Cannondale F600 SL XC Hardtail

4.46/5 (13 Reviews)
MSRP : $949.99


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Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bobmahal a Weekend Warrior from Edinburgh, UK

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2009

Strengths:    Great frame, superb front susepension and the lockout facility rocks! Beautiful paint job (Sobo blue on the SL).

Weaknesses:    V-brakes are weak, as are the tyres which are terrible.

Bottom Line:   
A great bike only let down down by poor V-brakes on the SL model (will upgrade soon) and rubbish tyres, but at this price I'm not complaining in the least!

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Favorite Trail:   Ochils - Stirlingshire

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Outspoken bikes (Orl

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris (Hardtail Guy) a Cross Country Rider from Gales Ferry, CT

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2006

Strengths:    Great bike, love the fork+lockout, frame is quality and climbs great, comes with clipless and some other goodies

Weaknesses:    Crappy Truvativ crank (upgrade to XT is planned), seatpost couldn't keep seat from tweaking on hard hits

Bottom Line:   
Bought this bike because of the quality frame/shock, and I got a great deal buying a Made in America bike on 4th of July weekend (15% off). The ride is stiff with the aluminum frame, but suck it up! Add some discs and upgrade the crank, and this bike will keep you happy for years to come. I'm a big guy (230+) and this bike talks all I can give it and comes back for more.

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Favorite Trail:   Bluff Point, Groton, CT

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   Georgia Cycle/Dixon's

Similar Products Used:   Old-school Diamondback back in the day

Bike Setup:   Hayes MX-1s front and rear, new cheapo seatpost

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nick Kolisnyk a Cross Country Rider from Winnipeg,MB,Canada

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2005

Strengths:    Great frame (stiff and pleasing to the eye), nice geometry, awsome suspention system, ability to install discs at a later time. Climbs like no other bike I've ridden.

Weaknesses:    V-Brakes are a joke, Continental Explorer Tires are light, but are composed of nothing and I actually tore through one off a sharp rock!

Bottom Line:   
Awsome value! Cannondale comes through again! Though -1 Chili for Cannondale not putting on a set of V Brakes that match the quality of the bike. My new prized posession, and I'll probabky get another one when this one gets smashed.

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Favorite Trail:   Red Rock, Whiteshell, MB

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Olympia Cycle & Ski

Similar Products Used:   Trek 8000, Specialized Rock Hopper, Treck 930 Singletrak

Bike Setup:   Stock with Avid Discs, XT brake levers (the stocks are tanks),Kenda Nevegal Tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sam a Cross Country Rider from Utah

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2005

Strengths:    Agile, fast and a climber. Very steady at high speeds. Headshock and frame excellent.

Weaknesses:    Crank shaft

Bottom Line:   
-If you are a serious x-country rider and dont want to break the bank then this bike will make you a fast happy rider! I love my F600...sl....cheaper and you can add the discs brakes later.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $900.00

Similar Products Used:   Trek 8000, Giant

Bike Setup:   Stock but will change crank soon

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Xavier Perez a Weekend Warrior from New Castle, Colorado, USA

Date Reviewed: January 6, 2005

Strengths:    Handmade in USA ! Frame and fork are awsome. Ready for disc brake upgrade (a must).Sobe Replica paint job is like anything outhere and even looks good standing still !

Weaknesses:    Cannondale V-Brakes just don't do the job.
Truvativ crank are plain cheesy for this bike. Can't wait to upgrade on these couple of components.


Bottom Line:   
Great entry lever XC racer. Even comes with Cannondale clipless pedals. Good seat and comfortable position for long rides. The truly lockout fork works excellent, and makes this bike climb like a more expensive hardtail. The Mavic wheels have been trouble free and even on rock gardens this bike feels totally in control.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere in CO

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   Ajax Bike and Sport

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Hard Rock

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Cross Country Rider from Calgary

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2004

Strengths:    It is a really great bike. Cannondale make a fantastic quality frame. It is super light and the handling is great.

Weaknesses:    Tires (Light but not enough tread/volume for agressive trail riding in the Rockies)

Bottom Line:   
Highly recommended. I've done a couple of small changes to the setup but all in all it is a great rig that should last years. The disc version was a little beit too much over my budget. Adding a disc to the front has improved the high speed control quite a bit (Stock v's were ok but disc is so much better).

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Favorite Trail:   Sulphur

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Bow

Similar Products Used:   Kona Cindercone (also very nice)

Bike Setup:   Superheat front tire and Hayes MX1 front disc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan a Cross Country Rider from Dupage County, IL

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2004

Strengths:    Price, sweet, sweet cannondale employee discount program, 25 percent off wholesale. But anyways...Frame, r.derail, wheelset, and awesome fork

Weaknesses:    crankset, chain, bb

Bottom Line:   
This bike rocks. Everything on it was sweet really except the crankset. I freaking busted the thing in the first month, but josh, the cannondale sales rep was cool, gave me lx-price credit towards new cranks, which i used to get fsa carbon team cranks. Same thing with bottom bracket. But now this thing weigh a little udner 25lbs, with an xl frame. The headshock is sweet. It might look funny to some but the thing is so light and stiff. The travel is very smooth and predictable plus the lockout is very nice. Get this bike, its a sweet deal even without employee discount, just make sure you upgrade the cranks and chain.

