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    New question here. Best Late 90's Early 2000 Cannondale

    Hey what would you guys consider the best Late 90's early 2000 Cannondale for Trail-riding and XC and how much would you pay for it?

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    Or you could just ask them their opinion on your thinking about buying a '97 F1000, lol

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    ^^^ yes i could but I let someone else buy it. So now I am try to find and explore more options. the only thing i know i that i want a cannondale.

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    this...

    http://www.mombat.org/1997_Tinker.htm

    i really wouldn't like to say what i'd pay for it though.

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    ^^^ Nice anyone else got any others they want to list?

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    2001 Jekyll 2000.

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    2002 Cannondale Good Boy.

    Never was a cooler bike made.
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    ^^^ Very Nice Dream Bike

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    Probably the 99 or 2000 Team Volvo Cannondale F5000. Hard to find a faster hardtail.

    Anything with a CAAD4 or CAAD5 frame and a Fatty SL or Ultra fork will be a very nice. I would stay away from 97 or 98 because 1999 was the first year that the Fatty SL was out and on production bikes. Not much changed from 1999 until 2004 or so when the Optimo framesets came out.

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    thanks for that helpful information.

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    Yeah, the CAAD5 frame is a stone classic - l'd prefer it to any of the current HTs to be honest with you. Personally I don't rate the headshok as something to be riding around these days, so unless you're into the heritage of the bike and want to ride something authentic I wouldn't pick up one of these. They're still decent for a dedicated race bike though.

    CAAD5 from early 2000s and a newish lefty is a great bike.

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    Thanks Jbone how would you compare the newer furio frame vs the CAAD5?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrwinkle
    Thanks Jbone how would you compare the newer furio frame vs the CAAD5?
    Cannondale sent me a Furio as a warranty replacement for a CAAD4 frame that I broke. The Furio rides just like a CAAD4-5. Same geometry and overall feel. The Furio did not have the same smooth flowing lines on the frame, you could tell it was a more inexpensive frame. Rode just like a CAAD4-5. Stiff bottom bracket etc. Great bike.

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    Sorry but I must...Merlin Fat Ti. I built two for local riders and spent some time on them. Not sure how common they are to find or at what cost, but they were light, fast and smooth on your lower back.

    Bargains are out there, but so often older USA Cannondales aren't always a good deal.

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    CAAD4/5 MTB
    Ultra Fatty
    Volvo colours

    Can't get more "glory days" Cannondale than that! I'll pass on the Coda disc brakes though

    Though to be brutally honest, the quality of ride from the Headshoks of that era is agricultural to say the least. I'll second JBone's suggestion that a more workable setup would be a CAAD5 + a current era Lefty.

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    THIS: Jekyll 3000, '02
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    I like my 1998.5 f3000 for nostalgia and the stinger fade paint job. Caad3, xtr, and raceline d's just look great..too bad it is noticeably more flexy in the seat stays.
    It was predictable and still went everywhere I pointed it for 6 years of hard riding.
    The caad5 frame in titanium fade would be a sweet ht and it is very stiff. The lines and craftsmanship are there too.

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    I ride a '99 f4000 (caad4) and all I can say is, it is greater than great!
    I didn't have the chance to try / ride the caad5 frame.
    But if I do find a mint caad5 frame, I'll jump on it.
    I also have a '06 f4000 (optimo) frame but still would go for the caad5.
    They're true classics for me. I feel as if I'm driving a '57 Chevy when I'm riding it.

    Bottom line: Go for a f3000/f4000 (caad4 / caad5) pre 2000 .

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    Coda brakes

    Quote Originally Posted by rek2
    CAAD4/5 MTB
    Ultra Fatty
    Volvo colours

    Can't get more "glory days" Cannondale than that! I'll pass on the Coda disc brakes though
    Coda Competition discs were phenomenal, the Experts were a joke.

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