Cannondale F7 CO2 Disc XC Hardtail

4.71/5 (34 Reviews)


Product Description

CO2: Cannondale Oversized and Optimized design. These hardtails are a starting point for appreciation. When a rider experiences the lightweight, efficient ride quality and beautiful craftsmanship of a Cannondale frame - there's no turning back!


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ajay phillips

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2014

Strengths:    good brakes and deraileurs for the price..

Weaknesses:    wost saddle ever.. sitting ona rock.. changed mine in few mnths to a nice comfy gel saddle from Planet bike.. Now i can ride 50kms rides easily with no sores.

Bottom Line:   
Awesome entry level bike for the price.. can't go wrong if u change the saddle and take basic care of the bike.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Xx mTb RiD3ER xX a Cross Country Rider from usa

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2011

Strengths:    awesome frame, brakes are amazing even though uits stock i raced xc with it for 2 yrs and it performed amazing even in the rly muddy conditions

Weaknesses:    saddle hardness(sucks for the rly long rides)front derailleur

Bottom Line:   
if you are begining to ride for fun or competitivly this is the bike you should buy, the price for this bike is amazing low for a great bike

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Favorite Trail:   highland forest ny

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $650.00

Bike Setup:   ergon grips, crank bro cand clip pedals(getting avid bb7 soon)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by NoBodilyConcern86 a Weekend Warrior from Santa Fe, New Mexico, US

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2011

Strengths:    Solid Frame, Great Brakes, Good Fork for price point.

Weaknesses:    Uncomfortable Seat, Front Derailleur.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike to commute to work daily, ride paved trails, ride downhill on loose dirt trails at the local ski basin, and to ride cross country trails. On average I put about 50 miles on this bike weekly, when its above 60F. So far this bike has performed wonderfully, I have no complaints that weren't easily rectified (the seat hardness being the primary complaint.) Also I believe if I maintained the bike better and didn't cross-ride the gears I wouldn't have any issues with the derailleurs, they are temperamental but will still shifts into the gear you need it to. It's also worth noting the brakes on this bike are amazing, they've easily saved me from getting creamed by attentive drivers.

If you plan on abusing a bike this one can handle it. I am just starting my second season with this bike and haven't had to replace any of the components due to wear, or damage from crashes and the likes.

I would suggest buying this bike if you are looking to get back into riding and don't want to sell your kidneys to pay for A bike. The components on this bike are, in my opinion and assessment, the best option for this price point. And without spending a few thousands dollars on a high end bike you won't be getting a significant or measurable difference in performance; which probably will go unused given your skill level if you are just getting back into riding.

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Favorite Trail:   Camino De Los Montoyas Trails

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $649.00

Purchased At:   Santa FE Bike N Spor

Similar Products Used:   First time to ride since 14 years of age. I do borrow friends' bikes before hand.

Bike Setup:   Changed seat to Selle Royal gel seat. Plan on upgrading the brakes to hydraulic for better modulation on technical downhill descents.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ScottWish a Cross Country Rider from Rochester, NY, USA

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2011

Strengths:    Durability, Comfortable ride

Weaknesses:    Fork

Bottom Line:   
Great entry level bicycle I use for commuting a 16 mile round trip ride to work. It works well in the cold upstate, NY winters and will only get better once I begin upgrading the components.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Similar Products Used:   Trek, Specialized, Diamondback

Bike Setup:   Stock, for now. Planning on upgrading everything

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Arjun a Cross Country Rider from coimbatore,tamil nadu,INDIA

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2010

Strengths:    excellent value for the price,great forks and brakes and brilliant balance.

Weaknesses:    Front derailleur could have been better,seats,grips and pedals are not good at all.

Bottom Line:   
very reliable and great on the trail.takes a lot of hard riding without any issues.definately recommend it.

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Favorite Trail:   Nilgiris
Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Affair

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale F5.

Bike Setup:   Gila Pro forks,SRAM x4 front and rear derailleur and shifter,avid bb5 brakes.changed to a selle royal respiro seat and oury grips.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cannondalef7 a Weekend Warrior from Morganton, North Carolina, USA

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2010

Strengths:    Solid frame, good fit, as far as spring forks go, the RST Gila Pro w/ LO is great. Love the Kenda Small Black Eight tires. All parts have been good as well, no breaks as of this review.

Weaknesses:    The stock seat and grips are mediocre, comes with a bottom swing Shimano Altus F/D which needed adjustment several time between 2 bike shops before it began to function properly, I blame the bike mechanic at the first shop, as the 2nd shop fixed it right up and it works fine.

Bottom Line:   
2010 F7 CO2. Good bike. Right price. I would buy again. Recommend to those looking for a decent bike to ride trials and asphalt that don't want to spend to much, but dont want a really entry level bike. I am 6'3 and I ride the XL 21" frame and it fits me fine.

