Cannondale Flash Carbon 29er 1 29er Hardtail

DESCRIPTION

  • Fork: Lefty 29'er Carbon SL w/DLR, 80mm
  • Rims: Stan's ZTR Arch 29
  • Hubs: Cannondale Lefty SL, 32 hole front
  • Spokes: DT Swiss Aerospeed
  • Pedals: Crank Brothers Egg Beaters
  • Chain: KMC X9 SL 9-speed

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 01, 2013]
John

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Light, fast, efficient and very stable on downhills

Weakness:

2013 retail pricing is an outrage. Front shock has a lot of stiction. Dealer had to swap the internal cartridge after a few weeks.

This is a great bike. It climbs and handles rough terrain extremely well. The 29er wheels really to help in rocky and rough trails. However it is a racing bike so you feel every bump in the trail which requires a "hardtail" riding style for any longer ride. Having said that, the bike is so fast, you may be changing your definition of what a long ride is. I ride the Colorado Front Range, and this is a great choice for the rocky trails in the area. If you can somehow manage to pay something less than retail, this is a great bike for both racing and XC riding.

[May 11, 2012]
sprocketjockey9

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

2012 version: Climbs great, Lefty fork is amazing. Descends really well and is quite nimble for a 26. Stock wheel set is pretty solid

Weakness:

Not a big fan of the SAVE seat post, paint seems to chip way to easy. Standard Lefty Stem/Bar creak is there....If you're lefty feels like crud, you really need to bleed the lockout. Mine came this way and I know 5 other bikes that did. Cannondale should really make a better effort to inform shops to do this

Fully upgraded to XX parts spec (except crank) and also have a set of Stan's Race Gold 29er. Really enjoying this bike so far. In fact, been riding it non stop for the month that I've had the bike. Climbs like a rocket and don't feel like the bike is holding me back while descending. Really really dig the lefty shock, just tracks so well through the rough stuff. I can descend on this bike as smooth and fast as I could on my Superfly100 and don't have the weight penalty going uphill.

[Mar 15, 2012]
Bird
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

This is for the 2012 Flash.
Weight...parts spec....looks....ride are all spot on.

Weakness:

Cable routing for front derailleur.

This is the most efficient bike I've ridden.Climbs effortlessly,descends with confidents and surprisingly handles like my 26" XC bikes.The save technology really does save.lol
Not sure why but it really was not that much of an acclimation getting use to 29" wheels.This bike does everything better then my Cannondale Rush but with additional speed.

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Have had several high-end XC bikes in the past.This is my first 29er.

[Oct 12, 2011]
Chris
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Impeccably detailed frame. Gives a very confident and solid ride. Great component set on the Flash 1 store build (thank you Helen's).

Weakness:

Points out only too clearly that I am the weak link in the bicycle-rider relationship. Throw away grips

A stunning piece of equipment! As most are, I was skeptical about the capabilities of the Lefty suspension, especially as a heavier rider (240 lbs) but forget that……this system is for real! It’s only when you look down that you are reminded that there is only one stick going down to the wheel. The XLR model on my Flash 1 keeps the big 29 hoop on the front in line on the downhills and, with the lockout on the handlebar, is stiff as a board on the uphills. The component set on this store bought build is a mix of XO, X9, XT, and Cannondale SL Hollowgram. Whether it’s the bike tying everything together or just the quality of the individual parts, they all have been working seamlessly. The stock bars are way too wide so cut them down a bit to suit your taste. If you are predisposed to carbon hardtails and don’t mind the extra bumps coming down then this is the absolute way to go. Cannondale knows what they are doing with carbon fibre, something that is best not left to manufacturers who just dabble in this material.

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Tried Niner Air Carbon, Santa Cruz HighBall carbon....both very nice but the Flash is just rock solid.

[Jul 30, 2011]
mnyquist
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Light, Fast, Lefty Fork

Weakness:

None

Fast and light. Lefty handles great. After a year on this bike I am still excited about it. I use it on a mix of singletrack and gravel roads. Set up Tubeless with Stans Crest/Tune hubs. Switched drivetrain to full XX and brakes to Formula R1 (I have used XX and Formula R1s on my FS 29er.) Recently sold my FS as it wasn't getting any use. I am riding Southeast and Southwest Michigan Trails (no big climbs, just short/steep). If you are looking for a fast XC bike, this is it. I have not ridden this in any endurance events, but I think it would be comfortable enough for a long day in the saddle. Stiff BB and enough compliance to make the ride comfortable. I highly recommend this bike. Tree Fort Bikes service has been second to none, as well.

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Ellsworth Evolve

[Jul 05, 2011]
goatbike
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light, Rolls fast, and Turns heads.

Weakness:

Non yet

I made a gamble moving from a full suspension 26er to a 29er hard tail but it is paying off. The tail bounces around a little more but not much due to the 29" wheels that roll over the trail very nicely. The pay off is Im faster and I don't feel as tapped out after hard rides. The SAVE systems helps a lot in smoothing out the course. By the way, I like the white foam grips.

Similar Products Used:

Flash Carbon 29er 2

[Feb 27, 2010]
michael s
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

21 pounds out the box. New 29er geomerty shorter wheel base so bike handles like a race bike, but front can be floated and dosn't dive to the ground.

Weakness:

none yet

the 26 inch flash cost $1500 more, so this is it get it before cannondale figures it out. The flash carbon 29 weighs 23.5 lbs

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