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#43 out of 341 Hardtail bikes
Brand: Cannondale



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  • Trail Kicker
    ****

    Get a pro bike fitting and upgrade components over time... brakes first then rear cage derailleur. I wore both out in one season (20-25 trail rides or so). I went with Shimano XT Deore on both. Huge improvement in performance and durability. I also changed my wheels to Stan's No Tubes with Kenda Nevegal tires. Noticeable reduction in weight, increased turn responsiveness, roll, and cornering traction.

    Pros
    Great frame, fantastic value, good stock wheels

    Cons
    Components are lower end.

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  • zr140th
    *****

    Just switched the stock bars from 20mm rise to some Truvativ Hussfelt 40mm. Chopped down an inch on each side and so far....DAMN GOOD! was thinking of switching out the 90mm stem to a shorter one but given the new bars and limited selection of 1.5 stems....it's a good setup.

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  • Cybrinsanity
    *****

    I must have tried out 10 different bikes always coming back to the Cannondale. the ride and shifting where so much smoother on this bike than any of the others I had tried. you really notice the smooth shifting while going up hill, and the adjustable forks are awesome!!

    Pros
    super comfortable ride, adjustable front shocks, shifting seems very smooth especially while climbing up hill.

    Cons
    Crankshaft, is wider and causes my foot to rub with wider shoes on, not a big deal though.

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  • zr140th
    *****

    Bottom line (after 2 rides): this is a great bike. I've spent the last year researching my next ride and I've looked at everything from F/S 26 to Rigid 29ers and in quite a few different price points. For the money, you can't beat it. Climbs like no tomorrow, responsive shifts, surprisingly no brake howl, and so far I'm loving the adjustable RST Deuce...something I was originally unsure about. A little slower in the switchbacks but no worries, I make the time up on the climbs, banked turns, and straights...this thing really moves when you ask it to. If you're on a $1000 budget and looking for a solid 29er, this is it!

    Pros
    Adjustable front shock, overall weight, adequate component group, SPEED.

    Cons
    Bars are a little wide, grips come in white on the red model, Octalink crank-set is on the heavier side.

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