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Favorite Trail:   Headley

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Wright

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Tarpon, Trek 4500 disc, Giant Talon 29er, Specialized Hardrock and Rockhopper 29er

Bike Setup:   Sram x4 RD and shifters, Shimano Altus FD, Avid BB5 mech. disc brakes, Kenda small block eight tires front and rear.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ChubbyChaser a Weekend Warrior from Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2010

Strengths:    Strong, durable frame. Great Shifting, Outstanding hybrid performance, great value for money.

Weaknesses:    Goes out of tune 2-3 times per season, but I'm a lard arse - hard on the whole system. Some stock components are truly crap, might as well replace before you leave the store. Stock seat is a taint buster.

Bottom Line:   
This is a gateway bike for noobs like me who aren't sure if they're going to do it enough to become Bike Guy. This thing is a great hybrid entry level bike that's done EVERYTHING I wanted it to do, and more. Even survived a bear collision. Over 2200km in year 1, 60% road, 40% trail riding. SRAM shifters couldn't be easier. Couple of flat tubes, upgraded pedals (really helped power transfer) only mods I've had to make. That said, gears, chains & tires are near the end after ~1.5y, but I'm very impressed given the beating I've put on this entry level bike. Oustanding value for money, even as Cannondale's 'value' (Taiwanese-made) model. It was expensive enough to be proud of and trust in bad terrain, cheap enough to buy without getting too much crap form the wife, and quality enough to make you understand why guys go to the next level ($1500-$2000) for bikes.

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Favorite Trail:   Duck Lake Road, Powell River

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Cap's Bicycles Westw

Bike Setup:   SRAM shifters, RST Shocks, Giant pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bikerhockeyman15 a Weekend Warrior from Layton, Utah, united states

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2010

Strengths:    it is a great bike its a grate mountain bike and urban bike if you want to ride in the road and not loose all your energy to your shocks then you can simply lock them i like that that is one of my favorite parts of the bike i like the disk breaks are pretty good about stopping on time it has a sturdy frame its an all round great bike

Weaknesses:    it is a little hard to shift if its your first time using that kind of shifting bike if your looking at buying this kind of bike ask for an instruction manual and check out how to shift it i tore up the metal on the bike from shifting the wrong i finally can shift it the right way now and the chain is a little hard to use just keep it dry and it will do fin make sure you wipe all all all of the oil of when your done oiling it or it will get grimy

Bottom Line:   
it is a great bike it takes some getting used to the shifting and breaking in to but it is a great bike i love it it is not so good on rock but it does great on trails and around the street it has been over all a good bike you should buy this bike if you live in a neighborhood and you visit the mountains and ski resorts a couple of times in the summer like 5 or six but i don't think that it will hold up if you ride the mountains every day its a great low price bike you get your moneys worth defiantly i have over 250 miles on it and have had it for almost 2 summers i have taken it to the bike shop 1 time to get checked up on nothing was wrong with it i just think that i should check up on it once a year

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Favorite Trail:   Sherwood forest, Sun-dance

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $599.00

Purchased At:   bikers edge

Similar Products Used:   Duffy Schwinn this is the first mountain bike i have had

Bike Setup:   in my garage on a bike rack

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KyleY78 a Weekend Warrior from Blairsville GA USA

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2010

Strengths:    The first thing that attracted me to this bike was its price. For the $ you simply aren't going to get a better entry level bike. The brakes and fork are great for the person learning to ride and because the bike is Cannondale, easily upgraded. The bike is light and shifts like a dream.

Weaknesses:    With over 120+ miles on the bike, I have yet to find a glaring weakness. The stock pedals leave something to be desired but anyone who rides for any length of time is going to go clipless anyway.

Bottom Line:   
You simply aren't going to get this much bike for the price anywhere else. The front fork, disc brakes and the Cannondale name push this bike to the head of the class in the entry level department. This bike is a joy to ride. I would recommend this bike to anyone that is interested in getting into mountain biking

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Favorite Trail:   Jack Rabbit

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Cycle South

Similar Products Used:   Haro entry level, Giant XTC,

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Blacktop09 a Weekend Warrior from Danbury, Ct

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2010

Strengths:    Great bike for the price. You get what you pay for. Smooth shifting, easy to pedal up hills, I like the tires that come on the 2010 models (many small nobbies)

Weaknesses:    Fork is an entry level fork and lacks rebound dampening and as stated on fork shouldn't be used for freeride-downhill-or dirt jumping. The adjustable valving on thew fork could be a little better. The pedals that came with the bike are plastic with metal and fell apart on first ride. You will need better pedals.

