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?