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    F300 upgrade question

    Hey gang,
    I have a few questions about upgrading my F300. I see that a lot of the more expensive F series models use(d) the same frame so I figued why should I spend 300 more dollars and get the same bike with a different front fork? First of all I ride mostly on the street but I encounter a of fairly steep roads, and I do beginner mt. biking on easy trails once in a while. I have a stock bike.

    As a general rule, what is the heaviest part of the bike besides the frame itself? Tires, wheels, drivetrain, or what?

    What is the most important upgrade to do and why? I want to upgrade as things break, but I don't want to get a 700 fork and skimp a bit on the drive train and find out that I should have gotten a better drivetrain and skimped on the fork.

    Thanks in advance,
    Steve

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    Nevermind guys, I got some answers here
    Last edited by jetfan2207; 11-17-2006 at 06:43 PM.

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    #1 = Wheel set = less rotational weight, bike will feel lots quicker.

    If your not doing much off road I doubt you would get much reward from a $1400 SL carbon Lefty.

    Mike

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    if you're riding almost mainly on the road, get a used c'dale R-something - which would most certainly give you a much more efficient ride on the street.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetfan2207
    Hey gang,
    I have a few questions about upgrading my F300. I see that a lot of the more expensive F series models use(d) the same frame so I figued why should I spend 300 more dollars and get the same bike with a different front fork? First of all I ride mostly on the street but I encounter a of fairly steep roads, and I do beginner mt. biking on easy trails once in a while. I have a stock bike.

    As a general rule, what is the heaviest part of the bike besides the frame itself? Tires, wheels, drivetrain, or what?

    What is the most important upgrade to do and why? I want to upgrade as things break, but I don't want to get a 700 fork and skimp a bit on the drive train and find out that I should have gotten a better drivetrain and skimped on the fork.

    Thanks in advance,
    Steve

    Well its more than the fork that is different.There are also Upgrades in the drivetrain area....
    Wheels may be your best upgrade for 'performance' but really I dont see much you need to do, for the kind of riding your doing.. A MTB on the street (most of the time) is kinda like an H1 that sees a walking path a few times a year....
    It's probably fine the way it is....
    CDT
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    Thanks guys,
    I know it's more than just a different fork, but I was just trying to make a point, that some of the more upscale bikes have the same frame. Also, I plan on doing more off roading as I get more comfortable with my bike.
    Thanks again, and no you don't have to move it, I figure you guys would know more about my bike than the general forum.


    Thanks
    Steve

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    I have a '04 F300 with the old CADD2 frame. Although I now use a Spesh Epic as my main trail bike, I will never part with my trusty Cannondale F300. I upgraded the really heavy Truvativ Isoflow crank with a lighter and stronger Shimano Deore Octalink crank which I got for $85.00 with splined bottom bracket. Got rid of my Judy TT fork and upgraded to a '04 85 mm Marzocchi Marathon SL fork, shifters, casette & rear derailleur from Shimano Deore 8-spd to SRAM X-7 9-spd and upgraded the stock Cannondale V-brakes to AVID Single Digit 7 brakes and levers. Not top of the line stuff but good value upgrades that I know will last as long as the Cannondale CADD2 frame. As a previous post said, upgrading the wheels will also make a lot, if not the most difference (hopefully I get to do this too).

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