Cannondale F2000 SL XC Hardtail

4.69/5 (13 Reviews)
MSRP : $2249.99


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Zachariah a Cross Country Rider from Palm Desert, CA

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2008

Strengths:    Super-light Optimo frameset; seatstays have right amount of "give"; Headshok stiffness compliments frame perfectly; killer purple/grey/black paintjob.

Weaknesses:    No longer produced/factory-supported.

Bottom Line:   
After an exhaustive search for a lightweight XC hardtail- the F2000SL is simply LIGHT YEARS away from the Trek, Specialized, Giant, Jamis, Marin......and even it's Furio/F600 brother(1/2lb heavier). The ultra smooth Optimo frame possesses vibration dampening qualities very close to full carbon fiber framed bikes. I was impressed at how much faster I was able to pedal on this bike. Together with the Shimano Hollowtech crankset/BB- you get instant traction and torque, on the very first turn of the cranks.

Armed with urban street slicks- this bike easily keeps up with most slow cadence/high-torque road biker's paces. On trails, this bike climbs for you, and is virtually a race-ready, singletrack missle. It's so GOOD all you need to do to compete in racing- is some hill training, and hone your trail handling skills. That is what I call an awesome investment......in pure fun.

But buy this bike because it is truly the LAST quality, handmade in USA frames, by Cannondale. The Optimo was replaced in late 2006 with the Caffeine/F1-F3......yet the 100% HANDMADE 2004-2006 Optimo frames are still lighter than the robot-welded, hand-finished and hand-inspected Caffeine bikes. Keep the frame because it can easily be built(with choice parts) to a competition-crushing sub-20lb
XC trail terrorist.

The Cannondale F2000SL is truly the Porsche of hardtail mountain bikes.....hands-down!

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Favorite Trail:   Hurkey Creek Park (24hrs/Adrenalin Course)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Friend

Similar Products Used:   2008 Trek 8500; 2008 Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disc; 2006 Giant XTC; 2007 Marin Nail Trail Disc; 2007 Jamis Komodo; 2006 Cannondale Furio.

Bike Setup:   2005 Cannondale F2000SL Optimo; Headshok Ultra Fatty DLR; Mavic XC717/DT Swiss wheelset; SRAM X.7 mechs; SRAM PG990 cassette/PC991 Hollowpin chain; Shimano Deore Hollowtech II crankset/BB; Ritchey WCS Carbon flat bar; Avid BB7 Disc brakeset; Thomson Elite seatpost; Fizik Nisene Wingflex Sport saddle; IRC Serac XC 2.10" tires......equals a 22lb hardtail XC racer.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Hendershot a Cross Country Rider from Norwalk, CT, USA

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2007

Strengths:    Comes stock with good components mostly XT and some XTR. Not a ton of room for future upgrades. Would upgrade seat and seat post which dramatically improved the ride.

Weaknesses:    At 24.69 pounds stock. To reduce wieght you are going to need to spend some cheese.

Bottom Line:   
After 3 seasons of riding I still love the bike. The lock feature allows me to pull away on non-technical flatouts and inclines. I have upgraded the seat and seatpost. Next I think I will upgrade the pedals which drop the bike wieght by about a 1/3 of a pound. You won't be sorry in purchasing this bike as its performance is well worth the money.

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Favorite Trail:   Huntington Park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Pedal Power

Similar Products Used:   specialized


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by matt a Cross Country Rider from Adelaide, SA, Australia

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2007

Strengths:    Weight, acceleration, geometry, tracking, responsiveness.

Weaknesses:    Frame slightly crooked can't run fat tires without scrubbing out on chain stay (despite promotion stating otherwise), worldwide warranty/service not quite what its made out to be. When HS is locked out there is a slight clunking, no matter how recently headshock has been serviced.

Bottom Line:   
For out of the box performance this bike is a weapon, and has proved its self again again. Every feature of the bike is 9 plus out of 10 giving a supreme level of confidence no matter what the track or day has installed for you. Other bikes struggle to achieve this comprehensive performance.
I'll be riding this bike for many years to come. Every time I jump back on the optimo frame I'm instantly reminded of the superiority of this bike to other bikes.

