Cannondale F4 XC Hardtail

DESCRIPTION

  • Frame: Furio-X
  • Fork: HeadShok Super Fatty Ultra DL, 80 mm
  • Rims: Sun Black Eye Disc, 32 hole
  • Hubs: Shimano M475
  • Spokes: Mach1
  • Tires: CST Caballero, 26 x 2.1"
  • Pedals: Wellgo alloy cage w/clip and strap
  • Crank: TruVatiV ISOflow, 22/32/44
  • Chain: SRAM 9-speed
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB-UN26
  • Handlebars: Cannondale C3, 20 mm rise
  • Stem: Cannondale XC3 HeadShok, 31.8 mm
  • Seat Post: Cannondale C4 Alloy

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 23, 2013]
j thompson

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

the cannondale f4 is solid . never let me down yet . great for going up hills . effortless. good balance . fat tube absolutely brilliant

Weakness:

cant really fault the bike . it is medium and i am 6 ft2 in.

overall an absolute bargain at 900 pound second hand . if i was to recommend a bike for all terrain it wiould be the cannondale

[Nov 15, 2011]
jonnyjokerhead
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

nice hardtail for cheap

Weakness:

headshock maintenance

good bike for the price, i use it for road trips only. that being said nice to have a lock out front shock and light frame. upgrade the components though

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s-works m4

[Oct 14, 2010]
k8n
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great frame, fast bike, great climber, love the air shock front suspenssion and the hydrolic brakes.

Weakness:

Just needed to put my clipless peddles on and add a chainstay guard.

I love this bike! I have had it less than a month and I have been out on the trails in two states, in three parks and plan on getting out again on it tomorrow and Sunday.

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Trek 6000

[Aug 17, 2010]
Inventions
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Speed, weight, frame quality, decentish components for the price (at time of purchase). Decent enough finish and colour schemes.

Weakness:

Comfort/riding position could be a little aggressive for some (lends itself more to a racing position), front fork and tyres aren't great, noisy/rubbing brakes can be a pain to adjust but generally effective.

Not much said about this bike on the web so here's my two cents. Bought the 2009 model F4Z (same as an F4 except with a regular fork instead of the 80mm Headshok) as soon as it hit my LBS. About 18 months on and still happy with it.

I wanted a general purpose machine for entry-level MTBing (mostly XC/trail centre stuff), commuting and light touring as well. I'm happy to say it has handled all of the above. It has the mounts for panniers and a decent spec in comparison to other bikes on offer at the time. The fork with lockout was a good feature too.

Ride-wise it is very nimble and fast and I've found it a joy to blast along singletrack, but the 100mm fork isn't much good for DH (though it copes OK with things like the Glentress red route). On the road it's reassuringly steady and quick. With some effort I've been able to keep up with my friends on tourers/roadies most of the time (with slicks fitted), but don't expect a comfortable ride over long distances, the riding position takes some getting used to, you also may want to swap out for a shorter stem if you're feeling stretched.

The bike is fairly lightweight for the price, weighing in at about 27.5lbs (12.5kg). You could shave some of that off with upgrades. Due to that and the SRAM x7/x9 setup it climbs really well. Once it gets rolling it just doesn't want to slow down but the Juicy 3s do a reasonable job of taming it.

An added bonus is the quality of the Caffeine frame which is hand-built in the USA (if you believe the tag) and is also lifetime guaranteed by Cannondale. Not had any problems with creaking/rattling.

Issues-wise, others seem to have had a trouble with the Headshok, all I can say is I've had no problems with the 100mm Tora fork, though an upgrade is on the cards. The Juicy 3s have performed well but squeak like hell and seem to like to rub a lot so be prepared for that. Other than a couple of adjustment issues and a cable being shorn, the shifters have been fine.

Generally the bike has done what I needed it to and I'd recommend it for anyone wanting a decent fast hardtail.

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First 'proper' bike.

[May 19, 2010]
Mike
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Bike tracks very well - seems that all power goes directly into forward motion. Of all the bikes I've had this might be my favorite...

Weakness:

HeadShok seals. Although last year the bike was ridden all of 3 times if I am lucky, the HeadShok needed to be serviced twice. Shop told me it was covered under warranty. This year before the first ride I could tell all the oil had leaked out of the cartridge AGAIN. Shop said it would be covered under warranty as it was only half a year since it was last fixed and the warranty had been re-extended after th elast service. Unfortunately the shop had never sent it to Cannondale for the fix and did it in house (wrong twice I guess) so I got a rebuild bill from Cannondale for $192. $60/hr of labor times 3 hours plus tax. Shop is arguing the bill with me currently....

Great bike if the Cannondale HeadShok rebuild resolves my fork issue. If I have to drop almost $200 a year to service that fork I'm not goign to be a happy customer about it.

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[May 06, 2010]
Farevalo
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Very responsive and light. Great bike for steep hills.

Weakness:

Saddle could be upgraded, a bit unconfortable for long rides.

Grrreat bike for the price paid. US made baby!

[Apr 17, 2010]
mecca
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Weakness:

The tires on it are horrible, kenda everglads, i had the bike for 1 day and popped both tires in the woods on a crazy trail w/ thorns...since then i purchased new tires and have not had 1 flat tire.

This bike is amazing, super lightweigth, great shocks, amazing derealier it is just fabulous...You could take this bike right out of the box and race it....I love it....the only problem is the tires that the bike comes w/.There called kenda everglads and they have the thinnest headwall i have ever seen on a tire, i am a small and light and i got flats the first night i had it from thorns...But this bike is a worth while investment :)

[Mar 29, 2010]
campy cino
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

lightness

Weakness:

the F4 frame sucks: while riding with no hands, the steerer tube starts to vibrate, probably owing to the poor quality tubes ( that are NOT Alcoa)...

once again, this frame sucks...Definitely, it's not cannondale.

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[Nov 01, 2009]
jcolef4z
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

gearing is fast and reliable, the suspension is great. the other strength is the price, you get rockshox, sram, and fisic on such a cheap bike. i also love the tyres

Weakness:

the grips are too slippery for my liking.

i recommend this bike to anyone who wants a great bike that is cheap and realiable. it is ready to race and is very very fast. if you are looking for a fast cheap realiable bike this should be your first choice. the custemer service at berettas bike hub in geelong, australia was exellent. i recommened them and the bike.

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[Oct 01, 2009]
darren1970
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

good bang for buck

Weakness:

none

a good bike for single track and have done some technical routes it took a while to get set up properly hence changing the stem all the componennts are good quality have tried various tyres went up to 2.4 mountain kings but have gone back to hutchi pythons the bike did a good job of getting me hooked have moved onto an anthem 1 so use the f4 as a spare

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