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Im a super newbie with a couple of questions.
My biggest problem is not knowing what type of riding I want to do.

What kind of terrain is typical of a cross country ride?
I don’t think I would be doing any jumps over 3-4ft but living in the mountains I have the opportunity to once I grow a pair. Ive had a chance to test ride both of them a few times and Im finding that the rush handles better and feels more comfortable to me.

How do the components compare between the two bikes?
What would be a better buy for me? I don’t want to break the rush.
Can I use the rush an AM or is it built more for XC?
Just getting into it what would you guys choose?

rush 5 07= 1199.99
prophet 4 08 = 1299.99
Thanks for your help
 

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here are the specs:

Rush 5


Frame Rush, 110 mm
Fork Lefty Speed Bonded DLR2, 110 mm
Rear Shock FOX Float R
Rims Mavic XM117 Disc, 32 hole
Hubs Cannondale Lefty front, Shimano M475 rear
Spokes Mach1
Tires CST Caballero, 26 x 2.1"
Pedals Wellgo Clipless
Crank FSA Alpha Drive, 22/32/44
Chain SRAM 9-speed
Rear Cogs SRAM PG-950, 11-34
Bottom Bracket TruVatiV ISIS GigaPipe SL
Front Derailleur Shimano LX
Rear Derailleur SRAM X-7
Shifters SRAM X-7 Trigger
Handlebars FSA XC-281AOS, 25 mm rise
Stem Cannondale XC3 HeadShok, 31.8 mm
Headset Cannondale HeadShok Si
Brakeset Avid Juicy 7 w/160mm rotors
Brakelevers Avid Juicy 7
Saddle Cannondale X-Country
Seat Post Cannondale Alloy
Colors Lightning White (gloss) (WHT), Charcoal Grey w/Jet Black (gloss) (GRY).

Sizes S, M, L, X
Extras Cannondale V-Tech Grip




Prophet 4


Frame Prophet, 140 mm

Fork RockShox Tora 302 Solo Air 130mm

Rear Shock Manitou Radium RL

Rims WTB Speed Disc XC, 32 hole

Hubs Shimano M475

Spokes DT Champion

Tires Maxxis ,RIDGELINE, 26X2.1"

Pedals Wellgo alloy cage w/ clip and strap

Crank Shimano FC-M4428, 22/32/44

Chain Shimano 9-speed

Rear Cogs Shimano HG50 11-32

Bottom Bracket Shimano BB-ES25 Octalink

Front Derailleur Shimano LX

Rear Derailleur SRAM X-7

Shifters Sram X-5 Trigger

Handlebars Cannondale C3, 20 mm rise

Stem Cannondale XC3 HeadShok, 31.8 mm

Headset Cannondale HeadShok Si

Brakeset Shimano BR-M485 160/160mm

Brakelevers Shimano BR-M485

Saddle Cannondale X-Country

Seat Post Cannondale Alloy

Sizes S, M, L, X

Extras Cannondale Morse Grip
 

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I'll put in a vote for the Rush for several reasons:

1. Lefty
2. You said you were more comfortable on it.
3. I ride my Rush as an "AM" bike. What I mean is I'll drop 5' without a second thought. I'm about 175 with gear , if you come in closer to 200 you might want that extra travel.

If you like the Rush better, you might also want to consider the Rize. It comes in slightly more expensive I think, but it will handle a bit better than the Prophet (supposedly).
 

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Squads, I agree with You about the Rush, I had it, now I got myself a Rize, and I would suggest neskifstad to look at the RIze. Before i got rush I tested Rush and Prophet, but Rush felt better. Now I have a Rize and feels a bit slower uphill, but downhill is a blast. First time on Rize I managed to get down this rocky trail without stping, something I didn't manage with my Rush in 2 years... My vote for Rize (even if it's not an option..maybe it should be).
 
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