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    F5 vs F4 and maintenance costs

    I'm looking to get back into biking and wanted to get an idea of the hidden expenses involved with owning a front suspention bike. My previous bike was a Diamondback Road bike which basically required nothing to maintain, but I love the look & feel of the F5 & F4 and want to do some trail riding. So I was wondering if anyone has taken in their headshock for service, and if so, what did they charge, and how often is it recommended? I ride about 200-300 miles per year, and only when it's nice out, so I'm not looking to race or anything, just enjoy some nature with a hastle free experience. Lastly, are there other components (brakes, derailers) that might be finicky to maintain that I should stay away from? The other option I'm looking at is the Rockhopper line and the Motobecane Fantom Comp (I like the color). Would either of these make a better choice?

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    If you want to spend more time riding your bike then maintianning, deffintely go for the cannondale over the other brands. And go for the F4 and get the headshock

    Under the riding conditions you described your headshock should only require maintenance once a year. Say in the srpingtime befor eth e weather truns good and you start riding a lot.

    All bicycle parts int he price range you are looking at are going to be about the same. Spend the first 5 - 10 hours of riding on the road or light trails. This will let eveything stretcha nd get set in like your brakes. Then have eveything readjusted and all the bolts recheked. You should be good to go besides normal cahin and drivetain cleaning for a year at a time.

    That is as long as you are only riding 200-300 mile s ayear in good weather on mild terrain.

    But by far the cannondale frame and headshock are going to hold up much better than the other options you have listed. In Fact the headshock is one of the best forks on the market period. I compelete replacemnt cartridge is only $250 and rounitne maintenace is well under the $50 level depending on where and what is done.
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    I forgot to mention that I bought a 2005 f600 and raced it with good sucess. eventually i upgarded all the parts but the frame and headshock are still in great shape and as someoen who gets a new bike everyyear by selling what I bought the year before, i am inclined not to let this one go.
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