Let me start off by saying this is not a trash Cannondale mountain bike thread. I purchased my daughter a cannondale femine 2 about a month ago. She is a beginning mountain biker but wanted the full suspension and liked the bike. She rides on trails that are intermediate in lvl with very small rock gardens, bit of climbing, no drop-offs and she does not jump. She liked the bike and it has motivated her to get to the mountain. Did she like it cuz of the fancy color scheme...dont know, had her ride at least three different bikes and she comeback to the C-dale everytime even with the lefty shock.
Now, since i purchased the bike, the front rim has warped in which they say it cannot be completely trued. LBS i bought it from says they do that sometimes and that it will not hurt her riding...only impact it might have is if she was racing. If it bothers her we would have to replace the rims ourselves (or pay them). In addition, the back tire seems to go flat alot and we took it in and there was a hole, but the rim would not accept a new tire and they ended up using some tool to crimp it so it would take a new tire without going flat. Also, the cabling goes right by the crank and the cables are always coming loose and affecting her pedaling. They put on plastic tags to hold the cables in place yesterday and we will see how that works today...even though it looks funny. The left shock also has an oil grime spot running down it after every ride...is this common with new lefty shocks or is this something else that needs to be checked. I have a year maintenance with purchase of the bike but they do not look at anything it seems unless you specifically point it out...the daughters back tire was flat when they fixed her warped front tire and didnt address it...then again we didnt notice either until we got it home.
Now, the price point of the bike was close to $2000 in 2008, we got it for like 1250 for being last years model, so decent price point and not a cheapy bike by any means. Now these are minor hinderances i know, but have santa cruz and two specialized without any problems (not even minor problems) and have had them longer. Is this common place with c-dales mountain bikes or did i get one built on a Friday afternoon. Any owners of C-dale mountain bike give me any feedback with their experience with c-dales. Should i worry about the dirt/oil spot on the shocks after each use...we wash practically after every ride or two and that oil/dirt spot always comes back. I will tell ya, even though i really havent had the bike long enough to properly assess, i personally do not ride the c-dale, and these problems are definitely fixable, I would go the route of a Specialized or Santa Cruz if i was to get another mountain just based on my recent experiences here. Anyone familiar with the 2008 C-Dale Femine 2 and recommend anything i should look out for or need to replace. Anyway, any input would be appreciated...thanks and good riding.