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    2009 Cannondale Moto 3 Carbon

    Was curious if anyone out there has experience with this bike...looking to replace my Enduro with a similar type rig..the LBS has one on closeout at a decent price around 2200 dollars..kinda straying away from Specialized and though I have never owned a Cannondale I know back in the day they made some awesome bikes... have not really kept up with them since their adventure into the dirt bike world...thanks for any input.

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    I have a 2005 Prophet and the carbon is probably a Moto 2. Ask for extra pivot parts. This bike is better than mine at the same stuff supposedly and I would jump on it if pivot parts and other parts are in avail. I am saving for a new Jekyll but for 2200 its almost like you cant lose. Dont take my word for it though. try it out - if it dont suit you then its not good for you even free. Good luck.

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    it depends on what you are after. If you want an efficient more xc style type rear end that is short and has am geo the moto is a decent bet, even if the rear is on the flexy side of things. If you want a hard core enduro dh/am type bike, look elsewhere. The highish bb and flexy rear is not your friend in need when carving down a mountain, especially if you are heavier. The bike is a blast to play around on, but owning one i wouldn't have bought it again to be honest. Oh well, i got a moto 1 real cheap so can't complain, though i'm waiting to get the frame warrantied. I believe the jekyll to be a better bike and will upgrade to it if Cannondale gives the go ahead, but it is a lot more expensive and harder to come by. If you like the look of it (moto) and geo and are willing to give it a go, then do it. If you don't like it then just swap frames as the specs are decent.

    i used to own a prophet as well. That bike i would buy again, indeed, i looked for a used one the other day, but couldn't justify it. Slightly flexy rear end as well, but killer geo and a more than decent enough suspension system, especially with a custom tuned shock. The prophet is pure brilliance.

    happy trails

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    If you're the type of rider who turns over frames quickly - like buying / selling a bike a year is nae bother, then go for it as it sounds like a great price and would be a good bike to ride for a season.
    If you're more into long term keeper bikes then I'd probably swerve it. It's not a design that's stuck for cannondale and everything now looks to be pointing to the Jekyll.

    My point of view might be biased as I'm in the UK and literally no one rides a moto. Cdale are less popular here than in the US, but still a respected outfit. The prophet, rush etc are classics that you see plenty of on the trails and the rize is a well-regarded bike that you see now and again. The moto just hasn't made any sort of impression - it's something of an unknown quantity and I wonder why that is.

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    hi cannondale fan's this is my first post, im also in the uk i ride a moto carbon 3 and i love it, also have a jekyll hi mod 1 on order if it ever arrive;s

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    I went to the LBS after seeing a 2010 Moto 4 on clearance. Once I got in the shop and chatting to the owner, he offered a couple of alternatives. A 2009 Carbon Moto 3 and a 2010 RZ140 3Z. It took me a week to decide, but I eventually chose the RZ. Trails here in DFW are not major DH runs and despite the drool factor of owning a Carbon frame bike, I decided that the Moto was a little overkill and maybe a little too heavy to ride the local trails.

    I never had a chance to ride the Moto, but I did see an aluminium framed model at the store when I went back to pick up my RZ, and I was shocked at how much heavier it was compared to my RZ. The RZ weighs 29lbs, so I can only imagine the Moto weighed about 40lbs! Carbon frame might drop a few pounds to the mid 30's perhaps. After this experience, I think I made the right decision. I love my RZ and really love the Hammerschmidt crank too.

    Moto_boy, do you have a means to weigh the bike? I dont want to put the OP off by giving him false stats on the Carbon Moto weight.

    TXTony, where in TX are you? The LBS I saw the moto3 at priced it less than $2200

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    Quote Originally Posted by BritOnTour
    I went to the LBS after seeing a 2010 Moto 4 on clearance. Once I got in the shop and chatting to the owner, he offered a couple of alternatives. A 2009 Carbon Moto 3 and a 2010 RZ140 3Z. It took me a week to decide, but I eventually chose the RZ. Trails here in DFW are not major DH runs and despite the drool factor of owning a Carbon frame bike, I decided that the Moto was a little overkill and maybe a little too heavy to ride the local trails.

