Cannondale F800 2003 Hardtail

4.37/5 (19 Reviews)
MSRP : $1599.99


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ben brown a Cross Country Rider from plymouth

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2006

Strengths:    so light, the travle on the lefty is amazing, it handles realy well!

Weaknesses:    er... non so far!!!

Bottom Line:   
it is the best cristmas present EVER, me n me dad go out nearly every day now!

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Favorite Trail:   coastal path or up on dartmoor!

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   another cannondale with no suspenchion and a 2 different trecks and only on eof the above i owned


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Frank a Weekend Warrior from Toronto

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2006

Strengths:    So Light and Stiff, Lefty DLR is untouchable

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I checked around and spent two months test riding and checking. Parts are parts, but the frame and shock are here to stay.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   Sporting Life

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Epic, Gary Fisher Tass

Bike Setup:   Stock, tires may changing

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Cross Country Rider from Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2005

Strengths:    Light and versatile. Good for heavy riders.

Weaknesses:    Seat post and stock seat.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike! I'm 260lbs and this bike has served me well with little fuss. Love the Lefty - just pump in more air for stiffer ride and use the lockout all the time. Great trail tool, very responsive and the brakes are incredibly powerful.

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Favorite Trail:   Sutherland Beach

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   1100

Bike Setup:   Changed the seat, BMX pedals, extra heavy double walled rear wheel.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jimmy Funmundo a Racer from Dtown

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2005

Strengths:    junky, chain popped,

Bottom Line:   
this bike stinks, needs sissy bar and banana seat as well as forks to be converted into a chopper

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Favorite Trail:   mento

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   1850


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dwayne a Cross Country Rider from se mi

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2004

Strengths:    frame, Lefty DLR fork, grey flame paint job

Weaknesses:    rear hub, seat

Bottom Line:   
great bike. the rear hub is trash, but for the price your really paying for the frame and fork. i went from a SID to the lefty and the difference is amazing. put some good wheels on it, lighter crankset and you have the perfect trailbike. 5 steamers all the way around.

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Favorite Trail:   ridge

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   schwinn homegrown

Bike Setup:   717 disc wheels, king rear hub, woodsman lefty front, old raceface turbine cranks and rf ti bb, monkeylite bars, stock deore calipers with hayes rotors.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Philippe Auger a Cross Country Rider from Montreal, Qc, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2004

Strengths:    Very light, sprints like nothing, Lefty is awesome, I wasn't sure at first but after all the beating I gave it still works like new. The hydraulic discs are very precise and they break the same in any condition, rain, mud, etc.

Weaknesses:    The Fi'zi:k Nisene saddle is really bad, the handlebar is way too wide, had to chop 3.5", and, like everyone else it seems, the seat post needs frequest adjustments.

Bottom Line:   
This is probably the best bike in this price range I've ever seen. I was looking at the Santa Cruz, Trek and Specialized similar models but the Cannondale just has it all. I only do ~1500km/year so I'm no biking fanatic. After 1 year I didn't have to change anything on it, it works perfectly, my frame got smashed by a car (while the bike was on the rack behind my car) and it literally destroyed the other guy's hood. No dent, almost no scratch on it. Oh, and the matte silver with flames looks awesome with a black lefty. Everybody wants one now :)

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Favorite Trail:   Anywhere/Anytime

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   ABC Cycle, recommended by Cannondale

Similar Products Used:   Nothing similar, just some regular quality hardtails and my old Girvin full suspension

Bike Setup:   Stock, but switch to BMX pedals and semi-slick Michelin, more practical in the city.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by rob griffin from lincolnshire

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2004

Strengths:    superlight!!!!, frame finish

Weaknesses:    bottom bracket has developed a creak (or is it my knees?)Can't complain tho, after 1200+miles

Bottom Line:   
the first thing that strikes you about this bike is the lightness, this thing gets me up the Lincolnshire alps faster than a very fast thing indeed! Luverly,luverly seamless welding on the frame.This machine looks fast stood still, doesn't dissapoint when you chuck your leg over it either.Whishbone stays soak up a lot of the lumps and bumps off road,but hey,if you want comfort,buy an armchair you girl!!!

