Cannondale CAAD2 F700 Frameset

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CANNONDALE CAAD2 F700

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[Jul 05, 2021]
ctubutis


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

No idea on its true age & build date. Everything about this bike just kicks effing ass, that's all there is to it. Never in my life have I been on a bicycle that handles & rides & performs like this thing does. My last mtb was an English-made Raleigh out of the mid-1980s, it was my college bike 1992-1995. It was slightly too small for me and the gears didn't work quite right, but I got used to it and did the best I could. Good machine, but the derailleur stuff eventually became just tooooo unstable and nobody could fix it, so I got rid of it just a few years ago. Been jonesing for a new bicycle ever since then. This Cannondale thing was GIVEN TO ME by my next-door neighbor... this thing lets me do just about anything I would ever want to do on a bicycle... the balance & control are just effing perfect... the torque applied to the rear wheel is infinitely adjustable via these twisty things at the handlebars, all while keeping my lets rotating at the exact same rate, THAT blows me away. The brakes do exactly what I want. The front suspension absorbs just about anything I've thrown at it, this thing glides down the road like a sports car.

Weakness:

Hard to say, I haven't ridden it enough to totally understand what I have here. First and foremost, I guess I want the seat to be angled upwards just a bit more (closer to my nuts, I guess)... I'm 6.1", and the seating position has me continuously arched forward with my body weight distributed at my elbows. It works pretty well and maybe I just need to get used to it, but I sometimes just want to sit upright... which it can do (quite well, in fact, steer with my fingertips) but this is an extremely agile & maneuverable device, I sense that I could quite easily lose control if I don't keep my act together. The twisty gearshift things, I'm kinda torn... part of me wants the entire hand grip to rotate instead of just the front edge, but I absolutely LOVE how I can control the torque output by just twisting my wrists, that just blows me away. No comments on the front suspension, not enough experience yet. https://youtu.be/rqz-4CTrAfQ

Price Paid:
0
Model Year:
1998
[Sep 05, 2003]
Derek Jordan
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Strength/Weight/Price ratio, prettier than a full moon. Fast and responsive.

Weakness:

Some of the throw-away components. Also, I came along this bike when disc brakes were just a fan$y option--at least locally--so ended up with rimmers. Very stiff, which I like, but you may not.

Like the reviewer below, I mourn the absence of the likes of the F700 this day. It was everything a real, working mountain bike (sans DH) could ever aspire to; at least as far as I know. It's timeless form and grace still apparent even after three years of brutal, epic XC riding four days a week, it sold for just $200 less than purchase price. The Headshock was unfailing--just pull the boot down and clean/relube every couple months. The frame seemed indominable. I'm not a pro-level racer or anything, but nobody could pass me if I didn't want them to. I only sold it when (almost unintentionally) I scored a 2003 C'dale F1000--w/ti lefty, Hayes hydro, xtr, mavic, etc.-- from a Miami, FL bike store. As good as the F700 was, this one is so much smoother.

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Wouldn't call meself a Cdale fanatic, per se, but due to being in the right place/time (NW Wash. in November) I've always managed to score concurrent year's top model for no more than $1000

[May 22, 2003]
Brian Matula
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

*L-I-T-E! As one whose previous off road jaunts were made on the throw aways I've cobbled together from parts since I was a kid, or my older steel frame MTB, the CAAD 2 aluminum frame, even though outdated by 2003 standards, still stands as an achievement. You can pick it up with a few fingers, and it rides up hills with ease. And it rides better today than even some new aluminum bikes i've tested. I even took the gears off and road it for a month as a singlespeed and the light frame made it no harder than w/ gears!
*Lock-out! Since I sometimes ride the bike on the road in the winter months when it's snowy, the lock out for the front fork is great. Plus, since I sometimes ride on the street to GET to the local trails, the lockout really works. Plus the headshock fork has an aesthetic simplicity of design that reminds me of a traditional rigid fork; it has this cool understated look that belies it's ability to absorb shocks, rocks, and roots.
*Reversible stem: the threadless handlebar stem can be flipped upright or canted downwards to provide a flatter riding position. I like it down.
*Frame gaurantee! Cannondale builds it in the U.S. of A. and says it won't break. If it does, it's warranted for the life of the frame, so no worries!
*The ppatriotic paint: my f700 is the Olympic edition so it's red white and blue. GO USA!

