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2012 Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 1 vs 2012 Eastern Thunderbird

The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 1 is a Cross Country bike, while the Eastern Thunderbird is a Street bike. The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 1's frame is Carbon. The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 1 has wheels, while the Eastern Thunderbird has 26" wheels. The Eastern Thunderbird has Marzocchi forks. The Eastern Thunderbird retails for $980 USD. The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 1 comes in M, L, XL, while the Eastern Thunderbird comes in One Size.

  • Frameset
  • Frame Material
  • Frame
  • Fork
  • Shock
  • Motor
  • Battery
  • Wheels
  • Hubs
  • Wheels
  • Wheel Size
  • Spokes
  • Tires
  • Drivetrain
  • Chain
  • Crank
  • Bottom Bracket
  • Front Derailleur
  • Rear Derailleur
  • Shifters
  • Cassette
  • Pedals
  • Components
  • Brakeset
  • Brakeset Brand
  • Handlebar
  • Saddle
  • Seatpost
  • Stem
  • Grips
  • Headset
  • Flash 29'er, BallisTec Hi-MOD Carbon, SPEED SAVE, BB30 1.5 Si head tube
  • Lefty 29'er Carbon XLR, 90mm, OPI, Solo Air,
  • Lefty SL front, DT Swiss 240S rear
  • DT Swiss Aerospeed
  • Schwalbe Racing Ralph Evo, 2.25" tubeless ready
  • 17.5,
  • SRAM S2210, BB30, 39/26
  • 12,
  • SRAM X0, direct mount
  • Shimano XTR
  • Shimano XTR
  • Avid X0 carbon, 180/160mm, Avid X0 carbon
  • Truvativ Noir Flat, 700x10mm
  • Fi'zi:k Tundra2 K:ium
  • Flash Carbon, 27.2x420mm w/SAVE, , ,
  • Cannondale OPI adjustable, -15 degree, 31.8
  • Cannondale foam locking grips
  • Eastern Night Train frame, FULL 4130 chromoly with hydro formed down tube , monocoque chainstays. Eastern Promise: lifetime warranty*, lifetime upgrade policy**
  • Marzocchi DJ III, 80mm of coil/elastomer-sprung travel with chromoly steerer, 80mm
  • FRONT HUB // Eastern sealed bearing 36H MTB with disc mount , 20mm thru-axle REAR HUB // Eastern MTB single speed cassette hub 135mm spacing, 10mm axle, 36H, 12t one-piece driver, with disc mount
  • Double wall alloy, 36 Hole
  • 26"
  • 14G Stainless w/ Brass Nipples
  • Kenda K Rad 26"x2.3"
  • 15.3, N/A, Eastern Phorcys 25T 6061 alloy, Half-link chain
  • Eastern Shaft 175mm, tubular chromoly heat-treated 3pc. cranks with 8 spline spindle
  • , Sealed bearing SPANISH
  • Tektro cable-actuated disc brake, 160mm rotor, Tektro Forged Alloy, Designed for Cable Disc Brakes
  • Eastern Night Train alloy with 3" rise, 31.8mm clamp area
  • Eastern logo one-piece seat and alloy post combo
  • Alloy post included with seat, 25.4mm, Eastern Low Boy Wax Loss Molded Integrated Seat Post Clamp , 25.4mm, Eastern Low Boy Wax Loss Molded Integrated Seat Post Clamp
  • Eastern forged alloy frontload 31.8mm clamp
  • Eastern Fuquay Flyer
  • Integrated sealed bearing 45/45

Why it pays to compare

Mountain Bikes are complicated machines.

They have parts from hundreds of different manufacturers, come in all shapes and sizes (and colours) and are all suited for different purposes. Choosing the right new (or used) Mountain Bike is a complicated, confusing and highly emotional (think buying a new car- the shiny red one is the best choice right?).

Comparing mountain bikes helps bring a bit of logic and reason into the decision process. Not only will comparing mountain bikes save you money, but you'll also find the bike most suitable to you, your riding style and your budget. Plus, when you do hit the Buy Now button, you'll have the confidence you're choosing the perfect bike for you.

It's easy to get carried away by the most rad looking frame, with the coolest paint job and the most aggressive new geometry, but the components are one of the most important things to consider.

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What to compare

Components

It's essential to know which components make up a bike. From there you can compare the differences, such as build quality, performance, features, weight and price. This takes some of the guesswork out of buying a mountain bike.

Here are the components that have the biggest impact on your ride. You should be paying particular attention to these:

  • Fork
  • Shock
  • Drivetrain (Derailleur, shifter, cranks, chain etc.)
  • Brakeset
  • Wheels
Price

Ultimately, for most of us, price is the deciding factor and you want to get the most bang for your buck. Comparing the price of mountain bikes, along with which components you're getting, helps you determine what you're actually paying for. Are you spending your hard-earned dollars on a quality bike frame, with quality components and a solid warranty? Or are you simply paying for a brand name?

Reviews

Nothing is more helpful than what real people think about a bike. It's the next best thing to riding one yourself. Reviews give you a real insight into how a bike actually rides, instead of just what the numbers seem to say about it.

Warranties

Different bike companies have different warranties. It's important to compare the length of these warranties, what they'll cover and who's covered.

How to compare

  1. Search for mountain bikes that you'd like to compare.
  2. Tap Compare. You're done. No really, you are.
  3. A huge comparison table comes up, allowing you to compare components and specs for each bike.
  4. Want to delve into a bike a bit more? Click on the bike's name to view in-depth info, reviews, prices, specifications, images and more.