Another trip to the bike shop had me looking at these bikes this time. After talking to the great people at the shop they recommended this bike to me. Well they recommended 3 total bikes to what I told them I wanted, but this bike stands out. I will do a search here shortly, but I also would like to know what you people think. In case you were wondering what the other 2 bikes were, Trek fuel EX7 and Gary Fisher Cake 4 DLX. I will test ride all these bikes before I buy one, and the price is pretty much the same, a few more for the Cannondale but not enough that it would mater to me. Thanks again for all your help in advance.