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.
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