Cannondale F3000 SL 2003 Hardtail

4.8/5 (10 Reviews)
MSRP : $2999.99


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Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by barry layar a Weekend Warrior from cebu, philippines

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2009

Strengths:    very light frame...it is fast and you will be furios riding the bike!!!

Weaknesses:    weakness??? i dont like when its muddy, co'z the mudd will ruin the beauty of it, hehehehe...no weak!!!

Bottom Line:   
awesome frame!!! you guys must have one of this...

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Favorite Trail:   in cebu there's lot of trails...

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   only here in philipp

Similar Products Used:   first frame i have, since 2004 until now im using it...

Bike Setup:   shimano alivio group set, GTS wheel set, handle bar&seat post(amoeba scud carbon fiber)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stephanie Schlaack a Cross Country Rider from McKinney

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2004

Strengths:    Very light, agile and fast. ELO works Great, and Mavic SL wheels are very stiff. The bike sticks to the dirt like glue but is easy to lift. I love my lefty! All XTR Yea!

Weaknesses:    I miss the 2X9 on my F5000, and hated the Hutchinson scorpions that came on the bike

Bottom Line:   
The Best bike I've ever owned bar none! 2004 is the same except for the paint!

Go get one!

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Favorite Trail:   Waco Cameron Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Bicycle Heaven- San Antonio

Similar Products Used:   Raliegh M50, Cannondale F700, Cannondale F5000

Bike Setup:   Carbon Fiber Lefty ELO, Cannondale Optimo Frame, 2003 XTR Drive Train & SHifters. Mavic SL Wheels running Hutchinson Python Airlights with Stans No-Tubes System, Serfas Womans WWD Saddle, Thompson Seatpost, Easton Carbon Fiber Bars, "Supergirl" Headset MOJO!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gef a Racer from baltimore, md, usa

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2003

Strengths:    fast

Weaknesses:    not as fast on the DH

Bottom Line:   
speedy and $$$, but full XTR for that price? on an American made frame and fork

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Favorite Trail:   paved, road rules

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   trek 9.8, spec stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dan a Racer from massachusetts,usa

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2003

Strengths:    very light and fast and nimble.great power wheelie bike.seems to ride better than my caad4 frame with ultra fork.


Weaknesses:    right out of box fork was defective.wouldn't unlock.but cannondale got the fork back to me in 2 days just before 24 hour race!

Bottom Line:   
this frame seems to feel more comfortable than my older caad 4. I didn't have a hardtail for 5 weeks and had been riding my scalpel before getting this frame and lefty and normally I can feel the harshness of the ht but this new optimo rides better than the older frame.this bike is fast.don't think people realize the advantage I have over them with this lightweight bike

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Favorite Trail:   trails in lenox mass

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   caad 4 with ultra


Bike Setup:   this was a relacement frame and fork so I don't have the 03 xtr,which I don't want anyway.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Godts a Racer from Asheville, NC

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2003

Strengths:    The bike is extremely light (23 pounds with a suspention seat post), Good geometry, excellent Lefty carbon fork, light and responsive, full XTR components, Mavic crossmax SL

Weaknesses:    the tires (Hutchinson scorpion (tubless)) lose 10 PSI / day and have a very poor grip on wet condition.

Bottom Line:   
The bike is better than expected in every aspect you can imagine....Great climber, great descender and goes very well on the flat and on the jumps as well, easy to handle because of the weight and geometry.
You can ride a century without being (too) tired.

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Favorite Trail:   Bent Creek

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Motion Maker, Sylva, NC

Similar Products Used:   Many hardtails from Trek, Fisher, Specialized but none of them match the F 3000.

Bike Setup:   Full XTR, Lefty Carbon fork with ELO, Mavic Crossmax SL, Hutchinson tubless scorpion, Easton EC 70 handlebar

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tony Cipolla a Racer from Bridgeport

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2003

Strengths:    Hardtail, Lefty, new XTR,

Weaknesses:    Mavic wheelset, not Crossmaxs as spec'd. ELO is touchy, new xtr, Hutchinson tires