    I never had a chance to ride the Moto, but I did see an aluminium framed model at the store when I went back to pick up my RZ, and I was shocked at how much heavier it was compared to my RZ. The RZ weighs 29lbs, so I can only imagine the Moto weighed about 40lbs! Carbon frame might drop a few pounds to the mid 30's perhaps. After this experience, I think I made the right decision. I love my RZ and really love the Hammerschmidt crank too.

    Moto_boy, do you have a means to weigh the bike? I dont want to put the OP off by giving him false stats on the Carbon Moto weight.

    TXTony, where in TX are you? The LBS I saw the moto3 at priced it less than $2200
    I am in Haslet...I saw your RZ at the bike shop I think(off of Heritage Trace)..my buddy is the one with the Alum Moto 3...they do not have anymore Rize in my size..and honestly this Moto would not be my main rig..I have a Trek Ex8, Trek 8000, Carbon Stumpjumper and Enduro...this bike would be replacing my Enduro for all mountain use..mostly like Dino Valley and when we go to New Mexico and Colorado..hence why I thought about getting the Moto 3...for the price it seemed like a solid rig and for that price for a bike that is not my main rig seemed like a good deal for an All Mountain Rig instead of 3-4 grand for a bike that I would not be using all the time...for the most of the trails around here I am still ridding my hard tails more than anything..like North Shore and Cedar Hill I use my HT 90 percent of the time. I appreciate the feedback and my thoughts where to get the Moto and ride it a few seasons and upgrade the frame to a Jekyll after seeing how the new ones do with that new suspension they have...so the weight of the Moto 3 really is not an issue to much as my Enduro is pushing 31 pounds...just not a big fan of the geometry of that bike..it is a 2006 model...so in short the Moto would be used for All Mountain stuff or when I want to go out and just hit crap really hard..

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    Yep, that was certainly my bike!! Owner said he must have sold 3 more RZs just because he had mine in the store. The carbon Moto was seriously tempting though. Brian was offering it for $2k to me, so you might want to push for a discount. Just don't mention I suggested that. I want to keep him on my good side!!

    It sound like you plan to thrash the bike quite a bit, so I guess the Moto would be a good fit for you. I wish incould afford to have that many bikes to play with!

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    I was into Motocross and had a bad accident about 6 years ago...shattered my humerus into 24 pieces, snapped my collar bone and pushed my shoulder out 2 inches in my back..the Doctor said no more MX...I have been ridding bikes for over 20 years and used to race roadbikes..needed a hobby to occupy my time when the weather would not let me ride and while I was healing..sold all my MX stuff and took up photography and bought tons of gear over the years..the cool thing about that was the lenses hold their value..got out of photography and sold all my gear...got almost all the money back I ever invested in it except for the camera bodies...digital does not hold value to much..got enough money back to buy three bikes, two sets of custom wheels...so it was really a matter of liquidating one hobby and putting the money back into the one I really love...bikes. so really my days in Motocross paid me back with camera gear then bikes...before I did that I only had the Enduro and old hardtail I used..most of my time was spent on my road bikes..but it is getting to the point of ridding a road bike around here is like tempting fate..yeah seeing your bike in the shop got me to thinking of getting a Cannondale...but there are no more Med ones left..we put the Alum Moto on the scales on the shop and it weighed right at 34 pounds..Brian said the Carbon Moto would weigh around 32 pounds stock..a pound or two more than my Enduro..but it has more travel than my Enduro...I really like that Rize and should have sprung for one when I saw yours..but waited a day or two to long...just can not make up my mind as it seems to get mixed reviews on it...but it would be more trail specific use than an every day ride and the price compared to other bikes with similar specs seems like a killer deal...I know back in the day Cannondale was the bomb...and then they entered the world of MX and it pretty much sunk them..since then I have not kept up with them enough but I think they still make quality products but just do not have the hype or following as the other BIG guns in the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BritOnTour
    I went to the LBS after seeing a 2010 Moto 4 on clearance. Once I got in the shop and chatting to the owner, he offered a couple of alternatives. A 2009 Carbon Moto 3 and a 2010 RZ140 3Z. It took me a week to decide, but I eventually chose the RZ. Trails here in DFW are not major DH runs and despite the drool factor of owning a Carbon frame bike, I decided that the Moto was a little overkill and maybe a little too heavy to ride the local trails.

