Cannondale F800 2002 Hardtail

4.38/5 (50 Reviews)
MSRP : $1763.99


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by alexrodrod a Cross Country Rider from tecate, ca, usa

Date Reviewed: October 15, 2010

Strengths:    muy buena en camino ancho, y rapida, buena para bajadas con mucha pendiente, es muy ligera.

Weaknesses:    lenta en veredas con curvas y con terreno no liso

Bottom Line:   
not for sale

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Favorite Trail:   la primavera, sinaloa, mexico

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Super Go

Similar Products Used:   specialized rockhopper 2010


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tony_PDX a Cross Country Rider from Portland,Oregon

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2008

Strengths:    Looks,Lefty headshok fork,weight,speed.

Weaknesses:    not comfortable on rocky trails, stock components.

Bottom Line:   
Awesome bike for hard pack trails, very fast. a lot of fun to ride. has been awesome over the years. I love this bike. It's all about speed and I can fly on this baby :)

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Favorite Trail:   Browns Camp NW Portland

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Similar Products Used:   Rocky mountain ELEMENT 50
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Bike Setup:   I have replaced all of the components on this bike. only the lefty is stock.

Race face Deus XC crank,Sram PC-991 Chain,Egg Beater Pedals S Classic,SRAM 9-Speed PowerGlide II Cassette,Shimano XT rear and front derailers.Mavic X3.1 Tubeless rims,DT swiss spokes,Maxxis crossmark tires,Thomson Elite seat post,Porfile design stiffy stem,Race face DEUS XC FLAT BAR,Oury lock on grips,Hope mono mini disc brakes and Titec seat. so it makes the price of this bike a grand total of about $4000.00

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Marco Hermes Peruzzi a Weekend Warrior from La Spezia, Liguria, Italy

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2008

Strengths:    Light, fast and with a good geometry, extremely sharp in cross-country paths, good for races.

Weaknesses:    Rear hub broken on Mavic Crossroc, Coda components sucks, frame too weak in hard trails (broken in a weekend trail of Liguria.. it's a road bike from big store or what? Luckly I replaced it with a Jekyll (it's not a coincidence: cannondale put this frame on road bikes after one year of its birth and abandoned MTB)

Bottom Line:   
Luckly I reused all components on a Jekyll used frame so I could save money buying it. Crossroc rear hub was broken after a few months, Air Lefty needs more attention than actual Max spv 140mm of Jekyll....
and at the end frame got a CRACK on rear folder riding on a medium-hard trail.
I hoped more strenght from a Cannondale

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Favorite Trail:   5 terre and liguria's Trails

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Hot Bikes - sp - Italy

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Jekyll 1° serie, Cannondale Jekyll II 600, Viner Vy pro, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR.

Bike Setup:   Upgraded to F1000: All XT components (Brakes included), Lefty DLR Air 110mm, Mavic CrossRoc, FSA V-drive, Thomson elite seatpost

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mike a Racer from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2004

Strengths:    Appearance, Weight, comfort & handling. Lefty DLR with lockout.

Weaknesses:    Standard components are waiting to break, Magura Julies are troublesome constantly requiring tlc. Bottom bracket went within 6 months, front CODA hub had bearing replacement after 8 months. Frame flexes under heavy loads.

Bottom Line:   
I'm a daily commuter on the bike, so it gets its share of use. Close to 7000km's in 9 months, without major problems. On trails i find it has trouble tracking a downhill line, mainly because i'm a light rider as well. Doubt the frame would stand up to free riders demands. Biggest headaches has been the brakes(Magura Julies), bottom bracket and recently the servicing of the Lefty. If you are fortunate to have a good service department near you, that you TRUST then you shouldnt have issues. I resorted to aligning the brakes myself, mainly out of frustration with the cannondale dealer who couldnt get it right. Changed dealers only to have an oil leaking Lefty come back to me(after an overhaul), ruining a set of brake pads. Coda parts are cheap and dont last. Love the bike, hate the hassles.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1100.00


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Timo Hokkanen a Cross Country Rider from Finland

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2003

Strengths:    CAAD 5 frame

Weaknesses:    Coda components

Bottom Line:   
It's funny to read reviews by people who have had the bike for a short time and obviously those without experience rate their own bike as awesome and so on. Once you’ve hade your bike for 2000-3000 kilometres, then you are able to rate it with some degree of expertise.

Well, I've had my F800 for almost 2 year and I can tell you to put your money elsewhere. I'm positive you are able to find a better bike for the same price. Cannondale has crappy components that do not last. The brakes (Magura Claras in Europe) are not consecutive, the set up changes and is a "female dog" to set up, thus they do not work well in the cold (winter). I’ve changed them for Hopes, which are great and powerful and the set up stays. Comparing the Lefty to some other shocks almost makes me cry in regret. The various Coda wheel parts do not last.

