Cannondale SL1 @ Pauls Cycles £699.99 (30% / £300.01 off)
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Cannondale SL1 @ Pauls Cycles £699.99 (30% / £300.01 off)

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Found 16th Jul 2013
Been looking around for a new bike and found this. It's difficult to find something in stock that isn't an XL frame size with this type of setup!
If you google the reviews it'll bring up the 2013 SL1 review on Bike Radar. They complain about the price(I.e £1k not £699) and they complain about the brakes (hayes on the 2013 Vs avid elixir on the 2012)
I don't think you'll find a better hard tail under £700!


CANNONDALE TRAIL SL 1
Model Year (2012)
Options Small 15" - In Stock,
Medium 17" - In Stock,
Large 19" - In Stock,
X Large 20" - - No Longer Available,
Jumbo 22" - In Stock
Frame Trail SL, Optimized 6061 alloy, SAVE, 1.5" headtube
Forks RockShox Recon Silver TK, 100mm, Solo Air, lockout, rebound, 1.5 Steerer
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Shifters Shimano Deore 30 Speed
Chainset FSA Comet, 42/32/24
Bottom Bracket FSA Mega Exo
Chain KMC X10
Freewheel Shimano HG-62, 11-36, 10 Speed
Headset Tange Custom 1.5"
Stem Cannondale C4, 1.5", 31.8, 7 degree
Handlebars Cannondale C3 riser, 680x20 mm, 6061 alloy
Front Brake Avid Elixir Hydraulic Disc
Rear Brake Avid Elixir Hydraulic Disc
Rims Maddux DC3.0, double wall w/eyelet, 28 hole front, 32 hole rear
Front Hub Formula DC20
Rear Hub Shimano M475
Spokes Stainless Steel, 15g, black
Tyres Schwalbe, 2.1"
Saddle Cannondale Stage 2
Seatpost Cannondale C3, 31.6 x 350 mm (S, M) 400 mm (L,X,J)
Pedals Wellgo
Grips Cannondale alloy locking grips w/closed end

43 Comments

Original Poster

http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/smsimg/65/mdb-f1333_trailsl1_wht.jpg

Heated, I was sorely tempted to get this recently but couldn't get a good deal in my size so ended up with the Fatty Rigid 7. I was and still am pleasantly surprised at how good the new Cannondale's are. A lot of bike for their money.

NIce bike and good price

OOh, I want one, that looks so good & great spec.

I got one of these in February. its a nice bike and for the same money as I paid, its a belting deal. The brakes are a bit of a let down but you learn to adjust. I had one problem with mine, and it was from Paul's, the derailier was not straight and had to be bent back..... I think it had been dropped but apart from that all was good. hot deal.

Original Poster

forgot to add £14.99 delivery!

I would vote hot (not voted at all) but recent experience with after sales puts me off Paul's Cycles forever.

I recently got the SL3 from Paul's Cycles a month or so ago. There was a stripped hex bolt on adjusting the brake attachment lever. I sent three emails with pictures to Paul's Cycles asking how they managed this and best way to get this off without damaging surrounding plastic. When they got back to me they said they'd be able to easily to do it with no explanation and a local bike shop would do it for £5 which they'd refund that if show receipt. Forth email I asked how they'd do it because previous stripped bolts I've always had to improvise normally with a flat head screw driver and a hammer. They said "a special tool" which they said they would send to me in the post. They sent a standard hex fitting of which I already have dozens.

I didn't get back to them. With some clever leverage and several hours I did it myself.

Bikes come semi-pre-built and I get the impression they use power drills to tighten the bits they do build which is why that bolt came stripped. YTS-type technicians in a workshop blasting through them with little care just enough to validate the warranty provided by cannondale but with an aversion to help much with any after sales issues when they arise.

Further look on the interwebs shows that Paul's Cycles are great for prices but have little knowledge of bikes. They stack them high and sell them cheap. If the bike comes with no problems you have a bargain.

Edited by: "geeadamg" 16th Jul 2013

I bought the SL2 29er from Pauls recently ... it came part assembled, but I had to take a double take before putting it together to confirm that the handlebars had been attached to the forks the wrong way around. I also found that most of the bolts were not fully tightened, and I had to send my front brake back to them to be bled (I didn't want to do it myself and invalidate the warranty).

