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    cannondale vs felt question (and fisher too)

    someone asked a similar question a while back but didnt get any responses. thought i would change the title instead of just bumping.

    i want to get a cannondale caffeine f29, but the felt nine elite has also caught my eye.

    from what i can tell,

    cdale = better fork (i prefer the lefty),

    felt = better components,

    cost is about the same,

    and frames...not sure. anyone? if im not mistaken, i think these are the first 29ers for both manufacturers, so that might be a difficult question.

    also, anybody have any thoughts on the gary fisher utopia or kaitai for an entry level 29er? its for somebody else--a beginner, size small. these bikes are supposed to be hybrids but the frames are fisher 29er frames and can fit decent size knobbies. the bike would primarily be for commuting with a possible trail now and then; it would probably see more pavement then dirt, so i thought it might be better than a serious 26er mtb.

    any thoughts?
    Last edited by snowdenn; 03-19-2007 at 07:12 PM.

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    I can not speak for the C-dale or felt (both look nice), but as for Fishers, the Utopia is a nice bike, but more a hybrid than mtb. I might suggest the Cobia if for entry level as it is more dirt oriented, but would be just fine on pavement as well. You can always put skinner/cross tyres on for commuting/pavement, but with the Cobia's fork, you can run fat tyres no problem- Utopia you are pretty much stuck with skinny tyre front. Cobia's and Utopia are close in price and you get a better frame with the Cobia (better tubing) and components.
    Hope this helps.


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