Cannondale RZ One Twenty 3 XC Full Suspension

Cannondale RZ One Twenty 3 XC Full Suspension 

DESCRIPTION

120mm of balanced front and rear travel combined with impeccably refined handling make the light, efficient RZ platform the perfect bike for long trail rides or your favorite marathon event.

  • Fork: Lefty Ultra w/DLR, 120mm
  • Rear Shock: Rock Shox Monarch 3.3
  • Rims: Sun EQ 25
  • Spokes: DT Swiss Champion
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore
  • USER REVIEWS

    Showing 1-10 of 12  
    [Mar 09, 2013]
    Gussy

    Strength:

    Fork, shox, frame ,brakes, shifters

    Weakness:

    Tyres, crankset

    When I first looked at this bike I was worried. It's not the most popular bike and had a very vast verity of specs. But i was wrong. This bike is great big wow! Suspension work in sync, the frames amazing, handles awesome on berms and technical trails.whats not to like. Well something's. the Kenda tyres tend to slip a lot on rocks and loose ground, most of the times u hav 2 skid around those tight corners. The crankset on mine was for a 9 speed when the shimano shifter were 4 a 10 speed. Those 2 things can be changed (which I did) and now is a awesome XC/Trail bike that luvs to climb and luvs to decend.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    [Dec 03, 2012]
    GiantTranceX2

    Strength:

    Forks,Sock

    Weakness:

    Everything else

    Not a recommendable bike

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    [Jul 16, 2012]
    Jim
    Weekend Warrior

    Strength:

    Great frame, geometry, components that behave, grips, brakes, wheels & tires, front forks

    Weakness:

    Little hefty, dust squeal on the fr break, platform pedals

    This for me was a return to a dual suspension bike after a 6 year hiatus. I was looking to get another Giant, but the inventory was not good for the XL sizes. This RZ 120 3 was supposedly the last one in the Illinois warehouse, and other reviews here convinced me it was a good bet.
    This bike is a wowzer. It looks good and gets a lot of comments, and it runs very sturdy. There is some flex creak coming from somewhere that I will chase down. I have less than 100 miles on it so far, and the only beef is the high-pitched UFO sound coming from the front brake when you're in the top ring in high gear - in other words, maximum street speed. It doesn't seem to be binding and a touch of the lever makes it go away for a few seconds. Annoying, but not destroying, the experience.
    I do river trails full of ruts and roots, and the RZ dances over them with aplomb. The geometry is exceptional - i should have wrecked a few times by now but the bike tends to figure out its own turns and is very forgiving for bad lanes through the rough.
    You can really stand up and crank on this bike - it will reach high speeds over really rough footing if you're on the flat or on a down slope. It does take some extra umph to get the thing at speed. I haven't weighed it, but others guessed that it is close to 30 lbs and it feels like it.
    This bike was the 2012 version that has Rock Shox, not the Lefty, up front, and they work fine. The breaking is good and not grabby, but will clamp down fast if you need it. Seat is surprisingly good, and the shifters are the most right-on of any bike I've ridden, hitting gears faithfully from any of the chain rings.
    I got a decent price - $1600 out the door - and it still feels like an excellent deal for a solid frame and good components on a full suspension with disks. Match that with a really attractive design, and it's hard to beat.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    [Jun 04, 2012]
    Stumpjumpy
    Cross Country Rider

    Strength:

    Super rigid platform in terms of the Lefty fork and stiff frame. Makes for a very precise great-handling bike. The bike is extremely versatile - can be set-up like an XC race bike or an all-mountain bike and is very capable of going up and coming down.
    Lefty fork is best 120mm in the biz: rigid, lightweight and plush. Lefy maintenance/reliability issues are urban myth. Bearing reset is only a 3 min. affair.
    The bike looks like a million bucks. Even non-bike people stop and look.

    Weakness:

    Price. I got mine at a significant discount - otherwise would not have pulled the trigger. But when you factor in the Lefty fork, you are kinda getting what you pay for here. The rear suspension pivot bearings are lame and die in as little as 6 months. Luckily, heavy duty aftermarket replacements are readily available for cheap and last MUCH longer.

