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    Anyone been out on a Alloy Flash 29er?

    Lots of comments in this forum about the carbon, but I'm looking for a Hardtail 29er in the $14-1700 range. Thoughts are, Flash 3, GF X-cal, Stumpjump comp, ect.Anyone have any saddle time with an Alloy flash? Also know of an approximate weight, esp. compared to the other bikes I listed. Pics r cool with me. Thanks.

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    They have been slow to ship. I have not seen one as a result.

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    There are a few here with some, all seemed pretty thrilled as far as I remember.

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    I bought a Close Out 2009 Caffine 2 29er which is almost the Same Bike as the Flash 3. I'm putting Geax Sauaro's, a new Seat (wider) and a Stan's Kit Straight away.

    2010 Flash 3 29er
    http://www.cannondale.com/usa/usaeng...3-Flash-29er-3

    2009 Caffine 2 29er
    http://www.cannondale.com/usa/usaeng...ame-technology

    These are great race bikes, the 2010 Flash 3's are behine on production May 26th is the next Batch.

    I owe $300 more on Mine I will give a ride report then
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    While the paintjobs look alike, the Flash is a completely new frame compared to the 2009...

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    It has Steeper Angles and the new Batches will be made in Taiwan (makes a difference to some). Look at the links on my last post all the differences are listed. The rear section of the frame does look a bit different on the new on. Even the Parts Specs are fairly Close.

    Mine is going on Stans Flows with a Chris King rear Hub I'm gonna cut out of another wheel I have on a 26er.
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    2009 Caffeine 2 Made in the USA

    2010 Flash 3 Made in Taiwan
    Yes I would buy a Flash as my Rock Hopper 29er is Made in Taiwan
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    I almost forgot, the Caffeine 2 I bought in XL weighs 26.11lbs no pedals Stock.
    Not bad, the Flash 3 should be something like that.
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    My flash 3 was made in Bedford PA.
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    If you HAVE a Flash It's probably Made here, if you are getting one of the New Batch they will be made in Taiwan.

    I hope they don't stop doing the Double Pass Welds, seems that they are foucusing the race level stuff to the Carbon Framed Flash bikes.

    Let's see your Flash 3 Pics Pics Pics
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    Um, none of the 2010 Flashes will be made overseas. ALL of them will be made in Bedford.

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    I was told otherwise by a Cannondale Retailer. They are gonna stop making bikes here altogether. Even the Carbon ones are supposed to be made overseas. Actually two retailers have told me this.

    Check this link out
    http://www.feedthehabit.com/mountain...ilt-in-taiwan/

    and this one
    http://urbanvelo.org/cannondale-clos...on-facilities/

    Here a thread in the subject
    Cannondale Taiwan and where its all going.

    Do you have any supporting information indecating the Flash will be made here? These links state they are gonna be done in Bedford this year.

    According to this link all 2011 models will be Non Us Bikes
    http://velonews.competitor.com/2009/...ifficult_90148

    2011 production probably starts in June to be ready for fall.
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    I've got a Med. Alloy Flash 29 1 frameset as a warranty replacement for an '08 Caffeine 2. It still has the HMIUSA statement on the inside of both seat stays. Here's a crappy cell phone picture.

    A few comments. Had to install a -5 deg 90mm stem. Felt stretched out and taller than the Caffeine. I clip my heels on the flatter chain stays occasionally. The rear 29x2.2 Nevegal that's in the picture was removed. Tire clearance on the seat tube is tight. Only 1 bottle cage. Overall, I like the performance so far. First race in 2 weeks.

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    The 2010 Flash is a totally different frame than the 2009 Caffeine. Both are made in the US.
    My size Large weighed in at 23 1/2 out of box.
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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by pd406
    The 2010 Flash is a totally different frame than the 2009 Caffeine. Both are made in the US.
    My size Large weighed in at 23 1/2 out of box.
    That's a good looking bike. That level flash come with a nice parts kit. I'm gonna bring mine up to about that level.
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    Yes, production for '11 will be overseas but all 2010 Flash Alloy models (including those made in June) will be made in Bedford.

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    I also was looking at all the bikes the OP was talking about. X-Cal pretty much out of stock (and I live an hour away from Trek HQ's), Cannondale Flash's out of stock with only 9 scheduled to be made in the first batch for North America. The Stumpy Comp is the only one that a local dealer has in house. Test rode it yesterday and I gotta say I enjoyed it thoroughly. Maybe I'm better off looking at a 26er again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zerocool33
    I also was looking at all the bikes the OP was talking about. X-Cal pretty much out of stock (and I live an hour away from Trek HQ's), Cannondale Flash's out of stock with only 9 scheduled to be made in the first batch for North America. The Stumpy Comp is the only one that a local dealer has in house. Test rode it yesterday and I gotta say I enjoyed it thoroughly. Maybe I'm better off looking at a 26er again?
    No your not better off with a 26er. Give it a try you will like it. Here in Phoenix you will have to wait until June to get a Flash with a Lefty. None of the dealers have one and many of the next batch are spoken for. I saw this on the dealers computer. I bought last years because of this and the $400 savings.
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    Thx for all the info. I'm pretty sure I'll stick with the 29er. Unfortunatley, (for availablility sake), I'm starting to rule out the Specialized, mostly because has a 90mm fork and I want 80. I really like the Flash, but dislike the graphics. Maybe I'll wait. Maybe I'll go used, or upgrade a cobia. Screw it, maybe I'll just go Flash carbon and be on something I don't deserve!

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    I just picked up the 2010 Flash 29er 3. Can't wait to get out and ride. I demoed the 2009 29er 1 for nearly a month last summer and absolutely loved it. This one is not nearly as extravagant but should be similar. Our LBS here in VT has them in stock.

    BTW - it is made in USA

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    I finnaly pickedup my 2010 flash29er-3, took forever to find one in an XL size, got lucky someone ordered one and didn't want it. So far i put an easton riser bar and a WTB seat. i had an 08 caffine 29er before, They really changed this bike a bunch, i love it.


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    Good job!

    That bike looks good. I plan on getting an Easton Rzer myself (either XC Carbon or EA 70 in white) My stock bar dont have enough back sweep. Iiking the White Fork)
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    I got a 2010 medium 29er 3 on Friday. After a few initial rides, I am more impressed with it than my 2009 GF X-Cal. Jury is still out, but so far, so good. FYI: There is (or was) a large 2010 29er 3 on Craig's List. $1400. Guy says he rode it one time on the ad.

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    Des Moines, Iowa CL ad. Left location out.

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    I have a flash 29er alum 2 and I feel really good about the purchase a couple of months in. I've done fairly minor changes, the biggest is that I'm currently converting to tubeless. I've been riding more than previous years and generally feel pretty good on the bike since it fits me pretty well. For the heck of it, I took my old tank (26er, FS) out this weekend and came to the conclusion that I probably need to sell the tank, I'm just not a fan of riding it anymore.

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    After waiting for a carbon, and getting depressed without a bike...an unspoken for Flash 1 Alloy showed up at the shop. I got a good deal on an XTR kit and built it up as shown in the picture.

    Love the bike, it's done well for me in races and I really feel that the Lefty fork is THE way to go for 29ers, saves about 3/4 lb over most other 29er xc forks. The Alloy 29er product line is likely the lightest per dollar of any bike brand. The carbon frame is approximately 1 lb lighter still.

    There are only two things not to like about the bikes that I can see...

    -Can't go narrower than XTR crank.
    -Tight clearance; tire-front der.

    Pics are posted elsewhere as well...but here you go.
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