The frame is good, but I’d rather get other parts for brakes, shock, shifters, changers, wheels, etc.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1850.00

Purchased At:   Bike Planet

Similar Products Used:   other xc.bikes

Bike Setup:   additional: xtr-rear shifter

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dany Dany a Cross Country Rider from Richmond Hill, Ontario

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2003

Strengths:    What can i say except that the lefty is the best shock i have ever ridden and that the magura julies are better then i ever expected.CAAD 5 frame is a dream even though it is a bit rigid ,you can always get a carbon seatpost or shock post as well as a nice comfy saddle to counter this.Oh! and i almost forgot that sweet matte black paint job that gets all the attention next to the lefty.

Weaknesses:    the seat is a piece of crap as well as the creaking shimano pd-m515 clipless pedals and thats about it so far.

Bottom Line:   
This bike climbs like a mountain goat with the lefty locked and inpires confidence with every stroke of the peddles.For the money it can't be beat when you factor in the CAAD 5 frame,lefty shock & a good mix of components.All you have to do is wait till the cheaper parts break and then add top of the line components.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Duke's On Queen

Similar Products Used:   Giant XTC SE1

Bike Setup:   stock except for the selle italia and easton monkeylite bars

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

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2003

Strengths:    the lefty, light weight, frame geometry, thick coat of paint, great package overall

Weaknesses:    the STUPID ritchey seatpost that won't ever hold your seat!, the saddle

Bottom Line:   
really good bike really good package for the price and DAMN RITCHEY SEATPOSTS TO ALL HELL

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Montreal Nord Cycles

Similar Products Used:   many bikes from thoses brands: norco, giant, specialized, kona, proflex, rocky mountain, gary fisher, trek and so on

Bike Setup:   stock, new saddle and a tamer tricky dick suspension seatpost

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ludwig a Weekend Warrior from London, UK

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2003

Strengths:    Light, quick and agile. Eats miles of trails and still leaves you feeling fresh. Headturning colour (Kale) and Lefty fork. Great "do it all" bike - XC, uphill, single track and light DH

Weaknesses:    Cost (although I got it cheap), Disc Brakes loosened and bolts dropped off rotor arm, crap tires(Hutchinson Scorpion) and seat and seatpost, crank flexes like plastic and creaks/groans

Bottom Line:   
Quality bike (frame, forks blah blah see below). Just junk the seat/post/tyres (I think 2003 model is now sorted).

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Onyourbike, London Bridge, London

Similar Products Used:   Previous owner of cannondale, Mongoose IBOC(Steel), Kona Cindercone

Bike Setup:   Standard except with new tyres (Spesh Ground Control & ??), Ritchey Seatpost and Ritchey Tit. Seat, Spds

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Erik a Cross Country Rider from Huntington Beach

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2003

Strengths:    Price!!!!!! Very nice ride, climbs like a mountain goat, brakes are excellent, good on the decents, Lefty fork really works well, lock out on fork is great, fairly light...

Weaknesses:    Coda parts... Seat sucks, you can feel the plastic shell popping in and out.. Deore shifters and LX front derailer does not shift like my XT/XTR on my HomeGrown..

Bottom Line:   
So far I have been very impressed with this C'dale product.. The Lefty feels awesome, plenty of travel, feels stiff, sucks up the bumps well.. The CAAD5 frame is real rigid but climbs and decends very well.. The Julie brakes have performed very well since day 1 and appear to be getting better as they break in.. Drive train functions well, just shifts are not as easy and smooth compared to XT/XTR.. If you want a great all around cross country bike, still like hardtails, and do not do alot of serious Huckster riding, this bike would be a great purchase, especially on close out at SG...

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Favorite Trail:   SJT, Luge, Noble Cyn,

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Superblow

Similar Products Used:   HomeGrown Pro, Mt. Tam, M2 Pro, S-works,

Bike Setup:   Stock at this time, new seat coming, will upgrade as parts fail.....

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dan KY from BC

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2003

Strengths:    i m having the 2000's f2000sx, v800 was sold

Bottom Line:   
i used 2 have both 2000's v800 n f2000sx, the former with super fatty D the latter with lefty DLR, both in mid-size frame, and ive measured the height between ground n BB of both bikes, THEY R THE SAME, lefty looks having a higher geom. becos it has a bigger gap between top of the tire n the bottom of BB,,,in other words, if u change 2 ultra or whatever fatty, your geom. shouldnt have any difference comparing with your recent installation of LEFTY,,,
any question, pls lemme know

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Favorite Trail:   51231674icq

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   0


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mora Luis Fernando a Cross Country Rider from San José, Costa Rica

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2003

Strengths:    Appearance, color finish, fork, weight.