    This is a review of an '11 RZ 120-2. Once set-up properly, the bike flat-out hauls arse! Up or down. Get the sag and reboud right, and the cockpit right (a flat wide bar for me), and put some correct rubbers on the rims for your area. The thing hooks-up on the nastiest techy climbs and bombs the gnarliest decents with reckless abandon. Lock-out the shock/fork and she pedals w/ hard tail like efficiency on flat smooth ground. I have mine set-up like a stouter/plusher Scalpel. Super percise/accurate in the corners, and climbs like its nobody's biz, but can effortlessly soak up and take a lot of abuse when coming down at speed. A great "do it all" bike that's precise yet plush, fast yet comfortable and durable. Great bike.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    [May 05, 2012]
    Ilija
    All Mountain Rider

    Strength:

    Bike balance and handling, components, Instant rideability, climbing*

    Weakness:

    weight and tires.

    It was time to upgrade from my beloved Gary Fisher 26" hardtail (10+ yrs old) and I was looking at 29" hardtails and 26" all mountain bikes (full suspension short travel). I enjoy being the first up climbs and thought of myself as more of an XC rider who enjoys trail features. The shortlist was Giant Trance X4, Trek Fuel EX5, Kona Tanuki Deluxe, Scott Spark 60, GF X-Caliber, Specialized SJ HT 29r, Carve 29r. I found last years model Rize (2011) wallowing at my LBS with a great price tag on it. This bike was not on my short list due to lukewarm reviews and higher end cost.
    I put a hold on the bike and went home to sleep it over (and check out the last bike on the list). To my dismay Giant has no stores in CT that had a Large or XL frame for me to try, very disappointing after learning it won MBRs 2011 trail bike award. Not unhappily I went back to buy the cannondale.
    This bike was equipped with x7 shifters, x9 derailer, shimano crank, elixer 3 hydraulics, rockshox recon tk silver front and xfusion 120 mil rear, mavic 317 wheelset w kenda slant 6 tires. I took off the reflectors and stock metal platform pedals replacing with my spd clipless. Finally! we went straight to one of our local stomps, Tyler Mill, to see what kind of mess this bike could handle.

    The Rize is a well balanced machine. VERY competent descender, fantastic handling in tight single track, and the components work well together. I was expecting more slug while ascending, and while the rear sag was noticeable it did not really impede my climbing. I found the bike to be very balanced in fast corners and enjoyed the full sus immensely. There is a double drop on a tech downhill that I felt capable of handling (a first), and hit almost 90% sag on landing. very smooth transition from pedalling efficiency to big hit handling. Bike is stable as a house. does very well on narrow park features (teeter totter great success!)
    That being said, its heavy. Not pull your back out heavy, but noticeable on climbs. And the Kenda Slant 6 would not have been my first choice for the terrain up here in CT after having so much success on kinetics and nevgals.
    Overall I was very pleased with this bike. The Rize 120-3 is an elegant machine with pleasing aesthetics. I went straight from the shop to the trail with no issues. We did 13 miles of dirt mud and water up and down over and under with no complaints from the bike and no more fatigue from the rider than what was expected. I may never go back to a hardtail.

    Similar Products Used:

    Bikes tested: Specialized Camber Elite, Kona HeiHei 29, Raleigh Talus 4, GF Xcal, Cannondale Trail SL3

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    [Apr 26, 2012]
    mudgirl
    Cross Country Rider

    Strength:

    This bike is solid. Great suspension, really soaks up the bumps, and, maybe this is shallow, but it's got a really sweet paint scheme on it. I get compliments on it ALL THE TIME!

    Weakness:

    Seems heavy, even after replacing the wheel set.

    My bike is the "Feminine" version, so the components and fork/rear shock are different, which I'll outline below.

