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2012 Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 Ultimate vs 2012 Specialized Demo 8 I

The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 Ultimate is a Cross Country bike, while the Specialized Demo 8 I is a Downhill bike. The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 Ultimate's frame is made from Carbon, while the Specialized Demo 8 I's is Aluminium / Alloy. The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 Ultimate has wheels, while the Specialized Demo 8 I has wheels. The Specialized Demo 8 I has RockShox forks. The Specialized Demo 8 I retails for $4,100 USD. The Cannondale Flash Carbon 29 Ultimate comes in M, L, XL, while the Specialized Demo 8 I comes in XS, 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
  • 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
  • M5 manipulated alloy, compact race design, 1-1/2" forged HT , ISCG 05 mount, cartridge bearing rear shock mount, rear derailleur protector, 200mm travel
  • RockShox Boxxer RC, alloy steerer, external compression and rebound adj. , 20mm Maxle DH thru-axle, 200mm travel, 200mm
  • Custom Fox Van RC, coil over w/piggy back, compression and rebound adj. , 9.5x3", XS: 300, S:350, M:400, L:450
  • Specialized Hi Lo disc, laser-etched logo, sealed cartridge bearing , 20mm thru-axle, 32h Specialized Hi Lo disc, 150mm, hollow 12mm Cr-Mo axle w/ RD guard , 32h
  • Roval DH 26, 30mm wide w/eyelets, 32h
  • DT Swiss Industry 2.0, (14g) stainless
  • Specialized Butcher DH, wire bead, soft dual-compound , 26x2.3"Specialized Butcher DH, wire bead, soft dual compound, 26x2.3"
  • 421mm, Gamut P-30 chain guide, , KMC X-10, 10-speed, w/ reusable Missing Link, nickel plates
  • Custom SRAM Descendant PF30, 7050 alloy arms, with Gamut P-30 chain guide
  • 343mm, SRAM PF30 DH, 83mm shell
  • SRAM X9, 10-speed, short cage
  • SRAM X7, 10-speed, aluminum trigger, w/MatchMaker clamp
  • Custom Avid Elixir 7, hydraulic disc, tool-less reach adj. , metallic pad, HS-1 rotor, 200mm rotor Custom Avid Elixir 7, hydraulic disc, tool-less reach adj., metallic pad, HS-1 rotor, 180mm rotor, Custom Avid Elixir 7 hydraulic, tool-less reach adj., w/MatchMaker clamp
  • Specialized Demo low-rise bar, 7050 alloy, 750mm wide, 8º backsweep, 6º upsweep, 31.8mm
  • Specialized DH, 8mm hollow Cr-Mo rails
  • 6061 alloy, two bolt micro adjust, no offset, 30.9mm , 300mm, 30.9, 34.9mm clamp ID, 7050 hard anodized alloy collar, single bolt, 30.9, 34.9mm clamp ID, 7050 hard anodized alloy collar, single bolt
  • Specialized Direct-Mount stem, 40mm length, 31.8mm, 4-bolt, forged
  • Specialized lock-on, S/M: Grappler, Others: Grappler XL
  • 1-1/2" integrated for 1-1/8" steerer, cartridge bearings

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?).

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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.

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