    I never had a chance to ride the Moto, but I did see an aluminium framed model at the store when I went back to pick up my RZ, and I was shocked at how much heavier it was compared to my RZ. The RZ weighs 29lbs, so I can only imagine the Moto weighed about 40lbs! Carbon frame might drop a few pounds to the mid 30's perhaps. After this experience, I think I made the right decision. I love my RZ and really love the Hammerschmidt crank too.

    Moto_boy, do you have a means to weigh the bike? I dont want to put the OP off by giving him false stats on the Carbon Moto weight.

    TXTony, where in TX are you? The LBS I saw the moto3 at priced it less than $2200
    I went by an saw Brian today and he said he could do it for 2000...I think I am going to pull the trigger on this rig and give it a go

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    Congratulations mate! Good to hear you got a discount!! You will have to let me know what you think of it after a few rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BritOnTour
    Congratulations mate! Good to hear you got a discount!! You will have to let me know what you think of it after a few rides.
    Pulled the trigger on it today...should be in the shop Mon-Tues...sold some extra gear I no longer use (been sitting around for a year) and raked in 1200 dollars for that stuff...so I was out 800 dollars total..figured for roughly 800 bucks out of my pocket a Carbon All Mountain Bike is worth a go...This is my first foray away from Trek and Specialized so I am kinda curious if I am gonna dig the Cdale

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    Quote Originally Posted by TXTony
    Pulled the trigger on it today...should be in the shop Mon-Tues...sold some extra gear I no longer use (been sitting around for a year) and raked in 1200 dollars for that stuff...so I was out 800 dollars total..figured for roughly 800 bucks out of my pocket a Carbon All Mountain Bike is worth a go...This is my first foray away from Trek and Specialized so I am kinda curious if I am gonna dig the Cdale
    im curious to see what you think of it. my coworker just bought a 2009 moto 2 and i got a moto 4 his is sweet and mine is still at the shop in a box because i had foot surgery 2 weeks ago and havent had time to build it. p.s. my father in law owns the shop and myself and coworker got awesome deals! im very new to mtb and would love to hear a good review. im a clyde myself but any good info you can give would be appreciated. good luck with the bike and congrats!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slegos888
    im curious to see what you think of it. my coworker just bought a 2009 moto 2 and i got a moto 4 his is sweet and mine is still at the shop in a box because i had foot surgery 2 weeks ago and havent had time to build it. p.s. my father in law owns the shop and myself and coworker got awesome deals! im very new to mtb and would love to hear a good review. im a clyde myself but any good info you can give would be appreciated. good luck with the bike and congrats!!!
    Thanks I will post up a review when I get a few rides under her...I am curious as well..I had always wanted a Cdale back in the day when they where huge..but where I live the majority of the shops carry Trek/Specialized/Giant..so for over twenty years I have been ridding the Big S and Treks..this may be replacing my Enduro...to which I really can not stand..My buddy got a Moto 3, the aluminum one and he loves it...hucks it and shucks it everywhere...he said you can for sure fell the weight on the climbs..but after ridding my Enduro I imagine it is that way with most long travel All Mountain Bikes..I know on the techy downhill stuff we can not hang with him...while we are grabbing brake picking our way through the stuff he just bombs over it and is usually sitting at the bottom waiting..I will let you know what I think when I get it next week...good luck with the foot

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    $800, how can you lose - thats great!