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Favorite Trail:   lincolnshire alps!!!

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   freetown sports, Hull

Similar Products Used:   speccy rockhopper

Bike Setup:   unchanged, apart from spds, riser bars, bar ends

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Andy Jackson a Cross Country Rider from Nottingham, UK

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2004

Strengths:    Frame, forks, overall package

Weaknesses:    Narrow bars - changed to XC X-Lite risers b4 I bought it
Seat - changed to Specialised body geometry after 1 ride
Tyres - very good but one thorn too many sent be back to my IRC methos.
Coda rear hub - bearings are pants, will upgrade to Hope XC with dt spokes ASAP!! ONLY thing to realy grumble at.


Bottom Line:   
Great bike to get in the sale - not full price!!
For the price I'd expect better hubs (that don't wear as fast).
Excellent frame & fork, which is the main thing.

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Favorite Trail:   Alpes in France - chamonix world cup course - hard!!

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Leasure Lakes in summer 2003 sale

Similar Products Used:   Specialised Rockhopper

Bike Setup:   Standard apart from above plus my old Hope mini disc brake up front - Magura faded too much in the wet!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 12Bore a Cross Country Rider from Kent, UK

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2003

Strengths:    Lightweight frame that is pretty well dialed for XC and general trail hacking. Frame finish is top draw. Headshock delivers a pretty stiff ride and adds to the 'sports car' feel of the bike. Ride doesn't seem too harsh compared to other Ali frames, and you get a decent spec' for the money. Cool looks.

Weaknesses:    Narrow flat bars - change to a decent XC riser. Rubber boot on the headshock is very delicate - got torn following an excursion into local undergrowth. Varnish on the paint job rubs off easily especially under temporary light cables. Incorrectly assembeled disk rotor needed replacement under warrenty (thanks Evans).

Bottom Line:   
If you want turbo charged performance in a light weight hard tail with a smooth ride look no further. The headshock isn't for everyone, but if you ride predominantly smooth/muddy/chalk/grit/sand trails like me its spot on. If you ride in a rocky area, jump a lot, do the freeride monster drop off thing - get rear suspension.

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Favorite Trail:   The Big 8

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   Evans

Similar Products Used:   Kona Cindercone, Cannondale Jeckyl, old Dales, Kona Pahoehoe, Trek . . . . .

Bike Setup:   Pretty much stock accepting race face 1.5" riser & SPDs

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin Calvey a Cross Country Rider from Philadelphia, PA

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2003

Strengths:    I have been very happy with the bike for the technical singletrack trails I ride. Seated and out of the saddle climbing is where this bike shines. The CAAD 5 Optimo frame is definitely one of the lightest on the market.

Weaknesses:    Disc brakes heat up and fade a bit under hard use and the saddle can get uncomfortable after a few hours of riding. I am a light rider (160 lbs) for a large bike and as other reviewers noted the seat post does slip down a bit after 10 or 15 rides.

Bottom Line:   
Although I have little to compare it to I can say that I have learned very quickly to effectively ride some pretty technical terrain on this bike due in part to it's light weight and long travel Lefty fork. When looking to purchase this bike I couldn't find anything at this price that matched the extremely high quality c'dale frame with the component mix it came with. I figured components will come and go as they brake but the frame is what you are committing to and this is one hell of a frame with a lifetime warranty!

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Favorite Trail:   Wissahickon Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1440.00

Purchased At:   Keswick Cycle in Glenside, PA

Similar Products Used:   95 Giant Iguana

Bike Setup:   Stock for now but I think it would benefit from a better saddle, faster cooling discs if you do a lot of long technical descents, and a shorter stem because at 5'10" I am a little too stretched out on my Large frame.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rob a Cross Country Rider from Sydney Australia

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2003

Strengths:    Lefty fork, Hayes Hydros all most throw you off the bike if you are not used to them at first,

Weaknesses:    None - just the minoe inconvience of the computer sensor being mounted to the rear wheel.

