2012 Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 1 vs 2012 Felt Q520

The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 1 and Felt Q520 are both Cross Country bikes. The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 1's frame is made from Carbon, while the Felt Q520's is Aluminium / Alloy. The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 1 has wheels, while the Felt Q520 has 26" wheels. The Felt Q520 has SR Suntour forks. The Felt Q520 retails for $599 USD. The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 1 comes in M, L, XL, while the Felt Q520 comes in 13.5", 15.5", 17.5", 19.5", 21.5".

  • 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
  • Felt Q series 6061 butted aluminum, Dynaform top and down tube: oversized semi-integrated head tube , replaceable derailleur hanger, rack & fender mount, disc brake specific
  • SunTour XCT, SR Suntour SF12-XCT-V3 100mm travel: hi-ten 1-1/8"" steerer tube , forged + cnc 6061 crown, hi-ten 28mm stanchion, 126mm pitch, leading axle, one-piece aluminum lower + brace, two sides coil spring + mcu, w/ low-profile mini boots and preload adjust, disc brake specific lowers
  • forged alloy 6-bolt disc mount, 8/9 speed cassette: 32 hole, w/ alloy quick release lever
  • WTB SX-17 disc brake doublewall aluminum: w/ single eyelets
  • 26"
  • stainless 14g w/ brass nipples
  • Felt THC XC tire: Trail Highway City 26 x 2.1 30tpi wire wead, w/ Shraeder valve tubes
  • KMC, KMC Z72 8-speed
  • Suntour SR, SR Suntour CW10-XCT-V2-T302-PBG crankset w/ forged alloy arms; 8-speed w/ interchangeable 42x32x24T chainrings; lengths 13.5/15.5" = 170mm , 17.5-21.5" = 175mm
  • Sealed Cartridge
  • Shimano Altus, Shimano FD-M310: top swing
  • Shimano Alivio, Shimano Alivio M410-SGS, long cage
  • Shimano Altus, Shimano SL-M310 8 Speed Rapid Fire
  • Tektro, Tektro Novella Mechanical disc brake: 180mm front/ 160mm rear stainless steel rotors
  • Felt MTB XC riser bar: butted 6061 Aluminum, 8 degree bend , 4 degree up sweep 31.8mm bar bore, Widths: 13.5""/15.5""""=620mm, 17.5""-21.5""=640mm
  • Felt mountain design: low side profile look w/ comfort fit top , double-density base, satin steel rails
  • Felt alloy micro adjust: 6061 alloy Low-Profile forged Head & Extruded Rail Clamps , Sizes: 13.5-15.5"" =30.9mm x 350mm , 17.5/21.5"" =30.9mm x 400mm
  • Felt MTB 3D-forged design: 4-bolt handlebar clamp, 1-1/8"" threadless , for 31.8mm handlebar, 7 degree rise, w/ CP Cromo hardware Sizes; 13.5-17.5=90mm;19.5-21.5=110mm
  • Felt dual-density wing grips: Kraton rubber base, Pruven rubber center, Color matched
  • Semi-integrated 1-1/8"" Aheadset: steel cups, caged bearing , w/ felt Tornado alloy top cap, custom curved 1 x 15mm + 2 x 5mm straight washers

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


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

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?


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.


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.