Cannondale Chase 2 Freeride Hardtail

4.64/5 (22 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Frame: Chase Hardtail
  • Rims: Sun Single Track, 32 hole
  • Spokes: DT Champion
  • Tires: Maxxis Holy Roller, 26 x 2.4"
  • Pedals: Cannondale Grind EX Platform

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dylan Gglenister a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2016

Strengths:    Can honestly say the best bike I've bought so far...This bike is bomb proof and will absorb anything you chuck at it with ease.
The geometry is spot on and makes for a great riding position, and the short wheelbase makes it very easy to lob it into any space. The frame build quality is superb with reinforcing in all the right places.
Its a superb piece of kit, built to last and take a real hammering. Cannondale have cracked it with this one.

Weaknesses:    The forks ( Manitou Stance) gave up the ghost within the first month, just while running in. Got them exchanged but will upgrade to better. Gear shifters a bit primitive, and changing while on the rough is a gamble as you might find you'll get the gear you don't want. Other than that, minor things which can be changed so no worries.

Bottom Line:   
This one is a keeper for me. She ticks all the boxes, despite minor niggles, but these can be resolved. Ideal downhill and cross country bike, and just as good for urban stuff, makes this an all rounder.
If I'm bombing through the woods with this one underneath me I know its going to be a good day.
Highly recommended if you want a monster of a bike...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by simpterfex a Downhiller from kodiak, ak, usa

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2011

Strengths:    Awesome Geometry, frame and overall design.

Weaknesses:    Chain guide is needed, brakes need to be upgraded, fork is lame,

Bottom Line:   
I got this bike as a winter commuter for cheep from craigslist. Soon as I sat down on this thing I was in love, It rides great on the ice and snow especially with the holy rollers. It has led me back into the world of dirt jumping and crossed me over to downhill and freeride. I used to BMX and this is a perfect bike for anyone looking for that next step in dirt jumping, trail slaying excitement. This bike murders the jumps even when they are covered in mud!

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Favorite Trail:   Pillar

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Similar Products Used:   BMX bikes

Bike Setup:   Fox f29 fork and new hydro brakes new stem and 1 1/8" headset conversion.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by cabbage chris a Weekend Warrior from blyth, newcastle, northumberland, uk

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2008

Strengths:    everything, quite literally i find this bike amazing, i have owned loads of rides from sussers to hardtails and this is the dogs bo""ocks, though there are a few minor problems i have noticed and changed.

Weaknesses:    the bars and stem that come on the cannondale chase 2 (07 white model) are rather weak and let the bike down, the bars are rather flimsy and flex quite a bit and the stem just looks like crap.
also i found that it was a bit overcrowded with cables if that makes any sense, i removed the front shifter and front mech and it still look overcrowded also all of the cable are are too short including the hydraulics making life harder.
also i found the hayes hfx-9 dh 2 brakes on the bike to be useless in braking and went through many pads.

Bottom Line:   
a truly amazing bike and rides sweet, a few minor problems brakes being a main one but i have always wanted hopes so i would have changed them regardless, and an epic for looks and ride

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Favorite Trail:   enywhere

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1370.00

Purchased At:   evans cycles

Similar Products Used:   saracen mantra 1
saracen raw 2
iron horse yakuza aniki
specialised big hit 1 02
cannondale chase 2 07 (white) currently

Bike Setup:   full stock other than brakes (hope mono m4`s), truvativ box guide, hope kit (spacers, rear qr, seat clamp) all blue.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mitch Harper a Downhiller from st catharines, on, canada

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2007

Strengths:    -frame
-reare derailer

Weaknesses:    -fork

Bottom Line:   
great all around bike but needs a better fork the bike should be baoght byt the rider who loves dirjumps and light trail drops / down hill.

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Favorite Trail:   alphies

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Bike Setup:   dirtjump

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Spencer a Weekend Warrior from Canada

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2007

Strengths:    i really like the brakes and the fork on this bike. Also i really like the maxis holly rollers they put on it they are really smooth

Weaknesses:    .

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike if you are into dirt jumping skatepark riding and street riding

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Favorite Trail:   grand ave

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   mountain view cycle

Similar Products Used:   .

Bike Setup:   .

