Cannondale 1999 Super V Raven 900 Full Suspension Bike

4.54/5 (13 Reviews)
MSRP : $2655.00


Product Description

1999 Cannondale Super V Raven 900, mountain bike, front & rear suspension, Mountain Mix components, CODA HeadShok Super Fatty D fork


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Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gerald Poumpey a Weekend Warrior from Honolulu, HI, USA

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2011

Strengths:    Very strong with enough built in shock absorption for killer ride.

Weaknesses:    Air shocks are the only thing I would make better on this bike...very not the best!

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike the day after christmas in 1999. This bike has gone beyond my expectations in how it rides, looks, feel, durability and quality of parts. I have only had to change the rear shocks.

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Favorite Trail:   Kaiana Point

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   McCully Bikes

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   To many to list here. The best of everything!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andro Galero a Weekend Warrior from Butuan City, Philippines

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2004

Strengths:    carbon fiber skin easy to maintain and keep shiny. single pivot swingarm still very strong, no flex and play despite being more than 5 years old.

Weaknesses:    my bike could use a better rear shock, i still use its original Fox Air Vanilla... maybe an upgrade to newer Fox Pro Pedal shocks or anything with better anti-bob.

Bottom Line:   
Bought this bike 2nd hand from a friend more than 3
years ago. I like the Cannondale Raven because of its distinct look, good quality, lots of stand-over height, low
maintenance because of its single pivot swing-arm and that wonderfully flawless Cannondale attention to detail and
finish. Its still a head turner despite not being a new bike, it's still shiny even though its already more than 5
years old. Polished the swingarm so its better than new.

There are lighter and better performing bikes out there but i'd still choose this one... its good, comfortable and
reliable. I forsee riding this bike for many years to come, i'm keeping my antique, who knows, it might be a collectors item in the future.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere there's dirt

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   2nd hand from a friend

Similar Products Used:   cannondale jekyll, diamondback xls

Bike Setup:   Shimano XT/XTR drivetrain, Avid Arch Rival brakes, Amoeba Scud seatpost, handlebar and bar ends, Headshok Super Fatty fork, Tank Lights hubs on DT Revolution spokes and mavic X517 rims...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jesse a Cross Country Rider from Charlottesville,Va

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2001

Strengths:    Overall excellent XC bike!!! Love the way this bike climbs. Bike is very tuneable, corners better than anything I've been on. Eats up the track and you don't feel like you've been beat to death when the ride is over. No complaints at all on handling.

Weaknesses:    Comes with entry level components, seat is the worst I've ever sat on. Might as well be sitting on the seat post.

Bottom Line:   
25lb setup. Thought I was going to have problems with the rear shock. Over a year now and it doesn't leak. This is the second Cannondale I've owned and I haven't been disappointed. To old to race anymore, but love to push this bike to (my/it's) limits.

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Favorite Trail:   Panarama Farms

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Extreme Sports

Similar Products Used:   Super V carbon full suspension, Fisher hardtail, Specialized

Bike Setup:   Kept the Fatty Head, I like this shock, first time for a fatty head and I'm impressed with its capabilities. You can turn this shock off, which is a nice feature when you pop on to the hard surface. Kept the fox rear shock, disk brakes, and wheelset. Everything else is XTR. RaceFace XY post, Avocet 02 saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jim a Cross Country Rider from Aspen, CO

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2000

Strengths:    Smooth ride; lightweight; responsive.

Weaknesses:    Componentry needs to be upgrades; no shock lockouts.

Bottom Line:   
I really enjoy this bike. It's much more responsive and lighter than the Super V series. I do miss the Headshok lockout and wish I had a remote rear lockout as well (only for road climbs). Active suspension keeps my wheels on the ground so I can concentrate on climbing some amazing stuff. It is pricey if you don't get a deal somehow. Great for cross country but lacking travel for serious downhillers. Can be problematic depending on what type of car rack you use (Yakima and Bike Tights work wonderfully).

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Favorite Trail:   Maah Daah Hey

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   Dakota Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   C-dale Super V 1000

Bike Setup:   Grip Shift ESP; Avid V-brakes; basically stock config.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stephen Richard Litt a Cross Country Rider from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2000

Strengths:    The '99 Raven 900 frameset is the best riding frameset on the market. In stock form, the 900 is a very good value as far as componentry is conserned. This frame offers superior rear end rigidity and suspension plushness with a good rising rate of travel. This bike climbs like a hardtail and descends like all out DH bike. Compared to the 2000 Raven 2 frameset this bike kicks ass. Grab one while you still can!!!!!

Weaknesses:    Problmatic Magura Louise Disc Brakes. Magura was good enough to replace the defective offerings free of charge. Buy Magura brakes and feel the power!!!!!!!!

Bottom Line:   
No other bike rides like an original Raven frameset. If you can still find one jump upon the chance. Soup the bike up like mine and you can ride anything including some mild DH riding (it does have 5 inches of rear wheel travel). You can also lighten her up for cross country racing. You owe it to yourself to try one out. I only have one thing left to say,
LIVE TO RIDE A CANNONDALE, RIDE A CANNONDALE TO LIVE!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Homer Watson Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Not one bike on earth holds a candle.

Bike Setup:   Stock setup includes: Magura Louise Disc Brakes, Mavric 221 Disc specific rims, XT and LX component mix.
Immediate Upgrades Include: Rock Shox SID XL fork (the blue color kicks ass), Profile Carbon Fiber Riser Bar, Shimano 545 Platform pedals, Race Face Turbine LT Crankset (in SID blue color).

