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2019 Cannondale Catalyst 3 27.5" Bike (L or XL)

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Cannondale Catalyst 3 27.5" Bike - 2019

$368 size large and xlarge only.

https://www.rei.com/product/14568...-bike-2019
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Just so that you know, this is not the same quality Cannondale some of you purchased 20 years ago...the company went bankrupt and was bought out twice. It is now owned by the same company that purchased a ton of other bicycle companies (GT, Schwinn, Pacific, etc.)

https://www.bicycleretailer.com/n...XharC5KiUk

That is not to say that it is not a good bike, it might be...but not the amazing bikes that they used to make (which is probably the reason they went bankrupt).
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Still rocking my specialized rock hopper..
I hope so...they still make them. I rode Specialized hard tails for 10+ years (Stumpjumpers) before moving over to Bianchi. The geometry fit me better.
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This is a Walmart bike with Cannondale printed on it so it costs $100 more. Those are the very lowest end products that carry the Shimano name, and the fork is of the same quality. Schwinn bikes at Walmart are up to par with this and are $100 or more less.

This is going to be fine for casual pavement riding or even on smooth gravel trails/roads. This is not a "trail" bike ready for anything aggressive. It'll survive and you'll probably make it to the end of the trail, but you're not gonna have a good time.
I thought you were being "elitist" sounding so I double-checked the specs - you are absolutely right. I was expecting minimum Acera shifters and derailleurs, but 7 speed tourney??

So...is Cannondale going the way of Schwinn and Mongoose, and making low level bikes for big box stores?
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With Trump's China tariffs, we should expect the prices to really jump much higher. It will be tougher to get great deals. This is a similar bike to the GT Aggressor deal at $299 but with China tariffs, we may soon not see these type of bikes in the $300-368 range anymore. Not bad bikes for some light mountain biking trails and road riding for the casual consumers.
The GT had better components - it at least had components you'd expect on a entry level bike shop bike.

This Cannondale has Huffy grade Shimano components.
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This would be a great entry level bike. Forget the cheap Walmart and Target specials. A lot of bike snobs on here poo pooing entry level. You're buying into Cannondale, with their lifetime frame warranty and REI's return policy and tune up extra.

Also frame made in the USA.
It's a Taiwanese made frame by Kinesis. They manufacture frames for 80% of various companies and are well regarded for quality. This Catalyst frame is used on their higher end bikes too and which is common in the industry. http://www.kinesis.com.tw/en/
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The GT had better components - it at least had components you'd expect on a entry level bike shop bike.

This Cannondale has Huffy grade Shimano components.
Wow. I just compared the GT Aggressor to the Cannondale Catalyst 3 and the GT Aggressor has the better specs. The GT Aggressor has better fork with deeper fork travel, more speeds, better rear deraileur and it was cheaper.
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I'd be interested to hear how to reach 50% off. I know now is about the time that new models come out but (except for the $823 felt doctrine 6 at CRC) I haven't seen more than 10-20%.

I'm looking for a MTB for my 12 year old who got into racing while visiting the inlaws this summer. My wish list is small frame, 27.5", air fork w aluminum stanchions, shadow+ RD, non-plus tires, ideally about $1k.

The felt doctrine would be amazing except for the fact that it's 29", has an odd setup with boost thru axle in back but QR up front, plus I'm hesitant to get carbon for a kid, not knowing how fragile that might be.
Well he/she might feel left out or behind the curve, most NICA kids pretty much race on carbon bikes.
Just get the Felt unless he/she is still trying to find out if they will stick to it.
If that's the case I would go used.
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True however it's worth buying since REI has such a great return policy. Having a entry level Cannondale is better than an off brand.
Their return policy has gone down hill. Use to be lifetime. Meh
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Well he/she might feel left out or behind the curve, most NICA kids pretty much race on carbon bikes.
Just get the Felt unless he/she is still trying to find out if they will stick to it.
If that's the case I would go used.
So you wouldn't hesitate with it being a 29" for a kid that's 5'1"?
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You are buying a name. The coil over "shock" adds nearly 5lbs alone. 7 speed isn't freewheel. Don't buy it

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This would be a great entry level bike. Forget the cheap Walmart and Target specials. A lot of bike snobs on here poo pooing entry level. You're buying into Cannondale, with their lifetime frame warranty and REI's return policy and tune up extra.

Also frame made in the USA.
You aren't breaking that frame. Warranty means nothing
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Wow. I just compared the GT Aggressor to the Cannondale Catalyst 3 and the GT Aggressor has the better specs. The GT Aggressor has better fork with deeper fork travel, more speeds, better rear deraileur and it was cheaper.
The Dick's sales last July (300 for Aggressor, 500 for 29" Avalanche with free shipping) were great. Glad I got the Avalanche this year because its reconfigured for 2020 (2 ring crank for 18 speeds instead of 27)

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So you wouldn't hesitate with it being a 29" for a kid that's 5'1"?
Well depends on many things but a big one is can he/she maneuver/handle a 29er. Best thing to do have he/her try it. There are plus and minus to them
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Bike snob here. This is a good bike for trails. If you're on pavement I'd look at something else. Too heavy and fat tires make the bike slower and inefficient on the road (compare it to a Jeep).
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