Cannondale F1 Caffeine XC Hardtail

5/5 (4 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Frame: Caffeine
  • Fork: Lefty Speed DLR2, 110 mm
  • Hubs: Mavic CrossLand UST
  • Spokes: Mavic CrossLand UST
  • Pedals: Shimano PD-M520
  • Crank: FSA Afterburner MegaExo, 22/32/44
  • Chain: Shimano 9-speed
  • Bottom Bracket: FSA Afterburner MegaExo
  • Shifters: SRAM X-7 Trigger
  • Handlebars: FSA XC-281AOS, 25 mm rise
  • Stem: Cannondale XC3 HeadShok, 31.8 mm
  • Saddle: Fi'zi:k Nisene II Sport
  • Seat Post: FSA FR-270


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by gordy75 a Weekend Warrior from scotland uk

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2010

Strengths:    climbing and general overall ability

Weaknesses:    none so far the bike is used every weekend on all types of terain & handles everything with ease

Bottom Line:   
Awesome thanks again cannondale.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   alpine bikes glasgow

Similar Products Used:   specialized stump jumper 05

Bike Setup:   as standard except a change of pedals shimano XTeez instead of the eggbeaters that came as standard but thats a personal preference!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by tiger a Weekend Warrior from Ca

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2009

Bottom Line:   
No wonder why these guys invented the mt rides. This is a unique and awesome bike. I rode it full xtr and carbon lefty and so far can't get enough of it. Carbon was an option but 0.5 pounds weight increase vs $2000 bucks on top doesn't seems like a good deal. I high;ly recommend it.

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Favorite Trail:   Los camotes

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2300.00


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew Overfield a Racer from Stuttgart Germany

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2008

Strengths:    Light, fast, strong

Weaknesses:    Mixed bag of components, decent shifters and rear derailleur X9s, crank set bb not so much (changed them out immidately with some K-Force lights) not a big fan of the handle bars.

Bottom Line:   
Three weeks after getting this bike I competed in the Transalp Challenge, and rode it for the first six stages until I bent the front wheel and had no replacement, and was forced back on my Stumpjumer FSR. The bike was great and found myself consistantly passing riders on the climbs.

This is a great bike, it is the best climbing bike I have come across, it is super light, and handles really well. The Lefty takes a few rides to get used to.

If you want a great XC racing bike but can't affort the sticker shock for carbon, you would have to look far and wide to find a better bike than this.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Ski Rack Burlington

Bike Setup:   Stock with the following upgrades... K-Force Lite crankset/ and bottom bracket/ Look quartz peadles/ and Easton carbon handlebars

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jonmeissner@comast.net a Weekend Warrior from Clarendon Hills, IL

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2008

Strengths:    Pretty light, very fast, very responsive. Climbs really well. Seems strong for a "XC" bike.

Weaknesses:    Lefty is a little goofy but it is a great fork. Saddle is not the best.

Bottom Line:   
A very nicely put together bike that is very fast but still strong enough to take some drops!

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Favorite Trail:   Palos park, 3 ravines

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   Dan's Bike

Similar Products Used:   Trek 8500 Carbon MTB.

Bike Setup:   Stock.

Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

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