Bottom Line:   
Great race bike, very stiff. Hooks up and rips. Almost too stiff. Great bike for climbing races, but maybe full suspension would be better on flat, choppy courses. Lefty fork is great, Compression is very tunable. ELO ( electronic lock out) can be a pain. The button must be held down for a few seconds in order to activate. I'm still unsure of the new XTR. The shifters should have a flat spot on the bottom side of the lever as to feel more comfortable on the top of your fingers on upsfifts. Once adjusted properly, they shift very precise. Setting up the xtr calibers is alittle cheesy. Centering the caliper, you must use spacers that are easily lost. The Hutchinson tires are OK. Not the best traction for East coast riding. Climbing hills takes some getting used to as the front end sits up a little higher due to the lefty's height. Overall, I'm very happy with the bike, just have to get past some of the minor glitches.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher, Turner Stinger

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chris arsenault a Racer from canada

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2003

Strengths:    This bike climbs extremly well,it only ways 22 pounds and has the litest wheel set from mavic. There's some 2003 XTR across the border and all other components are reletively good.{The leafty is great,it has plenty of travel and the elo is fast to lock out the suspention and very precise}.The easton ec70 bars are great

Weaknesses:    The only weaknesses that I have experianced where :the reer hub was sent lous from mavic I fixed it with a simple turne of a tool that I recived with my manuel.Another weaknesse could be the batery in the elo system {its simpuly a 9 volt alkaline or ultralife batery}if the batery dies in a race and the leafty remains locked out on bumpy terain it could be hard on your uper body.Ive read that there is a little yello led light that comes one when the batery is almost dead.

Bottom Line:   
this bike is excelent for xc racing and i consider anyone experienced to purschis this bike beacaus it great.This bike is more for experianced riders becaus if you crash and brake something it could cost a lots of cash to change or repair if not on warenty.

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Favorite Trail:   any tight trails

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Smooth cycle P.E.I

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale f2000 year 2000 trek elite 9.8 cannondale 2002 f3000 ,f2000 and a duel suspention Trek fuel 100 {2002}

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F3000 ,optimo frame ,leafty carbon elo ,Mavic cross max sl disc 2003 ,XTR 2003:shifter/brake leaver,crank,derailers etc Easton ec70 bars and Thompson elite seat post.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Travis a Cross Country Rider from New Haven VT, USA

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2003

Strengths:    It climbs like a mountain goat. It is very light, around 23lbs and is very nimble and fast on the trail. The energy transfer from the pedals to the wheel is amazing.

Weaknesses:    The Hutchinson scorpion tires are not good in muddy conditions. The new shimano XRT brake shifter set could easly be destroyed in a crash because they stick out from the handle bars.

Bottom Line:   
The bike is an amazing ride if you are into fast single track or want to x-country race. This bike is not for freriding or any sort of drops.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1680.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Center

Similar Products Used:   Nothing compairs

Bike Setup:   2003 Cannondale F3000Sl

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jeff davidson a Cross Country Rider from helena,mt usa

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2003

Strengths:    00 cannondale f3000-approx.23LBS very precise handling,quick and agile,excellent bike

Weaknesses:    not much,front comes off ground on steeper climbs,probably the rider not the bike.

Bottom Line:   
excellent bike for the money,should last for some time
would recommend to any x-country enthusist,would not purchase if your a w/end warrior only.

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Favorite Trail:   single track,ridge trail in helena

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   1st bike trek,2nd bike gary fisher last bike cannondale

Bike Setup:   xtr comp.throughout,remote bar grip shift,hydralic brake sys. on the fly adjustable fatty head

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Patrick Murrah a Racer from Birmingham, AL U.S.A.

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2002

Strengths:    light, super quick and fast.

Weaknesses:    Haven't found one yet

Bottom Line:   
I was not a huge fan of Cannondales before I purchased this one. So far I am extremely pleased with every aspect of this bike. The bike climbs like a champ and it's as quick as anything I have ever ridden. The lefty tracks as well or better than any (traditional) fork that I have ridden. As for the new XTR, the best just got better in my opinion. It only took 5 or 6 miles of single track to get used to it. Definately a race bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Oak Mtn. State Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Staright from Cannondale

Similar Products Used:   lots of other hard tails

Bike Setup:   Can't get much better than the way it comes, full '03 xtr.
Waiting on the new mavic crossmax to come in.

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F3000 SL , my second bike

i bought a used F3000SL good good frame condition old XT componets on bike , but in perfect shape very low use , used from the wife of seller cheap price , i'm happy to have this second bike .... so now if my Scalpel faults in a part, i can ride another bike , during sostitution of c ... Read More »

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