My daughter has been bit by the mountain bike bug so took her to look for a bike. We try several and she likes the specialized Mykra and Safire. She tells me she likes the Mykra and tad better and this is likely due to suspension setup as safire had better components. Before I pull the trigger I opted to go to one more bike shop a friend told me about that is a little farther away from were we live. They have a Cannondale Rush Feminine 2, Santa Cruz Superlight, and Cannondale scapel in 2008 models which had better componentry then the two Specialized bikes and, which the exception of the scapel, were cheaper...however, the scapal had a sticker of 2699 and they were selling for 1799 with fox shocks front and back and pretty decent componentry as well.
The Cannondale Feminine 2 which had a sticker of 2100 was being sold for 1350 and had the following:
Frame Rush SL Feminine, 110 mm Fork Lefty Speed Bonded DLR2, 110 mm Rear Shock FOX Float RP2
Rims WTB Speed Disc XC, 32 hole Hubs Cannondale Lefty Front, Shimano M525 rear Spokes DT Champion Tires Maxxis ,RIDGELINE, 26X2.1" Pedals Welgo Clipless Crank Shimano FC-M521, 22/32/44
Chain Shimano 9-speed Rear Cogs Shimano HG50 11-34 Bottom Bracket Shimano BB-ES25 Octalink
Front Derailleur Shimano LX Rear Derailleur SRAM X-7 Shifters Sram X-7 Trigger Handlebars FSA XC-281-AOS Women Specific, 25 mm rise Stem Cannondale XC3 HeadShok, 31.8 mm Headset Cannondale HeadShok Si Brakeset Avid Juicy 5 160/160mm Brakelevers Avid Juicy 5 Saddle Terry Butterfly
Seat Post Cannondale C4 Alloy Sizes P, S, M Extras Cannondale Morse Grip
The Santa Cruz Superlight was originally listed at 1800 and was on sale for 1250 and had the following:
Tora 318 front air shock Fox float rear REAR DER. Shimano M772 SGS (XT) FRONT DER. Shimano M660 (SLX) SHIFTERS Shimano M530 (Deore) CRANKSET Shimano M532 22/32/44 (Deore) BOTTOM BRACKET Included w/ crankset CASSETTE Shimano HG 50, 11-34 (Deore) CHAIN Shimano HG 53 (LX) BRAKES Avid Juicy 3 w/160mm rotors BRAKE LEVERS Avid Juicy 3 BARS Race Face Rde XC low rise STEM TruVativ XR 3D, 25.4mm GRIPS Lizard Skin Charger
Now the daughter really liked the cannondale and even the left shock much to my surprize. However, which surprized me more, the wife didnt like the cannnondale and loved the superlight. Can anyone tell me if they have any experience or can provide any insight into these two bikes. Anyone have/had a lefty fork on their bikes and can provided feedback there. From what dealer showed the lefty shock is very stable. Are Santa Cruz Superlights and the Cannondale Feminine Rush Line good bikes. Also, i am sure that the original stickers might have been high, but from what we have been looking at in the local area they both have good compentary for the price point now that they are reduced to 1350 to 1250 respectively...and as neither are racers i believe the setup on both bikes would be sufficient for the two.
I have done a search on this forum with little results on information pertaining to either. Have searched the Internet with some results on the SC Superlight, which seemed somewhat positive but the bikes reviewed were spec'd with top of the line components. Now the search information on other bikes from the two companies seem positive (blur, scapel, rush mens, heckler, etc). Very little information provided on the C-dale Rush Feminine. Do you think these are good deals or are they so cheap cuz they are the bottom brand of the companies (SC and C-dale). Anyone have any experience with either of these two bikes and can provide any insight would be greatly appreciated. Will probably pull the trigger on these two as the girls really did seam to like and again, price/componentry breakout was better on these bikes than any other bikes, however, would still like to get some feedback on what we are getting any any insight into known problems or pluses with these bikes. I am familiar with pros/cons of the single pivot design which both of these bikes have. Would appreciate any feedback any of you might have and thanks...got another female in the sport :-)...and she loves to climb (by the way anyone know if the c-dale feminine 2 is a good climber?). Thanks and sorry for long post.