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  1. #1
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    Cannondale bike comparsion

    I am just getting back into mountain biking. I am looking at a 2011 Cannondale Trail SL3 and a 2010 Cannondale F5. I can get the 2010 (closeout) and a great price from a bike shop so the warranty would apply. I realize the SL3 has hydralic brakes and the F5 has mechanical disc brakes. Any advice on these two bikes? It looks like the frames are basically the same. Thanks.

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    They're close enough in spec that I'd go with whichever is cheapset. Enjoy!
    2014 Seven Ti geared bike (in the womb!)
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    2012 Seven Steel SS w/rigid fork

  3. #3
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    I was in the same boat, i chose the SL3 because of the brakes, white paint, and the fact that an XL 2010 F5 is really hard to find.

    Plus it is the first bike i have ever bought brand new.

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