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Favorite Trail:   kickapoo

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $490.00

Similar Products Used:   diamondback apex, some late 90's GT's

Bike Setup:   Stock except for fsa carbon team cranks, ritchey riser pro bars, shorter stem, drive technologies pedals, kenda kharma tires,

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Luke a Weekend Warrior from Corvallis, OR, USA

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2004

Strengths:    Very strong light frame, HeadShox Super Fatty Ultra DL front suspension (lockable), respectable Shimano front & rear deraileur and shifter (Deore), stock hubs can accept disc brakes (nice upgrade feature), strong wheels.

Weaknesses:    Tires and brakes definitely need upgrading. Crankset is okay.

Bottom Line:   
Definitely buy it, but be ready with a few extra bucks to get better tires and brakes. Its a very good bike on the dealer's showroom floor, but its a GREAT bike with a few upgrades! Climbs hills by itself. Locking the HeadShox front suspension is sweet for getting to the trail fast, no bounce. Plenty of fork travel for downhill and XC, works well. Made in the USA!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Dan's Trail (OSU Research Forest)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   Cyclotopia

Similar Products Used:   Trek, Specialized, Kona make similar bikes at similar price points.

Bike Setup:   Stock standard

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ashley Renfroe a Racer from Pelham, AL

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2004

Strengths:    Frame, fork, great component mix, strong wheels

Weaknesses:    Brakes may be questionable

Bottom Line:   
This bike has been on two distance rides at Oak mountain and I am very pleased so far. It is lighter than other bikes at this price point. I was always a hardtail rider when I tried out a Tomac 98 Special Comp last year. I was not pleased. I felt the bike bobbed even in lockout. Not the case with the Cannondale F600. First, it's not a dual suspension, so that rules out bob. But it seems to track quite well, and is very responsive to quick bursts of power. It instills a lot of confidence. I love the truly lockable Ultra Headshok. Nothing better on the market for my purposes. Great buying decision from the experts at bob's bikes in Vestavia Hills and Oak Mountain Alabama!

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Favorite Trail:   Oak Mtn. State Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   Bob's Bikes - THE BEST

Similar Products Used:   Everything in the book

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pat a Cross Country Rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2004

Strengths:    Light strong frame, Head shock that locks, smooth ride, quick response, comfortable bike

Weaknesses:    Tires

Bottom Line:   
In this price range you are getting excellent value (others cant beat it). This bike is very well built, climbs easely and is fast. The headshock is unique and works very well. I recommend you buy this bike and feel how comfortable it is too ride x-country !

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   Montreal

Similar Products Used:   Trek, Spec., Devinci, Giant, Oryx

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ivan a Weekend Warrior from Australia

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2004

Strengths:    Frame,Frame,Frame.....Great Frame....Strong and pretty light.

Weaknesses:    Tyres and brakes(should have got HD)

Bottom Line:   
Great bike, Great Colour(Sobe)....and YES it does climb real well. Very responsive especially cornering, goes were you point it.A bit expensive($300 more than others similar), But Lifetime warranty and oozes QUALITY.Just an allround great bike.I mostly ride half pavement/road and half gravel/dirt for general fitness, being 115kgs(260lbs) does the job well. Highly recommended.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   campione

Similar Products Used:   Trek,Specialized,Giant

Bike Setup:   Stock standard

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by karl de raeymaekers a Cross Country Rider from wilrijk belgium

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2004

Strengths:    looks,headshock,drives smooth and is very fast

Weaknesses:    the crankset is one of the cheapest in this category,this will get an upgrade very soon

Bottom Line:   
I realy love this bike.It's very comfortable and I love the headshock.In previous tests I red that this F600 sl climbes like a cat,well it doesn't,it as however very fast suited for cross-country and to leave everyone behind you

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Favorite Trail:   cross country and the belgium ardennes

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   smout belgium

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   changed the tires into ritchey speed max

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew T a Cross Country Rider from Athens, Georgia

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2004

Strengths:    Well being a roadie and wanting to get back into mountain biking, I seached and demo bikes. Finally have a wheel set that can take abuse. Instead of disk brake bikes I opted for better drivetrain

Weaknesses:    Stock Fatty Ultra needed to be stronger. Ordered beefer springs or what ever is in that thing! (190 lbs)

Bottom Line:   
If I get 4-5 years from this bike being stock I will be a happy person.

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Favorite Trail:   All

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Georgia Cycle Sport/ Dixons

Similar Products Used:   Bianchi King Bee- No doubt awesome bike with great disk breaks and very nice fork. Alittle to much compact bike for me. And not as good drivetrain as the Cannon.

Bike Setup:   All stock with beefer springs for fork on order!

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