This is my first mountain bike, over the year that I have had this, I have also ridden a heavily modified Specilalized Hardrock and a full suspension Kona to compare it to. The Trail 6 has great handling, as long as the tires are kept around 45psi. Below that, the bike is not as stable and is unpredictable. The wheels are strong and have not bent, even after some hard hits. The fork works well, but it does not seem ideal for any high-speed downhill segments, I think a lower end RockShox fork will cure this. The brakes were worthless, I upgraded to Avid BB7's and they made a world of difference. Past these, all of the controls have worked great, handlebar is a little narrow, the grips are good and the bike is comfortable. This is a great handling, durable and fast bike to either learn with, upgrade to, or just add to your collection.
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: August 6, 2012
Strengths: Frame, Wheels, Rear Derailer, Cranks. Seat post, Stem, Bars.
Weaknesses: Pedals, Seat, Front Derailer, Brakes. Tires.
So Ill cut straight to the point. Review based on one very long day of all around riding and abuse, downhill, climbing, jumping, in town/pavement.
Strengths-Wheels and main components of frame feel solid and function well. Fork, although a cheap brand, functions very well. Rear derailer gave me no issues at all. Cranks feel very solid no play or noise what so ever.
Weakness-Pedals are plastic, and have very small studs I found myself readjusting way too often. Brakes are terrible, although they will slow you down they make horrible noise wet and dry when applied hard and are very uneven and gummy. Front rotor began rubbing occasionally after some very light use. Seat extremely uncomfortable and not durable, ripped very easily. Front derailer is no good, functions good but occasionally has issues and jumped the chain once. Contemplaying removing it completely for now. Frame gemoetry good all around for me (5'10) but stem slightly too long for me. Feels a little off when going down steep hills and larger jumps, enough so that I will be looking into a different frame more suited for downhill and jumping.
All around Im happy with this bike. Good for all around and XC. If you ride it nicely and stay up on maitenence should last you a very long time with all stock parts. If I did it again I would have saved for another month or two and gotten a more exspensive main brand, probably full suspension.
Date Reviewed: June 20, 2012
Strengths: Very good frame. Very sturdy, lightweight, and has a good value for the money. Good wheelset, seatpost, stem, handlebar for the price. Good workmanship on d frame. Nice saddle btw.
Weaknesses: crankset, fd, rd, chain, brakeset as well as the fork can be improved.
Overall, this the best bike in its price range. I have thisike for 4 mos now and it. Already has miles and miles of trail in its belt. It can handle 3ft jumps and still works great. I have upgraded mine to address weaknesses mentioned above and it feels great.
Date Reviewed: June 11, 2012
Strengths: Strenght of frame. Overall comfort of ride. Price! I ride 3 times a week on a difficult double diamond single track Im 6" and 230 taking 4ft jumps and drops, there isnt a hardtail out there that can compare with this bike, components may not be top of line but test ride this bike and others and youll see why i give the trail six a 5!
Weaknesses: Cannondale did not equip this bike with the proper tire Kenda small block 8 replaced with Kenda nevagal
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: May 29, 2012
Strengths: Frame, price
I had a low budget and this looked like the best bike in the price range and it fit me the best. I purchased with the intent of slowly but surely upgrading the components. The lower end Shimano components work well except for the brakes. I've had to replace the rear pads after about 6 weeks of riding and have to adjust them every time I remove a wheel. They will be the first thing upgraded.Overall I am very happy with purchase and enjoy riding it.
purcharsed the bike 3 weeks ago i ride everyday both pedals broke took it back and they replaced the pedals with some alloy ones for free. for the price i dont think you will find a better bike. wish there was lockout tho
Date Reviewed: May 25, 2012
Strengths: Alloy frame
Weaknesses: Everything else on this bike sucks.
I replaced the brake set including disc rotor, crankset and chain, casette and shifters, the derailleurs, handlebar, stem, seatpost, saddle and fork.
Strengths: Very good entry level bike Solid frame on this bike I've taken a couple of falls on it already and the bike has no problem.Really good brakes they have saved me quite a few times from taking some nasty spills.
Weaknesses: Tires might be a little to slippery on sandy trails. Pedals suck they broke after the first time went ahead and replaced them with some aluminum Wellgo pedals.
This is my second mountain bike , my first one was a cheap mongoose model and it was terrible the suspension would bottom out. I'm 6'1" 215 lbs and I returned it and got the Trail 6 and I love this bike. Suspension feels really good this was after adjusting the front shock, I take jumps with it with no problem. Overall very good product