I am ready to make the switch from road riding, which I have done for many years, to trail riding.
For now, most of my riding will be on fairly easy single-track trails and a lot of gravel trails, the latter to build up my aerobic strength and endurance.
Eventually I will tackle more technical single-track riding, mostly in the Midwest and an occasional trip to the West or South.
I have narrowed my bike choices to the Cannondale Flash 3 and the Flash 1 (aluminum).
My goal is to buy a bike that will last a long time and won't need expensive upgrades.
Through my local bike shop, there's about a $370 price difference between the Flash 3 and the Flash 1. That's a lot of money to me, but I am willing to spend it if the Flash 1 would be that much better for my long-term goals.
I test rode both bikes and liked them both, preferring the Flash 1 a little more -- but I could not tell much from a parking lot test ride.
Bottom line: Should I spend the addtional $370 and get the Flash 1 or pocket that money and get the Flash 3?
Many thanks for your help. This forum is sincerely appreciated.
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