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Theo a Weekend Warrior from Houston,texas

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2000

Strengths:    Nice ride

Weaknesses:    The "Magnesium Frame" BROKE!!!!!! under the seat post

Bottom Line:   
The new designed frame broke under a regular ride.No jumping
or downhilling involved.Very dissapointed.:(

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Diamondback, Specialized

Bike Setup:   Lefty with Vanila xc

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Theo a Weekend Warrior from Houston,Texas

Date Reviewed: November 16, 1999

Strengths:    
Exellent suspension system,perfect steering, confidence inspiring frame of 2000 model


Weaknesses:    
expensive


Bottom Line:   
The best ride you can ever have besides a motorcycle

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Favorite Trail:   
Ho-chi-min , Memorial

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
diamondback x6, specialized


Bike Setup:   
Lefty in front , fox vanilla r in rear

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Mark a Cross-Country Rider from Ridgefield, CT

Date Reviewed: June 30, 1999

Strengths:    
lateral stiffness, Headshok tracks like an arrow, full suspension is like riding your sofa


Weaknesses:    
heavier than my bike,climbs like full suspension


Bottom Line:   
Getting used to this after my bike. Downhilling is a blast; the bike just floats. (Line? What line?) Hooks up really well on super slow, super steep climbs, otherwise, I'll take my hardtail for climbing. Doesn't bob, but still feels like it's sapping your energy. Tracks very straight-confidence inspiring. Seems to have no handling quirks. It seems to like being steered rather than snapped into hard corners. The new Raven 2 is significantly lighter. Hmmmmm.

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Pro Flex 957(?), Klein Mantra, Ibis Bow Ti


Bike Setup:   
Raven 900 frame,Fatty SL,Gripshift/XTR, Graftons, Mavic 231's w. Hugis, Fox Alps 5, V brakes, etc.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Scott Ansay THE RAVEN a Cross-Country Rider from North Vancouver, BC

Date Reviewed: May 24, 1999

Strengths:    
Frame strength, disc brakes, shocks


Weaknesses:    
none so farOh, THE SEAT


Bottom Line:   
Even though this is an American bike, I really have begun to enjoy it. The brakes are great in the rain (oh yes it rains in BC), the suspension is about right, (any more travel and you lose feeling for the terrain, especially on the North Shore).
Get one if you want a rocking XC racer, buy a triple clamp fork for more travel, although the headshock does well in the bad weather.This is truly an awesome, forward thinking bike designed by YANKS! I Hate to admit it, but it really, really is great fun to ride, precise to steer and great to climb with.fIVE SEVERED FINGERS ALL THE WAY

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Rocky Mountain Vertex TO
Brodie Catalyst


Bike Setup:   
replaced the seat

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by MEAT a Racer from GAINESVILLE ,GA

Date Reviewed: May 23, 1999

Strengths:    
NO FLEX ,MAGURA BRAKES, HEAD SHOCK


Weaknesses:    
NONE YET


Bottom Line:   
THERE IS NO BETTER FULL SUSP. THAN C'DALE. THE RAVEN IS LIGHT ENOUGH TO RACE, BUT I USE IT TO TRAIN AND THEN RACE MY CDALE TEAM REPLICA ( WHEN I GET TO RACE WHICH IS NOT TO OFTEN) THE RAVEN HANDLES GREAT WHEN PUT INTO CURVES FAST OR ON THE ROCKY STUFF. THE TIRES STAY IN CONTACT WITH THE GROUND, EXCEPT WHEN BIG AIR IS PLANNED THE IT LANDS LIKE A DREAM.

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Favorite Trail:   
CHICOPEE

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
SUPER V 900 ALUMINUM


Bike Setup:   
USE BIKE AS IT CAME , EXCEPT ADDED XTR REAR DER.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by FunBoy a Cross-Country Rider from Neverneverland, Ca

Date Reviewed: May 14, 1999

Strengths:    
Light enough
Strong frame
Magura disc brakes
shocks


Weaknesses:    
My fitness level


Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the price (got it for $1650 new)
shocks work well, as do brakes
Rides like a dream. Then again what would i know? This is my first full suspension bike.
I don't race, I ride purely for fun with freinds who are self-proclaimed freeriders. i try to keep up and I think this bike will help. For the price and technology, you cannot go wrong.
Although I would like to try a GT XCR, a URT, an AMP and then I would know what I was talking about

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
cannondale m2000
Trek OCLV Pro issue
Specialized M2
Avanti Pro


Bike Setup:   
as it comes

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Mark a cross-country rider from CT

Date Reviewed: March 11, 1999

Bottom Line:   


Built this bike as a frameset, so it is a 900, but with assorted parts. Currently weighs 25+ lbs., about 1 1/2 lbs. more than my hardtail bike. This is some machine. Absolutely NO lateral flex. Climbs well, descends well, tracks like an arrow. Most of the time I forget I'm on full susp. until things get really rocky, and you float over the hits that would have previously required a trip to the chiropractor (or the E.R.). Very, very nice.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Don Nywening a cross-country rider from New Jersey

Date Reviewed: December 27, 1998

Bottom Line:   


This bike is awesome! I've been riding it for about two months and love it. It came with Magura Louise brakes instead of the cable actuated Hayes brakes, which, in my opinion is better. If you can only own one bike, make it a Super-V!

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