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Talking with LBS, I am being told the F7 frame (CO2 Alloy 1 1/8", per Cannondale specs) is built and assembled overseas and is a "hair" smaller in tube diameters than the F6 thru F4 frames (CO2 SL Alloy HeadShok Frame, per Cannondale specs), which I am told are built and assembled in the USA.

I am considering the F5 and F7 Disc, both of which have mechanical discs, subtle component differents. I am mainly going for the C'Dale for the foundation though (ie. the frame) My question is it worth the extra money to get the US-built, larger-diameter F5 frame (CO2 SL Alloy HeadShok Frame)?

I realize this is a very subjective question, but would like to different perspectives. Perhaps some one with experience on both.

Oh, BTW hello all. . .just stumbled onto mtbr.com and very excited. Trail reviews, local group, etc. . . look forward to my stay here. ;)
 

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BryanPendleton said:
Talking with LBS, I am being told the F7 frame (CO2 Alloy 1 1/8", per Cannondale specs) is built and assembled overseas and is a "hair" smaller in tube diameters than the F6 thru F4 frames (CO2 SL Alloy HeadShok Frame, per Cannondale specs), which I am told are built and assembled in the USA.

I am considering the F5 and F7 Disc, both of which have mechanical discs, subtle component differents. I am mainly going for the C'Dale for the foundation though (ie. the frame) My question is it worth the extra money to get the US-built, larger-diameter F5 frame (CO2 SL Alloy HeadShok Frame)?

I realize this is a very subjective question, but would like to different perspectives. Perhaps some one with experience on both.

Oh, BTW hello all. . .just stumbled onto mtbr.com and very excited. Trail reviews, local group, etc. . . look forward to my stay here. ;)[/QUOTE

Assuming you are talking about the 08 models, your LBS gave you false information.
The 08 F7 to F4 are not made in the US.
 

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Just to clarify:
2007: F4 and F5 Both made in USA
2008: F4, F5, F6, F7 all made in Taiwan.
2008: F1, F2, F3 all made in USA

When in doubt, the Made in USA ones have big "handmade in usa" stickers all over them. The Taiwanese ones have extra Cannondale stickers instead.

Either way, I'd go with the F5 to get better shock. That will be expensive to upgrade later and you'll always have headshock/lefty compatibility.
 

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Hi Bryan

The "Headshok" term is in reference to the patented fork that Cannondale put on the F4/F3/F2 Feminine.

It requires a 1.5" diameter headtube (which is why the tube is larger on the F6/F5/F4/F3/F2/FTeam) and can also be replaced by a Cannondale 'Lefty" fork with minimal alteration to the frame itself.

The F6/F5 are equipped with RockShox Dart forks which use a 1 1/8" steerer tube and a "headset reducer kit" that allows those forks to be inserted into a 1.5" headtube.

The F7/F7 Disc is the only Cannondale mountainbike that uses a 1 1/8" headtube and is unable to accomodate either a Headshok fork or a Lefty. If the choice was mine, I'd buy the F5 as you have the later option of upgrading to either of those 1.5" specific forks mentioned.

Hope that helps some!
 
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