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  1. #1
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    May 2010

    flash 29'er3/ X-caliber/ Stumpjumper

    So i took the great advice of the people who answered my previous thread and test rode a bunch of bikes. These are the 3 29'ers that i enjoyed most. I am just looking for your expert opinions once again as to which you would choose out of the 3.
    Stumpjumper ht comp 29'er - i love how light this bike is.

    M5 manipulated alloy frame, 29" geometry, curved TT
    FORK Rock Shox Reba SL 29 for Specialized, 90mm of travel, 45mm offset, air spring, alloy steer w/o brake boss, compression and rebound adj. w/ LO
    HEADSET Campy style cartridge bearings for integrated alloy HT
    STEM 3D forged alloy, adjustable rise, 31.8mm clamp
    HANDLEBARS Specialized XC flat, 2014 butted alloy, 660mm wide, 8 degree backsweep,
    GRIPS Specialized waffle lock on grip (15.5/17.5) Specialized Thick lock on grip (others)
    FRONT BRAKE Custom Avid Elixir R SL, alloy backed organic pads, 160mm rotor
    REAR BRAKE Custom Avid Elixir R SL, alloy backed organic pads, 160mm rotor
    BRAKE LEVERS Custom Avid Elixir R SL Hydraulic, tool-less adj. reach
    FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano M660 SLX, 34.9mm, top swing, top pull
    REAR DERAILLEUR SRAM X-9, 9-speed long cage
    SHIFT LEVERS SRAM X-7, aluminum trigger
    CASSETTE Shimano HG61, 9-speed, 12-36t
    CHAIN SRAM PC-971, 9-speed w/Power Link
    CRANKSET Custom Shimano FC-M542, 15.5: 170mm, others: 175mm
    CHAINRINGS 44A x 32A x 22S, 4-bolt, 104/64mm
    BOTTOM BRACKET Custom Shimano integrated
    PEDALS None
    RIMS Custom DT Swiss X450SL, 29" rim, 24mm w/ eyelets, 32h
    FRONT HUB Specialized Hi Lo disc, CNC flange, sealed cartridge bearing, oversized end caps, 9mm DT RWS, alloy QR, 28h
    REAR HUB Custom Shimano M525 SL, alloy QR, 32h
    SPOKES DT Swiss 1.8mm stainless
    FRONT TIRE S-Works Fast Trak LK, 29x2.0", 120 TPI, tubeless ready aramid bead, dual compound
    REAR TIRE S-Works Fast Trak LK, 29x2.0", 120 TPI, tubeless ready aramid bead, dual compound
    INNER TUBES Ultralight presta valve
    SADDLE Specialized Phenom, hollow Cr-Mo rails, thin foam, S/M: 130mm, L/XL: 143mm
    SEATPOST 2014 butted alloy, single bolt setback, 30.9mm
    SEAT BINDER 7050 hard annodized alloy collar w/bolt, 34.9mm clamp ID
    NOTES Protective clear coat, derailleur hanger, owners manual
    Cannondale flash 29'er 3 - i thought this bike was a bit heavier, and tall up front

    Frame Flash Alloy 29, Si BB30, double butted, hydro formed, 6061 alloy
    Fork Lefty 29'er w/DLR, 80mm
    RearShock N/A
    Rims Maddux DC3.0 Disc 29
    Hubs Cannondale Lefty SL, 32 hole front,
    Spokes DT Swiss Champion
    Tires Kenda Small Block Eight, 29 x 2.1" Wire
    Pedals Wellgo Platform w/metal grip
    Crank Shimano FC-M442-8, 44/32/22
    CrankOption1 N/A
    CrankOption2 N/A
    Chain KMC X9 9-speed
    RearCogs Shimano, 12-36 29'er Specific
    BottomBracket Shimano BB-ES25
    FrontDerailleur SRAM X-7
    RearDerailleur SRAM X-7
    Shifter SRAM X-5
    Handlebar Cannondale C3, 680mm, 20mm, 31.8mm
    Stem Cannondale XC3 Si Stem/Steerer
    Headset Cannondale HeadShok Si
    Brakes Avid Juicy 3, 180/160mm
    BrakeLevers Avid Juicy 3
    Saddle Cannondale C3, Ergonomic Form
    Seatpost Cannondale C3, 31.6mm
    Sizes M, L, X
    Extras Cannondale Morse Alloy Locking grips
    Gary Fisher X-Caliber 29er

    Sizes SM (15.5") | MD (17.5") | LG (19") | XL (21")
    Frame Platinum Series 6066 butted & hydroformed aluminum, cold-forged dropouts, G2 29" Geometry
    Front Shock Fox F80 RL 29, 80mm travel, custom G2 Geometry 51mm offset crown, open bath damper
    Shifters SRAM X.7
    Front Derailleur SRAM X.9
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X.7
    Cassette SRAM PG950 11-34 9spd
    Bottom Bracket Shimano BB ES25 Octalink
    Wheels Shimano M525 hubs, Bontrager Duster Disc 29 rims, tubeless ready, 32h
    Tires Bontrager XDX 29x2.1, 120 TPI, aramid bead, tubeless ready
    Crank Set Shimano FC-M521 44/23/22 Octalink
    Saddle Bontrager Race
    Seatpost Bontrager SSR, micro adjust, 27.2
    Handlebar Bontrager Race Big Sweep, 620mm width, 12d backsweep, 31.8mm
    Grips Bontrager Race Lite
    Stem Bontrager SSR OS
    Pedals N/A
    Headset 1-1/8" threadless, semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings
    Brakeset Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic disc, 185mm front / 160mm rear rotors

  2. #2
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    Jan 2007
    I have a 2010 Flash carbon 29 (same geo as the alum. version) and and 2009 X-cal- both are nice, but the Flash handles much better, and once you go Lefty, it's hard to go back, which is why the X-cal is for sale. If you can get a Flash 3 for $1550, then buy it. I was told they are hard to come by for the next month or two, and that is $250 less than retail.

  3. #3
    Missouri sucks...
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Cannondale of those listed.

    Did you try the Scott Scale and the Giant XTC 1? If not, you should check them out

  4. #4
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    Jul 2009
    I'd say look at the Cannondale if not for the Lefty the BB30.
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