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    F29 1 or F29 Carbon 3???

    OK, after a few different posts seeking enlightenment, I have decided to pull the trigger on an F29 over a Trail SL 1 and even a Niner EMD 9 & AIR 9. So I know what I want... sort of.

    My final question is: Should I go with the F29 Carbon 3 over the F29 1?

    The geometry is the same. The Lefty is the same. The drivetrain is different. But most importantly is there a notable benefit in Carbon vs. Alloy when it comes to an XL frame? Will this be a big benefit (weight or otherwise)? For a couple of bucks more I can go with the carbon, and I figured it is easier to change individual components down the road instead of changing a frame. Am I missing anything else when deciding between the two?

    Well, I am going to be joining the Cannondale club, so I need some guidance from experienced MTBRs!!! Please help me spend my money!!!

    Any info would be welcomed.

    Many thanks,

    Amstaff 814

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    The carbon 3 is incredible bang for the buck. The crank is a downgrade from the F29, but I'd say if you can afford the extra 300 or so, go for it. That said, I saw a sign that F29 1 is $300 off via Cdale, but I think it may have been a March dealio. If you are a medium, snag the carbon, my LBS said they couldn't order me one. Cdale is out.

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    Re: F29 1 or F29 Carbon 3???

    Carbon for sure. Best place to go big on money initially is frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clobber View Post
    The carbon 3 is incredible bang for the buck. The crank is a downgrade from the F29, but I'd say if you can afford the extra 300 or so, go for it. That said, I saw a sign that F29 1 is $300 off via Cdale, but I think it may have been a March dealio. If you are a medium, snag the carbon, my LBS said they couldn't order me one. Cdale is out.
    That makes sense on why the quote for the F29 1 was so good. Does Cannondale usually post info like this ($300 discount)somewhere for consumers to see, or is this just for the bike shops?

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    Love my alloy 1. If you prefer a flex-free, ultra responsive ride, its the choice.
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    I have the Carbon 3 in medium and am really impressed with it. It is my first 29er and my first carbon frame. All i can say is this is one amazing bike!.

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    What to do! What to do! I think whatever I end up going with, Alloy or Carbon, I will be getting a great bike.

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    I got the Carbon3 a couple months ago and after hitting the trails for about 170 miles I just cant seem to get to ride it near enough. Needless to say I love this bike. I'm no expert but I love that it absorbs the rough stuff really well.

    This is the first lefty I have had and the only complaint I have is that I still cant ride it without hands...it wants to steer left for some reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bowfish View Post
    I got the Carbon3 a couple months ago and after hitting the trails for about 170 miles I just cant seem to get to ride it near enough. Needless to say I love this bike. I'm no expert but I love that it absorbs the rough stuff really well.

    This is the first lefty I have had and the only complaint I have is that I still cant ride it without hands...it wants to steer left for some reason.
    It's not your bike, it's you

    That or your cable management.
    and no, I am not missing the other half of my fork....

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