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joseph Bowman a Weekend Warrior from Cookeville

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2007

Strengths:    Strong Frame, wheels, pedals, handlebar, stem. Smooth shifting, rolling, pedaling. Great shock so far. Tires have very little rolling resistance(which is what they are known for). Great shock(dirt jumper 3). Give the disc pads a little while to break in and they will stop you very well.

Weaknesses:    Cannondale brake levers are a touch on the flimsy side. Better than the cheap avids though. Slightly on the heavy side but for a bike that is built to be as tough as this one, I can't complain! Seat is slightly uncomfortable but if you are using it like your supposed to, it won't matter.

Bottom Line:   
If you are used to riding regular frames, this will take you a while to get used to. Once you get used to the geometry, steering, pedaling, shifting(geared way different than an XC bike!!!), and get the seat and handlebars adjusted just right, it will be great for anyone wanting a beefed up mountain bike that will take jumps, handle well and look great! This bike is a great deal. I would suggest it to anyone! --By the way, the picture makes it look like a bmx bike which I was not wanting but it is definitely a mountain bike that has had a huge geometry face lift! I give this bike all the chilies. I think Cannondale finally got the bike right this year. I know others haven't been happy with years past.

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Favorite Trail:   Lock 4 in Gallatin, TN

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1125.00

Purchased At:   Cookeville Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Specialized-Hardrock, Cannondale-F600-F1000-F3000sl, Haro-V2 that is tricked out and Raleigh-Mojaveh.

Bike Setup:   Stock 2007 model Chase 2 - except for ODI BMX grips which I would suggest to anyone if they can find them. Easiest grips on the hands that I have come across. They lock on too!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jake a Weekend Warrior from newton MA USA

Date Reviewed: November 28, 2006

Strengths:    just about every thing. The frame is amazing, The stock drive train is not that bad, wheels hold up, if you maintain them, brakes are good, head set is HUGE, manuels are simple, easy to tranfer your weight over dirt jumps and much more.

Weaknesses:    The forks were sh*t. so i got manitou gold label 2's. There good but have been havin probs with bein stiff but i like em. brakes need often adjustment

Bottom Line:   
THIS BIKE IS AWSOME!!!!! light but extremely stiff and strong. I can ride just about any types of DJ's and even BMX styled and i dont have any probs levelin out my wieght.

If this is one of your options for a dirt jumper buy it, if its not one of your options make it one and buy it anyways

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Favorite Trail:   fenway dirt jumps

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   belmont wheel works

Similar Products Used:   Had a 2004 norco torrent (great bike for every thing but dirtjumps and park) specialized p3, p2 and about every thing else out there

Bike Setup:   2006 chase 2, 2007 manitou gold label 2 (lime green!) 2006 e 13 SRS and every thing else is stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by brent lawler from calgary, alberta, canada

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2006

Strengths:    the frame is awsome, it feels like you are sitting right in the middle of the bike. i love the platform pedals they give you so much grip when standing on them

Weaknesses:    the fork is a peice of crap i bottom out going up curbes

Bottom Line:   
its a really good bike. but id like to see cannondale put some better things on this bike for when they sell it but i guess thats what the chase 1 is for.

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Favorite Trail:   parksville skate park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1444.00

Purchased At:   mountain bike city

Similar Products Used:   hyper urban impact

Bike Setup:   all the standard stuff but i threw on a truvativ box guide and manitou sherman breakout plus

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Spencer Johnson a Weekend Warrior from Superior, WI, 54880

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2006

Strengths:    Everything is just strong frame is stiff. The bike is set up perfectly for Dirt Jumping, Freeride, and Downhill if you put a bigger fork on the front end. Really fun bike.

Weaknesses:    Fork needed to be re-built after like a week of riding. The stance line doesn't work very good. I put a chainguide on the crank because the chain was falling of, now works awesome.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line with this bike:
It is so Strong nothing brakes Buy this bike
Its extreemly flickable and stands up to punishment.

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Favorite Trail:   Local Downhill

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Superior Sports

Similar Products Used:   I used a Fuji Panic Comp. The bike is strong for its price but you grow out of it.