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    '08 DLR2 Lockout Issue / Weeping Oil Question

    Sorry, I did not mean to post a reply here folks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonsheep
    Good day all, I had the Scalpel in my grade eight science class to demonstrate hydraulics and pneumatics. Low and behold the lock out lever did not function correctly on my 2008 Lefty DLR2. The fork now moves through 1/2 of its travel and then locks out. Even when locked out there is give to the fork. Previously, the lockout would not allow any travel or movement. I brought the bike home tonight only to find oil weeping out of my top seal cap (Part #1020341) next to the shraeder plug on the lower leg assembly. Will filling the bottom of the air piston with 20 cc's of fork oil fix the problem? Or is the issue the oil in the damper unit? I have full access to all Cannondale specific tooling and I am a competent mechanic. It has been a few years since I last tore down Marzocchi Bombers but with all the tools and repair parts, those forks were stupid easy to service. It'll be the first time on a Lefty. I need your help Obi-Wan, you're my only hope.
    Post this q in the sticky lefty thread. much better chance of an answer if you don't hijack someone's unrelated thread.

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    Bike is at the shop...On the scale it weighed 32.7 pounds with pedals...pictures really do not do this bike justice...in person it looks great...getting some things changed out before I hit the trails with it...will post up when I get a ride or two on her...

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    Forgot the picture...

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    Looks sweet ... I have the same one on order from closeout ... should be arriving at my lbs by the week's end ... can't wait!

    TXTony or anyone else ... did you get the updated linkage (from '10 models) to drop the bb height and slacken the angle? I asked the dealer but they had no clue about it. Anyone have the part number?

    Thanks.

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    Not sure..good question...I will ask when I take it back in for the new wheels..it does not look like the BB area is any higher than my buddies 2010 Moto..it has been raining here all day so the only ride I got to do was around the hood on it a bit...I dig the way it feels..just sitting on this thing feels like an All Mountain rig vs my Enduro...the head tube area is massive..the verdict is still be found on the Hayes brakes but I like the levers and how they feel...reminds me a lot of my Dirt Bike..

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    Thanks for the quick response.

    I'm still drooling over the pic of your bike

    So what new wheels are you putting on her?

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    Thanks...I am going with a set of Sun Ringle Charger Pros...white and red...white MRP Bash Guard..and maybe a new saddle...

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    Nice upgrade on the wheels.

    In the meanwhile, I guess I found the answer to my question. here's the link: Can i buy a 2010 link for my 2009 Moto..

    From the thread, I'm not excited about the price tag though:


    scocra posted this info in another thread.

    "I haven't gotten the updated links yet and am a bit put off by the $120 price tag quoted me by my LBS... The Cdale part numbers for the links are:

    KP107/ – Red with black hardware
    KP108/ – green with black hardware
    KP109/ – black with red hardware
    KP110/ – black with green hardware"

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    Well if the part numbers are correct then the 2009 out of the box are not the upgraded ones...mine are black with black hardware..but after slamming my pedals on rocks and roots and stumps on my Enduro for years I am gonna leave it like it is for awhile and see how it handles on the trails..if it is to high or steep I may pony up and spring for them later on..if they are still able to be had...I would not let it bother you to much until you get yours and ride her a bit..thinking you are gonna dig it..

