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    Smile Need help on selecting my first bike Quick 4 vs. CX 3?

    Hi all,

    I need help on selecting my first bike... I'm 5'2 and 120 lbs....I will be using my bike on the weekends on biking trails in the Northern California areas. I've narrowed my bike choices to either the Cannondale CX 3 (Small) or the women Quick 4 (XS). My friends told me I should get a bike with some sort of suspension which the CX 3 offers but at the same time I know the bike will be heavier. Should I go with the CX 3 with suspension (a bigger and heavier frame about 30 lbs) or try the lighter Quick 4 with carbon fork but no suspension (about 24 lbs)?

    Thanks!!!

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    Unless you intend to ride on rough surfaces (dirt trails, washboards, etc.), then suspension is unnecessary.

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    Well I'm 5'9" and purchased a Quick CX3 and am Loving it. Nice light love the white color with all black wheels. A few notes. The riding style is very upright def not mountain bike you will feel a differance. I mainly use it for recreation trips to the market, or just joy riding. I placed Continental 700x37 slick tires on it and let me tell you its fast. I lock out the front suspension for long road rides and its fast bike smooth shifing. However for around town off curbs or pot holes or just uneven streets the fronts suspension def helps and absorbs bumps I am 5'9" 230lbs and I can confirm its a quality built bike. Note the CX 3 in Small is about 28 to 27 lbs Cannondale quotes weights based on Medium frames.

    Heck the 2010 model looked exactly the same had hydraulic brakes and cost $1099. This years model has decent components and I paid $600 out the door. In July Cannondale is having a bike sale clearing out for the 2012 models.

    here I posted some pics ask me anything about the CX 3. Note the slick tires and a spare Continental was nice enough to send me an extra tire just because a road hazard cut into my rear tire but did not puncture it Continetal's safety system really works still riding on the damaged tire no loss of pressure at all. Nte how the front for is blacked out nice little touch to keep it all white and black. Really gets alot of looks eye catching. Already upgraded to rear Planet Bike LED and Selle Royal new saddle.

    shooting for a look like my first image.








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    If you riding on a road I would skip the suspension it will just add weight. No suspension less waight you will be bit faster too.

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    Thank you all! I tried out the CX 3 in size Small and felt that the bike was a bit heavy, the tires are kinda big 37?, the suspension didn't really work on me due to my weigh (not heavy enough) or the suspension might have been too tight. I went online and found the 2010 Cannondale CX Ultra and I asked my LBS to order it for me last night. I hope the Ultra will be light than the CX 3. Do you guys think that the CX Ultra will be a better bike than the CX 3 and Quick 4? I listed the Specs for the three bikes below.

    Cannondale CX Ultra Product Specifications[/U][/B]

    * Frame: Quick CX, double butted, mech formed, 6061 alloy w/internal disc mount
    * Fork: Headshok Fatty Ultra, air sprung DL 80 w/lock out
    * RearShock: N/A
    * Rims: Maddux DC 3.0
    * Hubs: Formula DC-20/22, 32 hole
    * Spokes: Stainless steel, 15g
    * Tires: Kenda Small block Eight, 700 x 35c, 120 TPI, folding
    * Pedals: Wellgo LU C25
    * Crank: Shimano M442, 48/38/28
    * CrankOption1: N/A
    * CrankOption2: N/A
    * BottomBracket: Tange cartridge type
    * Chain: KMC 9-speed
    * RearCogs: Shimano HG-50, 11-32
    * FrontDerailleur: Shimano Deore
    * RearDerailleur: Shimano Deore
    * Shifter: Shimano Deore
    * Handlebar: Cannondale C3, 650 x 20mm riser
    * Stem: Cannondale XC3
    * Headset: Cannondale HeadShok Si
    * Brakes: Shimano 486 Disc
    * BrakeLevers: Shimano 486 Disc
    * Saddle: Quick Custom
    * Seatpost: Cannondale C3

    Cannondale Quick CX 3 Bike - 2011 Specs Specification
    Best use Bike commuting & touring
    Bike style Hybrid bike
    Bike frame material Aluminum
    Frame 6106 aluminum
    Bike suspension Front suspension
    Fork Fork RST Neon Custom, 50mm of travel
    Crankset Shimano M-171, 48/38/28
    Bottom bracket Tange cartridge type
    Shifters Shimano Acera
    Front derailleur Shimano Alivio
    Rear derailleur Shimano Alivio
    Rear cogs Sunrace CSG66, 11-32, 8-speed
    Number of gears 24
    Brake type Disc brake
    Brakes Tektro Novela mechanical disc
    Brake levers Cannondale CBL 8.0
    Rims Maddux Disc X320
    Front hub Formula DC-20, 32h
    Rear hub Formula DC-22, 32h
    Wheel size 700c
    Tires Continental Double Fighter, 700x35
    Handlebar shape Riser bar
    Handlebar Cannondale C4
    Stem Cannondale C3
    Seat post Cannondale C4 Alloy
    Saddle Cannondale Quick CX
    Pedals Wellgo platform
    Headset Tange Custom
    Chain KMC Z82

    Cannondale Quick 4 Women's Bike - 2011 Specs Specification
    Best use Bike commuting & touring
    Bike style Hybrid bike
    Bike frame material Aluminum
    Frame 6061 aluminum
    Bike suspension No suspension
    Fork Quick Carbon, alloy steerer
    Crankset Shimano M131, 48/38/28
    Bottom bracket Tange cartridge
    Shifters Shimano Alivio
    Front derailleur Shimano M191
    Rear derailleur Shimano Alivio
    Rear cogs Sunrace CSM668, 11-32, 8-speed
    Number of gears 24
    Brake type Rim brake
    Brakes Tektro TX 120 V
    Brake levers Tektro R381A
    Rims Element Xero C3
    Front hub Element C3
    Rear hub Element C3
    Wheel size 700c
    Tires Kenda Kwick Trax, 700x38
    Handlebar shape Riser bar
    Handlebar Cannondale C4
    Stem Cannondale C4
    Seat post Cannondale C4 Alloy
    Saddle Cannondale Quick Ergo Performance
    Pedals Platform
    Headset Tange Custom Si
    Chain KMC Z72 8-speed

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    The 2010 Ultra in Small size because of the headshock could be a pound or 2 less than the 2011 CX 3 in small but a minimal difference. I know my LBS has a 2010 Ultra on Sale for $700. But I am more than happy with my 2011 CX plus teh headshock lever robs you of some place to put a trip computer. No doubt you'll love the 2010 Ultra.

    I am holding my breath because the 2012 Quick CX models may bring BB30 to this class. Heck from 2010 to 2011 Cannondale dropped the prices by $300 a 2010 Quick CX FS which is the same frame and bike called today 2011 Quick CX 3 went from $1099 to $775.

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    Thanks! $700 for a 2010 Ultra is a GREAT price as the MSRP is about $1300+. Too bad Cannondale requires buyer to pick up the bike in person. I managed to have my LBS to special order me one and I asked them to match the price for me with another dealer in Wisconsin... I paid $750 + tax for it. I hope the bike weights no more than 25 lbs since I'm only 5'2.

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