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    F5 Upgradable?

    After a 15 year hiatus from biking I decided to get back into it. My 17 year old high end bike was showing signs of wear, and with a 1" steerer, it was costly to add suspension to my rigid setup. So I rushed out to buy a nice intermediate bike thinking that with 17 years of technology I would be happy with this level of bike. For $150 less than I paid in 1993 I picked up a 2010 Cannondale F5.
    After a year of riding it I am disappointed in 2 things; number one weight and number two, handling. This bike is 6 pounds heavier then my old bike, and the steering requires very big inputs to navigate the technical single track I normaly ride.
    Are their some key upgrades I can make to this bike or is it time to move on to a better platform?

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    First upgrade that makes a big difference would be wheels and tires....upgrading can be a real money pit though....
    A suspended bike always feels a bit more sluggish compared to a rigid, non suspended one.
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    I'd look to a higher end bike. It would end up being cheaper in the long run. Of course new wheels and tires and a better fork would help immensely. I bought my first good MTB in 1989 and those older high end steel frames are hard to beat for ride quality.

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    thanks for the input. I think that since all of the guys I ride with are turning to the dark side (29er's) I don't want to spend money where this bike really needs it, wheels and fork ( especially since it has the 1.5" steerer (I have found these forks very expensive)). I'll stick with it as is for as long as I can stay up with my buddies on the trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdalemaniac View Post
    First upgrade that makes a big difference would be wheels and tires....upgrading can be a real money pit though....
    A suspended bike always feels a bit more sluggish compared to a rigid, non suspended one.
    I think shifters and rear D is a better upgrade than rims/tires. that alone can make a huge dif....

    than next would bea shock. an after that rims/tires....

    or you can just ride it the way it is.....

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