2012 Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 Ultimate vs 2012 Felt Nine Comp

The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 Ultimate and Felt Nine Comp are both Cross Country bikes. The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 Ultimate's frame is made from Carbon, while the Felt Nine Comp's is Aluminium / Alloy. The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 Ultimate has wheels, while the Felt Nine Comp has 29" wheels. The Felt Nine Comp has RockShox forks. The Felt Nine Comp retails for $1,599 USD. The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 Ultimate comes in M, L, XL, while the Felt Nine Comp comes in 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
  • ENVE Composites Twenty9 XC, 32 hole front, 32 hole rear
  • DT Swiss Aerolite
  • Schwalbe Racing Ralph PaceStar, 2.1" tubeless ready
  • 17.5, , KMC X10SL, 10-speed
  • Cannondale Hollowgram SL, 39/26 w/SRAM XX rings
  • 12, Cannondale BB30
  • SRAM XX, direct mount
  • SRAM XX World Cup 160/140mm,
  • ENVE Composites Sweep, 700mm
  • Fi'zi:k Tundra2 Carbon
  • Flash Carbon, 27.2x420mm w/SAVE, , ,
  • Cannondale OPI adjustable, -15 degree, 31.8
  • Cannondale foam locking grips
  • Cannondale HeadShok Si
  • Felt Nine alloy XC series 29'er frame, double butted 6061 aluminum: w/ hydroformed top tube , forged bottom bracket yoke, IS disc mounts, oversized integrated head tube for integrated headset, replaceable derailleur hanger
  • RockShox Recon Silver TK, Rockshox Recon Silver TK solo air 29 100mm travel: w/ turnkey lockout: all travel solo air , adjustable air pressure via single schrader valve. adjustable rebound, magnesium lowers w/ post style disc mount
  • Shimano FH-RM35 Centerlock rotor mount 8/9 speed cassette: 32 hole, w/ Shimano quick release lever
  • WTB Speed disc All Mtn doublewall aluminum: with single eyelets
  • 29"
  • stainless double butted 14g/15g w/ alloy nipples
  • WTB Prowler 29 x 2.1 folding Aramid bead: w/ Presta valve tubes
  • Shimano, Shimano HG-54 10 Speed
  • Shimano Deore, Shimano FC-M522 10 speed: 42X32X24T Lengths; 15.5""= 170mm; 17.5/21.5""=175mm
  • Shimano BB-ES25 Octalink
  • Shimano Deore, Shimano Deore FD-M590-10: top swing
  • Shimano Deore, Shimano Deore FD-M593 Shadow, long cage 10 Speed
  • Shimano Deore, Shimano Deore SL-M591 10 speed Rapid Fire
  • Shimano, Shimano BR-M446 hydraulic disc brake: SM- RT53 180mm front/ 160mm rear Centerlock rotors
  • Felt MTB XC 25mm riser bar: butted 6061 Aluminum, 8 degree bend , 4 degree up sweep 31.8mm bar bore, Widths: 15.5""""=660mm 17.5""-21.5""=680mm
  • Felt performance mountain design: low side profile look w/ fit top, double-density base, Cromo rails
  • Felt alloy micro adjust: 6061 alloy, low-profile forged head & extruded rail clamps , sizes: 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; 15.5-17.5=90mm;19.5-21.5=110mm
  • Felt dual-density wing grips: Kraton rubber base, Pruven rubber center, Color matched
  • Fully Integrated 1-1/8"" Aheadset: Cane Creek sealed cartridge 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.