Chumba Racing F5 Downhill Full Suspension

5/5 (5 Reviews)


Product Description

The F5 will incorporate new technology that makes the bike stiffer, lighter, and stronger. The new innovation will move the center of gravity of the bike even lower and the bike will handle in an extremely nimble and light manner.


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adam a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: December 30, 2012

Strengths:    Super smokth through rock gardens, I just lean back and glide up to the guy in front! Jumps amazingly well. As an ex motocrosser, this bike is perfect for me. Goes down Fort William as fast as you can handle!

Weaknesses:    Heavy, pedal bob

Bottom Line:   
I have a CCDB shock with BOS Idylle forks. Absolutely amazing bike. Just a dream to ride.

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Favorite Trail:   Fort William

Duration Product Used:   1year

Purchased At:   Gravity Sports


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom S. a Downhiller from Forest Hill, MD 21050

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2009

Strengths:    Pedaling: very little bob with Fox pro pedal set up properly. Extremely responsive.
Suspension design: With the single pivot design plus the linkage you get time tested motocross suspension plus the adjustability of the head angle with the different length dogbones.


Weaknesses:    Somehow I got water in the frame, still haven't figured out how.

Bottom Line:   
At Whiteface 5K downhill there was a section of rutted and whooped out rocks, roots and mud, I was blasting this section wide open, just leaning back and letting the bike do all the work. It felt just I was back on my motocross bike. This bike looks a little funny at first without the linkage to take up the space above the back tire to the seat, but the dimensions of the bike were the same as my Kona, which I loved until I rode the Chumba.

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Favorite Trail:   Attitash Mtn.

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $4500.00

Purchased At:   Racers Edge Online.c

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stab Supreme
Specialized Demo 8


Bike Setup:   Fox 40 forks, DHX 5.0, Azonic Wheelset, Sunline direct mount stem and V1 high rise bar, Sram X-0 shifter and deraileur, E-13 chainguide and bashguard, Holzfeller crankset, Crank Brothers 50/50 pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kona kid a Downhiller from Ottawa, ON, KANADUH!

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2009

Strengths:    -Dialed geometry
-VERY plush and supple
-Handles beautifully
-Smooth and progressive rear travel


Weaknesses:    -Frame is semi-heavy (11lbs), but I can't notice it when I'm on the trail
-Doesn't pedal super well, but hey, it's a DOWNHILL bike


Bottom Line:   
The geometry on the F5 feels so perfect. The head angle is slack enough to handle VERY well at high speeds, but it still corners like a champion on tight trails. I cannot emphasize how well it handles high speeds. It is very stable in the air. The rear suspension is SO smooth, and has a nice progressive feel. Very supple over small bumps and rocks, but it ramps up very nicely on bigger hits. I know I have bottomed out my F5 a few times, but I have never felt any metal-on-metal clank. This bike is amazing for DH

Also, Chumba's customer service is incredible. They offered me my bike for COST, after I told them my old bike got jacked. I promised Chumba I wouldn't tell any one how much it cost me, so that's why it says $0000. Tim, Brian, Allan, you guys kick ass! They answered all of my questions about my bike, and hooked me up!

If you're in the market for a solid DH rig that's going to last MANY seasons, look at the Chumba F5. You'll be glad you did

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Favorite Trail:   Red-line

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Direct from Chumba

Similar Products Used:   -Kona Stinky
-Kona Stab
-Specialized Demo
-Norco A-Line


Bike Setup:   Boxxer Team, DHX 5.0, Hope M4, Sunn A.D.D, Truvativ Holzfeller bars, stem and cranks, Sram X.9, Syncros Mental stainless steel pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by matt a Racer from montreal,quebec,canada

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2007

Strengths:    this is a follow up review after the first lift access dh week-end of the year.

Bottom Line:   
i am please that nothing went wrong with the bike,no mechanical issues at all,the bike is really what i was expecting and more...cornering, rock gardens,progressiveness of the suspension design and general feel are the highlight of the f5.

the only lowpoint is in the pedaling department,when you want to accelarate at low speeds their is a great amount of pedal bop and makes it difficult to pick up speed as fast as i want.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by matt a Downhiller from montreal,quebec,canada

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2007

Strengths:    light,low centre of gravity,stiff,very unique suspension design,corners like no other...general looks.

Weaknesses:    no iscg tabs,pedal bop,floating brake caliper not well thought out.

Bottom Line:   
after two rides i can tell you that this is the best bike i've owned...the suspension feel is so progressive and mixed with the low centre of gravity makes it very composed and balanced,i'm still in the process of finding the best shock setup but i think that the factory 300lbs spring is a little soft for me.all in all this bikes a real dh beast but there are a couple things i don't understand first-no iscg tabs...a frame of this quality should come standard with iscg tabs this is a non-sense and we had to machine the iscg adaptor (thanks to e-13) to fit the suspension pivot...
second-for a bike this price and it came as a surprise to me after the first wash,the suspension hardwear bolts are not even stainless,so after the first wash the were rusty...how much can 4 stainless bolts cost?

the negative aspects DOESN'T affect the unbelievable performence of the f5 but are a bit confusing in terms of life expectency of the frame...


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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   brodie thumper,kona stinky,norco a-line,norco team dh,devinci 8flat8.

Bike Setup:   boxxer world cup,dhx 5.0,juicy carbon,hope pro 2 hubs,syncros dps 32 rims,funn handlebars+pedal+seatpost,minions,e-13 chainguide and stem

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Little help with my F5?

Good morning everyone. I was hoping someone would be able to offer a little insight on my C-Dale F5 Disc, which I bought used. The lady i bought it from said it was a 2010. However when i search it on Bikepedia i see that my bike has components from the 09 model year, and some from the 2010 model ye ... Read More »

Wanted: Chumba F5 with floating brake

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Is $600 too much for a used 2010 Cannondale F5 (supposedly in very good condition)?

Looking to buy my first mountain bike, will be ridden on trails (some roots and rocks, but nothing extreme by any means) and pavement and looking to spend ~$500 - $700. I realize at this price point I will be getting low end components, but that is fine with me for now. I would like a nice frame wor ... Read More »

Used Cannondale f5 Frame, can it be rusted/damaged?

Looking at buying a used frame, that has obviously had rough days. I know the frame is "alloy." The chainstays have a LOT of paint missing, but it's all smooth non-rusted metal. My concern is the headtube and crank/bottom bracket. If the headtube is the same alloy, can't/shouldn't rust. I know the h ... Read More »

140mm on an F5?

I've got a 2010 Cannondale F5 with the 100mm RST Deuce (mechanical spring) that has been a perfect fork under my 400Lb frame the past three years. I know it's a bottom end unit, not looking for opinion on quality. It has served me well for 4500 miles, 500 on the trail. I've upgraded to 12mm and 1 ... Read More »

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