I have stripped this down to frame and worked it back up to a mtb.I have jumped it.I have it configured right now for single course racing. Ive got a fox 130 mm front fork.I still have the Single speed crank.It still runs just as fast as the yuppys with the 3 grand bikes.They really hate this bike.I have taken up hills that I would have to walk sideways to get up.The frame will surprise you.When you finally say ok it has had enough.I just wash it and roll on.The main thing is you can make a great basher bike out of it for little cash.It will jump really nice.Like its been said before it is heavy.But change the fork and loss the rims.And you have a fun creation.Have fun.You can find them pretty cheep so save some cash and pick it up.
Bike Setup: Kenda small block eight on the back.,Kendra black smoke on the fron,t rolling on vultera comp rims,origin 8 headset Fox float rlc 130mm front fork ,yeti grips,sram x4 at the thumb,sram x7 on the back,dmr seat,aftermarket disks.
from Maine, USA
Date Reviewed: December 1, 2009
Strengths: The bike is very tough, ive beat da hell out of it so far, cars, drops, water, all of it and its been through it all with me. I also have a bashguard on the front gear, works like a charm. I love the big pedals as well
Weaknesses: Ah well I dont like how heavy the bike is, could be lighter, and the front fork sucks imo. It just adds more weight to the bike, which is doesnt need
Good bike for anyone getting started and with little money. I have multiple better bikes, i.e. the Yeti DJ, but if i need a spare to trash around I always come back to if i need one that wont break
Similar Products Used: Spec. P. series, Kona shred, Giant STP
Bike Setup: just a few small mods
Date Reviewed: September 20, 2009
Strengths: Great frame, well balanced and competant
Weaknesses: Grind Pedals!! bearings are shattered after only 4 months of ROAD RIDING!! and none replacable because not covered by warrenty... WTF,a bike is no good without pedals but they are listed as seperate on warrenties.
I would definitely recommend this bike as a starting point for a customizable all rounder, just change the pedals.
Bike Setup: 100mm handle bar stem, bash guard replaced with a 44t upper ring.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 27, 2009
Strengths: frame, fork, seat, pretty much all of it.
Weaknesses: graphics. haha. brakes will rub occasionally. no guard included for chainstay.
was looking for a cheap mostly entry level dirt jump bike. Started on road, went to fixed, and wanted to try something new. was looking at a giant brass 1 but decided to go with the Cannondale. My dad has had a silk path 300 since 98 and has yet to have a problem with it at all. this bike is definitely upgradeable but to a point. Couldn't find much online but was very impressed with the bike when i saw/rode it. picked it up right on the spot. the welds on the frame are absolutely incredible, as well as paint finish. graphics/color scheme are strange to say the least. but i can deal with that.
a Weekend Warrior
from Cape Town, South Africa
Date Reviewed: July 11, 2007
Strengths: Fantastic build quality, good welding on all ,major joints, overall kit is well organized, Marzocchi DirtJam PRo , good Avid BB5 Rear Disc brake, sofar so good, if ur new at the streetriding scene and dirt jumping thing then ur good to go with this Rig,
Weaknesses: none so far, but it come standard with no Front brakes, and for some this is great, but i prefer to them since i require front stopping power to pull off some sick stunts, and remembr ur bike is anly as good as your brakes,,,eeeh whatever!
good deal, good parts, good frame Great Ride. no go have fun!
Bike Setup: marzocchi forks double track rims hope pro hubs m4s fsa bars, stem, headset e13 srs chain guide
from Hamden, CT
Date Reviewed: March 26, 2007
Strengths: The bike is overall great. I sugguest for you to buy a diffrent fork if buying the bike. Other wise it is great I would say if modifying the bike get a new fork, single speed it, get rid of the disc in the front and put one in the back, and shorten the handle bars.
Weaknesses: The fork on the other had sucks I had to buy replacement springs for the Stace Static which cost $80. Then I bought stiffer springs for it, yet that still didn't work.
The bike is good for small jumping and small drops unless you buy a better fork and beaf it up a bit.
a Weekend Warrior
from Hillsborough, Northern Ireland
Date Reviewed: June 5, 2006
Strengths: Frame very balenced, it gives you a lot of confidence. Forks soak up the landings very well, so far I haven't even bottomed them out yet, but then I'm only 9 stone. Great for local Dirt jumps, street riding or even XC
Weaknesses: No chain guide means the chain comes off if you land a jump in the wrong position, but thats the least of your worries. Annoying squak from the front when going at slow speeds so far I haven't worked out what it is yet, the bike still performs perfectly though!
Great bike has minor flaws but the big picture is so brillent you don't even notice them! Great bike this years is supposed to be even better!
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