> Hi Gang,
> I'm new to this newsgroup and this might be an old topic, so flame me into
> the dirt if you desire....but accept my appolgies if this is a dull topic
> by now.
> So anyway, here's the deal: I'm in the market for a new bike and am
> interested in Cannondale (among others). I'm wondering how people feel
> about their front suspension (I'm not considering the Super Vs). I've
> heard very extreme opinions of Cannondale - most people I've heard from
> either love them or hate them. The problem is that most of these people
> are shop owners/employees (obviously biased to some degree) or non-serious
> off-road riders.
> So it's time to ask the aficionados.
> So how does the front end work (do you like it)? I'm also curious about
> frame strength too (I tend to thrash pretty hard). How about their Coda
> line of equipment that all the bikes are fitted with? Is that stuff any
> good or is it Cheeze Wiz? So I guess I'm just soliciting general comments
> about Cannondales in general.
> And here's one specific question someone might feel like answering: Are
> their non-suspended frames (with regular head tube) suspension ready? Can
> you put a suspension fork on them and not have the handling go to hell.
> If it makes any difference, I'm mostly interested in the F1000 and F700
> models (front suspension models) but am curious about putting something
> like a Judy (or equiv.) on their non-suspension frames.
> All responses are greatly appreciated and returned!
> Thanks much
My friend just bought a new F700. It's awsome! The shock is great. It
feels diferently from a lot of shocks (probably because it has no flex, I
don't know). The Coda components are really just some aftermarket stuff
with the coda name on it. (Dia-Compe brakes, Sugino cranks,etc) The brakes
on his bike are eapecially good. You can stop on a dime with 1 finger. As
to your other question....I ride an M700 with a Manitou 3. I love it, and
I've had no problems. Your looking at a great bike either way.
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