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    cannondale taurine vs caffeine frameset w/ custom build

    Hello,
    Im looking to build up a race HT, and have decided on cannondale. Im trying to decide wether to get a taurine or one of the USA made F series frames.

    The build will be -
    fork - Headshock fatty ultra dlr
    headset - cannondale
    bars - Syntace duraflite carbon, w/ SRP 53g bar ends
    stem - cannondale 25.4
    shifters - XO twisties
    brakes - Juicy Ultimate - tuned
    wheels - 240s hubs/cx ray spokes/ ZTR Olympic rims
    cranks - XTR 970 on Caffeine/ hollowgram on taurine
    f mech - XTR
    r mech - XO
    cassette - Dura ace 12-27
    chain - KMC x10sl
    saddle - Aliante braded
    post - Masterpiece

    whats the pick, i loved cannondales older aluminum ht's like the f2-3-4-5000series, how do the new ones compare qualitywise. would i be crazy NOT to go for the taurine, being lighter and all.
    Help me make the decision easier

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    If money is no object, get the Taurine. It's lighter but it also has a nice ride. It's stiff where it counts, soft where it's needed. It's like the best of both worlds: quick, fast, sprinty, solid yet at the same time very comfortable rear end. Not that the Caffeine isn't a nice frame but the Taurine is THE race hardtail of race hardtails!

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