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Old 04-01-06, 02:00 AM   #1
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Tought desision...XTC3 v Cannondale F400...

This is my last bike vs bike thread! I'm serious this time!

I've been dead set on a Giant XTC 3 for a month, however today, my boss offered my a Candondale F400 (with disk), RRP $2100 for $1500. I can get the Giant with $230 off, so it works out that I will pay $200 more for the Cannondale.

All price aside, i need my mind made up in 2 days. I know NOTHING about Cannondales, however the F400 that i test rode was absoluley fantastic. It handeled amazingly, the geometry is fantastic. And...its LIGHT (compared to the XTC3), it really feels like a better or 'more proper' mountain bike then the XTC3...however.

I'm just a bit edgy on the forks on the Cannondales. I dont have problem with Lefty's but the F400 has a 'head tube' suspesion and it looks really weird sort of plus its only 80mm (its full air with no external rebound adjustment). I love the fork on the Giant though (Rock Shox 318 Tora Solo Air), and the Giant 'looks' better.

I have to make up my mind if i should purchase the bike on 'looks' or performence. If you were in my position, would you spend the extra $200 for the Cannondale? Also anyone ridden the F400, who can comment?

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What year did they make an XTC 3? I would go with the Giant. I dont like Cdales. I rode one for 5 months too long. It built character.
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There both 2006 models. I've never had any expereince with Cannondale before, but they seem to be appearing more and more in the race scene today.
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