>P.S. I bought a '95 cannondale f700 in november for $1000. I love everything
>except the shock geometry. If I had just .5" of travel more I would be a
>happy camper, but it doesn't. I also don't like the bike on steep uphill's.
>With the headshock geometry the handlebars are higher up than a regular rock
>shok geometry. This makes the front tire lift of the ground on a hill that a
>rock shok sticks to.
There's a rumor (from some bike mag) that there's going to be a 2.5"
travel "Fatty" cartridge coming out next year which is retrofittable on
older Headshok bikes. Maybe you should start saving the $200 for it. :)
If you feel that your handlebar is too high, get the negative angle stem!
It looks kinda weird but keeps the handlebar height down. On _my_ F700,
the handlebars are about on par (heightwise) with similarly sized bikes.
You may also want to improve on your climbing technique (i.e. lean, lean,
lean forward but watch out for that stem "head"!). :)
>I've been eyeing the Cannndale F700 lately, and I found a shop that has both
>the 95 and 96 models. The 96 sells for $1400 and the 95 for $1050. What are
>the major differences between these bikes?
From '95 to '96:
1. Color; Blue or purple -> Yellow or cherry smoke
2. Rim; Sun CR17A rim -> Mavic 220UB
3. Pedals; Onza HO -> Ritchey's
4. Seat; Vetta Trishock -> Coda 700 (?)
5. Brake parts; weird "Force 40" cams -> conventional "H-pipes"
6. Name; 2.8/DD2 -> CAAD3/DD50
That's about all that I know of. IMHO, getting $350 off for these rather
minor differences is quite a deal. FYI, you might want to talk your LBS
into lowering the prices a bit; '95 F700's were selling for $949 here at