Cannondale Flash 29 – lightest 29er hardtail on the planet?

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Doug Dalton from Cannondale sez…”the Cannondale Flash 29 is the lightest 29er hardtail on the planet!”

True or false?? Tell us your thoughts (in the comments section below) on possible other light(er) carbon 29ers.

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Cannondale Flash 29
All New for 2011, Cannondale releases this carbon fiber big wheeled hardtail. (The full suspension 29er is in the works…)
Flash 29 features:
-Hi Modulus carbon fiber construction
-Lefty Max Carbon fork
-1.5 headtube
-21 pound 29er

For more information: www.cannondale.com

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  • julienn says:

    untilthe new 2011 sworks is 2 pounds lighter

  • bern29 says:

    until spesh delivers that 2 lb lighter s-works, the claim holds no water

  • Kevin says:

    I’m pretty sure this will beat it out weight wise http://www.feedthehabit.com/mountain-biking/2011-scott-scale-29-carbon/

  • driver bob says:

    Shush, nobody tell my 18.5lb Niner…

  • Bill says:

    My 2010 flash with SRAM XX and Stans ZTR race wheels = 19.4lbs get with the program Cannondale

  • jmk says:

    Are they usable in real trails?

  • Drew says:

    High modulus carbon fiber? If this is true, this thing has no flex and probably rides like a board.

  • leadpack says:

    it is the lightest right now at 21 lbs for a production bike. anybody could always custom it to drop further but the measure is can other manufacturer do the same weight out of the factory.

  • whoolio says:

    Scott Scale 29er frame is 950g…..thats significantly lighter than the Flash 26”….

  • Brent says:

    Scott’s frame is 100g lighter, but the fork is 400-500 grams heavier. That said, the Flash is a light bike with lots of room to drop weight (XT cassette, X.0 Spec., Arch rims). It’s pretty much the same weight as it’s more expensive competitors without really trying. All bikes mentioned in the comments here are great bikes…can’t go wrong.

  • Seriously says:

    The dude is wearing a C-Dale jersey. I would think anything coming out of the mouth of this guy is very biased! stiffest 29er fork. i am sure there are a number of stiffer 29er forks on the market.

  • whoolio says:

    Lefty is for sure lighter and for sure stiffer than any other 29′er fork…but who wants to service their fork every 15 riding hours?…not me, thats who.

  • SLP999 says:

    My Air-9 comes in at a scantly 22 lbs. I’m not sure if would enjoy a 29er any lighter. I have a feeling the 27.5 bikes are on the up and up. Kepp an eye out for these.

  • REZ RIDER says:

    My steel singlespeed…30 pounds! Yeah baby!

  • MrNasTay says:

    “The dude is wearing a C-Dale jersey. I would think anything coming out of the mouth of this guy is very biased! stiffest 29er fork. i am sure there are a number of stiffer 29er forks on the market.”

    Dude…It says he’s with Cannondale. DD lives in the Park City area and is employed by Cannondale hence his bias to this amazing bike. As far as the Lefty goes if you haven’t ridden one you wouldn’t understand. I have two, no maintenance and tracks better than ANY other fork on the market. Service every 15 hours? Really? My bearings migrate once maybe twice a season and I ride the hell out of them. How many times have Fox owners replaced their seals? I’d take a Lefty any day.

  • whoolio says:

    According to docs. found on cannondale.com rider is recomended to -for example- clear air filter after 10 hours of riding…so yes you are right 15 hours is incorrect…;-) and a bearing reset after 25 hours. sorry but for joe sixpack thats just not realistic.
    buy Fox or RS and set and forget…

  • Brent says:

    Air filter clean = 5 minutes.
    Bearing Reset = 5 minutes.

    Guess lubing the chain is a PIA too. I’ve really liked my Fox Forks too, but 10 minutes of maintenance isn’t a good reason to right off the Lefty for most.

  • SingleTrcker72 says:

    Whoever says a Lefty needs to be rebuilt often is truly a TOOL! its the smoothest stiffest fork on the market … END OF STORY …

  • Keith says:

    LEFTY CAN’T BE BEAT FOR SMOOTHNESS, STIFFNESS, OR MAINTENANCE. I HAVE RIDDEN AS MUCH AS 300 HOURS ON A CARBON LEFTY WITHOUT EVEN HAVING THE NEED TO ADD AIR.

    AS FOR DOUG DALTON, HE IS AN OUTSTANDING HUMAN BEING THAT I’M HAPPY TO CALL MY FRIEND! HE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT CANNONDALE BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN THERE A LONG TIME AND HE KNOWS WHAT’S BEHIND THE PRODUCT!

  • Ben says:

    Cannondale is the fastest bike. Yeah that’s a period there and here is another one. I have a cannondale lefty single speed that weigh 17.2 lbs.put wings on that bike and it will fly. That 2011 flash 29er carbon 1 is the best bike your money can buy. You wanna go fast or can you handle a fast bike?

  • Ben says:

    18.5 niner? Yeah sure. That full geared? Don’t think so man. Rigid suspension I bet. Flash 29er carbon 1 is full geared front suspension bike, try to beat that man. People always look at how light their frames are. Let me see how fast you ride your frame w/out fork wheels cranks pedal seat post brakes and all that came with the bike.

  • marc andre says:

    just got my flash 29er 2 2011 came out at 21 pounds w out pedals.

  • Mark says:

    A 19.5 lbs NIner Air 9 Carbon is here: http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs498.ash2/77145_109279659140978_100001768330127_54832_312615_n.jpg

    Rideable with pedals and the fantastic design Niner is known for.

  • 6Guitars says:

    Wonder if this thread was created just to bash Cannondale, or if the poster actually didn’t know what various bikes weighed…

    Anyway, nice fork on that Niner, Mark.

  • Dan says:

    Cdales hologram crank is the lightest and stiffest on the planet and probably their fork also. hmmm, how many bike manufacturers started building bikes with the BB30 standard once Cdale released it? ALL of them? I’ve had my 630g 29/44 Hologram crank for years and they’re lighter now.

  • Doug Raber says:

    I guess I’m cheap with my 21.4 lb motobecane fly team ti with full sram xx groupo when I switch out the sid xx with the lefty my wife bought me. it should come in under 20. ride safe ride hard.

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