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2012 Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 1 vs 2012 Specialized Rockhopper 29

The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 1 and Specialized Rockhopper 29 are both Cross Country bikes. The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 1's frame is made from Carbon, while the Specialized Rockhopper 29's is Aluminium / Alloy. The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 1 has wheels, while the Specialized Rockhopper 29 has 29" wheels. The Specialized Rockhopper 29 has SR Suntour forks. The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 1 comes in M, L, XL, while the Specialized Rockhopper 29 comes in 15.5", 17.5", 19", 21", 23".

  • 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
  • Specialized M4 29"" fully manipulated alloy frame, fully butted , disc only, externally relieved HT, forged dropouts w/ replaceable derailleur hanger
  • SunTour XCR, SR Suntour XCR 29"" (SF11-XCR-DS-26-LO-SP) , magnesium lower, 30mm steel stanchions, 1-1/8"" alloy steerer, hyd. damping w/ Specialized Spike Valve and alloy LO cartridge, 80mm travel
  • SBC alloy, mid flange, double-sealed, ground race , machined disc mount and flanges, cassette, QR, 32h
  • Alex RH Disc 29"", alloy double-wall, 28mm, pin joint, 32h
  • 29"
  • Stainless, 2.0mm (14g)
  • Specialized The Captain Sport, 60 TPI, wire bead, 29x2.0""
  • KMC, KMC X-9, 9-speed, reusable Missing Link
  • Suntour SR, SR Suntour, 9-speed, Octalink spline
  • Shimano, Octalink spline, cartridge bearing, 73mm
  • Shimano Acera, Shimano Acera, 9-speed, 34.9mm clamp, top-swing, dual-pull
  • Shimano Alivio, Shimano Alivio, 9-speed, SGS cage
  • Shimano Acera, Shimano Acera, 9-speed Rapidfire plus, SL type w/ optical display
  • Tektro, Tektro Draco hydraulic disc brake, post mount, 180mm 6-bolt rotor
  • Flat bar, double butted alloy, 680mm (S) or 700mm (M , L, XL, XXL) wide, 10º backsweep, 4º upsweep, 31.8mm
  • Specialized Body Geometry Rockhopper, steel rails, 143mm width
  • Alloy, 2 bolt head, 30.9mm, 12.5mm offset, micro adjust
  • 3D forged 6061 alloy, 4 bolt clamp, 7º rise, 31.8mm
  • Specialized Body Geometry XCT Men's, dual compound, Kraton rubber, closed end, 130mm
  • Integrated 1-1/8"" threadless, Campy-style, full cartridge bearings

Why it pays to compare

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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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Warranties

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