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2012 Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 Ultimate vs 2012 Mongoose Slayton Elite

The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 Ultimate is a Cross Country bike, while the Mongoose Slayton Elite is a Trail bike. The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 Ultimate's frame is made from Carbon, while the Mongoose Slayton Elite's is Aluminium / Alloy. The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 Ultimate has wheels, while the Mongoose Slayton Elite has wheels. The Mongoose Slayton Elite has Fox forks. The Mongoose Slayton Elite retails for $4,000 USD. The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 Ultimate comes in M, L, XL, while the Mongoose Slayton Elite comes in S, M, L, XL.

  • 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
  • SRAM XX
  • 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
  • All-New Mongoose Freedrive XC Aluminum 120mm travel
  • Fox 32 F-Series FIT RLC w/120mm Travel, 15mm QR thru-axle , Rebound, Lockout & Low Speed Compression Adjust,
  • Fox Float RP23 w/120mm Travel, 3-position ProPedal adjust
  • SUNringlé Dirty Flea Disc for 15mm thru-axle 32 Hole (F), QR Disc 32 Hole (R)
  • Stan's NoTubes ZTR Olympic 32 Hole
  • 14G Stainless
  • Kenda Slant Six, 26 x 2.1 (F); Small Block Eight 26 x 2.1 (R)
  • 433, , KMC X10, 10-speed
  • SRAM S1400, 39/26t
  • 330, SRAM GXP External
  • Shimano XT
  • SRAM X0
  • SRAM X0 Trigger
  • Avid Elixir 9 Hydraulic Disc, 160mm rotor (F/R), Avid Elixir 9 Hydraulic Disc
  • Ritchey WCS Carbon Rizer, 31.8, 20mm rise
  • SDG Formula FX I-Beam
  • SDG Micro I-Beam Alloy, 31.6 x 350, , ,
  • Ritchey WCS Alloy, 31.8
  • Tange Threadless, 1 1/8" upper/1.5" lower

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.

A wise Mountain biker

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.