Hey all...I posted this in the AM frame, and earlier in the beginner's section, but I think I was asking the wrong question...I have just pasted my post from the AM section because I think it best gets out the questions to which I need the answers. Sorry for posting all over. And thank you in advance for the help.
I am looking at getting a good deal on used 2007 Cannondale Chase 2. I want a bike that I can use as a aggressive XC/AM rig, but not sure if this will fit the bill being a DJ bike. I also use the bike for commuting 3 miles on the road. I understand it will not perform the best on the roads, but I want to sacrifice the lighter task for having a bike that will withstand the more rigorous activity. My concern is that it will be unsafe or uncomfortable for riding in this fashion as opposed to dropping the seat all the way down like a DJ rig should be. The bike currently has a 2 crank, 9 speed set up with a bash guard and is a M size. I am 5'8''-5'9'' and weigh about 180lbs. I think this frame is intended for larger riders, but would that be more appropriate or me given the use I have in mind? Any and all help and advice is appreciated.
If this may not be the best option, what new bike can I get at ~$350 or less with respectable components that will? I am also open to going used...which models should I keep an eye out for that might fall in to the range as older models? Or is there a particular last year model I should look in to to see if I can get it cheap from a LBS? Thank you again everyone.
Here are the specs for the bike
Frame Chase Hardtail
Fork Marzocchi Marzocchi Dirt Jump 3 Alloy, 100 mm, Thru-20
Rear Shock N/A
Rims Sun Single Track, 32 hole
Hubs Formula Thru-20 front, Cannondale Fire disc rear
Spokes DT Swiss Champion
Tires Maxxis Holy Roller, 26 x 2.4"
Pedals Cannondale GRIND EX Platform
Crank TruVatiV Hussefelt, 24/36/PC guard
Chain Shimano 9-speed
Rear Cogs SRAM PG-950, 11-34
Bottom Bracket TruVatiV Howitzer
Front Derailleur Shimano Alivio
Rear Derailleur SRAM X-7
Shifters SRAM SX5 Trigger
Handlebars FSA FR-330BOS, 40 mm rise
Stem Cannondale Freeride 1 1/8", 31.8 mm
Headset FSA Converter, 20 mm press
Brakeset Avid BB5 w/7" rotor front, 6" rotor rear
Brakelevers Cannondale Fire
Saddle SDG I-FLY
Seat Post SDG I-Beam
Sizes S, M, L
Extras Cannondale GRIND Grip
Link to Geometry Specs: http://www.headshok.com/bikes/07/CUS...?geoName=chase
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