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Q: How much does this bike weigh?
A: About 30 pounds. Had mine weighed when I bout it.

Q: What model is good for weekend recreational rider off road

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  • Larry Newman
    *****

    This is my first mtn bike. I would definitely recommend this bike. It works well for the money. I am 6'-2" 230, the XL frame is perfect.

    Pros
    Great ride. Brakes work good. Shifter is excellent. Suspension good. No complaints after my first ride.

    Cons
    I could not get the seat to the right height for all conditions. Upgrade to Dropper Seat Post before the next ride.

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  • Michael money

    Don't buy one save ur coin

    Pros
    Nithin

    Cons
    Price of shit always Brocken not build for mountain biking

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  • ak_cruise
    Reviewing Cannondale Trail 2:
    *****

    Great mid-level all trail bike! Good quality components. Great durable lightweight frame for long term use and mods. Jumbo size frame great for taller heavier man.

    Pros
    Great fork shock
    Lightweight frame
    All around solid bike for any skill level.

    Cons
    Wheels are a little weak for a big man.
    Pedals are cheap.

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  • Evo23L
    Reviewing Cannondale Trail 4:
    ***

    This would be a very good bike for a completely beginner mountain biker and a for a person that will not push it pass its limits.

    Pros
    Good beginner bike for Green level trails and capable handling some easier Blue Level trails
    The lock out is a nice feature and the frame is study. That's the only pro's I can say about this bike

    Cons
    Low level quality components

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  • steelyfever74
    Reviewing Cannondale Trail 2:
    ****

    This Rig got me back into riding. It's geometry is superb and handles like a champ. I've updated most components to XO and gone to a 1X10 drive. You can keep up with the big boys.

    Pros
    The bike is a great intro into the world of mountain biking.

    Cons
    Components are lower grade.

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  • ak_cruise
    Reviewing Cannondale Trail 2:
    *****

    Top notch.

    Pros
    For the most part this bike has top quality components for a relatively inexpensive beginner bike.
    Jumbo size for 6'-4" tall man is great fit.

    Cons
    Wheels are weakest component.

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  • merc1985
    ****

    For the price I recommend it. Have had it since August 2015 and I like it. Will probably upgrade component as they wear out/break.

    Pros
    Sturdy frame. Decent price. Fun to ride.

    Cons
    Derailers are difficult to keep in adjustment. Stock tires aren't the best. Just had to replace front brake rotor after a crash ( not nessecarily because of the quality, I hit hard and so did the bike!)

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  • traildudes
    *****

    This bike is great on the uphill and cross country, not so good on the descents

    Pros
    great with the 29er, and great with my aftermarket brakes, avid elixir 5

    Cons
    more sus.

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  • Brokencyclist
    *

    Do not buy this bike, poor quality components will have you at the shop more than on the street(not quite worthy of any trails)

    Pros
    29 inch wheels make for a smoother ride

    Cons
    Bought two, medium and large, both had major rear derailer issues within two month, the large had front derailer and shifter issues as well.
    No support from Cannondale, strongly urge you to steer clear and buy a more reliable, Wal mart bike to save disappoinment. Never again

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  • jasonziter
    ****

    If you can get this bike at a good price you are getting a great deal. 26er is what I grew up on. I'm not interested in a 29er. Perhaps my next will be a 27.5, but I like the dexterity of a 26.

    Pros
    Front Fork is great. All standard equipment is better than base. Rims are easy to convert to no-tubes. Pop-lock add on is nice.

    Cons
    Rear de-railer is having some issues after 20 or so rides. I keep it clean as is the chain.

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  • Nicdog33
    ****

    All in all a great bike for the money. I bought this bike on end of season clearance, not a huge discount but enough. Gets up to speed quickly and keeps rolling nice. Despite the complaints I read about the fork(Suntour) it's not all that bad. This is not a top of the line bike and if you understand that you won't be disappointed. Keep the wheels on the ground and you shouldn't have any problems.

    Pros
    Great bike for the price

    Cons
    Wheels

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  • Upinflames7
    ***

    Great bike though needs some component upgrades. Very similar to the f29 except it just never quite is... so just buy the f29 and you will be satisfied.

    Pros
    Great frame, good brakes, fast. Great for beginners, inspires confidence.

    Cons
    Horrible seat, pedals, fork, and rear derailleur.

