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    What I settled with.

    After much contemplation, test rides, and selling off my 08 Carbon Enduro, I officially settled with the 09 Cannondale Moto Carbon 2. Had its official run over the weekend and was throughly impressed by the bikes potential. Doesn't climb as good as the Enduro did, but I'm going to have to say that it feels lots smoother flying downhill. Still getting the front and rear all dialed in, but that leaves me excited for spring!

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    That's a pretty pimp color scheme. I dig it.

    Does the bottom eye of that shock mount to the front triangle or rear triangle?

    Also, is it just me, or does that bike have the longest head tube of any modern mountain bike ever built?
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    the head tube is a fatty, and I know for sure that its the largest out of any carbon frames.
    The 5.0 mounts to the rear triangle which comes apart into 3 pieces as well. Before I bought the bike the hatchet drive looked a little complex and busy, but I'm pretty happy with the performance side of it.

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    That thing looks like a rube-goldberg experiment by the santa cruz bullit designer! LOL

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    Funny you should mention Santa Cruz. I personally like this bike, but Cannondale uses a strange bit of marketing with this shock mount design:

    "The design re-orients shock forces in two directions for better force dispersion and, because it actuates from two directions, it breaks seal stiction faster for premium suspension performance"
    Santa Cruz calls BS on this quote with a decent explanation. Andrew, don't let one company's opinion of another company's marketing department slow you down. That bike is light and fast
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    I'd say the marketing types like to hype it up. However, I would trust the C-Dale design over Kona's weird-a$$ link and retro looking secondary "shock" any day. If it's so revolutionary, how come I don't hear more about it or see more people riding it?

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    Because it's maaaagickkkkkkkk...
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    SWEET LOOKING BIKE! I wanted one, but settled on a Yeti 575, it's a bit lighter, almost as much travel, climbs really well, and truth be told I got an employee discount on the yeti. Something I couldn't have done with the C'Dale. Enjoy that thing!
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    Well, there are many reasons you don't see certain bikes like Konas "on the front range", and many of them have little to do with facts. While none of us would be willing to following the herd instinct, it still influences your purchases. I am sure there is a region where Kona is a popular choice, and is also recommended to new bike purchasers. That maaaaagickal place sure ain't here though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewnielson
    Doesn't climb as good as the Enduro did, but I'm going to have to say that it feels lots smoother flying downhill.

    I'd rather adjust my riding style to accommodate a bike on a climb than make adjustments for the down, any day.
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    We're gonna have a Kona Cadabra in our demo fleet in a few weeks. I'm excited to spend some time on it.
    On the few short test rides I've taken, the most noticeable thing is that I didn't really notice anything....which was pretty cool.

    To the OP, congrats, that looks like a fun bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowtron
    We're gonna have a Kona Cadabra in our demo fleet in a few weeks. I'm excited to spend some time on it.
    On the few short test rides I've taken, the most noticeable thing is that I didn't really notice anything....which was pretty cool.
    We expect a full write up after you guys have spent more time on it.

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    Yessir. I think those bikes should be showing up in about 3 weeks. Hopefully the weather will be cooperating by then.



    Quote Originally Posted by Guyechka
    We expect a full write up after you guys have spent more time on it.

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    My friend has a moto and loves it. What is more amazing is watching him eat up technical stuff on this bike.
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    Oh man, that's a tough bike to "settle" on!
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    daddy likes. wow, now it needs to be dirty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR
    I'd rather adjust my riding style to accommodate a bike on a climb than make adjustments for the down, any day.
    oh it still eats up climbs, but doesn't have the on the fly climb feature like on my e150 on the Enduro. I'm thinking that this will be a great frontrange bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandonj1979
    ... but settled on a Yeti 575, it's a bit lighter, almost as much travel, climbs really well, and truth be told I got an employee discount on the yeti....!
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    Congrats!
    that's one beautiful looking rig ... too clean, of course, but that's easy enough to change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jake7
    Congrats!
    that's one beautiful looking rig ... too clean, of course, but that's easy enough to change.
    oh we'll take care of that next week when it could be in the low 50's

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    Is that the one that has been sitting on the floor at REI downtown for the last couple months? I was checking it out just the other day. Nice bike!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR
    I'd rather adjust my riding style to accommodate a bike on a climb than make adjustments for the down, any day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simonns
    Is that the one that has been sitting on the floor at REI downtown for the last couple months? I was checking it out just the other day. Nice bike!!

    -Simon
    nope not from REI...do they carry cannondale mtb's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewnielson
    nope not from REI...do they carry cannondale mtb's?
    Yeah, they have that exact bike I think, looks pretty bad ass! I check it out pretty much every time I'm there. They have a couple other models too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonvelocity
    Funny you should mention Santa Cruz. I personally like this bike, but Cannondale uses a strange bit of marketing with this shock mount design:

    "The design re-orients shock forces in two directions for better force dispersion and, because it actuates from two directions, it breaks seal stiction faster for premium suspension performance"

    Santa Cruz calls BS on this quote with a decent explanation. Andrew, don't let one company's opinion of another company's marketing department slow you down. That bike is light and fast
    Ha ha, that's definitely some good ol' marketing BS right there. I guess normal suspensions somehow defy Newton's laws and skip that pesky "reaction".

    The whole "floater" trend provides more control over the leverage rate, with one con being that it increases the loads on the main swingarm pivot bearing. The Santa Cruz article is right on the money.

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