Definitely see your point. This is the debate I'm going through for my purchase. Pure DH bikes in my opinion seem great for mainly racing (speed downhill); not necessarily for what we average riders do in bike parks and backwoods. Northstar here on the west coast has loads of huge rocks, ruts, berms, drops, jumps, etc. so it's more FR than straight up DH.

    So far I'm considering in addition to the Perp:

    - Transition Blindside
    - IH Sunday Expert
    - Banshee Scythe
    - Ellsworth Dare
    - Brodie Damien
    - Kona Stinky Deluxe

    Any opinions on these would be appreciated!

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    Very true. Of course my vote is going to be for the Perp because I am a huge Cannondale fan. I like simplicity and the customer service.

    Transition Blindside: Love the company, great group of guys. New design, I am sure they have done their research because all of their other bikes seem to do great. Interesting to see how that rides.

    IH Sunday Expert: Great suspension design. Very common bike.

    Banshee Scythe: Seems like a cool design and bike. Looks like the suspension is somewhat similar to the Transition.

    Ellsworth Dare: My honest opinion about Ellsworth is they are great quality, but I believe they are over priced and somewhat out dated. But that is just my opinion.

    Brodie Damien: I have a buddy who rides the bike and he loves it. He tears it up.

    Kona Stinky: Great bike for the price. It comes with their DOPE system, so that will help the ride.

    Maybe also look at Knolly Bikes or Commencal. But my vote is still going to go for the Perp for obvious reasons.
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    Thanks brother! Great feedback.

    Regarding the Dare, it's a new one coming out in '08. Working with my local rep to check it out.

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    Don't forget that the Perp will also be lighter to alot lighter than those other frame styles.

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    eh, i dunno anything about most of these bikes, but comment on those i do. never really liked kona at all, but their new system seems kinda cool. i dunno how well it works. it kinda seems like one more variable when you really don't need to add any more.

    a perp is a splendid bike i would think, though i think it has a lot of travel in the rear. i would also def think of a commencal supreme (enough travel in either of em for you?) or the new furious, cedric gracias new toy for larking about. i love my supreme though it has yet to see real tough abuse. the real wheel suspension is really good.

    other than that the other bikes look kinda nice too, but i know next to nothing about them. what about a santa cruz bullit or another of their longer travel bikes?

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    Don't think Commencal is sold in the US; at least it doesn't look easy to get one.

    Agreed about the Perp's rear travel - that's the FIRST thing I noticed when sitting on one. "Damn! How plush is this?!"

    As for Santa Cruz, I'm right in their backyard; was considering the VP-Free but the '08s won't be out until next June. And the V10 is a bit too much for me. The Bullitt seems too close to my beefed-up Prophet.

    Ronald> Good point about the weight. What does the average Perp come in at? Mid 40s? Low 40s?

    The Perp is also going to be cheaper than all the other models I'm considering; sometimes over $500 less!

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    well, there is the costs too yes.. hehe. the bullit has over 7 inches in the back and would fit any fork you can throw at it. the vp free is really nice too, but june is too long of a wait, i agree ;-)

    commencal is sold by.. :

    http://www.bti-usa.com/list.asp?cat=BK&mfr=CL&showSec=1

    be forewarned that their site kinda sucks. there's also sometimes one on ebay like this on that you can prob get really cheap, though the paint looks kinda messed up:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/2006-Commencal-S...QQcmdZViewItem

    this one might not be burly enough though if you're looking at a hard core dh bike. with a 66 up front though, and even with this van rc2, it's up for some serious larking.

    and did you notice this one? or is getting a brand new one paramount? i guess it's kinda important warrenty wise over yonder. over here they pretty much respect the life time warrenty no matter what, or at least give you a really good deal if you busts the old one.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Cannondale-Perp-...QQcmdZViewItem
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    Thanks for the suggestions. What is it about Commencal you dig so much? Am hesitant to buy off of ebay; I do get components there but a full build scares me. I did see that Perp listed though! Wonder how much it'll go for.

