Cannondale Rize 5 All Mountain Full Suspension

4.27/5 (11 Reviews)


Product Description

The Rize is the Swiss Army knife of the trail bike world. It's a bike that brings all-new metalforming technology to the industry, and combines it with carbon-fiber fabrication techniques. It uses a dreamy-riding multi-pivot suspension with 130mm of balanced travel. The means that riders can use it as a do-it-all rig, whether you're riding notoriously gnarly rock gardens in the Northeast or the gently rolling foothills of the inter-mountain West.


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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by fltrucker420 a Downhiller from escanaba,mi

Date Reviewed: November 21, 2011

Strengths:    Light weight, nice turn geometry,some decent stock components, propedal on rear shock ROCKS the mt.

Weaknesses:    Ugliest color made, ridgeline tires suck I taco'd both WTB rims in short order, front derailure keeps moving out of line, cables need mor protection, hard to wrap chainstay,seat post clamp not quick release, pivot axles keep comming loose , even with locktite blue

Bottom Line:   
I traded my friend for my 07' prophet 600,big mistake!if I had it to do again, i'd opt for an M-9, or a dare.all in all it's a decent entry level xc/trail bike, with limited dh/fr capabilities

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Favorite Trail:   Marquette Mountain

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Mr. Bike,ski and fit

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Gemini DH, c dale Prophet 600

Bike Setup:   stock except for hussfelt stem and comp bars, FSA gravity lights rims,203 mm rotors,wtb decent 2.35, (rear to narrow for 2.5)planet bike race saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jefft03 a Weekend Warrior from Calhoun, Ga. Gordon

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2011

Strengths:    Handling, shocks and overall performance.

Weaknesses:    I have noticed i have lost some power going up hills..but the gain in control and maneuverability has more than made up for that.

Bottom Line:   
This 2010 bike was listed at $2000 and i got it for $1300..this was the last bike made in the USA by Cannondale. Probably the best bike i have ever ridden and hopefully will last me another 5 to 6 years. great price and awesome performance.

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Favorite Trail:   Raisen Wood - Dalton and Enterprise -Chatt

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Therapy in Rom

Similar Products Used:   Giant Yukon

Bike Setup:   Rock Shox in front with Shimano gearing system. 26" Ridgeline tires. Full suspension..aluminum frame. brakes -Avid Juicy 3, 160/160 mm, Saddle-Fi'zi:k Nisene w/MG rails

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ScabFace a Weekend Warrior from Santa Clarita, Ca

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2011

Strengths:    Predictable, stiff, suspension that works for all types of trail. Efficient drive train transfers all power to the wheel. Well constructed. Paint hold up really well. Life time frame warranty rocks but I don't suspect I'll ever need it. Over 5 inches of travel, yet climbs like it has much less. Never felt like I needed a rear shock with propedal.

Weaknesses:    No particular weakness, This package comes together balanced. Frame has tons of potential. If there was one thing I could upgrade for free I would have a hard time picking. Hard to put on my trunk rack, have to put it on backwards and results in minor rubbing.

Bottom Line:   
I'm a fairly cheap person, but I also like quality and for things to last. This purchase was more than I wanted to spend but I have no regrets. A superb frame with quality components without going overboard. So I am giving 5 chilies for value, because the whole package comes together nicely for the price range.
This is a true go anywhere bike. A perfect efficient climber, fast descender. Stock Brakes effective even for sustained steep downhills with minimal fade. Could benefit from a bigger rotor but not necessary. I thought the first thing I would upgrade was the fork, but after spending some time on it I had no complaints, the fork has done it's job nicely. I have had no problems with the bike. 5 chillies for overall rating, because you get more than you pay for when it comes to ride quality.

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Favorite Trail:   Gooseburry Mesa

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Jamis Dakar, Giant Trance

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by TheEasyOne a Weekend Warrior from Belgium

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2011

Strengths:    Light weight high quality do-it-all frame; decent suspension design; fun to ride yet still very efficient; manoeuvrable

Weaknesses:    Not the stiffest design; if you take a smaller frame, the front wheel sometimes loses contact with the ground while climbing (even with the stem inversed); size small cannot take a decently sized water bottle; cable routing could be better or the frame could be better protected; swingarm is not designed for very broad tires; factory specs could be better.

