Join Date: Jul 2003
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The Cannondale is actually a pretty good, tough bike. Most cyclocross bikes can handle most XC MTB courses realetively well, but you wouldn't want to ue one on a downhill course.
The Headshock gives you as much travel as a first or second-generation MTB fork (Rock Shoxz Mag 21, Mantou II) and it won't giver you a plush ride, but it will help keep you tracking on the front.
My own problem with the Headshock is that it's really unnecessary for any cyclocross course that I've ever raced on, and adds a lot of unnecessary portage weight to the bike.