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2012 Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 1 vs 2012 Specialized Myka FSR Elite

The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 1 and Specialized Myka FSR Elite are both Cross Country bikes. The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 1's frame is made from Carbon, while the Specialized Myka FSR Elite's is Aluminium / Alloy. The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 1 has wheels, while the Specialized Myka FSR Elite has 26" wheels. The Specialized Myka FSR Elite has RockShox forks. The Specialized Myka FSR Elite retails for $2,200 USD. The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 1 comes in M, L, XL, while the Specialized Myka FSR Elite comes in S, M, L.

  • 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
  • M4 hydroformed women's tubesets, XC Trail geometry , sealed cartridge bearings, bolt-on cable guides, replaceable derailleur hanger, DMD mount, disc only, 100mm travel
  • RockShox Recon Gold TK Solo Air, TurnKey damper, custom women's tune , alloy steerer, rebound adj. w/ LO, disc only, 100mm travel, 100mm
  • RockShox Ario RL, custom women's tune, rebound adj. and LO, 6.5x1.5"
  • Specialized Hi Lo disc, loose ball, machined disc , 32h, QR Specialized Hi Lo disc, double-sealed cartridge bearing, QR, 32h
  • Custom DT Swiss 445D, alloy disc, double-wall, pin joint, eyelets, 24mm, 32h
  • 26"
  • Stainless, 1.8mm (15g)
  • Specialized The Captain Sport, 60 TPI, wire bead, 26x2.0"
  • 420mm, , 42/32/22, KMC X-9, 9-speed, reusable Missing Link
  • Shimano Hollowtech, Octalink spline, replaceable rings, S: 170mm, Others: 175mm
  • 330mm, Shimano, Octalink spline, cartridge bearing, 73mm
  • Shimano SLX, E-type for DMD, top-swing, bottom-pull
  • Shimano Deore XT Shadow, 9-speed, long cage, M772
  • Shimano Alivio M430, 9-speed, trigger, M430
  • Custom Elixir 3 R SL, tool-less reach adj., alloy backed organic pad , 160mm rotor, Custom Avid Elixir 3 R SL hydraulic, tool-less reach adj.
  • Specialized low-rise, 6061 butted alloy, 660mm wide, 8º backsweep, 6º upsweep, 31.8mm
  • Specialized Women's Body Geometry Riva, 143mm
  • 6061 alloy, 2-bolt micro adjust, setback head, 30.9mm , 350mm, 30.9, 34.9mm clamp ID, 7050 hard anodized alloy collar w/ QR, black, 30.9, 34.9mm clamp ID, 7050 hard anodized alloy collar w/ QR, black
  • Specialized XC, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 31.8mm clamp, adjustable rise, S: 60mm, M/L:75,
  • Specialized XC lock-on
  • 1-1/8" upper and lower Campy-style cartridge bearings for integrated alloy HT

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What to compare

Components

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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

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