Bottom Line:   
For me this was a steal. After the re-build I got a trail bike that almost has the performance of an XC bike. With reasonably priced light components, the bike came out lighter than the stock Rize 1 Carbon. In addition, the bike is quite comfortable and very manoeuvrable. Overspecced for what I do and lighter than originally intended, this bike makes me ride faster and better than I can. Also on the downhills. There may be better bikes out there, but this one does the job for me very well. A no-fuzz fun bike that also holds its own on flat terrain or when you must go up before you can go down.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Tried several full-suspension bikes, owned two before this one.

Bike Setup:   Bought the bike at the end of the season, just for the frame. Stripped it and sold the stock kit. Rebuild the bike from scratch with components of my choice to get a light trail bike.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by PumpedUp a Weekend Warrior from West Springfield, MA, USandofA

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2010

Strengths:    Climbs like a goat. Frame is well constructed and very lightweight. Components are a good value for this price range and can be upgraded at your own pace. Everything works better then expected so I won't replace any parts unless I break or wear them out. Brakes work good in any conditions and have no problems stopping with my 6'1 210 lbs. bombing down the trails.

Weaknesses:    Pedals are worthless, seat takes a few rides to get used too. Grips will be the next upgrade. Maxxis Ridgeline tires are more for XC/road then trail/downhill.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great all mountain bike at a great price. Climbs as well as bikes twice it's price and can take anything you throw at it. I've owned this bike 6+ months and could not be more pleased with it. Frame has a lifetime warrenty not to mention it's made here in USA. Cannondale makes great bikes and this falls right in line with them.

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Favorite Trail:   Bear's Hole

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Suburban Sport in Be

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Rush, Stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   Rockshox Tora 302 solo air, Fox float r propedal, Diamondback platform pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by 292beach a Weekend Warrior from Minneapolis, MN,USA

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2009

Strengths:    Strong frame(made in USA), good to OK components at a good price. I've been riding it 2-3 times a week and haven't had any problems.

Weaknesses:    I got rid of the seat and pedals right away.

Bottom Line:   
A great entry all-mountain bike for the price. I ride it as a XC bike but like the 5" of travel of the XX or expert trails. If I did it all over again I would get the Rize 4. I think you can get the Rize 5 at Eriks for $1500 now.

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Favorite Trail:   lebanon Hills

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Eriks

Similar Products Used:   Test rode a bunch... This was the best for the price.

Bike Setup:   Stock except for seat and pedals. I thought about upgrading the rear shock to a RP23 but the R with the propedal works fine for me(170) unless I stand up on a climb.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kenscannon a Weekend Warrior from farmington,ohio,us

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2009

Strengths:    Light weight,great components,great shock and fork for a heavy rider

Weaknesses:    Pedals and tires, should come with better trail tires unless you ride on pavment more the real mountain bike trails.Pedals look like something off a walmart bike not an top of the line mountain bike

Bottom Line:   
Don't waste any money on a starter bike from walmart or dicksportinggoods or any chain store, go right to a real bike shop and buy a cannondale rize5 you will not regret it one bit. I would recommend this bike to anyone from a new rider to a seasoned vet

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Favorite Trail:   west branch state park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   eddys bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Cheap walmart NEXT mountain bike and a diamondback coil from dickssportinggoods

Bike Setup:   Allstock except tires, put Kenda Kinetic ust foildable tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sausagedog a Cross Country Rider from york uk

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2009

Strengths:    ive had a few bikes shall we say,but never had a test ride on a cannondale(ive had 4) the feel is soo right.could have done with better spec but its not bought for that its the quality frame u buy.saying that the wheel set is strong ive abused it somewhat round the city of york if set up right its very good for street riding takes stairs with ease dropoffs etc.



Weaknesses:    main isue was the bottom braket was too short when i got it so couldnt get small ring so got new crank n bb sent out free as they hadput wrong one on.
i think its the spec that need changing.and rear lock out only slows down the rebound on the fox rear
shocks could be a bit longer travel why fit a 130mm fork when its got the 100mm set up on it.
rear lock out needed





Bottom Line:   
bottom line is buy it,it climbs soo good and goes down even better.
next up for me is rear hope new wheels and a few more tweeks
carbon as much as i can.
ive had the raven x2 and v1000`s but this feels right everyone on here said ride it 1st but i took a chance like all the other dale`s ive had and it pulled off
i also tryed the moto to see what that was like and yes its the same feeling its like a glove fits just right.
iam 6ft1 and a large is just right with seat post quite high,dont look at a medium that will be far to small.

