I'm not trying to make light of your near accident but that all sounds really odd....I can't speak for the BMC - never ridden one - but I picked up the Flash 3 a month ago. STAY AWAY. The KMC chain, FSA crank/gears, and Sram derailleur do not play well together, and chain suck is common. Even if that was a non issue, the frame is limp as a noodle. A car pulled out in front of me, and I grabbed the brakes pretty hard. The frame started flexing at the head tube, then springing back like a jackhammer. HARD. I came close to coming off the bike, and ended up running into a bush instead of hitting the car.
I had the LBS talk to the Cannondale rep about it, and he said that is normal for a 29" carbon frame. NORMAL? I got a FELT Nine Elite to replace the Cannondale. It is a 29" carbon frame, designed as a XC rig, and it is solid as a rock! The only way that is normal is if you have an incompetent designer working for you.
Go with anything but Cannondale. There is no way I would trust my life to that thing, and the attitude I got from the company rep was horrible. He basically said that it was my fault for even thinking that Cannondale may not be perfect.
I was very surprised myself. Not just at the frame flex, but at the reaction from the Cannondale representitive. The frame I can understand up to a point. Either bad design, or a bad frame. (For your sake, I hope it was just that one frame!) Those problems can happen to any manufacturer, and if they had been willing to make it right, I wouldn't hold it against them. What I CANNOT forgive is the attitude I got. There is no excuse for a high end company like Cannondale to do that. None. I'm writing the whole thing off as a $3200 loss, because they won't refund it, and I really don't want to kill someone else by selling it.I'm not trying to make light of your near accident but that all sounds really odd....
Something is not right there...I have that same frame and the front end is as stiff as anything with the lefty, opi stem and niner carbon bars - my Orange 5 feels floppy in comparrison and that's a VERY solid ali frame.