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    Congratulations mate! Good to hear you got a discount!! You will have to let me know what you think of it after a few rides.
    Took it to Dinosaur Valley today and spent about three hours on it...weighed before the ride was 33.7....figured I would take it where there where some big climbs to see how bad it was going to be..Having ridden my Enduro(30ilbs) out here I kinda knew what to expect..I was surprised how well it climbs..very little movement in the back as long as I stay seated and made the climbs a steady progress...climbed better than my Enduro..the Continental Tires never broke free on the climbs and once I pointed it downhill..it went where ever I pointed it.held the line..stiff but soaked everything up..the DHX4.0 worked great..I was surprised as the I have an older one on my Enduro and was never impressed with it..I am digging the front fork..the 20mm axle..the 36mm stanchions...really does make a big difference on the more technical stuff...not sure about the saddle yet...I have read about flex in the rear end...did not notice any flex and I railed the down hill sections..the Hayes brakes worked great, no complaints there so far...I like the height of the bottom bracket area...I noticed some of the short rocky climbs on my other bikes I have to pick a line as some of the rocks are a little higher and you can catch a pedal and such...this bike just rolled over this stuff while I was climbing..I chose the hardest lines I could to test it out on and made the climbs no problems...did two laps out there and yeah it took me a little longer than when I ride like my EX8...but man it is a fun bike to ride..on the flats it did fine..it really does not feel like you are pedaling a 33 pound bike..I imagine I can get it down around 31 pounds..the thing handles great...accepts rider input from the cockpit well..tracks..I was skeptical with this bike weighing almost 34 pounds...I would say anyone looking at one I would not let the weight put me off on it...the down tube is massive..the head tube is massive and as crowed as that rear suspension area looks..it works and works well...it felt like I had more suspension than what the bike comes with..I climbed on long hill with it at 160mm..was a work out but a steady pace got me to the top..second go around I lowered it to just under 120mm...climbed a lot better..but still not a speed demon..that said it is an All Mountain Bike..not a XC rig..bottom line for the price these are on closeout and if you are looking for an All Mountain rig..this one fits the bill...I am glad I snagged one and know I am going to have some fun on this bike...

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    Just picked up one of these on closeout as well. Looking forward to assembling and pedaling all weekend long. Was curious if anyone knew where to pick up the linkage from the '10 models. I talked with my local shop and they were kinda clueless but were trying to get ahold of C'dale to ask them some questions. Also wondering if this is a worthwhile upgrade. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawrdust View Post
    Just picked up one of these on closeout as well. Looking forward to assembling and pedaling all weekend long. Was curious if anyone knew where to pick up the linkage from the '10 models. I talked with my local shop and they were kinda clueless but were trying to get ahold of C'dale to ask them some questions. Also wondering if this is a worthwhile upgrade. Thanks.
    I have rode mine on several trails we have around here of varying terrain...I like it the way it is set up from the box...I have not even inquired about the linkage...I did order a KS drop seat and some new wheels for it...should have them Monday or Tuesday..I also put another handle bar on it and am considering changing out the the saddle...still not totally sold on the saddle

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    Rode mine today for the first time, pretty happy with it. A drop post is a must, adjusting the allen key each time you want to move the seat is a pain, I may also end up changing the saddle. I thought the bars were too wide at first but after riding all day I think I want wider. Was gonna prob. go tubeless and throw some different tires on. Didn't notice problems with the rear end like others had noted so the jury is still out on changing the linkage out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawrdust View Post
    Rode mine today for the first time, pretty happy with it. A drop post is a must, adjusting the allen key each time you want to move the seat is a pain, I may also end up changing the saddle. I thought the bars were too wide at first but after riding all day I think I want wider. Was gonna prob. go tubeless and throw some different tires on. Didn't notice problems with the rear end like others had noted so the jury is still out on changing the linkage out.
    I have had zero issues with the rear end..for sure will be going tubeless when the stuff gets in...I did go narrower on the bars but I do that with all my rides...personal preference...replacing the large chain ring with a bash guard..hopefully all this stuff will be on it the first of part of the week

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    WOW. That is a nice looking bike

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    so this seemed like the place to put this.. anyway I recently purchased a 2010 moto 4 and have not once regretted my decision. I'm actually gonna try and XC race it this weekend but we'll see how that goes. I just have too much fun riding it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hookydoo View Post
    so this seemed like the place to put this.. anyway I recently purchased a 2010 moto 4 and have not once regretted my decision. I'm actually gonna try and XC race it this weekend but we'll see how that goes. I just have too much fun riding it.
    Congrats on the Moto...I have zero regrets as well about getting this bike..you just do not see a ot of them around nor people talking about them much...I since sold my Specialized Enduro since getting this bike