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Favorite Trail:   yorkshire

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   uk

Similar Products Used:   gary fisher sugar 4 not even in the same class
tryed marin but still didnt feel right


Bike Setup:   hope m4 tech2 front disc
everything else is stock
need to lighten it now

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hard Driver a Weekend Warrior from Hollis, NH

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2009

Strengths:    Great balance between plush suspension and efficiency.

Weaknesses:    Didn't like original tires. I like a shorter stem.

Bottom Line:   
Great Bike, Good value. This bike climbs as well as my old NRS, which was a good climbing bike. Yet the additional suspension makes the rock gardens much smoother. Nice blend between a light efficient cross country bike with a 5" suspension and 68 degree head angle all-mountain bike for handling bombing down the serious trails. I am not reviewing the bike as a downhill bike, but as a trail bike, and as a trail bike, it hits the nail on the head. I am giving it 4 chilis, because I think the Rize 4 with the upgraded fork and rear shock would be better, so I have to leave a chili for the componants being slightly on the value side of the equation. But the bike then gets 5 chilis for value.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Similar Products Used:   Giant NRS2

Bike Setup:   Stock except Raptor 2.3 tires, easton Vice stem and riser bars.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by eneed a Weekend Warrior from Columbia, SC

Date Reviewed: November 28, 2008

Strengths:    Plenty of smooth travel for most riding conditions. Efficient suspension and nice price point for a made in USA bike.

Weaknesses:    A bit heavy, though for the price it is comparable or lighter than other bikes. The Tora fork is good but would be better with a detented rebound adjustment so it wouldn't drift while riding. The Monorail tires from Maxxis are good for hardpack but sketchy in loose.

Bottom Line:   
This would be a great first full suspension and is good enough to upgrade later. It gobbled up rough sections better than a Stumpjumper and is similar in efficiency. Overall very comfortable to ride all day and very good overall performance.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   07 Stumpjumper


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by ccphares a Weekend Warrior from Seattle, WA

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2008

Strengths:    Light, nice frame design, generally good components. Made and backed by a solid, US company.

Weaknesses:    No rear shock lock-out. Would like to have 185mm discs, rather than 160mm. Would be nice to have through-axle front hub/fork. Carbon fiber piece for rear suspension seems like a bad (weak) idea. Too many decals, which can't be removed. An $1800 bike should come with a set of SPD pedals.

Bottom Line:   
Probably will suit my needs for now. Should be a good platform for future upgrades.

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Favorite Trail:   Tiger Mountain

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   REI Seattle

Similar Products Used:   Rode a Giant Trance in Moab, which had the larger brakes, rear lock-out, and through-axle hub.

Bike Setup:   Mainly stock with SPDs.

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First ride on my Rize 5

Thought I would post this as sort of a review and to share my experience. I bought a leftover 2009 Rize 5 from my LBS a month or so ago and finally got a chance to get some dirt under the tires. I'm 6'1 and have ridden large frames in the past but this bike is an XL and I couldn't be happier. ... Read More »

I located a Rize 5 for a really good price....

I don't know much about them. It is basically new and never dropped. Price is $1000. I think brand new they were $1,800. The thing is, I've always been a Trek guy and my 10 year old 8500 has been through hell and back and I've never had a problem with it. I've never even had to adjust anything ... Read More »

Rize 1.5 headset

I have a lefty now with the internal bearing headset, We have gone over for 1 1/8th headsets but what do i need for a 1.5 steertube fork? Will the bearings work i have in there now if so what do i need to run as a bearing race on the fork if any and star mount and cap. Thanks for the help. :thumbsup ... Read More »

sloppy Rize 5, sloppy cannondale response

Hi Kids. Sandy here (No I am not a girl either) Have had a Rize 5 for a bit now, was one of the first ones sold in Australia. It keeps developing slop in the Bolt between the shock and the link in the line of the shock travel could be up to 3-4 mm. For the last six months I have had replaced the b ... Read More »

09 GT Force 2.0 or 09 Cannondale Rize 5

I'm looking into picking up one of the two in the next couple of weeks. I ride a lot of single tracks with some decent rock gardens and a decent amount of climbing. Rockville Park CA is where I play ;) I really like how the GT looks, but I have yet to test it or even sit on one. I am not a f ... Read More »

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