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    New Bike - Cannondale F8 vs Norco Bushpilot

    I'm trying to get the most solid XC bike I can get for <$600 (Canadian) for a 6' /190lbs male. After visiting local shops, my current short list consists of:

    Norco Bushpilot
    http://www.norco.com/bikes/mountain/...ure/bushpilot/

    Cannondale F8
    http://www.cannondale.com/usa/usaeng...s/1293-0FS8-F8

    I've done a bit of reading and I'm leaning towards the Norco for the Deore/Suntour components over the Acera/RST on the Cannondale. I do prefer hardtail.

    Some Trek, Specialized, Gary Fisher and Rocky Mountain models are available locally but it seemed like I'd need to spend more to get something comparable to the Norco/Cannondale.

    Thoughts? Feel free to make recommendations re: the above brands.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by _jd_
    I'm trying to get the most solid XC bike I can get for <$600 (Canadian) for a 6' /190lbs male. After visiting local shops, my current short list consists of:

    Norco Bushpilot
    http://www.norco.com/bikes/mountain/...ure/bushpilot/

    Cannondale F8
    http://www.cannondale.com/usa/usaeng...s/1293-0FS8-F8

    I've done a bit of reading and I'm leaning towards the Norco for the Deore/Suntour components over the Acera/RST on the Cannondale. I do prefer hardtail.

    Some Trek, Specialized, Gary Fisher and Rocky Mountain models are available locally but it seemed like I'd need to spend more to get something comparable to the Norco/Cannondale.

    Thoughts? Feel free to make recommendations re: the above brands.

    Thanks!
    I was drooling over a 2009 F8 at the local LBS. It's on clearance of course.

    But because I bought an F5 instead, the F8 is still there. And it's still pretty, and I still drool over the paint job.

    Just cross over the Blue Water Bridge, and come and get it.

    Mikey

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