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    2013 F29 1, just wondering if anybody has one

    cant find a review on it. just wondering if anybody has one and is willing to give their opinion on it. I am in the market and I like the equipment and the looks of it. Plus its is my price range of 2500-ish. I do not want carbon.

    also, what are some of your suggestions with the above price in mind. 29er hardtail with 2x10

    also, are any cannondale models made in the US anymore???

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    Hey J-Bone,
    I picked up my F29 last October and have thoroughly enjoyed it since. The front end of the bike is crazy stiff; it accelerates like a rocket ship! What were you wondering about specifically?

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    Got mine for about 3 months now and love it. Bike is @ stock except for tires, replaced them with the racing ralph's (2.10 & tubeless) saved me close to 900gr in weight.

    Short review here: Cannondale F29 1 | 29er Online

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    I've had my 2013 F29 1 since last November and I too find it perfect BUT in order for it to be that way (for me), I replaced the Avid Elixir's with the Shimano XT M785 brake-set (w/IceTech rotors).

    It is amazing how quickly the bike turns in and the drive-train greatly simplifies shifting.

    Unsure what size you are considering but they run a bit large...

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    Quote Originally Posted by eshawks View Post
    Hey J-Bone,
    I picked up my F29 last October and have thoroughly enjoyed it since. The front end of the bike is crazy stiff; it accelerates like a rocket ship! What were you wondering about specifically?
    Just about ride, shifting, fork performance, etc. Brakes? I read some shabby stuff on the brakes..

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    Quote Originally Posted by BartP View Post
    Got mine for about 3 months now and love it. Bike is @ stock except for tires, replaced them with the racing ralph's (2.10 & tubeless) saved me close to 900gr in weight.

    Short review here: Cannondale F29 1 | 29er Online
    was it tubeless when you bought it or had to convert it to tubeless..

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    Quote Originally Posted by dyusem View Post
    I've had my 2013 F29 1 since last November and I too find it perfect BUT in order for it to be that way (for me), I replaced the Avid Elixir's with the Shimano XT M785 brake-set (w/IceTech rotors).

    It is amazing how quickly the bike turns in and the drive-train greatly simplifies shifting.

    Unsure what size you are considering but they run a bit large...
    I'm 5'10" I do have a F400 26" hardtail from a few years back that makes me feel a little bit cramped so I was thinking about a large....would that be too big do you think??? I am looking at a LBS for a purchase so I am sure they will fit me with what is right.


    Thanks for all of the input. Right nowI am at a crossroads between a custom built Vassago USA made steel frame 29'er with SLX/Reba/Rigle Expert tubeless but it will break the bank. Custom Build just might be too much. Almost 7-800 more than factory built Cannondale

    The Cannondale has soooooo many great parts on it I might be able to pass it up. Only advantage---I have been on the Vassago and not the Cannondale. There are some others-can convert to singlespeed, can use almost wheel axle configuration out there-12, 15 through, 9mm etc We had a sweet Demo out here in SE Michigan a few weeks back and I tried to ride bikes I have never heard of or just have never seen. So, I didn't ride the Cannondale. But you guys are helping me make it really hard to decide. I really want to help out the little guy company but my pocket needs some lining too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Bone View Post
    I'm 5'10" I do have a F400 26" hardtail from a few years back that makes me feel a little bit cramped so I was thinking about a large....would that be too big do you think??? I am looking at a LBS for a purchase so I am sure they will fit me with what is right.


    Thanks for all of the input. Right nowI am at a crossroads between a custom built Vassago USA made steel frame 29'er with SLX/Reba/Rigle Expert tubeless but it will break the bank. Custom Build just might be too much. Almost 7-800 more than factory built Cannondale

    The Cannondale has soooooo many great parts on it I might be able to pass it up. Only advantage---I have been on the Vassago and not the Cannondale. There are some others-can convert to singlespeed, can use almost wheel axle configuration out there-12, 15 through, 9mm etc We had a sweet Demo out here in SE Michigan a few weeks back and I tried to ride bikes I have never heard of or just have never seen. So, I didn't ride the Cannondale. But you guys are helping me make it really hard to decide. I really want to help out the little guy company but my pocket needs some lining too.
    I'm 5'11" (33" inseam) and the medium 29er frame is perfect; I suspect that large may be a bit big for you.

    Another data point: I also have a 2009 F3 which is a large Caffeine frame...

    I believe that you should be able to wrangle at least a 15% discount from the LBS

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    In a somewhat similar quandary. I currently ride a Canfield Nimble 9, which I love. Unfortunately, it's on the heavy side (5.5 lbs. for my medium frame,) and the next generation will be another pound heavier. I race ultraendurance events, so I feel somewhat justified in worrying about a few pounds...
    I've been on the fence about whether to get a Lefty for my N9, or sell a bunch of stuff and just get a 2013 Flash 2. I prefer the Maguras to the Avids, and if,if I decide to run gears, it'll be a 1x10 and the XT Shadow+ is the bee's knees. Who am I kidding- I'll be selling the drivetrain to offset costs.
    I'm a single speeder, and will be using a BEER Components EBB.
    One thing you haven't brought up is suspension. Quite frankly, I've been stunned at just how good the Lefty is on the demo 2012 Flash 1 we have at the shop. I've ridden it a few times, and the performance is much better than any traditional fork I've ridden, and it weighs a lot less, too!

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    Thanks. Great info.
    Appreciate greatly.....

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