Bottom Line:   
For the money Its great. If you ride agressive plan on upgrading right off the bat. Its a great platform for upgrading.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Brookfield Bicycle

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale killer-v 900, a few other cad3 frames

Bike Setup:   I went with a large frame I'm 6'2" the xl frame is less than 1/2" shorter wheelbase so I didn't care. I like smaller frames. The seat still goes plenty high for my legs to be fully extended if needed. I changed the pedals for sun ringle zu zu. The stem was swapped at the bike store for the longer stem which comes on the XL frame. I think the tires are different than the bigger nobby 2009 tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cannonf7 a Weekend Warrior from Acworth, GA, USA

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2010

Strengths:    lightweight,rides smooth, adjustable shock, great all around

Weaknesses:    Tires are no good for trails with roots, log transfers, etc - changed mine to WTB Vilocerapter (spelling might be off)

Bottom Line:   
Love the bike and ride it whenever I can - Great bike to grow with and it you are thinking about buying this bike - YOU SHOULD!!
Cannondale did it right and I will grow with this bike as I get back into MTB with my family.

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Favorite Trail:   Blankets Creek

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   REI - Kennesaw

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rockhopper


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jmillican a Racer from Braseltong, GA, USA

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2010

Strengths:    great components for the price
adjustable locking front shocks helped considerably for climbing
decent disc brakes without going into another cost bracket
love the sram shifters


Weaknesses:    hard seat needs to be upgraded immediately
rear derailer
placement of the thumb shifters can cause rubbing on thumb during hard downhills recommend adjusting for personal preference
stock pedals


Bottom Line:   
I couldn't be more pleased with this bike. Purchased at Mama's Board n Bike in Buford and got a great deal on it. I intend to upgrade the seat and pedals soon.
It's as light as my wife's Trek 4300 and twice the size plus the adjustable locking front shocks do make a difference.
The brakes will squeak as soon as you start riding but there is no pinching (slowing you down) going on so it doesn't bother me I'm not out there to sneak up on anyone.

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Favorite Trail:   Fort Yargo

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Mama's Board n Bike

Similar Products Used:   Trek 4300, Specialized Rock Hopper

Bike Setup:   XL due to being 6'4", Sram shifters and front. Shimano rear.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brianshvrs a Cross Country Rider from Ohio

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2009

Strengths:    Feels strong, brakes, forks, and a bunch more.

Weaknesses:    *Pedals*, Front Derailer, chain, saddle, and grips.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for me. I am just getting into more serious Mountain biking, although I have been biking for about 7 years. The pedals aren't good at all. The front derailer isn't working super great, but I just need a tune-up as the bike is only 2 months old. The stock chain is horrible. I bent it within 3 hours of purchasing the bike. The saddle is hard and uncomfortable. The grips tend to twist, but thats only a few bucks to replace. Other than that its a great bike. Make sure you ride at the suggested PSI, as I have gotten 2 pinch-flats(one from riding at 40PSI). Now I ride at 53 PSI in the back and 50 in the front. I replacing the pedals, grips, and maybe the 3rd chain ring(for a bashguard) this winter.

If you want a good bike for not very much money at all, this is the way to go.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything offroad

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $560.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Crappy K-mart bikes, and my brothers Raleigh Mojave 2.0

Bike Setup:   Stock, with new chain.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dano a Weekend Warrior from Beverly Hills, CA.

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2009

Strengths:    Solid, durable, XL frame. Adjustable front shock, locking. Disc brakes. Great looking.

Weaknesses:    Derailers; front and back.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike to get back into an athletic activity, after many years as an athlete. Couldn't be happier with my decision. I'm 6'6" 300, and this bike can withstand anything I put it thru, although I'm mostly a street rider. Upgraded saddle, and grips for more comfort. Added Armadillo steet tires. Replacing front and rear derailers soon.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $540.00

Purchased At:   IMartin

Bike Setup:   Very strong, even ride. Lock out the front shock for street riding.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nate a Weekend Warrior from New York

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2009

Strengths:    fork works great for me, the lockout is pretty neat to make climbs a little easier. feels very sturdy, has not broken apart at all. alot lighter than the last bike i had. disk brakes look cool and stop well.

Weaknesses:    seat feels like it is made out of rock. front brake sometimes stays engaged a tiny bit. tires make every trail feel wet

Bottom Line:   
after riding a 15 year old trek 830 with the fork stuck down i guess anything would seem amazing. good for anyone on a budget i guess. 4 overall because my ass hurts from the seat and the front brake is annoying to change around when it is acting up.

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Favorite Trail:   Dryer road

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   Park Ave

Similar Products Used:   trek 830...not really so similar...

Bike Setup:   stock. tires will be changed soon enough. they got me in better shape though!

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