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I tend to ride fairly easy single track and firetrails etc. I'm not super interested in hardcore downhill stuff.
What are peoples opinion of this model- I think it's very well specced for the price. The only obvious difference from the other more expensive models is the fork. How is the Fatty 80mm regarded? And indeed is 80mm sufficient for my needs? There is a big step-up in price when you get the Lefty fork. I quite like the simplicity of the Fatty as it means I can use my existing wheels.
Being a Flash, I expect it to be quite favorable in the weight department
The frame itself is pretty good. It's very agile, perfect for singletracks. It does however have a relatively harsh ride, the flexible chain stay design doesn't work as well as on the carbon equivalent.
I'm gonna try a wider tire in the future to compensate for this.
On the subject of forks, my Lefty developed a creak and was serviced under warranty.
So good points there for the customer survice.
I was hoping 80mm would be enough travel, so that allays my doubts.
Interesting you mention the Flash frame being rather harsh- I suppose the ride quality and geometry is more suited to a race bike? Like you mention better keep the tyre size larger.
Cannondale say the Flash frame is 1450 grams- how does that compare with other aluminium hardtail frames? The Fatty fork is 1250 grams I believe which should result in a pretty light bike.
The Fatty HeadShok is like an institution at Cannondale. It's a tried and tested reliable set up. It's what Cadel Evans was using when he was winning MTB World Champs all those years ago.
I havent checked weights in that category, but if it's around the weight of an equivalent Scott Scale I'd say you're onto a good thing.
If I get the XTR cranks, will I also have to get the specific double front derailleur and XTR shifters? Or can I just use the existing triple stuff but limit off the triple?
And now I'm tossing up the sizing- Cannondale sizing is a bit weird in that I'm 179cm tall, the medium is 43.3cm/17" while the large is 47.5cm/18.7".
I've opted for the large but I sort of fit between the medium and large which is annoying
I'm 184cm and my road bike is a Merlin CR size M (55,5cm actual top tube with a 120mm stem). I really like the low stand over height - also for riding curves because i can use my underlegs to balance the bike through tight corners when descending standing up while in the hoods.
I tend to prefer smaller bikes, but Cannondale size guides says that if your between 179 and 186 should chose a size L. however the top tube seems kind of long and stand over height is 1cm taler than my road Merlin - This is my first MTB.
Does anyone know the standard stem length on Cannondale Flas 26" MTB size M and L ?
mvh. Morten Reippuert Knudsen @Merlin Works CR, Chorus 15, Reynolds 46/66
reippuert wrote:How did the size L work out for you?
I'm 184cm and my road bike is a Merlin CR size M (55,5cm actual top tube with a 120mm stem).
Pretty well! I'm 180cm and the large is on the slightly larger size, but it's totally fine. What's difficult is that I'm a height which is pretty much between a medium and a large so I could totally ride either. Good thing about the large is that I can run a standard 100mm stem, while with the medium I guess I'd need to run a 120mm stem, which of course is getting long for modern MTB standards.
The only negative with the large is that the standover height is marginally higher.
Here is an image of the bike when I first got it to give you a sense of the seatpost height:
2016 Cannondale EVO Etap 13.8#'s
2012 Cannondale Supersix EVO etap 13.7#'s
2017 Cannondale SUPER X Force 16.0#'s
2016 Cannondale FatCad2 28.1#'s
2011 Cannondale Carbon Flash 1 17.9#'s
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