Bike Setup:   Fork: Manitou Stance Blut 1.5 Steerer
Frame: Extreemly Strong Cannondale
Wheels: Dependable Sun Rims Single Track 20mm Thru in Front and QR in the rear.
Crank: Truvative Hussefelt 2 ring Bash
Brakes: Avid BB5 nice as BB7 if you know how to adjust them.
Bars: Cannondale Freeride Nice and strong mine have taken a beating and are still good
Stem: Sec 1.5
Seat:SDG big seat might look dumb but helps with tricks

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:5
Submitted by will a Weekend Warrior from uk

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2006

Strengths:    Good frame and alrite wheels

Weaknesses:    forks need a upgrade other wise when they reach near bottom the fork hits the wheel. Brake hoses are exremely fragile

Bottom Line:   
A piece of rubbish. more trouble than its worth due to crappy componentry good frame and alrite spec wheels but a very dissapointing fork and brakes. Seems like agood price for what you get but it may aswell me a saracen with suntours in disguise. Piece of trash.

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Favorite Trail:   fox jumps

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   leisure lakes

Similar Products Used:   chase 3

Bike Setup:   standard accept for some ridiculously soft forks i can bottom them by bouncing and im 4 11 and way about 7 stone.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ollie lewis from stonehouse,gloucester, england

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2006

Strengths:    everything is wicked!

Weaknesses:    nothing i have picked up on as yet

Bottom Line:   
this bike is so smooth compared to my old bike. its speed when not pedaling is amaizing in comparison. the holy roller tyres give amaizing on road grip and low rolling resitance. i have not managed to find the time to try them off road, yet. i havnt had chance yet to push my new chase to what i know it can do yet. but im very confidante that it will be brilliant.
the colour is also nice, to me it seems to change in different lights. some times its a chocolate brown other times its black and on the odd occasion it has a tinge of green.
by advise to u si to buy this bike!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1215.00

Purchased At:   leisue lakes

Similar Products Used:   scott yz2 with mx comps mavix xm719 rims magura julie discs deore rear mech and other standard shimano drivetrain.

Bike Setup:   manitou stance blunt 100ml with 20ml thru-axel. mavic mx312 rims on cannondale hubs (i think, cant remeber what model.) hayes 9's. truvativ/sram x7 drivetrain.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by scott a Downhiller from edmonton, alberta, canada

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2006

Strengths:    great urban bike
frames amazing
sweet components set up
perfect weight

Weaknesses:    fork
would have rather had a chain guide up front instead of the derailer
has back pedaling problems

Bottom Line:   
an amazing bike
would recomend it to anyone that wants to get into urban or dirt jumping

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Favorite Trail:   a-line

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   Revolution cycle

Similar Products Used:   06 p.2
06 chases

Bike Setup:   05 chase frame
05 stance w/ 06 internals
06 truativ husselfelts
S.E.C. stem
06 avid BB.5's

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by julian Singelakis a Racer from Pasadena , California

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2006

Strengths:    Very stable comfortable bike. Platform pedals and good disc brake stopping power is great.

Weaknesses:    Super soft fork springs

Bottom Line:   
I'm a 37 year old EX PRO BMX racer and bought a downhill bike to train for motocross. I rode this Chase hardtail and sold my downhiller the next day. The Chase Cannondale has been my favorite bike I've ever had. I mostly ride skateparks daily. I changed the handel bars to standard BMX cruser bars for more height and balance. This made a huge difference. Now everyone wants to ride my bike!!

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Favorite Trail:   skate parks

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   pasadena cycle

Similar Products Used:   BMX, specialized downhill

Bike Setup:   Bars are standard mountain bike height, this Tends to make the front end drop over jumps. (Dangerous)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris Glickman a Weekend Warrior from Sidney, B.C, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2006

Strengths:    this bike is fast, light and super smooth
the frame is awsome

Weaknesses:    trying to put a singel speed kit on it is alot of work

Bottom Line:   
It is a awsome bike for the price and it shreds evrything

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Favorite Trail:   V Dub

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   fort street cycle

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Chase 2

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rob from Brussels , Belgium

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2006

Strengths:    -The looks
-the ride

Weaknesses:    not many really but it should have a chainguide instead of a front derrailleur

Bottom Line:   
The chase is a brilliant bike for street and park . It is suited to anyone whether it be a beginner, intermediate or pro. Everything on the bike is perfect. It rides like a dream !

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   Stock

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