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    My father and I just rode our Moto's this past weekend at a ski resort up here in alaska. Ran like a champ. Made 12 runs, rear hub loosened up and I had problems with the chain dropping. Everything else held up. What are you all running for a chain guide/tensioner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrcRS View Post
    My father and I just rode our Moto's this past weekend at a ski resort up here in alaska. Ran like a champ. Made 12 runs, rear hub loosened up and I had problems with the chain dropping. Everything else held up. What are you all running for a chain guide/tensioner?
    I have not had to use a chain guide on the Moto...yet...I was using a Blackspire(sp) Stinger on my Enduro...it worked well...I did add a Truvativ Bash Guard to my Moto

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    ha... yea.. I have mine set up with a typical 27 spd sram x9 drivechain. here in WV the ratios are a must have (in my opinion). plus I tend to go on 50 ish mile rides on it. never actually rode slopes yet, but when I get some money I'll be getting out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrcRS View Post
    My father and I just rode our Moto's this past weekend at a ski resort up here in alaska. Ran like a champ. Made 12 runs, rear hub loosened up and I had problems with the chain dropping. Everything else held up. What are you all running for a chain guide/tensioner?
    Where in Alaska are you riding? I did Alyeska today on a rental and had a blast. One of the LBS here in Anchorage has a Moto 3 on clearance that I might snatch up tomorrow.

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    Have someone of Moto owners tried new Jekyll? How would you compare them to each other?

    It seems that I'm going to get new Jekyll Carbon from warranty, to replace my broken Moto Carbon frame. I guess Jekyll is better when going uphill but I'm afraid that the downhill capabilities may be worse. Probably my Jekyll will be equipped with Fox 36 Talas fork which came with Moto.

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    Have someone of Moto owners tried new Jekyll? How would you compare them to each other?

    It seems that I'm going to get new Jekyll Carbon from warranty, to replace my broken Moto Carbon frame. I guess Jekyll is better when going uphill but I'm afraid that the downhill capabilities may be worse. Probably my Jekyll will be equipped with Fox 36 Talas fork which came with Moto.
    From talking with the guys at the bike shop I believe it will be quite a bit lighter from what they told me...I also heard the rear suspension is killer on them being able to switch back and forth depending on the type of trail you are ridding..I almost pulled the trigger on one when I bought my Moto but I got such a killer deal on the Moto that I could not pass it up.I think you will like it..that is another reason I went with the Moto...if it breaks I get a Jekyll..I can dig that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fordolet View Post
    Where in Alaska are you riding? I did Alyeska today on a rental and had a blast. One of the LBS here in Anchorage has a Moto 3 on clearance that I might snatch up tomorrow.
    We ride the hillside STA trails and Alyeska.

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    Hey....new member as I just registered. I saw this post awhile ago and was excited to see that others were riding a Cannondale Moto as well! I have a Carbon Moto 3. I'll post my pics soon of my bike.

    I've had my bike for about a year now....and I LOVE IT!! Seems to do everything rather well. Only complaint I have about it is the weight but, it doesn't bother me on the climbs. Only when I lift it on to the rack and compare it to my friends' bikes. Otherwise, I finally got my set-up dialed in. I had a 45mm stem which I switched to a 65mm stem to give me some breathing room on the climbs and to work with the high front end (countered this with a handlebar with no rise).

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    Quote Originally Posted by domaboy18 View Post
    Hey....new member as I just registered. I saw this post awhile ago and was excited to see that others were riding a Cannondale Moto as well! I have a Carbon Moto 3. I'll post my pics soon of my bike.

    I've had my bike for about a year now....and I LOVE IT!! Seems to do everything rather well. Only complaint I have about it is the weight but, it doesn't bother me on the climbs. Only when I lift it on to the rack and compare it to my friends' bikes. Otherwise, I finally got my set-up dialed in. I had a 45mm stem which I switched to a 65mm stem to give me some breathing room on the climbs and to work with the high front end (countered this with a handlebar with no rise).
    Finally got mine finished as well

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    Nice!! Your bike looks just like mine! High Five to that!
    I have additional pics in my User Gallery!
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    Dig it!

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    Hi all,
    I also got my Moto 3 Carbon on closeout as well. One question for you Carbon Moto 3 owners...my linkage bar is RED but I noticed that you guys are Black. Was that even an option to get it in different colors? I like the RED better but wonder why mine is RED.

