Cannondale Perp 3 Freeride Full Suspension

4.8/5 (5 Reviews)
Weight : 41.4 lbs


Product Description

Adjustable travel from 180 to 200 mm and a plush, staged suspension design makes this the most versatile freeride rig on the mountain. Lightweight, aluminum construction combined with steeper geometry and a shorter wheelbase, give it a nimble trail bike feel.


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by vitamindimo a Downhiller from Las Vegas, NV

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2009

Strengths:    A big bike that's truly 'all mountain', adjustable rear travel (I've always had it at 200mm), buttery fork, frame is low maintenance and just about indestructible, high bottom bracket makes pedaling over obstacles (like rocks on Bootleg's SkyLine trail) practically bash-less

Weaknesses:    Bit on the heavy side, Ruktion cranks too spongy, stuck chainguide too loud because of it has no ball bearings (just metal on metal), I bend the rear der. hanger all the time (very hard to bend back) but that's just because I drop the bike a lot, long chainstays make the bike hard to manual, plus higher-than-normal chainstays hit my ankle (I now wear an ankle guard)

Bottom Line:   
If you want a full-on downhill bike there's better out there, but if your riding involves a mix of DH and pedaling (which mine does) you'll love this bike. I cruise through trees, berms, ledges, rock gardens, and drops and have no problem keeping up with friends on their DH bikes, and when pedaling is involved I disappear. I call this my 'redemption' bike, because it allows me to slay trails I sucked at on my M3. Add a 4" Gravity Dropper and you'll have THE perfect bike for trails like Moab's Porcupine Rim.

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Favorite Trail:   Bootleg Canyon, NV

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   BrianHead, UT

Similar Products Used:   Intense M3, Kona Stinky

Bike Setup:   Stock except gravity dropper, Kenda Excavator (front) and Nevegal (rear)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Biker.till.I.die a Downhiller from North Vancouver

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2009

Strengths:    Great Bike I love it
Biggest strength has the be the domains


Weaknesses:    I find the rear shock too loose but thats just prefernce

Bottom Line:   
Amazing bike gets everything I need done. Great spec list with an amazing frame

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Favorite Trail:   CBC, Pipeline, A-Line, Crank It Up, Natural High

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Sports Pacif

Similar Products Used:   Kona Coiler

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by wayner a Weekend Warrior from New Brunswick Canada

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2009

Strengths:    Super strong, go anywhere, can pedal uphill reasonably, suprisingly nimble downhill, love the suspension travel when you need it. Really good looking bike.(the graphics package looks hot on the white bike)

Weaknesses:    Gravity bikes are 10 lbs heavier than trailbikes but you don't have to worry about breaking. Your legs just get stronger and you lose 10 lbs off your waist! You may want higher end suspension if you are a crazy person, but the stock suspension is more than enough for someone who does not want to end up in a wheelchair.

Bottom Line:   
The 7 and 8 inch suspension travel and nimble frame geomentry are confidence inspiring(also lots of adjustability) and you realize why it is called a freeride bike(go anywhere you damn well feel like). Upgrade to the perp 3 if you have more testosterone than brains.

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Favorite Trail:   backwoods trails, anything that looks interesting

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   local cannondale bik

Similar Products Used:   n/a

Bike Setup:   added brake link(super trick, way cool), saint rear hub and brake, sram x-o, sun ringle doubletrack rear, magura ventdisk front, kenda bluegroove front, crankbros 5050xx platform pedals, more bling if I can think of it.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by a.leung a Downhiller from Coquitlam

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2008

Strengths:    it can take hits
low top tube for pullin off tricks.
pretty lightweight


Weaknesses:    it was plain white. no graphics or anything
there was a sticker package that it comes with.
all stickers were childish.
the chainguard lets the chain slip through when in 2nd gear(big chain ring)


Bottom Line:   
great bike
best bang for the buck
buy it because its cheap and durable.

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Favorite Trail:   4 lost souls

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2400.00

Purchased At:   Westwood Cycles

Bike Setup:   all stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JP76 a Downhiller from Port Moody, B.C. Canada

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2008

Strengths:    Can take any hit, likes to go fast down anything, great through tight corners

Weaknesses:    I went through two derailleurs in two rides. Could of been the set up.

Bottom Line:   
This the bike I was waiting for and the world. It is amazing when you buy a bike and you can say anything bad about it. Except for the derailleur problem which has been corrected. This bike is just awesome!!! I have taken my bike down 4 - 9 foot drops, fast down hill trails and fast burms. Wow what a bike. I love when know body can keep up with me know.
BOTTOW LINE: Just a fast solid bike the world has been waiting for.

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Favorite Trail:   CBC, Boogie Man

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2400.00

Purchased At:   Westwood Cycle, Coqu

Similar Products Used:   santa cruz bullet


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