Strengths: THIS BIKE GO's WHERE YOU TELL IT TO !!! This is a grate bike, it is as stiff as I in the morning and it stays on the ground. the frount end stays down in long fast hills and when locked out it has alot of power.
Weaknesses: coda need i say more...
it's a great bike for the money, evry darn penny. It is light, fast, climbs well, and you can push out some miles on it in prety good comfort.
a Cross Country Rider
from Albuquerque, NM USA
Date Reviewed: April 3, 2001
Strengths: Exceptional overall bike. Making my first upgrade to a full suspension bike from a hardtail and all I can say is that I don't know what took me so long. I love this bike. I especially like the way you can lock out the front and the rear shock if you end up stuck on the road.
Weaknesses: Coda Pedals flat out suck. I mean they suck. Try to trade them out at the store if you can. Other then that have had no problems.
With the one exception of the CODA pedals, this bike rocks. Hands down has to be one of the best bikes for the money you can buy. If you are debating weather to go to full suspension or not, do it. You won't regret it. This bike is defintiely a great bike to start at full susp. too. I would like to add a Lefty fork to it in the near future.
Similar Products Used: None - first full suspension bike.
Bike Setup: Jeckle 1000sl stock.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: November 27, 2000
Strengths: well, ive had the bike for a few months now, and im lovin' it.ive tricked it out pretty good now, with all of the components that id left on holding up well. the brake levers turned out to be ok, (by the way, i meant to say too many fingers meaning three.) some people said the cranks flex. ha, i can pedal pretty hard if i want to, and i couldent feel any flex. it looks prety blamed sexy too.
Similar Products Used: i tried a raven 4000sx, but the experience was ruined by a bad disc brake on the front. it had no power, and sounded like hell. rest of it was ok though. i have a feeling that the brake had come to be this way because it was on a high shelf at the shop, right at eye level, so people are always feeling the rotor, and getting oils off their skin on the brake, and yes, even that minescule amount can mess up a brake.
Bike Setup: michelin hot s's, front an rear, profile dh risers, titec 100's bar ends, salsa Zona Tres seat, lp comp. seatpost, geometry set full slack, a ten gallon drum of zoom, and a big phat can o' woop a$$.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: October 14, 2000
Strengths: well, i cant say that i gave this the most in dept test, but i'll safely say that THIS BIKE ROCKS! the rear suspension hardley bobs, and the adjustability is great. its incredibly light. i work at a shop, so we have al the little gizmos and gadgets around, including a scale (ooh, ahh...) and my medium sized bike came in at an incredible for moderately priced suspension 24.56 lbs.
Weaknesses: the brake levers. to be frank, they suck. after riding this bike for around 15 minutes, my fingers hurt. alot. (this could have happened for two reasons. i was doing nose wheelies all over the lot, and i was using to fingers. so forget that i just said that the levers stink.)the tires are also a bit narrow, but are easily replaceable on this sweet thangs rims. one more thing is the fork. it doesnt have half as much traver as I need. read I. someone else will be fine.
this bike rules. any probles that i encountered were easily replaceable/fixable. the low price i got it at is because i work at a bike shop, and they were on closeout. 900 dollars is a sweet price. at that price, id give it 100000 flamin' chilis if possible, but at its normal price of around 2000 on nantucket, id have to give it still a five star value rating, but not with as much heart behind it as i normaly would. as for the bike itself, i loved it. amen. who should buy this bike? the average joe racer who dosnt have alot of money to spend, the hard racer whpo wants a light full suspension bike, the light duty freerider who isnt big in the wallet department, and pretty one anyone else who just wants an incredible all-around bike.
Favorite Trail: around here, the trails dont have names.
Duration Product Used: Tested or demo'ed only
Purchased At: youngs, nantucket
Similar Products Used: none at all. iv ridden an fsr, but that cant compare.
Bike Setup: normal, exept when i get it, ill switch the tires w/ some michelin hot s', and maybe swictch the shifters w/ some gripshifters (x-ray.)
a Cross Country Rider
from SLC Utah
Date Reviewed: September 1, 2000
Strengths: Light. My Bike is a large and weighs about 25 pounds. The Non-Cannnondale parts work well together. Fox Float rc is a dream to ride. The Adjustability of the ride.
Weaknesses: Anything Coda. The brakes are crap, the seatpost always needs tightening (outdated design). The Cranks had to be warranteed after the third ride. They creak even when tight. I have only used the stock wheelset a couple of times (mostly on the road) and the rear has developed this high pitched hum. We'll wait and see what happens there. I work at a shop and chose this bike because it has the fewest coda components and I'm glad I did.
