Strengths: Super fast ,super stable, super stiff , Very plush. peddles like a animal up hill, halls ass down it!
Weaknesses: Brake jack but you can buy a floating brake kit for it .
The best bang for the buck if you want the best of both worlds, I mostly down hill on my perp. Depending on what type of DH I want to do I have more fun on my mx! I am definitely on it more! Road the bike for a year stock and it was still sick all the upgrades just made it a bit better. The biggest difference would be the weight.
Bike Setup: totem solo air code 5 mavic 823 with tubeless tires 2.25 inch stroke rear DHX 5.0 shock, 7 up front and 6 in the rear, E thirteen sick!!!
a Weekend Warrior
from SLC, UT, USA
Date Reviewed: February 1, 2008
Strengths: The downhill ride I have ever tested/purchased. It stuck to the trail and went exactly where I pointed it. The geometry, coupled with the parts spec, was confidence inspiring.
Weaknesses: This bike is just too heavy for the type of riding I do. Trying to move this beast up Amasa Back was anything but fun.
This bike rocks going downhill. It blows through rock gardens, blasts the rough, and takes drops in stride. I am positive that this has to do with a couple of things about the bike build and spec, namely: thru axles front and rear, the fox 36 up front, heavy wheels and tires, and the geometry angles when in the freeride position. Cannondale put all of these together and came up with a 4-cross/dh machine.
That said, this bike is a beast to pedal uphill. If you live in an area that requires you to pedal up before you can head down, then you may want to reconsider purchasing this bike. I took it on several trails, and always with the same result. The bike took so much to get uphill, that by the time I was ready to ride down, I was cooked. However, as I mentioned, the ride down was sweet!
Could you invest money to make this bike lighter? Yes. Would it be a wise investment? Maybe. For me it would not have been.
In addition, the thru axles, while making the ride very ridged, also required too much work to change out a flat. Also, with 140mm rear wheel travel coupled with the 150mm (160mm on the newer models) up front, made the bike unbalanced, in my opinion.
Cannondale discontinued this model for 2008, except in Europe.
If you bought this bike new off the showroom floor, you over paid. Cannondale's bikes are expensive. Thus the value rating.
Bike Setup: upgraded; tires to bontrager big earls, e thirteen chain tensioner
Date Reviewed: July 6, 2006
Strengths: For a claimed 6 in travel bike this thing can climb just fine, but a new wheel set and smaller chain rings helped get it to that stage. Descending on this bike though is where it shines it unbelievable how stable and easy it is to control no matter what terrain its on.
Weaknesses: wheel set was way to heavy for doing any kind of xc style rides. So I built some that are light stronger and faster rolling. Fixiks Saddle was numbing!! Seat post clamp broke within 30 minutes of pulling the bike out of the box. So much for cannondale testing. hahahahahaha
Given I got a great deal on the base bike and then added all the goodies I like (wheels, stem, saddle, chainrings) I can't complain. The current setup weighs in just over 31 lbs, but with 6" that is pretty light. I climb fine and descend great. Plus I only have one pivot to worry about and that is perfect for someone like me. Since the seat clamp broke easily and the stock wheels weighed about 1.5 lbs more each I can only give it 4 chilis . They should sell the UK model in the states and I would have given it 5 chilis
Bike Setup: fox 36 RLC fork, Fox DHX 5.0 shock, el caminos, mallet m pedals, Hope pro II hubs with sun single track hoops, Hope stem and seat clamp, SRAM XO derailleur and X9 shifters, WTB Rocket V SL
a Weekend Warrior
from san diego,cali
Date Reviewed: June 17, 2006
Strengths: waaay easier to manual than i would have thought. when the shock and fork is set up properly the susp. is super nice. and the galvanized finish....talk about that later
Weaknesses: umm, im a mechanic so i got a deal on it and in the pic i was suppose to get the xtr colored holzfellers and mine came black. w/e, i dont wanna be a prick about it. oh and i dont like the brake levers, they are way to long so you have to move them too far from the grips and then the shifters are uncomfortably far. seat hurts my ass
this bike owns, it rides really well and pedals good. but im having to use much more air pressure than is the recommended pressure for my weight (oh well). i had it standing next to this curb and a guy drove by in his car and he looked and saw the bike and his jaw just dropped hahaha i was like yeaa, it does look hella good
Bike Setup: stock as of now. coming: formula k28's, crankbros 5050, some cool looking seat
lil' red rider
a Weekend Warrior
from North Vancouver
Date Reviewed: June 7, 2006
Strengths: this is an awesome bike...Great balnce and the compinent package is excellent!
Weaknesses: i have found none so far!
What is not to love about this bike?...absolutely nothing! absolutely a perfect balanced bike, strong and still light...the fox dhx is an awsome shock...easy to adjust and pretty to look at too! Cannodale does a great job outfitting their bikes. It might cost a bit more but Cannondale tests and backs their products. Bottom line...this is a great bike for people who enjoy going out and climbing as well as being able to do the big lauches.