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    Quote Originally Posted by wallstreet View Post
    Read this about tyres as you need to know how to use the right ones :-


    Racing Ralph / Nobby Nic / Rocket Ron... what's best? Singletrack Forum

    Next topic Nic on Front & Ralph on rear

    Review: Schwalbe Nobby Nic and Racing Ralph Tyre Combination | Bicycles Network Australia

    Beautiful bike btw, I have two Lefty Flash & love them
    Thanks for the info.
    New tires are a must. The stock tires look a bit minimalistic for my taste. Schwalbe (although I have never used them) were already on my short list.

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    My shop recomended the SAVE? seatpost. Anyone care to comment on its value/performance?

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    The post is 234g I think, I like it and feel slight flex at mid rpm's. You can probably get lighter, however it takes some of the rattle shocks better than alloy. It's engineered to have 40mm movement it is perfect, some hard @ss rpm guys may find it not rigid enough.

    Personally have this on both my Flash Lefty's. I would recommend it if you like the plush feel, it takes the edge of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MC9.5 View Post
    So I got the bike home today and its in my garage on the stand awaiting its 1st ride tomorrow. This should be interesting as the ride will be a 6 mile NIGHT RACE held by my local shop. I rode the coarse yesterday and timed it on my 32lb Single Speed. I cannot wait to compare times. Wish me luck!

    Here it is in all its glory (reflectors/plastic pedals and all) after picking it up @ lunch time today. Just got done getting rid of the junk and tuning it up. Ready to go!

    Looks great! For me its going to between the Trek Superfly elite or the Cannondale exactly like yours
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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    Looks great! For me its going to between the Trek Superfly elite or the Cannondale exactly like yours

    Thanks!
    I have ridden both versions of the Superfly, great bikes but really lacking in the tight turn department... I loved the bike everywhere else on the trail. Certianly suited for a specific type of riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wallstreet View Post
    The post is 234g I think, I like it and feel slight flex at mid rpm's. You can probably get lighter, however it takes some of the rattle shocks better than alloy. It's engineered to have 40mm movement it is perfect, some hard @ss rpm guys may find it not rigid enough.

    Personally have this on both my Flash Lefty's. I would recommend it if you like the plush feel, it takes the edge of.
    My thought was to drop some weight and add some compliance to the ride. I dont spin high RPM, as I prefer to mash a large gear. A little movement will not bother me. MBA mag just had a test on the Niner post and raved about. It sounds like the Niner post is .07lbs lighter but more expensive... Might as well stick with the C-Dale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MC9.5 View Post
    Thanks!
    I have ridden both versions of the Superfly, great bikes but really lacking in the tight turn department... I loved the bike everywhere else on the trail. Certianly suited for a specific type of riding.
    In what areas do you think the Cdale handles better than the Superfly? I did notice the Superfly seems longer and not as well on sharp turns. The cannondale felt more like a 26er. I can see the Trek handling open single track very well. Of course this is coming from a parking lot test. I would like to hear your observations.

    I wonder if i could do away with a 26er FS owning one a Trek superfly or cdale F29?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    In what areas do you think the Cdale handles better than the Superfly? I did notice the Superfly seems longer and not as well on sharp turns. The cannondale felt more like a 26er. I can see the Trek handling open single track very well. Of course this is coming from a parking lot test. I would like to hear your observations.

