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    F29 1 ?

    Anyone got a f29 1 alloy? How has it been for you? Toying with gettin one. Also looking at the f29 5 and 4. I am being told by the lbs that it is very maint free. what you think?
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    No real such thing as maintenance free on any bike imo. Maybe if you don't ride it, but you will have to do something to it eventually if you ride it.
    '12 Flash 29r C3 with a few mods
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    Well, hardtails are generally lower maintenance compared to fullys since there are no pivot bearings or rear shocks.

    You need someone with knowledge to assemble and grease all the parts and tighten all the important bolts to specifications and then you're pretty much care free for a decent time period.

    If there are no defects on the bike, you'll probably only have to change tyres and brake pads after a while.

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    Mine is brand new so not much long term advice-- I think they are referencing the lefty when they say it is less maintenance. The bearings are easier to reset on the 2013 and newer forks than the previous leftys with a boot. Here is another post that talks about it. So far love mine and got a great deal on it--

    Does 2013 lefty require the "bearing reset"?
    '13 Cannondale F29 1
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    This shop has this at $1699. I just hesitate at $1700. Don't even know for sure I will really love the sport. But another school of thought is most of the depreciation will be eaten up with the sale price so if I don't think I like it I should be able to get my money out of it. I am looking at $1300 bikes so I guess it isn't that big of a leap but MAN!Seems to be a really good price. This Is harder than buying A CAR!

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    If it's last years model they are taking $1000 off--that is a pretty good deal. Other 2014 bikes in this price range won't have as good of components. I'm not sure as far as getting your money's worth from resale. Have you tested out other bikes in your price range?
    '13 Cannondale F29 1
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    Yea I have ridden superfly al, Stache 8,felt Trail 50,kona kahuna, gt,giant talon and several others. The one I would like to try is airborne goblin and goblin EVO. Just with the first bike I was looking at having the lbs support but not A deal breaker though. I have a friend who said he would teach me how to work on the bike and theres always You-tube!LOL The lefty feels good. I also like the cannondale sl2. Seems like most of these bikes are pretty nice it is just what feels good. Just need to decide. Like has been said here don't think I will be saying "I wish I had gotten a lesser bike" Whichever way I go!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishboy316 View Post
    Yea I have ridden superfly al, Stache 8,felt Trail 50,kona kahuna, gt,giant talon and several others. The one I would like to try is airborne goblin and goblin EVO. Just with the first bike I was looking at having the lbs support but not A deal breaker though. I have a friend who said he would teach me how to work on the bike and theres always You-tube!LOL The lefty feels good. I also like the cannondale sl2. Seems like most of these bikes are pretty nice it is just what feels good. Just need to decide. Like has been said here don't think I will be saying "I wish I had gotten a lesser bike" Whichever way I go!!
    You can order a Goblin and your LBS should be able to price the build, you just won't be able to test ride before buying. Also, just because you don't buy from your LBS doesn't mean they can't help with maintenance, apart from the stuff you can do yourself. I've heard the goblin is impressive- I've had an Airborne FS in the past and was satisfied- I looked into the FELT Nine 50 but a few of the components were a no-go for me.

    Granted MRSP is so bloated it needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but I don't think you'll be dissatisfied with what you get for the price of the Cannondale. Goodluck on finding a bike, I know I stressed when I upgraded but it was worth the research I put into it
    '13 Cannondale F29 1
    '12 KHS Flite 450

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    Hey tonicspark,I see you have a F29 1. How do you like it? This is my first mountain bike and am stressed as hell over it. I won't be buying a new bike anytime soon after this so I want to do it right! I have read so many stats and specs that they all look alike anymore! Just keep thinking DAMN $1700!! Probably going to go ride the f29 this friday to see if it really calls my name!If not may be the goblin or the goblen EVO.
    Let me know how you like yours.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishboy316 View Post
    Hey tonicspark,I see you have a F29 1. How do you like it? This is my first mountain bike and am stressed as hell over it. I won't be buying a new bike anytime soon after this so I want to do it right! I have read so many stats and specs that they all look alike anymore! Just keep thinking DAMN $1700!! Probably going to go ride the f29 this friday to see if it really calls my name!If not may be the goblin or the goblen EVO.
    Let me know how you like yours.
    Thanks!
    I've only taken it out a few times (snow and 7 degree weather right now) but so far I love it-- Light, responsive and the fork is phenomenal. I've had mid-level Rockshox and Manitou forks and this has been my favorite on XC trails. With that being said... my first trail bike was a $500 steel machine weighing over 35lbs with lackluster components. I didn't even consider an upgrade until I realized the difference the lighter bikes made for me (a 5'6" female at 115 lbs.) Just test them out and also ask your LBS- whatever decision you make you can't go wrong, it's a bike.
    '13 Cannondale F29 1
    '12 KHS Flite 450

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    I'm thinking of getting F29 1 for myself now that 2013 models are on big discounts, so any owner imput would be much appreciated.

    How much does the bike weigh (I'd go tubeless)?

    Carbon F29s are nice, but they're over double the price with same or even lesser components.
    That's a major turn off :/

    I hear alloy frame is pretty light as well.

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    I dont think they are anywhere near double. In fact when I was going to buy my flash 2 I was looking at a stumpjumper. They were with in 100.00 of each other. Them main difference was the cannondale had the lefty and that ate up a bit of the price. The stumpjumper had elixer 5 vs 3 and had x9 shifter vs x7. You pay for parts. I was fine with the lesser parts in order to get the lefty. Whats left onupgrade after the lefty? Nothing. The stumpjumper had a reba and I can be certain I would have wanted a SID cery soon after. It probably saved me some money in the end.

    My flash 2 is an amazing bike. I had my lefty serviced twice under warranty sadly but was looked after. I also recently found a crack in the frame 2.5 weeks ago. Cannondale has a new frame on the way already. These things can happen to any bike but I will say , make sure the LBS is good and you like them. You cant do any warranty through cannondale with them. I learned my lesson.

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    No, I mean difference in price between Alloy and Carbon ones are double with similar level of components.

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    Ahhh.

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    I have a Flash29 alloy 1 - you cant beat one for 1700!!! get it. the left is great
    Epic Flash Boris F65X + road bikes

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    I am really leaning that way. Goin to ride it on friday. may just bring it home! Goin to ride the superfly again and the Cannondale sl2. But probably will get the FLASH. I forgot to tell you all lbs is also throwing in a $100 store credit! Was thinkin goblin/goblin evo but this is a deal.BTW my daughter sent me $300 toward my bike purchase and now she will be home from Texas friday to go on test rides wth me! Doesn't get a whole lot better than that!

    Thanks Bill

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