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!
Strengths: Solid Frame, Great Brakes, Good Fork for price point.
Weaknesses: Uncomfortable Seat, Front Derailleur.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bike Setup: SRAM shifters, RST Shocks, Giant pedals
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
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
Similar Products Used: Duffy Schwinn this is the first mountain bike i have had
Bike Setup: in my garage on a bike rack
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.
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
Similar Products Used: Haro entry level, Giant XTC,
Bike Setup: stock
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.
For the money Its great. If you ride agressive plan on upgrading right off the bat. Its a great platform for upgrading.
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.
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)
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.
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
placement of the thumb shifters can cause rubbing on thumb during hard downhills recommend adjusting for personal preference
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.
Similar Products Used: Trek 4300, Specialized Rock Hopper
Bike Setup: XL due to being 6'4", Sram shifters and front. Shimano rear.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: October 23, 2009
Strengths: Feels strong, brakes, forks, and a bunch more.
Weaknesses: *Pedals*, Front Derailer, chain, saddle, and grips.
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.
Similar Products Used: Crappy K-mart bikes, and my brothers Raleigh Mojave 2.0
Bike Setup: Stock, with new chain.
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.
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.
Bike Setup: Very strong, even ride. Lock out the front shock for street riding.
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
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.