a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: March 30, 2003
Strengths: strong frame (CAAD2), smooth components (deoreLX), headshok?, velociraptor tires, pretty light 27lbs, good looking blue color.
Weaknesses: headshok?, brakes have lots of play (deore, wish i had disc), cage pedals suck, seats ok for now comes loose a lot.
so far, great bike, only problem is see is the brakes, might upgrade soon. seat fit for a fat lady on a cruiser, looks like a sofa, but is working for now. keep hearing good things about the frame (caad2). bottom line, this is a great bike. very light, feels very solid. would recommend this bike for someone who's begining the sport, and looking to invest in something that will last. again, frame is solid, components smooth, looks like they'll last. brakes only problem for now, not a big problem. as for the headshok, that might need replacing. adjusting shok seems dated, not much play, about 40mm.
Favorite Trail: sandia foot hills, tijera trail s.14
Duration Product Used: 6 months
Purchased At: local bike shop
Similar Products Used: giant rainier and laguna.
Bike Setup: all stock, had dealer replace stock tires from mosquitos to velociraptors (good move)
Date Reviewed: November 24, 2001
Strengths: Very stiff frame , no flex at all , wicked climber ! Steering is excellent and very quick with the headsock , you will feel it when you on the trail. frame workman ship is very good , all joint are polished smooth and look and feel top notch.
Weaknesses: Seats , it is a heavy ugly seat , Component is mid-grade but they all work fine , atleast for the first season for mine. Folk could use a bit more travel if you doing a lot of big jump , otherwise , it actual not too bad on the trail.
Weak rims .
Bike as stock weight 27Lbs , if you spend $300 more for a set of Mavic wheelsets , it should go down to sub 25lbs , for a total $1100 bucks , you got a bike that is light , stiff and it climb like a bat out of hell , we have a couple of big hill here and I did them all with this hardtail , my friend riding a I-drive that cost hundreds more and he usually have to push up because his bike weight almost 30 lbs!
Bottom line , if you like go uphill quick and don't want to spend a fortune , get the F4 , it is a ture mountain bike by all definition , don't let the mid-grade component turn you off , other bike may give you a XT drive train , but than the frame is usually made at a much lower quality .
Four chilis for the excellent frame and fork from C'dale.
Similar Products Used: Trek 6500 , cheap shock , bad steering and heavy. almost cost as much as the c'dale , and the workmanship on the frame is not as good as the c'dale .
Bike Setup: Upgraded to LX brake and drive train , new seat .
a Cross Country Rider
from los angeles
Date Reviewed: September 22, 2001
Strengths: clean looks, cannondale quality
Weaknesses: some no-name componentry. Weak tires, seat is great...for a hybrid.
A nice bike if you can get it cheap, otherwise there may be better choices in the entry level hardtail category. But on the plus side- no problems to report. P-Bone Headshok is smooth and precise, but sometimes longs for more travel. Seat is comfy but also fat and heavy. Generic cranks and brake levers work fine but that's still no excuse to make them stock. Hutchinson Mosquito tires are just okay. Paint job is well done, clean and free of graphics, stripes, etc- a superficial thing I know but well appreciated. Can't say I'm overwhelmed with the bike but I can't fault it for much either. If you like the way it rides then go for it.
Weaknesses: Rims, Brakes levers haves a little play, stock seat is lame gel saddle, stock pedal clips were replaced.
Amazing climber. good in technical, rocky, pick your way through the crap kind of stuff.headshok is entry level but works as well as a judy,but with better steering accuracy. frame is lighter than all the competition's frames costing hundreds more. all componetry works well and the quality frame provides for numerous upgrades. great cross country mountain bike for a good price and with a few upgrades can be made into your raceday rig. I originally reviewed the 2K model which is virtually the same bike, so go to that review if you want something verbose.