Cannondale 1999 Raven 1000 SL Full Suspension Bike

1999 Raven 1000 SL

Cannondale Raven 1000 SL

User Reviews (5)

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Lauren Cohn   Racer [Dec 29, 2000]
Strength:

Black and sinister. Mean attitude. Shock Lock outs, Super V
taken to the next best level.

Weakness:

Chain line in low gears rubs the rear swing arm. Maybe
that's why it came with a 2x9 setup. Not bad, but noticable.

I've got 17 bikes. Marins, Fishers, GT's, Cannondales and a
Schwinn. RTSes, LTSes, S-20 etc. etc. I'm a semi sponsored
racer who races all over the country. Bottom line?

Whenever I want to ride into a mantra and forget everything
but the singletrack, I grab the Raven.

When I want the edge on the start line, a total black
Raven gives it to me, it looks tough.

When I think of the best all around bike that I own, it's
the Raven.

It's a little expensive, and there is the Cannondale
snob factor and other Cannondale idiosyncs, but I
deal with them as trade offs to the best bike ( IMHO )
on the planet.

Similar Products Used: Super V's, LTSes, RTSes, S-20, Marin Nail Trail.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
Nigel Bourton   Cross Country Rider [Jul 08, 2000]
Strength:

Lightweight, ultra stif for a full susser, F & R lockouts for road links & climbs, looks fantastic!

Weakness:

No riser, no pedals on UK spec (may be a strength reading other reviews)CODA hubs not well sealed and OE hutchinson mosquitos not up to the muddy/ rocky trails of South Wales

Awesome trail riding bike, hugely competent on any terrain. Can't get over how good it is on loose, steppy and steep climbs - there are lots around here and nothing has beaten it yet. It is superb on singletrack and very chuckable. No problem with the 2 ring chainring set-up - I just completed a 100k marathon with out missing the granny.
Took a while to get the setup just right on the rear shock - check out foxracing.com for set up and mtce tips. Lost the rear wheel(hub included!) very easily, the radial lacing X225 rim isn't up to hardcore rocky DH and CODA Expert hubs are fragile - bearings are u/s on the rear and front need regular greasing - next upgrade is Hope front.
Overall a great bike for trails and XC,although the longer travel option of the SX models is a must for serious DH action - beats hardtails at everything and beats Heckler for weight easily.
Sooooo much grip - it shouldn't be legal!!

Similar Products Used: Santa Cruz Heckler, Specialized FSR xc comp
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Jonathan   Cross-Country Rider [Oct 07, 1999]
Strength:

Light 24.75lb size Large
Stiff
Ability to lock front and rear
good handling

Weakness:

slightly squeky pivot
(may need to be lubed?)
Stock tires are for looks!

This bike is awesome. It is light and fast. Enough travel for me to get over drop offs and rough X-country terrain. Stock tires are very light but don't have enough traction for step sections. The frame or maybe pivot has started to get a little squeky. I think I need to regrease or something? Frame seems very stiff.
On steep climbs the rear does slightly move but it isn't bad, it actually helps me get up rough routed sections, downhill the rear is very active at keeping me in control. I was worried that only having two chain rings might hurt me on the up hills but fortunately, it hasn't yet. I usually ride fast enough not to use the granny. I highly recommend this bike. I rode a Santa Cruz Heckler on trails for about 4 hours. It is also a great bike. But it can't compete with the price/weight of the Raven. This bike only weighs 24.75 pounds!!! That is as light as many hardtails! By the way I got mine for $1935 at helen's bike shop in Santa Monica, CA
email me and tell me your story.
jwruminson@puc.edu

Similar Products Used: Specialized fsr xc
Santa Cruz Heckler
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Jo Jo   Cross-Country Rider [Sep 26, 1999]
Strength:

only 2 front chain cogs for decreased weight....or that could be a weakness....oh yeah, the frame is pretty good too.

Weakness:

Bad colors...

I just ordered this bike in, it should be in in 3 days, cant wait...ifigured id start a review string for it now.

Similar Products Used: Schwinn Mesa GSX
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Clark   [Feb 13, 2001]
Strength:

Lock out on front and rear suspension. Smooth travel. Light weight.

Weakness:

Hard to carry... try walking across a bambo bridge carrying one. Pain.

The bike rips I bought it and took it to a race in Malaysia the bike ripped I have ridden it on a variety of terrain and find it to be a great bike. The only problem is it's non conventional body which posses a problem when you need to carry it and magnifies any noises the bike makes.

Similar Products Used: Cannondale Jekyll, S-works FSR, FSR pro, GT lts, Santa Cruz super light, Outland, Marin, and Haro.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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