Cannondale Rush 3 XC Full Suspension

DESCRIPTION

  • Frame: Rush, 110 mm
  • Fork: Lefty Speed Bonded DLR2, 110 mm
  • Rear Shock: FOX Float RP23
  • Rims: Mavic CrossLand UST
  • Pedals: CrankBrothers Egg Beater
  • Crank: FSA Afterburner MegaExo
  • Chain: Shimano 9-speed
  • Bottom Bracket: FSA Afterburner MegaExo
  • Shifters: SRAM X-7 Trigger
  • Handlebars: FSA XC-281AOS, 25 mm rise
  • Stem: Cannondale XC3 Si, 31.8 mm

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 19, 2013]
Vinnie

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light weight and climbs like a goat but also descends great for an xc bike. The lefty is amazing especially with it's lockout feature

Weakness:

LOW BOTTOM BRACKET!!

This was my first mountain bike and is still my current ride 6 years later. This bike is phenomenal all around. Climbing is a breeze, steering is quick and the lefty works like a charm. Over my 6 years of ownership there is not on stock part on the bike besides, well, the frame itself. My only beefs with this bike in its STOCK form are 1) the CST tires are too narrow 2) mechanical brakes are finicky and my last gripe (which is just solved by using a 2 ring crank w/ bash guard) is the low bottom bracket. I hit the bottom bracket big ring on rocks and log crossing far too often but with the bash guard and 2x9 drivetrain its no problem at all. Over all this bike is fantastic for a beginner to an expert.

[Oct 28, 2012]
K-Lubb G.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

I got this bike about a year ago on Craigslist. I ride this bike hard. Pushing it to its limits. I am constantly being amazed with its life. I have cased 30 foot jumps time and time again, even bottoming out the front and rear shock, and I am always able to pick up the bike and ride on. It is extremely versatile some days I ride strict XC and others I do some tech downhill and it handles it all incredibly. The frame is solid, it is relatively light and it handles great.

Weakness:

My front left fork has been leaking oil. It doesn’t seem to effect the performance, but its a hassle having to constantly wipe up the oil of the stanchions. It has an invert front fork and I am constantly being asked whether I put it on backwards! I will probably buy a new front fork considering its leak. I also got the 15in (small) size frame, and I am about 5.8 now, so i will need to get a bigger bike. Also the stock tires are way to narrow. I ended up putting a 2.4 on the front and a 2.6 on the back, compared to the stock size of a 1.8.

If you are serious about getting a bike a Cannondale RUSH 400 or any of their later models. You are making the right choice.

[Sep 01, 2012]
andyfsr
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Quick background
I broke my back in several places and was a decent all round rider then, but i looked like i was never to ride again. Then I said eff it, found this bike and am powering through it, (slowly, very and embarrassingly, slow) but it is good to be able to ride and review after 5 yrs off.
Solid platform-Rush 6 has decent component mix for the money.Climbs better than any bike I have owned-Stable on long XC snigle track

Weakness:

Seems long-Not the best in switchbacks but that could be because I ride a large and am probably better suited to a medium. 5'9 short legs long torso.
Brake jack going down hill, might as well be a rigid on the rear when you hit the brakes. Brakes a tad weak too, but work. I just quit braking, no more issues.

I bought mine used so it had different grips and some worn out tires but otherwise looked brand new. Very first ride was at a ski resort with new Forte' Tsali tires. Not the best place to test bike but it passed with flying colors and I look forward to going back, especially with bike more finely tuned to fit me.
Next rides were on Front range in the Rockies. This bike climbs. My brother in law is in 5 times better shape and I can climb short mean climbs that kill him and his pogoing bike. No Bob, no bounce just climb. Out in the open range going across country this bike just rocks. I like it.

Similar Products Used:

I have owned several bikes. Fisher Sugar. Specialized Enduro, Various hardtails, Riden more full suspension bikes than I can to list.

[Aug 20, 2012]
Andy Aaron
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

A Bit of background-EX amateur expert level motocrosser and decent bmx racer-Now an old has been that still enjoys riding. I have been on about a 5 year hiatus due to severe injury (broken back and ribs mostly) Sold my beloved Specialized Enduro believing I would never be able to ride again-Well a few surgerys and an extra 50lbs I decided pain or no pain to ride again. Found this for sale locally-thought simple would be better and I was right. Yes it has at best mid level to low level components, a Recon fork with just Air and rebound, but I never noticed, This thing climbs far better than I can, No Bob at all, X5 shifters never missed a shift, once air pressure was set front and back it was ideal. It goes where I want it to, climbs better than I can. My first ride out was a ski resort all downhill day-not the ideal environment but it took the abuse and when it was over it was as solid as when I got there. Next few rides have been at the front range of Colorado Mountains. This is where this bike truly shines. As a long distance XC marathon ride, this bike is ideal.

Weakness:

Now some bad- Brakes are weak, they slow you down but not with a lot of authority. Also rear end gets pretty rigid under braking, but it is a single high pivot so it is not a surprise. Also feels really long, good going down steep and wide but a bit more work on switchbacks, however it still goes where it is pointed just a tad wide at times. Might be able to tune that out soon.

Overall, I am very pleased with the bike-Doesn't have the All Mountain capabilities of my Enduro but then again neither do I possess those abilities either. But as a relaxed pace (I am fat now so that is how fast I go) over cross country terrain, this bike is great. And I was not embarrassed at the Ski resort, never fell never got into anything sketchy because of the bike.
Glad I got and am thankful I can ride.

Similar Products Used:

I have had all kids of bikes. Gary Fisher Sugar 2 a few different hard-tails, Specialized Enduro.