Weakness:

The medium frame size is too small to really use the mater bottle mount on the seat tube. But the one on the downtube works fine!
* Grip shift. I prefer an actual lever or something to flip, thank you. The grip shift takes longer to shift than a rapid-fire setup or even the old thumb shifters of yore. In fact, the rapid-fire style shifters on a junk mtb i restored actually shift better.

Lightweight. Cool. Easy to use. If you ride offroad at least several times a week this, or any cannondale, is worth the bucks. Even does duty as a winter bike. I don't race i mostly ride alone so can't comment on that, but I have ridden down some nearly virtical trails in the woods, and this bike makes it a less frightening experience. Light weight makes it easy to lug over anything you can't clear, like fences, trees over 4 feet thick, etc. You might want to put on new shifters, but other than that this mtb really has no flaws. offers a truly great ride at a not to bad price. A recent visit to cannondales website informs me the f700 is no longer featured, which strikes me as sad if it is true. This bike is a really good package for the cyclist.

Similar Products Used:

1996 Trek 820 MTB with aftermarket Rock ShoX fork; several other used MTBs, one of them a cheapo aluminum duel suspension which I broke in half by accident

[Feb 18, 2004]
Lars
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

This bike has outlasted thousands of riders (universally) since it was new, and still rocks! It was used heavily (read "pounded") as an urban trick bike for the first 3 years of its life by a 180lb rider. I bought it from my friend, and when the Headshock broke I began adding the following over time: killer Marzocci MX Pro fork (via Cane Creek headset), Thudbuster seatpost, Avid SD7 and 160mm disc w/ SD7 Levers, sram 9.0 der's, WTB Laser saddle (all of this used and essentially 'free' except for $80 headset adapter) and new 8spd sram cassette.

Weakness:

Headshok really "held bike bike" - was just not up to the par of the bike (it's REALLY rocky here). I realized the true value of the bike once I installed the Marzocci.

It's incedible for what it is. Yes, I would get a Blur or the likes if I could afford it... but I truly LOVE this bike...still!

I now have a super squirty little rocket hardtail that takes a POUNDING three to four times per week on my local blazin' rockfest and never, ever moans! To be fair I weigh in at a reletively light 160lbs, but ride after abusive ride, year after abusive year it takes it in stride!

Most of my friends ride heavy DH bikes in the 40lb / $4000 range - we share 95% of the same trails! Hmmm??? Weighs less than 25lbs.

[Jul 02, 1999]
JASON
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

very light frame, no flex, good for climbing over logs ext, and its still in one peace.

Weakness:

high price tag, VOLVO DECALS

F700 VIPER RED, PAYED $780 END OF YEAR DEAL,THIS BIKE HAS BEEN VERY GOOD TO ME. IT TAKES A BEATING EVERY WEEKEND. I LIKE IT MORE THAN THE SUPER V I WAS THINKING ABOUT BUYING. SO I WILL JUST KEEP IT UNTIL IT BREAKS....

Similar Products Used:

rock hopper, GT backwood, cannondale alpine, SV 900

[Aug 26, 2000]
Matt
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

strength, weight, very very stiff (good climbing etc), looks cool

Weakness:

very very stiff (sore a$$), headshox

Ive managed to brake alot of stuff on my bike but my frame has been the only reliable piece. it has a very comfortable feel to it, and its kept me on the bike when i thought i would be on the ground. u can tell its stiff when u fish tail and ur bike skips the ground near the end, thats because my wheels suck though. u need strong wheels with this frame, just strong components because this bike beats everything, including the rider. learn how to take the rigidity and u then u can appreciate what it does for u, i find it kinda fun to have my bike shaken around, hey ur on a bike not a luxury car... expect to take hits but if u get a real sore a$$ get a cane creek suspension seat post. its a fun reliable frame, just i can only upgrade with headshox and i wish i had the option of other forks on the market without buying a goofy adapter. i give it a 4.75, but i cant so it gets a 5

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