Cannondale F800 2003 Hardtail

Cannondale F800 2003 Hardtail 

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[Aug 26, 2003]
Kevin Calvey
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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.

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!

Similar Products Used:

95 Giant Iguana

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 05, 2003]
Steveo
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used:

Super-V, GF Paragon, Scapel

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 28, 2003]
Enrico Bracesco
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

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...

Weakness:

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

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!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 20, 2006]
ben brown
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

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

Weakness:

er... non so far!!!

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

Similar Products Used:

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

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 07, 2002]
tim

Strength:

frame, fork, mix of components

Weakness:

none so far

don't need to praise the frame and the fork any more, since it's a well known fact that these are cannondale's strengths. this bike even comes with a great mix of components that seems to be well thought through and makes the bike ready to have fun out of the box. contrary to most bike setups even the saddle is good and doesn't need to be upgraded. i am aware that some brands offer xtr-stuff at this price-level though i think much for fetish reasons rather than actual performance. this is a very good hardtail that is not exactly inexpensive but offers good value. i'd buy it again.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 12, 2003]
Simon
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

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.

Similar Products Used:

Trek 8000, Specialized stumpjumper, C'dale F1000 woody. All test rides.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 10, 2003]
Dolf Ottens
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Solid Frame (CAD5), Discbrakes (Louise),

Weakness:

pricy...

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!!

Similar Products Used:

F800SL from 1998.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 23, 2006]
Frank
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

So Light and Stiff, Lefty DLR is untouchable

Weakness:

None

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

Similar Products Used:

Specialized Epic, Gary Fisher Tass

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 04, 2003]
marty edge
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

lightweight frame and fork, the plushness of the lefty suspension. Amazing!!

Weakness:

no weakness....

Cannondale is the best!!!

I've been riding Cannondales for 13 years now, this is my second one. I've never had any trouble with any of them, only wear and tear!

The F800 for the price comes with everything, CAD5 racing frame, disc brakes and an excellent array of coda expert shimano components.

I don't race, but I ride the hell out of it! Hands down this is the best bike out there.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 20, 2003]
12Bore
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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).

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.

Similar Products Used:

Kona Cindercone, Cannondale Jeckyl, old Dales, Kona Pahoehoe, Trek . . . . .

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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