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Favorite Trail:   Chambers Gully climb

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3300.00

Similar Products Used:   caad 4

Bike Setup:   90% xtr, including a new xtr wheelset up grade this year to replace coda/maviv319 WH bike came with. Now its xtra lite and fast.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nate a Racer from Neenah, WI

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2007

Strengths:    lightweight, bombproof, stiff, great shifting

Weaknesses:    not the best brakes but they are alright

Bottom Line:   
Overall, for it's price, it is a very nice bike. I would recomend getting one.

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Favorite Trail:   Calumet County Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Gearn' Up

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Optimo frame, Headshock fork, full Shimano XT except for an XTR rear derailleur, Mavic 819 wheelset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bikepimp a Cross Country Rider from amsterdam holland

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2006

Strengths:    climbing,handling,weight,looks

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
The best Hardtail there is!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Similar Products Used:   k2,giant mcm

Bike Setup:   complete xtr, lightweight parts

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Kyriacos a Cross Country Rider from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2006

Strengths:    So simple overall. The 2005 F2000sl optimo frame is beutiful with those seamless welds. The frame comes stock with outstanding components, little room for future upgrades. Internet pictures of the paintjob don't do it proper justice. I have the glossy blue, with a darker shade on the fork - I am still captivated with its beauty. It's very capable on the road with a set of slicks and the fork locked out.

Weaknesses:    had a few problems with the XT hydraulic discs at first, but its all good now.

Bottom Line:   
If you have been saving up money to splurge a bit on a sick hardtail, then consider the F2000sl. It steers on a dime (it takes a while to get used to this level of responsiveness), it's super fast and it's a sexy looking machine. It took me a solid few months before I made up my mind as to which high end hardtail I would invest in. In the end I am more than happy with my decision.

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Favorite Trail:   ridge run @ minaki

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Similar Products Used:   2005 Giant XTC composite 2, Trek 8500

Bike Setup:   Headshock Super fatty Ultra DL, Mavic XM819 disc, full XT including hydraulic disc brakes, dual control levers, and hollowtech 2 cranks with XTR rear derailleur, Cannondale wind carbon seatpost, I switched to an Easton carbon riserbar from the wind carbon straightbar, Hutchinson python tubeless, shimano PD-520 pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Grant a Racer from Macon, GA USA

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2005

Strengths:    Just a quality ride. Simple design.

Weaknesses:    The fork could maybe use a little more adjustment. I might fix that with the CCS cartridge soon.

Bottom Line:   
I'm the same guy who wrote about this bike almost two years ago before two solid seasons of racing and riding on it. I have to say that even after a brief affair with a Specialized Epic demo bike (I'm so sorry, baby, she meant nothing) I'm still sold on the Cannondale as one of the finest rides around. It is so responsive and accurate, so generally smooth. Sure, I have gotten to the point that I want a little more from the fork travel, but luckily there is a solution to be had.

About the word responsive. Some might say twitchy. In this age of slightly slackened bikes built for sleepy stability in the eighth hour of riding, the f2000 is a bit of an outcast. I mean it changes direction real quick like. My friend at the shop said one day you have to be a fighter pilot to, well, pilot it. Personally, this is one of my favorite traits of the bike.

Cool ride I wouldn't hesitate to ride anywhere.

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Favorite Trail:   Arrowhead

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   950.00

Similar Products Used:   Klein Attitude, Trek 930

Bike Setup:   Purchased as fork and frame. Three or four year old XT cranks, Avid mech. brakes, various other parts. Not the Cannondale spec

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Randy Brown a Cross Country Rider from St. Louis, MO

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2005

Strengths:    Amazing control and fit. No picture gives the bike its due credit for its beauty. The weight of the bike is incredibly low for an XC hardtail bike with XT at about 23.5 lbs. The lockout on the fork works very well and is easily accessible. The shifters are amazingly efficient, and the crank is incredibly smooth. The frame feels great and is durable.