    I wonder if i could do away with a 26er FS owning one a Trek superfly or cdale F29?
    I will not be able to speak intelligently until my first real ride on the F29 tonight (about an hour/cannot wait!). Like you, I have only a parking lot test and a quick spin around my hood last night to compare the two. I have put 12miles of single track down on the Superfly. To make my decision, I knew the Superfly would not be the bike I was looking for, the F29 felt great in the lot, so I went out on a limb and pulled the trigger on the F29. I hope my speculation is correct!! I will find out soon enough. I will certainly report my findings for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MC9.5 View Post
    I will not be able to speak intelligently until my first real ride on the F29 tonight (about an hour/cannot wait!). Like you, I have only a parking lot test and a quick spin around my hood last night to compare the two. I have put 12miles of single track down on the Superfly. To make my decision, I knew the Superfly would not be the bike I was looking for, the F29 felt great in the lot, so I went out on a limb and pulled the trigger on the F29. I hope my speculation is correct!! I will find out soon enough. I will certainly report my findings for you.
    Yes keep us/me informed. I have yet to ride the superfly but did ride a trek cobia which I believe has most the same geoetry as the superfly. I know the Superfly has better components and better frame material. My LBS (Trek) most never carries anything above a trek X-caliber ($1700). They will happily order what I want though. But the cannondale dealer has higher end bikes like yours instock and some demos. Going there tomorrow to see if they have a demo ready. I have been a fan of Trek and Cannondale for years but the Trek dealer makes it hard without having demo bikes while the cannondale does. Both dealers are pretty good. But as you can see by my signature the trek dealer is my primary.
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    Speaking of tires I had racing ralphs on my 2004 Arrow F sixteen (euro bike) and they were a great tire. Actually better than I thought they were now looking back. Also look at kenda slant 6. I have been happy with those. Seem to be a good happy medium tire.
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    It appears my speculation has paid off. I had a great ride tonight. After riding the superfly and now the F29, I am left with this conclusion = The F29 is the better bike for me.
    The lefty performed flawlessly (and getting full travel). This is suprising because I never checked the air pressure in it as it felt good straight out of the shop. Will check it soon though...
    Cornering was superior to the Superfly. I didnt have any issues with that. Being at night, racing and not really trusting the bikes (&tires) capabilities yet, I did blow a couple corners, albeit not bad. I really cannot blame the bike there. I feel confident that with some time in the saddle, any cornering woes will be erased.This is not something I would claim with the Superfly.
    The only thing I struggled with was pedal strikes. I am not used to a bike with such a low BB. With all my other bikes I am used to pedaling out of the hard corners due to the higher BB. It is a habit I will have to break. The stikes were only a real issue in the corners. But let's face it, I was racing and trying to pedal whenever possible...
    The best part of all was that I shaved 5+ minutes off that same loop compared to this past Sunday riding my other bike. While yes I was racing, I didnt feel like I tried any harder than 2 days prior.
    So far I am very happy!

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    Well done!

    It's the best choice and I know you will not look back that's why I have two Leftys as well.

    I would suggest you change the tyres.

    Assume you had Racing Ralph's on the bike? Were the conditions dry or wet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wallstreet View Post
    Well done!

    It's the best choice and I know you will not look back that's why I have two Leftys as well.

    I would suggest you change the tyres.

    Assume you had Racing Ralph's on the bike? Were the conditions dry or wet?
    conditions were mostly dry w/only a couple sections of slime. The race trail was cleared with a leaf blower a couple days prior so it was CLEAN! Had there been leafs to deal with it may have been a different story. There is not much to that front tire that is on there now...

    I was a bit worried this Lefty only had 90mm (my 1st susp fork in the early 90's had more than that...) but worry no more! The Lefty really held its own. Not once did it occur to me while riding that it was only half of a traditional fork. I say that because many people have already asked me if while looking down, that would bother me. My response: I dont look at my front wheel

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    My hi-mod is slammed down and I may raise the angle as it feels nervous going downhill vs my 29er. It seems you have the right characteristics you need, the 90mm for XC is enough.. It's also a comfy bike as the Carbon and SAVE features take up the road conditions of bumps & thumps.

    It's a thrilling bike - fast in most conditions, I would suggest Nobby Nics on the front for now and if you like to tart her up do this (white stripes)


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    All else equal...a lower BB will make the bike handle better.

    I ride a Flash 29er and my brother rides a Superfly 29er.His bike has less wheel hop on steep climbs due to the longer wheel base but simply can't hang in the handling department.
    My large Flash has a shorter wheel base then his Med Superfly but this does have to do with the G2 geometry.

    I am no question faster on my Flash 29er then aboard my 26" Rush that i adored "still do" but Cannondale really has the geometry of the Flash dialed in.

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    I am 5'9" with about a 30 in inseam....medium on the flash?
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    If you want to keep those crank arm ends looking good. They have crank arm ends and crank arm protectors (shoe rub area) specific to your crank arm

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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    I am 5'9" with about a 30 in inseam....medium on the flash?
    Should be fine, I am 5'11", 31" inseam. Running medium on both bikes, small maybe too small but best is that you go in to try both Small & Medium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wallstreet View Post
    Should be fine, I am 5'11", 31" inseam. Running medium on both bikes, small maybe too small but best is that you go in to try both Small & Medium.
    I'm 5'11" with a 30" inseam and went with the large. There is not alot of standover clearance and I am running the seat all the way forward. I have a 90mm stem on order which should get my seat back in postition. Even the way it is, I felt very comfortable on it. I too normally run a medium frame...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    If you want to keep those crank arm ends looking good. They have crank arm ends and crank arm protectors (shoe rub area) specific to your crank arm

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    thanks! The green ones would match nicely. Although my initial plan was to wait till I wear the rings off these cranks and go with a single ring crank. I NEVER use the granny or the big ring...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bird View Post
    All else equal...a lower BB will make the bike handle better.