    BTW, I ride mine in Southern Orange County (Whiting Ranch, Aliso Woods, etc) and I'm loving it also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MephistoMyHero View Post
    Hi all,
    I also got my Moto 3 Carbon on closeout as well. One question for you Carbon Moto 3 owners...my linkage bar is RED but I noticed that you guys are Black. Was that even an option to get it in different colors? I like the RED better but wonder why mine is RED.

    BTW, I ride mine in Southern Orange County (Whiting Ranch, Aliso Woods, etc) and I'm loving it also.
    Is yours a 2009 or 2010...I could be wrong on this but I believe there was some complainants about the the bottom bracket are being to high and they changed that part...I think for those of us with the 09s or earlier we can purchase the part through Cannondale but it is like 135 dollars..and if I am wrong I guess some were red..my buudy has a 2010 and his is red as well..

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    Quote Originally Posted by TXTony View Post
    Is yours a 2009 or 2010...I could be wrong on this but I believe there was some complainants about the the bottom bracket are being to high and they changed that part...I think for those of us with the 09s or earlier we can purchase the part through Cannondale but it is like 135 dollars..and if I am wrong I guess some were red..my buudy has a 2010 and his is red as well..
    Hi Tony,

    Mine is the '09 Moto Carbon 3. They didn't make the carbon Moto 3 in '10, only in Aluminum. The Carbon only came in the Moto 2 and 1. Since I got my bike in July, I wonder if my linkage was from the Moto 2 '09, since the frame looks similar but with a red linkage (Just go to Bikepedia and see Cannondale Moto 2 '09, since I can't post a link).

    I know mine is the Moto 3...so I was just a bit confused with your guy's pictures. Also, mine came with a Fizik seat instead of a Cannondale seat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MephistoMyHero View Post
    Hi Tony,

    Mine is the '09 Moto Carbon 3. They didn't make the carbon Moto 3 in '10, only in Aluminum. The Carbon only came in the Moto 2 and 1. Since I got my bike in July, I wonder if my linkage was from the Moto 2 '09, since the frame looks similar but with a red linkage (Just go to Bikepedia and see Cannondale Moto 2 '09, since I can't post a link).

    I know mine is the Moto 3...so I was just a bit confused with your guy's pictures. Also, mine came with a Fizik seat instead of a Cannondale seat.
    Yeah mine came with a Fizik as well. I do not have the red either. I really like the height of the bb area on mine and the way it sits. Though a little extra red would look trick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TXTony View Post
    Yeah mine came with a Fizik as well. I do not have the red either. I really like the height of the bb area on mine and the way it sits. Though a little extra red would look trick.
    Thanks for giving me an update. I should take some pix but I'm sure you've seen the Moto Carbon with Red Links already. Maybe we should measure the length of the link and compare? I'm just wondering if mine or yours is the updated link and so we won't have to buy the updated one. Supposedly, it makes the rear less flexy, although I haven't noticed any flex. My rear axle is the Maxle 12mm, which I think all are, but I've read some who got the quick release.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MephistoMyHero View Post
    Thanks for giving me an update. I should take some pix but I'm sure you've seen the Moto Carbon with Red Links already. Maybe we should measure the length of the link and compare? I'm just wondering if mine or yours is the updated link and so we won't have to buy the updated one. Supposedly, it makes the rear less flexy, although I haven't noticed any flex. My rear axle is the Maxle 12mm, which I think all are, but I've read some who got the quick release.
    I believe the red ones are the updated ones..my buddy has 2010 and his are red...I do not plan on upgrading mine as I have had no issues with the way the bike handles at all...Yeah I have the 12mm rear as well...I have not noticed any flex either so not sure what the deal is there...the thing seems to handle technical stuff as well or better as my Enduro did..I have been ridding it all over and though the weight is for sure on the heavy side it still climbs well...

    It is the first Cannondale I have owned and so far I am happy with it..since I got it on closeout I really can not complain...was a little leery of the RS Lyric but I really like it..great fork

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