Cannondale Chase DJ/MtnX

4.89/5 (35 Reviews)
MSRP : $1099.99


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dukenuken a Downhiller from spain

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2009

Strengths:    frame quality!, good components, excelent fork (Marzocchi DJ2) all components are built to handle really hard use (pedals, cranks etc are bombproof). Good tires (kenda k-rad)

Weaknesses:    Quite heavy, it weights 16 kilograms (about 35 pounds) but you can easily make it lighter.


Bottom Line:   
I used this bike for DJ and street, I have a lot of fun with it! I love this bike

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1690.00

Bike Setup:   stock, Chase 1 2009

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ville from Finland

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2008

Strengths:    Good looking, great for manuals, sturdy, very light!

Weaknesses:    Some forks may hit the downtube when trying to barspin (like the stock DJ did) I fixed it with file(?) 1mm from rebound cap.

Bottom Line:   
Very good frame! but stock cranks vore out and stem was too long. No better bike for this money! (i exhanged my gimp for this chase)

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Favorite Trail:   Flowy trails

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Friend

Similar Products Used:   On-one the Gimp, Dabomb, and some test rides with other bikes.

Bike Setup:   Middleburn, magura etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jay from denver co usa

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2007

Strengths:    bad ass bike i bought this built up from a lbs mechanic is came with marzocchi bomber fork race face husfeller cane creek head set easton handle bars dual duty front rim sun rino lite rear rim i tor this bike up at the skate park road bowls sweet did the dirt jump great

Weaknesses:    sun rhino lite rym got a dent dirt jumping but with all on this bike good luck finding a deal like i got

Bottom Line:   
i tore this bike up at the skate park killed stairs road dirt and used it as a comuter for a year and a half or so this was my only bike for the longest time i can not belive this singlespeed did everything i threw at it. i recently retiered this bike to turn it into a trail bike and got an addict cycles frame to replace this i am switching over parts and bought new mavic deetracks this bike hands down is the best bike i ever bought i am so glad i ran into this in the local shop this bike will last for ever i felt it was time for a new dj frame and wante to turn this into a trail bike

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Favorite Trail:   lake arbor dirt jumps

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   lbs mechanic

Similar Products Used:   non

Bike Setup:   kick ass marsocchi bomber camo seat easton bars cane creek head set race face bash guard husfeller veanks dual duty front rim rhino lite rear rim

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by butters NA from kelowna

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2007

Strengths:    light ( compared to cro-mo street bikes) good geometry for manuals and gives you confidence on the bigger djs

Weaknesses:    came with mechanical brakes and rims look a little skimpy but i havent bent them yet

Bottom Line:   
for the price and the quality of bike it is a wicked deal. good for beginners and experienced riders. rips the street and the djs. Stoked on this bike!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   pipe dream

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   fresh air experience

Similar Products Used:   transitions trail or park, giant stp, specailized p.bikes

Bike Setup:   one juicy5 in the back holzfeller blue macniel grips :)
xpedo pedals dj3 single speed

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Devin Kovach from boulder colorado usa

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2006

Strengths:    the geometry on this frame is what got me to buy this bike its comfy it has the over sized head tube so You have the capability to put any fork a comp requires another plus is that it is hand made which helps on over all weld strength

Weaknesses:    the two things I would say need to go are the yokes and the accentric bottom bracket just off set a euro it the place of the accentric And the aluminum IM personaly a chromo fan but like how responsive an aluminum frame is

Bottom Line:   
if you like to dirt jump this is the bike you need to own I have never been so pleased with any bike in my entire life.

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Favorite Trail:   the fix

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $920.00

Purchased At:   full cycle pearl st

Similar Products Used:   I have been rideing bmx my whole life and when I test rode this bike it felt just like my bmx frame i rode out the door and did a 180 pivot like butta

Bike Setup:   over all the set up on this bike is awsome I sugest to the retired bmx'er

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by evan hipditch from st.john's nl canaha

Date Reviewed: September 11, 2005

Strengths:    everything

Weaknesses:    nothin

Bottom Line:   
amazing bike .. can handle anything

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   canary cycles. bike is regular 1600

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by eddie couture a Weekend Warrior from alberta

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2005

Strengths:    everything, frame, hubs, seat for sure, yeh everything definetly. rims are the best

Weaknesses:    tires wear down quick.