Weaknesses:    I am having problems with the handle bar heigth, I think is too tall for technical climbing, I am thinking in changing the fork to an ultra fatty for a more "racing" geometry. the seat is like a rock tne continental tires really sucks, the lefty makes the bike too tall for easy climbing

Bottom Line:   
I get the felling that I dont fit in this bike. I have lowered the spander (handle bar holder) but I am willing to change the lefty to lower the handle bar height. Any suggestions???

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Ciclo Guilly

Similar Products Used:   Marin

Bike Setup:   Shimano XT shifters, and derraileur, hutchinson alligator tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Corey a Cross Country Rider from Asheville, NC

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2003

Strengths:    Climbs like a goat. Although low end, the Magura Julies have been everything they promised. Shock works well. And even with hard pounding, most of the coda stuff has stayed in place. The riser bar really makes the riding nice and upright. Hesitant at first but now I'm sold.

Weaknesses:    Mine came with coda clipless pedals, they're horrible, the worst (getting some egg beaters soon!) You get what you expect out of the coda equipment. The lefty shock creates a L/R inbalance only really noticed when you hands are off the handlebars. The Kale Green looks very much like Bianchi's signature color.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is a great hard tail. After seeing the prices of FS drop dramatically along with weight and not compromising details I was still giving hardtails a shot. I rode this one and right away knew it was the one to beat. Constantly amazed at how easy it is to climb over obstacles and just keep on going. Point and pedal. I'm not doing twenty foot jumps, but taking it downhill has been nice. I have noticed no compromise in the Mavic X223 rims they are still riding strong. I never thought I would be a cannondale owner, but now I am and I like it. I also got mine thirty percent off which shot the value rating off. I also got lucky and was stocked with the lefty ti vs the standard lefty of f800's 2002. I understand the 2003's come with this standard. The downhiller will be amazed by this hardtail's smooth ride but quite not up to par with the FS tanks that are customarily seen on the trail. The cc chaps will love the smooth ride, the upright seating, the versatility, and the ability to upgrade this bike into a really awesome ride (has same CAAD 5 frame as the top Cannondales).

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Favorite Trail:   Dupont State Forest

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1140.00

Purchased At:   roswell bikes in atlanta

Similar Products Used:   Schwinn, GT, and DB

Bike Setup:   Stock for now :-p

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ed a Weekend Warrior from Scottsdale, AZ

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2003

Strengths:    Solid ride on various terrains, great fork, looks great.

Weaknesses:    Seat, pedals.

Bottom Line:   
This is my first mountain bike and I'm pleased with it. Lefty is great, along with the bike's feel and smooth shifting. Although I can't compare the frame to any others, it seems to be quite stable and light.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   Landis

Bike Setup:   Stock except I upgraded to XTR front and rear derailers, and shifters. I also changed out my seat, for the stock model is way too uncomfortable. Egg Beater pedals were just added over the weekend.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kurt a Weekend Warrior from austin tx

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2002

Strengths:    Frame, Lefty, Disc Brakes

Weaknesses:    seat/seat post
color, but its growing on me


Bottom Line:   
This bike is great. Climbs extremely well, very light bike. The seat and seatpost have got to be changed. The post was cheap on nashbar and definitely worth it. The hydraulic brakes are a great. I havent taken it to the mountains yet but this bike has performed great on some serious trails round here. Still not sure if I like the riser handle bar. Some people complain about the $, but the frame performs and looks great. For a good hardtail your gonna have to pay, you get a lot with this bike. I havent yet seen anything to make myself second guess buying this one. Definitely worth it.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   VA bike store

Similar Products Used:   2001 f600

Bike Setup:   only added a suspension seat post.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kurt a Weekend Warrior from austin tx

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2002

Strengths:    Frame, Lefty, Disc Brakes

Weaknesses:    seat/seat post
color, but its growing on me


Bottom Line:   
This bike is great. Climbs extremely well, very light bike. The seat and seatpost have got to be changed. The post was cheap on nashbar and definitely worth it. The hydraulic brakes are a great. I havent taken it to the mountains yet but this bike has performed great on some serious trails round here. Still not sure if I like the riser handle bar. Some people complain about the $, but the frame performs and looks great. For a good hardtail your gonna have to pay, you get a lot with this bike. I havent yet seen anything to make myself second guess buying this one. Definitely worth it

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   VA bike store

Similar Products Used:   2001 f600

Bike Setup:   only added a suspension seat post.

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