I have a Cannondale itch I want to scratch. Is it worth it.
I’ve never owned a Cannondale and always wanted one. I’m thinking about one of the FSi hardtails with a lefty.
Does anyone on here have any real experience with them? Riding wise it will be ridden mostly on south eastern trails (Thetford/Bedgbury/Swinley for examples) with 3 or 4 trips to lakes each year.
Is there any reason not too?Posted 2 years ago
I’ve had them in the past, before the full suss boom really took off, couple of hard tails then a orange coloured one that snapped a few times, They all seemed to do this and were affectionately knows as snap and fail, and that’s kinda stuck, I wouldn’t personally purchase one but there are those that love em,Posted 2 years agohairybiker84Member
I bought a secondhand one and the lefty gave up. 5 years old but no bits available to rebuild it so effectively scrap. Wasn’t impressed. Had an m1000 and a few road bikes without any problems. Definitely wouldn’t have another lefty unless it was just for posing down the pub!Posted 2 years agoIdleJonSubscriber
xyeti – Member
I’ve had them in the past, before the full suss boom really took off, couple of hard tails then a orange coloured one that snapped a few times, They all seemed to do this and were affectionately knows as snap and fail, and that’s kinda stuck, I wouldn’t personally purchase one but there are those that love em,
How many years ago was this?
In the last fifteen years I’ve owned two road, one HT, one FS and one CX Cannondale. None of them snapped. Neither have any of the ones owned by friends or family. The ‘crack’n’fail’ description was old when I first started riding MTBs twenty years ago. 🙄
For the OP – I really enjoyed my FS Rush. Really nice. The hardtail I had, I wasn’t too bothered about. Not sure why – maybe the headshock? And the CAAD4 road bike was one of the best road bikes I’ve ever ridden and that’s a good description of my current CAADX. So…on the whole good but I haven’t ridden any of the current hardtails.Posted 2 years agor8jimbob88Member
I’ve got a 2015 FSi Carbon 2. Awesome bike, fast as hell, well built. My friend just spent a small fortune on their 2016 “Team” version.
Really depends on what riding you do. On long rides, I’d much rather take my steel 45650b for comfort. The FSi is solely used for XC racing. It’s fast, seriously fastPosted 2 years agobensalesMember
I bought a Cannondale SuperX CX bike last year. It’s awesome and a shame I didn’t get to race any CX due to injury this season. Will definitely use it properly next year.
I’d have bought an XC race bike too, but they didn’t seem to do anything equivalent to the Spesh Epic or Trek Top Fuel, so Specialized got my money.Posted 2 years agojohnnystormSubscriber
jaylittle – Member
I jumped on the trigger bandwagon whilst pauls cycles were doing the deals. Had an issue and cannondale uk were not interested in the slightest. Bought a replacement frame but very much doubt i’ll purchase another cannondale again.
A bit unfair, the issue being you crashed it and bent the frame! 😕Posted 2 years agoesher shoreMember
I have my first Cannondale – a Super Six Evo road bike – and very nice it is too
I have little faith in any kind of warranty being honoured if needed, bearing in mind Cannondale UK’s reputation, and the retailer being Evans, but it was only £1000 on sale so I’m not too bothered!
the new Cannondale gravel bike with the lefty looks awesome, i don’t need one, but would like one 🙂Posted 2 years agoamediasSubscriber
then a orange coloured one that snapped a few times, They all seemed to do this and were affectionately knows as snap and fail, and that’s kinda stuck
nothing like letting an experience from 20 years ago colour your advice to someone now eh? 😉
every manufacturer has had it’s ups and downs, the crack ‘n fail days are well behind them, I promise 🙂Posted 2 years agoRustyNissanPrairieMember
I have three Cannondales
An enduro-ised Prophet which was/is a brilliant frame and a total riot to ride, long low and slack (ish) – way ahead of its time design wise.
A Trail 29er SS, good priced winter single speed, love riding it and listening to my mate grind away his expensive Sram 11speed.
A Pauls cycles Jekyll, bargain priced and the replacement for the Prophet I was looking for.