Bottom Line:   
Just an overall awesome machine that will take as much punishment as you can give it.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Panther Cycles


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steveo a Cross Country Rider from New Jersey, USA

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2003

Strengths:    Light, fast, quick. Cadd5 frame looks great with the gray/flames. Lefty is the best fork I've used, totally adj 100MM, all XT-no Coda, XT hyd brakes have worked very well

Weaknesses:    Richey seat post came loose every ride, replaced with Rockshok, Conti tires pickup thorns way too much, bars too wide-cut them down

Bottom Line:   
Great bike. Excellent value for a hardtail, look at the component list. Left may be the best shock made. XT disc brakes have worked flawlessly (& quiet). Very handsome bike. Lifetime warranty on the frame. Well assembled from the LBS. Went with the hardtail for the type of riding in South Jersey. Hardtail w/Rockshok post provides the same travel as the Scapel without the wt.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Team discount/LBS

Similar Products Used:   Super-V, GF Paragon, Scapel

Bike Setup:   Local racing & fun riding. Stock with changes as above.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Enrico Bracesco a Cross Country Rider from Noventa Vicentina, Italy

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2003

Strengths:    What a fast climber! The frame is really light and responsive. The fork is stiff and precise. Powerful Magura brakes. Looks pretty with the gloss white paintjob. Last but not least, the lifetime warranty of the frame...

Weaknesses:    I simply can't notice any weakness so far. I'm still looking...

Bottom Line:   
This bike is fast and rigid as I expected it to be, and every time I ride it on mountain I get excited for the outstanding lightness (if you compare it with top tier bikes you'll agree with me....). I appreciate first of all the ability to transfer the power from the crank to the ground without loosing any power. The precision of the fork is great so that you can concentrate only on riding. The bike goes great on the trail, weighs nothing and it's excellent on singletrack!

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Favorite Trail:   Asiago plateau

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Bike Setup:   XT / XTR, Trigon carbon handlebar, Cannondale Competition seatpost, Specialized Pro tyres. I'm thinking about shifting from fatty to lefty...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Simon a Weekend Warrior from Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2003

Strengths:    Stiff frame, Awsome looks, accelerates very fast, hydro brakes, LEFTY shock,light weight, everything about it is good!

Weaknesses:    faulty seat post, but not C'dale fault. Poor seat. This seat has a rise in the middle of it cutting off circulation to my fun parts. Need to change soon.

Bottom Line:   
A little expensive for the components you get but one hell of a frame and probably the best shock you can get in this price range.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Revolution Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Trek 8000, Specialized stumpjumper, C'dale F1000 woody. All test rides.

Bike Setup:   Stock except Thompson Elite seatpost, XT shifters, Hayes Hydro brakes, Shimano 545 clipless/platfrom pedals and soon to have new seat.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dolf Ottens a Cross Country Rider from Sappemeer, The Netherlands

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2003

Strengths:    Solid Frame (CAD5), Discbrakes (Louise),

Weaknesses:    pricy...

Bottom Line:   
The bike rides very stable. I got rid of the Deore shifters ride away. The half-pipes are 'Excellent'! SRAM rulez. My Time pedals moved from old bike to new one an feel very reliable. I hope the Coda Expert hubs stay good. They did run al bit more difficult at low temperatures (-9degC).
Next bike: Cannondale!!

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Favorite Trail:   Ardennes, Belgium.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1900.00

Purchased At:   Local Dealer

Similar Products Used:   F800SL from 1998.

Bike Setup:   I had a few parts replaced: Synchros saddle stem, Time Atac pedals, SRAM 9.0SL rear derailleur (white color!!) with 9.0SL shifters (half-pipe, also white color!!), DeoreXT front derailleur.

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