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    hehe, i just really like my supreme. the rear suspension, or the contact system as they call it, was developed with eric bossard, a formula 1 suspension expert, so it's really nice and has the rear wheel glued to the ground. the only thing i don't like about my supreme is the wheight, but with the new build it's going to get really really nice. i'll post a pic of it when it's done.

    i guess i just like commencal because i've studied em quite extensively, liked what i've seen and have been supported by really good reviews in the press and by other riders.

    one just picks certain brands one perfers, and for me those brands are cannondale and commencal, with santa cruz as a (a little bit distant) third. i like how these bikes look and work, so there you got it.

    getting a entire build shouldn't be a problem . you can just plan that if you get the bike a contract of sorts has to be agreed upon. this so that if the bike is less than perfect order a return or discount can be had. a shop could typically look over the bike, one for each party, so a objective partner can verify that the state of the bike is as described. i bought my prophet used with just some photos to go by, and ended up with a sweet deal. busted the rear wheel on the second short trip i used it, so due to the detailed contract that stated what was considered a deficiency and what would happen if such a thing would occur, i got a refund for the rear wheel. brilliant. this guy is also a major seller, so he needs to keep his rating all positive.(though i got mine from the east coast of norway when living on the west, and not from the midwest when i live in ca. the extra distance makes it abit more risky.)

    it won't be cheap, but it would be cheaper than the current on sale. it looks to be in great shape and is described as such, so i would go for it if i were you. hehe. just swap the brakes for some formula oros when you get it, or wait for their new dh brakes, the one, though even if it has a tacky name will prob be expensive as all hell, but totally worth it. i love my formula brakes too, love em. i have some oro k24s and some extremes. both of em are awesome i think.
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    So I got a Cannondale demo day this weekend at my LBS so hopefully I'll be able to report back on the 2008 Perps!

    P.S. After some research it seems like they're releasing only white models for Europe. Anyone confirm this?

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    Dont cross the bullit off the list they are awesome, it just feels like you could throw it around so easily. I was looking at both the perp and the bullit, both are excellent single pivot designs. You can get either of them equiped similarly for the money.

    Dont know much about any of the other bikes you listed except the kona. You can get a lot of bike for the money with kona especially if you go used.

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    So I rode a demo 2007 Judge today. Sweet ride. The rep didn't have any Perps unfortunately so I couldn't compare. Just wondering what the differences would be. I see the specs on paper (slacker HT for Judge, tighter/taller cockpit for Perp) but I'm curious to how it all translates to riding. But I hear they're cranking great deals on the 2007 Perp 2 - you can get it now for $2K.

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    I got a chance to ride a Perp today and I thought it was a blast. Fast, nimble, and fun pretty much sums it up. I was riding trail though, not much DH stuff in terms and jumps and drops.
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    Hey Prophet - so it looks like my decision is narrowing down to Judge vs. Perp. Can you elaborate any more on the differences since you've ridden both? I rode the Judge around my town yesterday [as a demo] and have only sat on a Perp in a store. My main usage will be bike parks such as Mammoth and Northstar, as well as push-up DH trails near my house. No racing really, but I like to go very fast. Love to hit jumps and drops, but am no professional trickster. Thanks brother!

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    I would say go with the perp, 75% of what you just said defines that bike.

    Parks, hit jumps, drops 75% - Perp

    Go fast 25% - Judge

    Theres no doubt you can go fast on a perp too!!

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    I would say go Perp. And if you feel the need to put a double crown fork on there, then do so. You can still go fast on the Perp because it still have pretty long chainstays, making it stable at higher speeds. Actually it has the same chainstay length as the Judge. The Perp didnt feel as cumbersome and was an easy bike to get up to speed.

    Racing: Judge
    Slopestyle/DH Parks: Perp

    I think you will be happy with your decision.
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    Thanks, Proph.

    Check it, kids: new Pinkbike follow-up review.

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    Theres all you need. Buy it!
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    Proph> Post photos of yours when you get it. Which color did you grab?

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    Here is mine currently. Not 100% sure when the new frame will be in. I believe the color is going to raw. That's my guess. I really have no idea. Haha.



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    The UK mountain biking mag just did a real nice write up on the Perp. You can find the mag at Barnes & Nobels if you have one near you!

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    Your Judge rocks. Am actually considering at the moment getting both the Judge and Perp; and selling my Prophet.

    You keeping the Judge?

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