Weaknesses:    The fork is very nice/light-weight, but it can feel kind of stiff at times (make sure to have the right pressure). While the low spoke count is fantastic for weight, the wheels are very fragile, and could use some Wheel-Lock or otherwise constant attention.

Bottom Line:   
Incredible handling, super-light, could be easily made lighter with new handlebars and seatpost. Perfect for a cross country racer thinking about weight and agility, as well as short-track riding, you aren't hauling a heavy dual suspension bike on flats, up quick cimbs, etc. Not for weak backs, or people who can't stand standing with the going gets tough (very sensitive to bumps obviously). Fantastic climbing bike in so many ways. I bought it and started racing with it a month later, it is race ready out of the box. Buy it if you can!

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Favorite Trail:   Icarus in Winter Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Sunset Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   None.

Bike Setup:   Optimo frame, Mavic Xc 819 Disc, Shimano XT Dual Control shifters and hydraulic disc brakes, XT front derrailleur, and crank. XTR rear derrailleur.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jan Houssin a Cross Country Rider from Belgium

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2005

Strengths:    Verry light, I bought it for only € 500. My nephew first bought it for € 900 with crossmax SL but he sold it to me with crossland's and kept the crossmax's for his Scalpel
The fork is just what i wanted, i immediately bought a high-presure pump.


Weaknesses:    The maintaince is quite expensive. (especialy for the fork) But when you take care of it, its a great bike.

Bottom Line:   
Verry good bike for the (semi) pro biker. Only usefull for XC use, you can tour with it, but it just isn't made for that.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   second hand

Similar Products Used:   F500, F800, F600, Scalpel 2000, klein atitude comp, Scott scale 20

Bike Setup:   -CAAD5 frame
-Headshok fatty ultra
-Shimano XT derailleurs
-Shimano Deore disc brakes (BRM 555)
-Mavic crossland wheels
-Race Face evolve XC titanium BB
-Truvativ cranckset
-Easton EA50 handlebar & seatpost
-Sram PC69 chain + PG 970 cassette
-Shimano 520 pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Caleb Peck a Cross Country Rider from Seattle, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2005

Strengths:    Typical Cannondale: made in the US, light & strong frame with very agile riding characteristics.

Headshock: I've had two now without any problems... not a lot of travel, but ultralight with incredibly precise steering and a nifty lockout to boot.

Tubless Wheels & Tires: These scared me at first, but they're really easy to maintain and I don't have to buy tubes anymore!

Componentry: solid, complete XT package but with XTR rear derailleur. Also, the carbon handlebar and seatpost boost the wow factor over other XT comped hardtails.


Weaknesses:    Cost: Cannondales aren't cheap. I was fortunate to get mine on a prodeal as I work for a dealer, but even so, C-dales are pricey rides. It's worth it to me to have something well made in the USA.

Saddle: I typically like Fizik saddles, but the plateau is freakin' hard. I'm still hoping it'll break in a little and soften up with time, though.

Brakes: Shimano XT hydraulic discs with dual control are great, but my rear brake tends to rub a little, and the "self adjusting pads" don't really give you a way to adjust this without bleeding the lines. The rub isn't too severe, though, and I'm thinking it might go away in time.

Hutchinson New Python Light Tubless Tires: great in dry, deserty conditions, but up here in Seattle they're a little too low profile to corner well in the mud.


Bottom Line:   
Kinda like another reviewer said, 90% [or more] of riders can do anything they want on this or a comparably equipped hardtail. I'm by no means a cross country racer, probably closer to a weekend warrior to be honest, but I love this hardtail and ride it on every type of terrain. It's true you gotta be careful on some of the rougher trails, but this just encourages finesse and skill over bombing through on your average FS rig.
Also, at first I wasn't sure if I cared for the new, flashy metal flake paintjob on my '05 model, but inside of a week or two of receiving the bike it really grew on me, and now I really like it.

