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  1. #1
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    Opinions on Cannondale Rush 5

    I have been shopping around for a used mountain bike and came across a C'dale Rush 5. It is a 2008, XL and in perfect condition, pretty much all original parts. Guy is asking $950.

    I was not really looking for a FS bike as I will be doing quite bit of riding around town but do intend to ride some single track from time to time as well. Anyway, I am now giving this one some thought and was wondering if anybody here had any opinions on this bike and the price?

    Frame Rush, 110 mm

    Fork Lefty Speed Bonded DLR2, 110 mm

    Rear Shock FOX Float R

    Rims Mavic XM117 Disc, 32 hole

    Hubs Cannondale Lefty front, Shimano M475 rear

    Spokes Mach1

    Tires CST Caballero, 26 x 2.1"

    Pedals Wellgo Clipless

    Crank FSA Alpha Drive, 22/32/44

    Chain SRAM 9-speed

    Rear Cogs SRAM PG-950, 11-34

    Bottom Bracket TruVatiV ISIS GigaPipe SL

    Front Derailleur Shimano LX

    Rear Derailleur SRAM X-7

    Shifters SRAM X-7 Trigger

    Handlebars FSA XC-281AOS, 25 mm rise

    Stem Cannondale XC3 HeadShok, 31.8 mm

    Headset Cannondale HeadShok Si

    Brakeset Avid Juicy 7 w/160mm rotors

    Brakelevers Avid Juicy 7

    Saddle Cannondale X-Country

    Seat Post Cannondale Alloy

    Colors Lightning White (gloss) (WHT), Charcoal Grey w/Jet Black (gloss) (GRY).
    Size XL Extras Cannondale V-Tech Grip

  2. #2
    No good in rock gardens..
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    Jul 2005
    I have the 2008 Rush 4SL and quite like it. They pedal quite well - though mine has the RP23 I only really use the Propedal (in the middle setting) on really smooth, long climbs. In the big ring the suspension is less active by design.

    The Lefty works quite well and the brakes are pretty good.

    Can't comment on the price as I don't know what they were new in the US.

    One thing these bikes suffered from, is chipping or peeling paint around the bolt that secures the upper shock mount.

    The only irritation I find with mine is the lowish bottom bracket height - in rocky conditions the cranks tend to whack rocks a bit.
    Less isn't MOAR

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