I wished I bought a Cannondale CX/commuter instead of the brand I went with.
Cannondale do large (XL) sized frames really well and despite not overly coverting a Cannondale I seem to have ended up with 3 as they fit me really well size wise.Posted 2 years ago
Idlejohn, The last one was about 2004 i think? Maybe a year earlier, I’ve not touched another. it was a Gemini? First crack appeared on side of top tube where top and down tube met, This was replaced with the same colour a fire Orange?
A few Months later the rear swingarm Cracked on the drive side where the pivot was, I got that warrantied but got a black swing arm not orange with the flames on…….. Not too bad, then the swingarm went again this time i got a red one. Eventually Leisure Lakes took the whole lot back and i got a Santa Cruz Bullit. The Cannondales of that Era were well known for it. I used to ride at Innerleithen on the Old red Bull DH track and there were a few mates who had problems with cracked frames again mainly around the head tube. Same at Hamsterley and Wharncliffe Woods. Mine cracked so it put me off, I’ve had Santa Cruz since and none of which have cracked so i’m happy with that. I’m just giving my experience, They may make the best bikes in the Industry but “Me” personally, I wouldnt buy another.Posted 2 years ago
amedias, If you are happy to buy from a Manufacturer with a poor track record then that’s fine, But dont make this another Bagies V Lycra or Pack and bottle debate, If i bought a bottle with a hole in the bottom it would be no good, Just because 10 – 12 years later they still make bottles i wouldnt buy one because i’d learnt previously that they were shit AND i got fobbed off and off because the Importer couldn’t or wouldn’t replace one part of a frame with another of a completely different colour. Until they stopped manufacturing the frame then when both parts failed they had no choice. I seem to remeber one of the team riders frame snapped on his production bike, Might have been Cedric Garcia? I dunno i cant remember.
But, Experience has proved that i should learn and move on.Posted 2 years agogrtdkadSubscriber
I bought an ex-demo ‘dale Flash last spring, love it. It has become my go-to bike, well put together and it goes like stink! The lefty fork is superb, possibly more effective than the SID WC that I have on another HT here.
Definitely recommend. I will be buying another.Posted 2 years agofatmaxSubscriber
My R600 road bike (2003 model) was very / too stiff but was ok. When it cracked a couple of years ago, Cannondale offered a free replacement frame if I could prove proof of purchase or a much reduced frame when I could.Posted 2 years ago
Also had a F1000 hardtail (Headshok) from 2003 that was ace. Gave it to my bro and would still have it back. Would love a 29er version of it.flattyreMember
I also have 2015 fsi carbon 2 and would echo comments above. Amazing bike, fast but with trail bike like handling. But I wouldn’t take it on long rides either as frame too stiff…
Had a few minor issues with mine and they were sorted, albeit a bit slowly. This was from triton cycles who I would happily recommend.
The lefty forks are a bit of a pain if you have to take wheel off to put bike in the car…Posted 2 years agolovegoinguphillsMember
I have been riding Cannondale Flash Hi-mod lefty for 2 years now. I am a road cyclist and use this for a lot of my winter training. It is very light and very fast and the fork is superb, the design of the Lefty fork is very impressive. When I do go off road riding hardpack trails and byways equally as good, the feel of the front fork is sublime and very smooth.Posted 2 years agopeccuMember
Ridden cannondales for 15 years, always with lefty, historical had F2000 h/t lefty ELO, 2004 Jekyll with leftymax, prophet with carbon leftymax. Been riding a trigger1 29er lefty supermax up until getting a fatcaad1 lefty olaf, trigger hasn’t been out since 🙂
Never any issues with any of them except for normal wear and tear.
Posted 2 years agoteadrinkerSubscriber
Thanks for the responses guys,
quite liking the look of this one for general xc riding duties but would be concerned about it being to harsh.
General rides are 2 hours, nothing too gnarly with longer days out at Thetford/Bedgbury and sometimes Swinley and Woburn. And then a few times a year I’ll be out in the Lakes/Pennines.
Any thoughts on that one at all will be much appreciated.Posted 2 years ago
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