    I ride a Flash 29er and my brother rides a Superfly 29er.His bike has less wheel hop on steep climbs due to the longer wheel base but simply can't hang in the handling department.
    My large Flash has a shorter wheel base then his Med Superfly but this does have to do with the G2 geometry.

    I am no question faster on my Flash 29er then aboard my 26" Rush that i adored "still do" but Cannondale really has the geometry of the Flash dialed in.
    I'm not sure I have ever owned a bike with a BB this low before. I'm with you, it will make the bike handle better. I do not see this as a negative at all. I just need to re-program my brain to the difference which may take a few rides I'm sure.

    You are correct about the Superfly lacking in the handling dept. It sure felt good on the straights and swoopy corners though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MC9.5 View Post
    thanks! The green ones would match nicely. Although my initial plan was to wait till I wear the rings off these cranks and go with a single ring crank. I NEVER use the granny or the big ring...
    Not a problem.....plus they are cheap too!

    Did your bike come with SLX shifters without the gear indicators? It says on the website it has deore shifters but just was at the LBS and the bike on the floor had SLX. I was talking to the guy about getting one after the holidays. He said if the one on the floor is gone sometimes he can have a long wait to get one ordered from cannondale. They said cannondale builds a number of bikes (specific models i assume) and it may be up to 6 months until he can get another. But without a crystal ball to tell the future I will just have to cross that bridge when I get to it. it. I can also check other dealers in the area. I am not too far from Atlanta. How did the brakes work? LBS said according to their scales the medium is about 23lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    Not a problem.....plus they are cheap too!

    Did your bike come with SLX shifters without the gear indicators? It says on the website it has deore shifters but just was at the LBS and the bike on the floor had SLX. I was talking to the guy about getting one after the holidays. He said if the one on the floor is gone sometimes he can have a long wait to get one ordered from cannondale. They said cannondale builds a number of bikes (specific models i assume) and it may be up to 6 months until he can get another. But without a crystal ball to tell the future I will just have to cross that bridge when I get to it. it. I can also check other dealers in the area. I am not too far from Atlanta. How did the brakes work? LBS said according to their scales the medium is about 23lbs.
    I do not have gear indicators, so I believe thery are Deore.
    See if you can work out a layaway program with your shop. This is what I did. I heard the same about waiting...
    The Magura MT2 brakes worked well. I have not tested them on long downhills, but for XC use they seem more than capable. Not overly strong & they have good modulation. The lever feel is precise. My 1st time w/Magura's and I now see why they have recieved good reviews. I will certainly update this once I have more time in the saddle.
    Without pedals, mine was just over 24lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    Not a problem.....plus they are cheap too!

    Did your bike come with SLX shifters without the gear indicators? It says on the website it has deore shifters but just was at the LBS and the bike on the floor had SLX. I was talking to the guy about getting one after the holidays. He said if the one on the floor is gone sometimes he can have a long wait to get one ordered from cannondale. They said cannondale builds a number of bikes (specific models i assume) and it may be up to 6 months until he can get another. But without a crystal ball to tell the future I will just have to cross that bridge when I get to it. it. I can also check other dealers in the area. I am not too far from Atlanta. How did the brakes work? LBS said according to their scales the medium is about 23lbs.
    Correction: My bike IS equipped with SLX shifters without gear indicators (just checked). Checked the web site and it does say Deore...

    Looks like I may have to get those tires sooner than later... While checking the the shifters, I noticed my front tire was FLAT! It appeared to have the slightest of snake bites on one side. Patched it up for now. I need to get with the swing of things and buy some 29" tubes!

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    Still planning on checking out the Trek's for comparison. Dont care for specialized which is instock at the cannondale dealer also. Going to make some calls to see if the Trek stores in the Atlanta area have the 2013 Superfly elite instock. Still leaning towards the Cannondale though.
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    Someone I thought on here did the same comparison & ended up with the Flash

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