Buy a frame and build a bike. Coda Parts are not worth dealing with. I love the adjustability of the frame but would like to see a bit more travel in the front shock. Once dialed in, the bike roosts. It climbs like a goat on steroids and can track a line like it's nobodies business. Overall, Cannondale has great ideas but poor quality. I give it three stars on value because you end up replacing too many parts too fast. Once everything is working the bike is unbelievable.
Similar Products Used: Giant DS-1, Gary Fisher Joshua, Specialized Enduro, Jekyll 700 sx.
Bike Setup: Jekyll 1000sl (As Pictured) Body geom. Seat with an Ea70 post. Bontrager Race-lite Wheelset with Chris King Hubs. LX five arm cranks,(to hold me over until I can work out a deal with C-dale to warrantee my stock set. IRC Mythos Tires. XTR Ceramic Brakes,Pads. Xt Bottom Bracket non-splined.
a Cross Country Rider
from Watertown, MA
Weaknesses: Hutchison mosquitos (New England mud), grips.
I love this bike. For around $1600 this bike is awesome. A lot of people complain about CODA, but it'll save a lot of money to spend on other things like XTR and kickin' rear shock. I love the weight of this bike. At 26.5 lbs it climbs great, and the stiffness is super-responsive. This my first full-suspension, and once you get the adjustments set you'll fall in love! I'm sure the racer-dudes would find places to shave a few grams but for the average rider it's awesome. I'm definitely not in the fly weight class, and this bike feels super sturdy, the Mavic rims rock too. I think for another $150 bucks above the SuperV800, you get a lot more bike. I'm in love.
Similar Products Used: Specialized Enduro, Gary Fisher Sugar, GT XCR
Bike Setup: Stock. Will soon upgrade to Hutchison Alligators and Oury grips.
a Weekend Warrior
from Dayton, Ohio, 45459
Date Reviewed: July 27, 2000
Strengths: Everything the front, and rear shock "Rocks". Especially having the lock-out at my finger tips. It climbs like a champ.
Weaknesses: I didnt like the crank cause it had to much flex.
"Super V ROCKS" I could not be happier. It glides through the trails and eats anything i put in front of it. True I've changed alot on it. But it was all for the V, she's immortal now and proven it plenty. If your looking for a strong powerful ride and something that will watch your back on the trails. Not let you down in the slightest. The V is all "YOU"! I Love the V And You will 2... I Promise x 10. Try it out!!!! And to Cannondale... You Rock and to all the Cannon junkies out there. Ride Hard!!
Similar Products Used: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR PRO, Giant XTC DS1
Bike Setup: HEHE... We'll start at the front XTR shifters/brake levers, Avid Magnesium Brakes, Mavic 517 rims, Hugi 240 hubs, Continental Navigator Pro Tires, Salsa skewers, Raceface Turbine LP crank -Bottombracket, Time Atac pedals, Spec Mtb comp saddle, Niterider Digital pro lights for night rides
a Cross Country Rider
from Austin, Texas
Date Reviewed: March 31, 2000
Strengths: Very smooth and precise. Never complains even with my sloppy riding. This bike tracks a line with precision handling. A great deal for the money. The rear never bobs and is super smooth in keeping the rear on the earth. I personnally think that the rear design is better than the front but, the fatty still does a nice job when adjusted properly. Good handling with a light steering feel. It is also quick in tight turns. Handling is a great plus. The stock tires (Hutchinson Mosquitos) grip great on hard pack and rocks. The gull wing rear swing arm is really nice in transfer of power to the ground. This is a proven design even in motocross and roadracing motorcycles.
Weaknesses: Wish it had 3 front sprockets. It misses a little bit of the mid range speed because of this. Tires wear faster than most but, grip anything that is dry or wet except mud. I would probably prefer the Hutchinson Python Golds even better.
Great value for a full suspension bike that is set up nicely right out of the box. For the money, It's hard to beat. The rear Fox Vanilla Floater is SWEEEET!
Weaknesses: rear hub died but is replaced on warranty
fantastic bike. For all round riding it is great, works really well uphill - you can lock out the shocks but I can't understand why you'd ever bother, unless you'd got stuck on a road. Bike doesn't pump except if you peddle square. I'm not sure about the Coda kit - people say it's crap, I say maybe, I'll tell you if stuff breaks. The best thing about this bike is the handling which must a combination of the geometry and the headshock which is amazingly precise! All the other bikes I've ridden seem really soggy and imprecise compared to this. I highly recommend this bike for all who ride a bit of everything - like going both up and down. If you focus on going down this bike probably doesn't have enough travel but look at the other Super V or Raven 'Dales because of the awesome handling