I'm seriously considering buying a Cannondale Super V Active 2000 full
suspension bike for cross country riding. Perusing the various bike
newsgroups, I've not seen any postings about this bike. I'd like to hear
from anyone who owns one, has ridden one, knows about them, etc., or has
an opinion about the subject of my following questions. All replies will
be SINCERELY APPRECIATED.
1. How does the 2000 perform with it's stock, "out of the box" component set-up?
(I've ridden the bike at two bike shops, but neither place would let me
take it off the asphalt - which, with this bike is like no road test at
2. Is it worth upgrading the the fork from Cannondale's Headshok DD50 to
their Headshok Fatty? (I'm 6'3", 200 lbs and ride pretty aggressively)
3. Would I be better off with Grip Shift or XT RapidFire+ SL shifters? (I
know Grip Shift vs. RapidFIre is and endless argument that comes down to
personal preference, but is there any clear advantage of one over the
4. Related to #3, If Grip Shift is the way to go, is it worth upgrading to
Grip Shift's new ESP 900 shifters and rear derailleur? (The V 2000 comes
with Grip Shift SRT-800 X-Ray, XT rear derailleur.)
5. Clipless Pedals - Are the Shimano M747s reliable in snow, ice, mud? Is
there another pedal out there better for these kind of conditions? (I'm
currently using Shimano SPD 535s and they ice up or get caked with mud too
easily and then won't clip.)
Sorry for the length of this post, but I could really use some advice
(technical or otherwise) here. This is a big chunk of change and I'd like
to think I'm getting a good value for that money!
Thanks to everyone in advance for their assistance. Post here or e-mail me at
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