Bottom Line:   
Definatly a good purchase for street, park, and DJ's.

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Favorite Trail:   north shore

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   $900

Similar Products Used:   p3.

Bike Setup:   i got maxxis holy rollers. single speed. new bars. new pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alex from Westwood, MA USA

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2005

Strengths:    This bike is very strong for almost anything. I use it for jumping 5 foot jumps and huge drops and it stays strong. There havent been any major problems. Also good for downhill. Great shocks for jumping and the gears work very well. A great bike.

Weaknesses:    The shocks could be a little bigger because i sometimes almost bottom out when I land off big jumps. Not a good bike for up and down trails, i figured that out the hard way. This bike is too heavy for that. Also my front disk brake squeeks like thats its job. Its probbably the fault of the bike store because the rotor is bent. Also the pedals are very grippy which can be bad if you are trying to reposition your foot at the last second before a jump, But these are just little things.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great solid bike for downhill and evenmore for dirt jumping. It has a solid construction and only has a few minor problems. Buy it if you want to do that.

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Favorite Trail:   Any Downhill Trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Back Bay Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Hard Rock Pro, Specialized P3

Bike Setup:   STock (for now) getting some stuff for next years season

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rudi Gale a Racer from Slovenia

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2005

Strengths:    Frame (geometry, strength, lightness, look, everything)
Look
Manuerabilty


Weaknesses:    DJ 3 (OK for jumping, street but too heavy for racing)
Should come with chainguide


Bottom Line:   
Best complete bike ever made, good for racing or freestyle with some modifications...

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Funsports

Similar Products Used:   Elan Tumbler, Kona, Specialized,...

Bike Setup:   Truvativ 32T sprocket, truvativ boxguide, mavic 321 rims, dmr moto tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dave a Weekend Warrior from Victoria, B.C., Canada

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2005

Strengths:    Amazing frame, the components are wicked. My chase is a 2004, so it has the dirt jumper 3 forks rather than the manitou. All of the components on the chase are top notch, the avid mechanical discs kick ass. The overall bike looks and performs very very well

Weaknesses:    I think it has changed for the 2005 model year, but my chase came with a really lame downhill seat that killed my butt. It also came with the uncommon inner tubes that have the different valves (not schrader).

Bottom Line:   
This bike KICKS BUTT. The overall feel of the bike (i got a medium size frame and i'm 6'3") is very good, very agile and i can really make it fly due to its size and weight. I got mine on sale because it's last year's model, but even with the 2005 price tag it would be well worth the value for the amazing frame and components. bottom line: looking for a great dirt jumper/ street bike? get the chase, or at least consider it.

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Favorite Trail:   uvic street

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Fort Street Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Used to bmx, switched to jumper/street freeride

Bike Setup:   Stock, got the dirt jumper 3s kicking butt up front, rollin on high rollers.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jean-charles valiquette from canada

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2005

Strengths:    everything

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
best bike i ever had because this thing could take me everywhere that i what .
berfect bike to do any kind of crazy thing
crazy as this seem 's this bike is my life



ps hope that these bikes cannondale will continue to performe even better in the furture.

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Favorite Trail:   bromont

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1099.00

Purchased At:   primeau vélo

Similar Products Used:   chase 2


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob Marley a Downhiller from Brewer

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2005

Strengths:    the stability that this bike provides both on the ground and air is amazing. If you want to hit something and you've got the balls to do it this bike will take the abuse.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
The bike is sick. Some people were complaining about not being able to wheelie. Maybe they're just all mountain riders that are used to wheeling in the saddle. The manuals are a lil bit hard. The bearclaws for pedals make for some rather sketchy bails when u start to float backwards. Weight really isn't that big of a deal once u start riding it. If I had to guess it's just that people arn't use to the differnt geometry. It's literaly no effort to bring the back tire up while J-hoping or jumping. bottom line is I love this bike. Deff a great buy. Oya. if u ride winter pick up some spair tires to stud cuz on snow or really wet grass u slip like crazy

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Favorite Trail:   The 603's

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Shop

Similar Products Used:   Kona stuff

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris a Downhiller from east yorkshire

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2004

Strengths:    [Price in £!, and it's the 2005 model]Lightweight, corners nice, components are of the highest quality of any stock bike, jumps well, forks plush, hayes brakes are well sharp. Pimp Paint job; it changes colour!

