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    Specialized vs Cannondale

    I am looking to buy a new bike, either a Rockhopper Disc or a F5. I mostly do trail riding with no crazy jumps. I rode both bikes today and am on the fence. Could someone give me some direction?

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    If they both feel good, weigh the same, are spec'd similarly, and cost the same, I'd go with whichever has the longest warranty.

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    I would probably buy the Cannondale with those two choices. List the component packages for the two bikes here

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    Specs

    [B]Cannondale F5[/B]

    Frame & Fork
    Frame Construction TIG-welded
    Frame Tubing Material Co2 SL Alloy
    Fork Brand & Model RockShox Dart 3 w/lockout, 100mm travel
    Fork Material Single
    Rear Shock Not applicable

    Components
    Component Group SRAM X 5 mix
    Brakeset Avid BB 5 Mechanical brakes, Cannondale XC levers
    Shift Levers SRAM X.5 Trigger
    Front Derailleur SRAM X.7
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X.5
    Crankset FSA CK-360TTT, 22/32/44 teeth
    Pedals Wellgo Alloy Platform
    Bottom Bracket FSA TH-7420ST
    BB Shell Width Unspecified
    Rear Cogs 9-speed, 11 - 34 teeth
    Chain KMC 9-speed
    Seatpost Kalloy SP-359, 27.2mm diameter
    Saddle Cannondale Co2
    Handlebar Cannondale C3 Riser
    Handlebar Extensions Not included
    Handlebar Stem Cannondale XC3
    Headset Cannondale Converter

    Wheels
    Hubs Front: Formula DC20, Rear: Formula DC22
    Rims Jalco X-320 Disc, 32-hole
    Tires 26 x 2.10" Kenda Nevegal
    Spoke Brand Stainless
    Spoke Nipples Unspecified


    Rockhopper Comp

    Frame Construction TIG-welded
    Frame Tubing Material Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum
    Fork Brand & Model RockShox Dart 3 SL, 100mm travel
    Fork Material Aluminum/chromoly, single crown
    Rear Shock Not applicable

    Components
    Component Group SRAM Mix
    Brakeset Avid BB5 w/160mm rotor brakes, Avid FR-5 levers
    Shift Levers SRAM X.4 trigger
    Front Derailleur Shimano Altus
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X.5 medium cage
    Crankset Shimano FC-M36108, 22/32/42 teeth
    Pedals Steel cage, plastic body
    Bottom Bracket Shimano BB-ES25, 118mm spindle
    BB Shell Width 68mm
    Rear Cogs 8-speed, 11 - 32 teeth
    Chain KMC X8
    Seatpost Specialized alloy two bolt, micro adjust, 30.9mm diameter
    Saddle Specialized XC Body Geometry
    Handlebar Specialized low riser
    Handlebar Extensions Not included
    Handlebar Stem Specialized 3D, 31.8mm
    Headset 1 1/8" Specialized loose ball

    Wheels
    Hubs Front: Specialized Hi Lo disc, Rear: Specialized forged alloy
    Rims Specialized RHD, 28-hole/32-hole
    Tires 26 x 2.00" Specialized Fast Trak LK Sport
    Spoke Brand Stainless steel, 15ga. (1.8mm)
    Spoke Nipples Unspecified

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    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    Hmmmmmm,which one sucks?
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    c'dale from those specs, pretty much better parts accross the board, 9spd vs 8spd

    i do had c'dale brake levers so if it was me i'd throw some fr5 or sd7 levers on there (15-25$)

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    I've got the F5 and its been fairly good to me (other than fork, brakes, and the wheel that I destroyed trying an ill advised trick off of a loading dock). My friend has one as well, and over well, he likes his as well.
    “Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary... that’s what gets you.”- Jeremy Clarkson

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
    Hmmmmmm,which one sucks?
    Every one knows the answer to that. That's why I ride one.

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    Wish I had one...maybe the "S" stands for snob...(but then my "J" would stand for jerk)

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    I remember some one said that the C stands for Czucks.
    “Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary... that’s what gets you.”- Jeremy Clarkson

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    "S" stands for special!

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    One more thing

    The weight on these 2 bikes was 29.8 for the Rockhopper, vs 30.98 for the F5. What kind of a difference would this be on trails? Thanks

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    Probably wouldn't notice unless it was on the wheels and tires.
    Which one felt better? Go back and ride them again.

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    Test ride

    I rode them both today at different bike shops, I couldn't compare directly. I am not sure if a second ride would help. I guess what I am asking is which of these bikes is going to hold up better over time.

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    Definately this one. The General G

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    Quote Originally Posted by born2bahick View Post
    Definately this one. The General G
    That bike needs bigger tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    That bike needs bigger tires.
    And Some pedals!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    That bike needs bigger tires.
    And Some pedals!

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    I own a 06 Rockhopper but looked at a F5 before purchasing. I based my decision off the frame. With the Rockhopper you are getting a really great frame that will last a while and serve many purposes. I use mine for XC racing and endurance events and find that it performs perfectly. Yeah the components may not be as nice but we all upgrade right. The first thing I replaced was the wheels, still using the stock shifters. Check out Mountain Bike Action's review http://www.mbaction.com/Me2/dirmod.a...61EE9E0274D98B As far as weight goes I find the weight of the rider makes more of a difference then the bike. I am sure you would not notice a difference in speed with the weights being so similar
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    I would think the F5's frame would last quite as long. Look at how many old C'dales you see (same with Spesh). I try to the best of my abilities to beat the poo out of it.
    “Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary... that’s what gets you.”- Jeremy Clarkson

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    Both frames will hold up to normal trail riding and some rough stuff. To me the F5 has a little better drive train both seem to have some crappy wheels i have never heard of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by born2bahick View Post
    Definately this one. The General G
    Seat's too low...
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    Get a Cannibalized. Or a Specialdale. I herd both are purty good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by born2bahick View Post
    Definately this one. The General G
    The 01 on it looks photoshopped.
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