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Favorite Trail:   El Moro - Laguna Beach, CA

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   REI - employee prodeal

Similar Products Used:   Yellow '97 Cannondale F500 - stolen!!!

Bike Setup:   Completely stock ***2005*** Model with a new Cateye Enduro 8 Computer. Note: '05 model is same as '04 but with a carbon seatpost to replace last year's aluminum post and a new, fancy paint job.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jose Fuentes a Racer from Guatemala

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2004

Strengths:    Light. Stiff and responsive, this thing reacts to thought.
Best climbing bike I`ve tried. Great cross country racer.
Fatty fork has a very nice feel and very smooth travel, and the lockout is the easiest to engage on any fork.


Weaknesses:    The fork requires special tools to work on that only a dealer has, no do-it-yourself service here.
It`s only for serious racers, it`s not a comfortable bike for weekend riders or casual trail riders.


Bottom Line:   
As a racer, this is hands down the best bike I`ve ever used. It climbs like a goat and handles like a dream. Fork and frame are very stiff (Cannondale trademark) and the steering is very precise. The bike is very fast and the feeling when riding a trail you rode an another bike is as if you were going a lot faster. If you are a hardtail racer you should definitely check it out.
Although this bike is for cutting faster lap times not hucking and jumping.
It`s not the best bike for spending 6 hours in the saddle, it`s too stiff for that.

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Favorite Trail:   El Encinal trail system

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Bike Center

Similar Products Used:   Giant Rincon, Cannondale F-1000, Gary Fisher hardtail, Gary Fisher Sugar.

Bike Setup:   F-2000 frame and fork built up with XT except for XTR rear derraileur. Bontrager Race Lite wheelset. Kenda Karma tires. Titanium seatpost. Carbon handlebar.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior from Mahomet, IL

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2004

Strengths:    Agree w velvety ride, nice componentry, shifters are outstanding shimano, lightweight.

Weaknesses:    Headshock...many poor reviews online, only had the bike three months, will see if leaks and issues as described. For now, works well if you like a stiff shock (not loads of travel).

Bottom Line:   
Pricey, but very cool matte black finish, cables rerouted as compared to prior design (see online reviews of other Cannondales for very poor design--fixed here), great for on-off road. Hydraulic discs and tubeless tires new to me.. many more non-user friendly fixes (hello, Mr Bike Shop--I know you well) might be issue in long run. FOr now, lightweight and problem-free and a true joy to ride and look at hanging in garage. Why no tool-less (skewer) seat adjust is painful. Expensive though... as are all "Dales.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Durst

Similar Products Used:   Canondale Jekyll, Bianchi CUSS, Bianchi BUSS

Bike Setup:   Stock, added alum pedals and mini toeclips.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Grant from Macon, GA

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2004

Strengths:    Light with a well balanced geometry. The Headshok is simple to adjust (just the air spring) and steers well.

Weaknesses:    A little lower bottom bracket than I'm used to.

Bottom Line:   
I actually have the team livery f4000 frame built like the f2000. Same frame, so whatever.
The thing that jumps out about this bike is just how velvety the ride is. I'm riding 1.95 tires, so I'm getting no help there, it has to be the frame and the fork. The overall impression is one of flow. It's a disc only frame, and the seat stays are these skinny, sinous things which I think let the rear ride softer than you'd expect from an aluminum frame. The geometry is well balanced between front and back; climbing is easy. The ride is simply sweet sweet sweet.
This is a full on XC rig, though. My friend at the shop who dreamed up this particular build warned me as I went out the door,"You can't just run into things like you used to." That's true, but so far the bike handles so well that riding light has been no problem. That being said, I think 90% of mountain bikers can ride a like designed bike with no problems. Just don't go gettin' all mountain dew with it, you know?

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Favorite Trail:   dauset

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Bike Tech Macon

Similar Products Used:   Klein Attitude, Trek 930

Bike Setup:   Optimo frame with fatty headshok. WTB hubs laced to Bontrager Mustang rims. XT drivetrain, LX levers. Avid mech. brakes

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