Weaknesses:    Forks have too light a spring for a hard riding bike, i weigh 11 stone and can bottom them by moving my weight over the front without pushing. tyres are useless in uk in winter, high rollers make it handle like a dream. Pointless front mech+ 26t ring. 11-32t cassette has not got the gear resolution for a 4X bike. Does not have street bike geometry with 100mm travel fork.

Bottom Line:   
The soft springs in the fork are the biggest let down when moving from boxxers with 100kg plus springs, they are very good all the time though and dont bottom in a nasty, overly noticable way, the only time they felt worse than Reba team was whilst pre-jumping stair sets. Take drop-offs onto flat with care. Other than that now ive got a short range cassette it is the best off road hardtail i have ever ridden, and has brought a very racey and agile style to my riding. I think if you are looking to mainly ride street make sur you can afford some longer travel forks to sort out the geometry and low BB, i may be a little harsh though as i have moved across from a DMR rhythm with 24" wheels. If you mainly ride jumps & singletrack buy this bike.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $999.00

Purchased At:   Freetown sports

Similar Products Used:   DMR rhythm, Trek bruiser, PlanetX jack flash, orange 222

Bike Setup:   Stock except high rollers, 12-23t cassette,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Griffin a Downhiller from Mill Valley, CA

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2004

Strengths:    Hussefelt cranks, Avid CPS disc brakes, Maxxis Highroller tires (for the rainy seasons), ODI Lock On grips, well-built wheelset.

Weaknesses:    The fork. The fork. The fork. Oh, and the fork. If you plan on doing any sort of serious riding, or ever picking up the front end at all, ditch that beast of a fork right now. At 7.2 lbs, the '04 DJ 3 is almost as heavy as the 888R, and not even nearly as cool or useful. Having that fork on the front is like having a ton of bricks strapped to the front of your bike. Also, the stock Cannondale platform pedals are walking deathtraps, according to the 27 stitches in my shin. Switch to something will smaller pins like Truvativ or Atomlab.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is that this bike has the potential to become one's main hardtail bike. Being able to equally conquer the slalom, mountaincross, and cross country short-track courses, while also doubling as a weekend urban assault or BMX track dominator, the Chase is the jack-of-all-trades of the hardtail world. As soon as one replaces the silly excuse for a front fork, the bike becomes something that truly shines and stands out among other meager excuses for hardtails.

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Favorite Trail:   Eldridge Grade

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Cannondale Bicycle Corp.

Similar Products Used:   Specialized P.3, Azonic DS-1, Kona Roast.

Bike Setup:   Stock medium '04 bike except for the following changes: 1999 Marzocchi Z.1 Alloy 4" fork, Hayes hydraulic 8" front brake, '98 XT v-lever for rear disc, Shimano Dura Ace rear derailleur 10/9-speed, Shimano Dura Ace 12-25 rear cassette 9-speed, Truvativ Hussefelt chainguide, S&M platform pedals, Tompson seatpost, WTB Rocket V saddle, and WTB Mutanoraptor 2.14/2.24 tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adam a Downhiller from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2004

Strengths:    Solid Frame, Lightweight when I first bought it, around 34lbs. The part spec is decent, but I had pretty much everything changed to my liking.

Weaknesses:    None really so far

Bottom Line:   
This bike is super pimped with the parts I have on it now, Cannondale should've made this bike with this parts spec and called it the Chase Pro model or something.

Its a bit heavier aroung 36lbs, but it doesn't ride like it, wicked trick/street bike, I've learned a ton on this bike, and am still learning.

THE Best looking bike out there for sure!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $99999999999.00

Purchased At:   Bow Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Kona Scrap, Specialized P.3, Norco 4hun, Devinci Hucker, Norco Rampage

Bike Setup:   2004 L Chase, 04 Manitou Flick (Camo), Atomlab Trailpimps 26 front, 24 rear, Chris King ISO Disc hubs (gold), Hayes HFX-9 6" brakes, SRAM X-7 derailler and shifter, MRP Bones Cranks, Livid Chainguide, E.13 Black supercharger, Maxxis Hookworms, Raceface Diabolus stem, Azonic CF-1 Carbon bar, ODI Lockons, IRD Blacklighting cassette and chain, and Azonic Xtension pedals.

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