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  • Trail Kicker
    ****

    Get a pro bike fitting and upgrade components over time... brakes first then rear cage derailleur. I wore both out in one season (20-25 trail rides or so). I went with Shimano XT Deore on both. Huge improvement in performance and durability. I also changed my wheels to Stan's No Tubes with Kenda Nevegal tires. Noticeable reduction in weight, increased turn responsiveness, roll, and cornering traction.

    Pros
    Great frame, fantastic value, good stock wheels

    Cons
    Components are lower end.

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  • Chase Ballard
    Reviewing Cannondale Trail 4:
    ****

    I recommend this bike. Mine was a gift and I believe it was worth every penny. I don't have anything bad to say about it. It's capabilities exceed mine and I wouldn't go back on it

    Pros
    Light weight ,sturdy, good feel, comes with some nice options ex. Lock out, gear dial, ect

    Cons
    unlike some of the more expensive cannondale bikes(SL series, flash,etc) it comes with spring shocks instead of air wich I realy dont mind but if your a real professional and you can tell a difference then that might be a downfall. I myself am just fine

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  • oohoo
    Reviewing Cannondale Trail 6:
    ****

    This bike is what started and continued my interest in mountain biking. It was versatile and sturdy, needed a couple cheap upgrades to fit my riding style and only began losing integrity in the wheels when my riding abilities outgrew the price range of the bike. I would recommend the bike to anyone beginning their exploration into mountain biking.

    Pros
    Great entry level bike. Very good trail/xc geometry. Extremely fun bike to ride, agile, nimble, great control and jumping.

    Cons
    Stocks wheels are weak (bent multiple times, broken spokes) but was also taking the bike on rides that were probably outside of its intent ( technical long rock drops). Quickly upgraded brakes to Avid BB7's from stock Tektros and got rid of Kenda Small Block 8's for Nevegals

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  • Richard Hespen
    **

    I rode this bike for 2 months and had to replace the following: front deraileur, rear deraileur, cassette, chain, rim, and pedal. Plus, I've never had the front deraileur (original or replacement) stay properly adjusted for an entire ride no matter who I had adjust it. When everything is together and working right, this is a decent bike. I now use it to get around town, or to trailer my newborn. For singletrack, I use bikes that can actually handle a trail.

    Pros
    Good geometry
    Tires are surprisingly good on dry

    Cons
    Durability
    Components
    Tires on wet

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  • treky92
    ****

    I have ridden one of my buddies Trail SL 4 a fair amount and was reasonably impressed for a low level 29er hardtail. The geometry is a little more upright, but it is comfortable. The components are pretty low for the price point though. They are not good at all.

    Pros
    good geometry, wider bars

    Cons
    Weight, coil fork, components

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  • redman27
    ****

    My first 29'er hardtail after riding a full suspension for a number of years. I would have been dissapointed to pay full MSRP on this ($800-$900), but I picked it up for $400 and have put about $300 of upgrades and repairs in. I really enjoy this bike but if I did it again I would have gone with upgraded components to start.

    Pros
    Weight, frame, Kenda small block tires, love the handling and 29'er upside, has improved my climbing significantly. Fun bike on the flowing sand based trails around me.

    Cons
    I've had it 5 months- so far warped rotor, general brake issues (promax), suspension lockout had issues early now does not work (RST Deuce), 2 bent front rims, stock pedals have very little surface area, upgraded to easton flatboy.

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  • zr140th
    *****

    Just switched the stock bars from 20mm rise to some Truvativ Hussfelt 40mm. Chopped down an inch on each side and so far....DAMN GOOD! was thinking of switching out the 90mm stem to a shorter one but given the new bars and limited selection of 1.5 stems....it's a good setup.

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  • micco
    ****

    Bought the bike from a friend who bought it brand new. It sat in his garage unridden for two months before I got it. It had a total of 5 minutes of riding on it at that point. Got it home, aired up the tires and the front valve stem disintegrated. That could have happened to any bike and any tube so I don't hold that against it. However, on my first ride 1 mile in the rear derailer exploded. That was a little aggravating. Went ahead and put a upgraded derailer on it and all is well now.

    Pedals... I wear a 14EEE shoe and I don't like nor can I find a comfortable clipless shoe. The pedals are just to small for my gaint claud hoppers.

    Tires.. The tires are AWESOME on dry anything. If the surface is slightly damp forget it. They are supper quiet and have no rolling resistance but I just don't trust them in the damp.

    Can't go wrong with this bike. Its not perfect but for what you get, you can't beat it with a stick.

    Pros
    Frame
    Geometry
    Ride
    Brakes
    Tires sorta
    Weight

    Cons
    Pedals
    Tires sorta

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