    I took a huge leap of faith and bought this bike without test riding it, first. My LBS owner knew I was looking to upgrade to a FS from my entry-level HT Rockhopper that I'd been beating the heck out of for 5 years, and when he got a notice from Cannondale that this bike was on closeout from their warehouse, he called me right up and we ordered it after much deliberation. I was SO pleased when the bike came in and they built it up for me, as it was BEAUTIFUL, and not only that, but performed wonderfully out on the trails. I immediately felt more confident on this bike, as it soaked up former scary obstacles like they were mere blips on the trail. The BB is nice and high, so I can clear logovers with no problems. The bike is super responsive, well-balanced, and navigates down tight, twisty singletrack easily.

    I'd recommend this for XC trail riders who like their terrain on the aggressive side, who like to tackle logovers and rock gardens, but still have a lot of climbs to hoof to get to their sweet, rippin' downhills. I only give it 3 chilis for value b/c the equivalent men's version has much nicer components. Overall, the bike is solid, and I have no complaints about its performance. The only complaint I do have about it is that the standover is quite high on it. I just barely clear the top tube, but I see that the 2012 version of this bike, the Lexi, has a shorter standover on it, so it seems they've addressed that. I swapped out the stock wheel set and Kenda Nevegal tires with Stan's Arches and Schwalbe Nobby Nics tires about a month ago, and I can feel a huge improvement in speed and "light footed-ness." It climbs almost as well as my 29er now.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    [Sep 14, 2011]
    raaen
    Cross Country Rider

    Strength:

    An overall joy to ride. I have not found terrain it cannot handle. The limiting factor is the bio mass between the hb and saddle.

    Weakness:

    Came with Candy pedals. It seems a bit heavy at 29.5 lbs

    A nice bike except the fork still looks funky to me!

    Similar Products Used:

    Old gt hard tail.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    [Aug 04, 2011]
    Bgreer
    Weekend Warrior

    Strength:

    Lefty Fork, Makes it easy to bounce over roots when climbing tech. singletrack

    Weakness:

    Front Derailer, Wheelsets, rear derailer

    Cannondale tried to make it right at the begining by giving me a new rear wheel,new front derailer,etc....but the bottom line is almost every time I ride it something isn't right and needs replaced. I know that stuff brakes, but really....every ride!!!!! Cannondale refused to call it a, "Lemon" when I asked for a trade in, or my $$$$ back after only having the bike 3 months and had to replace almost everything. I WILL NEVER BY CANNONDALE AGAIN. I can't wait to get rid of this thing at the end of the season!

    Similar Products Used:

    07 Stumpy comp (0oohh how I miss her)

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    [Aug 30, 2010]
    Bryan
    Weekend Warrior

    Strength:

    This bike is a 2010 bike through and through, unlikely to look dated as cannondale don't alter things all the time just get it right first time. Supple suspension which stiffens as you pedal down, sram gearing which is superior in my opinion, lightweight and excellent climber yet chuckable too. A confidence inspiring ride

    Weakness:

    Stem too long and bars too thin unless you're a racer, Schwalbe Rocket ron's might be fast but not mud friendly, should have lock on grips as standard really, 1800 pound bikes should have sealed bearing hubs surely

    The difference betwen this and the award winning, 2005 Scott Genius MC50 highlights the advancements that have been made in such a short time. This bike is stiffer, racier, lighter, the parts are superior (might cost more but prices have gone up) except for the hubs, though functionally they're similar anyway. Definitely could do with a shorter stem and some bigger bars as it's stretched and this would make it a better trail centre tamer as opposed to racer. It's a bike for life though and people who don't replace every year should look here, just upgrade as you feel as the frame is worth it and you'll have a top quality steed.

    Similar Products Used:

    Scott genius MC50 2005

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    [Aug 11, 2010]
    Esteban Quiros
    Cross Country Rider

    Strength:

    Great strong bike for climbs, like my old cannondales gets the job done (Scapel& Rush)

    Weakness:

    Crank had to be updated to FSA afterburner also braves and shifters all replaced to X-9 scram.Seatand handle bar were replaced to carbon bontrager handle bar and easton seatpost.

    Great all around bike , if you are a MTB rider looking for the a great bike with the basic setup.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
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