[Jun 17, 2012]
sandyeggo
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

- Acceleration
- Climbing
- Turning
- Simple, proven single pivot suspension.

Weakness:

There isn't much. Sometimes I'm jealous of my friends who have more travel, but I don't really need a lot of travel on the trails I ride.

I bought a Rush 4 back in 2007. I absolutely loved it. It accelerated like a cheetah, climbed like a goat, and turned on a dime.

Then I made a huge mistake: I sold her. In my defense, my knees were hurting and I thought road biking would be easier on them so I sold her to fund a road bike.

A year later, I realized that I generally don't like road biking so I spent thousands of dollars on various bikes and never found one that made me feel the way I did on my Rush.

So I went out and bought a used one off of eBay with plans of turning it into a 650b.

I won't be buying another full suspension bike any time soon.

This thing is fast, turns sharp, and is overall a blast to ride. Adding the 650b wheels made a great bike even better. It is almost like Cannondale designed it as a 650b. The increased BB height is helpful, and the additional rollover of the 650b is awesome.

I will say that 650b feels much closer to 26er than a 29er (and I'm fine with that).

Similar Products Used:

Cannondale Flash 29er, Cannondale Trail 29er SSer, Redline 'Cog 29er, Redline Cog 26er, Fezzari Solitude

[Sep 06, 2011]
Ealahan1
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Climbs and accelerates like crazy and leaves everyone I ride with in the dust on the hills. Point and shoot accuracy all around, I stopped hitting trees.

Weakness:

looks funny

This is my second full suspension bike. It is incredible... i was very close to buying the Santa Cruz Superlight when I found this bike on EBAY close to where I live. I bought the bike and have to say that the thing is incredible. I've only had it for a couple of weeks, but the riding improvement is evident. My buddy whose owned several Full Suspension bikes is being left in the dust now... Awesome for the Short guy! I bought it for the Single pivot design and the fact that everyone said it climbs great... They were right! I think I got a good price... it's a 2006.

Similar Products Used:

Trek Fuel 90

[Aug 20, 2011]
Zootown
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Frame. Suspension (design and hardware)The Fox Float RP2 and F120 RL fork are easy to set up and have performed flawlessly.

Weakness:

Tires, pedals, brakes.

What a great bike. I bought this as an entry level ride for endurance racing. I have put several hundred miles on it over the last couple of months, and it has not missed a beat. It inspires confidence while descending and LOVES to climb. There is virtually no pedal bob while climbing with the pro pedal engaged on the Fox RP2. It is very efficient. I have heard ugly things about the WTB Speedisc wheelset, but I have been very happy with them. At 210 lbs, I have put them through the ringer. They have yet to go out of true and are reasonably light for the price.
Drawbacks: The stock seat, a Fi'zik Nissense, left me numb in 5 minutes..so it went along with the stock 32 tooth rear cassette. The trails in Montana are WAY to steep and long for a 11-32 tooth (at least for this old guy)The tires are also pure suck. Do your self a favor, switch them out and run tubeless. It will save you a ton of weight and energy. The most glaring problem is the Avid Juicy three discs. They are underpowered, inconsistent and NOISY. They are the next thing to go.
Given the price of this bike ( Under a grand on ebay)The value is still fantastic given the minor upgrades you might want to make.
Overall I am completely happy with the purchase. I rode the Butte 100 with this rig and it rocked. The best thing I can say about it is that I forgot it was there while I was riding. It just became part of the rider.4 Chilis of 5. I took one off just because of the upgrades that need to be made.

Similar Products Used:

K2 attack

[May 22, 2011]
joshrt69
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

just solid everything works together well

Weakness:

a little heavy

just a sweet bike that can be made even sweeter!

[Jan 09, 2011]
boobano29
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great package. High end components with Sram xo, ESA, etc...Durable bike...they way a mountain bike should be. Handles climbs, drops, roots rocks and keeps ticking. Never a part failure (except for a tire). The Fox 100 XL shock is great and the Fow RP23 is always solid. The brushed aluminum frame is not only one of the best looking frames but stays looking great...no paint chips to deal with.

Weakness:

The Mavic tubeless rims are a bear to get the tubeless tires off of. It would be nice to have a little more clearance for the bigger rock, ruts and logs.

It's a great all mountain bike and all day xc. I prefer the Fox 100 XL with the lock out valve control on the 3z (really works) over the CF lefty on my Scalpel.

Similar Products Used:

Cannondale Ultra badboy, Cannondale Scalpel, K2 Carbon Fiber Oz

[Jan 02, 2011]
BlueWheels
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Solid Frame, Good Componentry, Great Price,

Weakness:

Squeaky Brakes, Stock Tires, Immediately Loose Grips

I spent time borrowing bikes from friends and finally made the decision to get one of my own and went with the Cannondale Rush 6 after test riding several at various LBS. I bought the bike because it felt better than anything else I test rode at similar price points and I've been extremely happy with it this year. So far, I have logged just over 500 miles of trail riding and it handles everything (including a couple of big crashes) without a problem. I would understand looking for more suspension travel if you are hitting some big drops, but the movement I have on the Rush is good enough for my day-to-day XC riding on Maryland trails. So far, the only things that have needed to be changed are the grips, because the stocks ones wore out pretty immediately, and the stock tires, which weren't terrible, but I noticed a tremendous difference when I switched them out for some better tires. Overall, I highly recommend the Rush to anyone looking for a reliable MTB that makes it easy to zip around XC trails.

Similar Products Used:

Trek 6000, Specialized

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