They retruned the brake quickly and refunded my postal costs without any issue.

As long as you have a reasonable clue as to what you are doing, then buying a heavily discounted bike from Pauls is a good idea ...

Overall, i'm really pleased with the bike, and the price was great.

I should add some sort of obligatory HKUD style attack on MTB riders. Always get the opposite on any road bike deal.

I love my Lefty! ;P
http://i1225.photobucket.com/albums/ee386/muscleflexebay/2012%20Cannondale%20Flash%20F1%20Alloy/MK3_1922_zps379e818d.jpg
Edited by: "MuscleFlex" 16th Jul 2013

let me just check my sofa for some money

MTB prices going up while the specs are going down every single year:/ For a grand RRP I'd expect a bit better than an RS Recon and Elixir 1's.

Better off using the senukas deal to grab a boardman comp team or pro hardtail for less than this. The team and pro are better value for sure.

I picked up a team yesterday for around 550 all in. Amazing.

The pro i recon would be around 650 using the same method and blows this out.

Recently bought a Bad Boy Fatty from Paul's direct from their shop, from my experience they have a proper workshop out the back and I certainly didn't see them use any power tools whilst assembling the bikes. If its the right price, I wouldn't hesitate to buy from Paul's again.

alien_

MTB prices going up while the specs are going down every single year:/ … MTB prices going up while the specs are going down every single year:/ For a grand RRP I'd expect a bit better than an RS Recon and Elixir 1's.


Same with all bikes I think, more money for less spec, still nice though.

Best bike shop ever.

Curse them for being only down the road. Twice now I've gone in there just for a look and both times walked out with a bike.

steve01980

Best bike shop ever.Curse them for being only down the road. Twice now … Best bike shop ever.Curse them for being only down the road. Twice now I've gone in there just for a look and both times walked out with a bike.


Yes, I've never had any problems with them, bought a few off them over the years, there's only one online bike retailer I would never, ever use and no it doesn't begin with an H.......

Edited by: "cycleman" 16th Jul 2013

cycleman

Yes, I've never had any problems with them, bought a few off them over … Yes, I've never had any problems with them, bought a few off them over the years.



They are good.

They offer good advice too on bike fit and size, even geometry. I've had bikes serviced there too and been happy with the results.

cycleman

Yes, I've never had any problems with them, bought a few off them over … Yes, I've never had any problems with them, bought a few off them over the years, ther's only one online bike retailer I would never, ever use and no it doesn't begin with an H.......



I don't know about them online, I've only bought from the shop. I gather that they're speedy with delivery though.

cycleman

Same with all bikes I think, more money for less spec, still nice though.


It's a shame really.. I mostly build using secondhand bits now, you can get a lot better value out of it like that.

heat, but why is it in the "Deals > Travel" section, because the forks have travel?!

stozzaudi0

Better off using the senukas deal to grab a boardman comp team or pro … Better off using the senukas deal to grab a boardman comp team or pro hardtail for less than this. The team and pro are better value for sure.I picked up a team yesterday for around 550 all in. Amazing.The pro i recon would be around 650 using the same method and blows this out.


what is this deal?

Ah seen it now. Halfords 20% off method

I bought the exact bike off Paul's in marc for £679 the bike is fine but the courier service they used were a joke, first day the bike was out for delivery, never turned up. The second day the courier allegedly broke down, finally the third day it turned up!

MuscleFlex

I love my Lefty! ;P

Nice... Are the cables supposed to be crossing each other under the downtube?

mart321

Ah seen it now. Halfords 20% off method



Yup 10% british cycling

10% off buying the vouchers you buy the bike with

+ 4.5% quidco

+ the already 17 odd % off the bike already (ends wednesday)

120mm recon golds, x7s, juicy 3's.

Cold, can get a bike from tesco for 30 quid!

https://si0.twimg.com/profile_images/2327630295/avatar_6feb8634e3d0_128.png

hoopgloop

Nice... Are the cables supposed to be crossing each other under the … Nice... Are the cables supposed to be crossing each other under the downtube?



Yup, it's so that there's a shallower bend in the shifter housing. Makes for slightly improved shifting and sometimes stops the housing wearing away at the headtube.

Ha very clever! I have a 2013 epic and the cable housings have worn a big patch on the head tube!!

Original Poster

This'll be my 3rd bike from Pauls, never had an issue, next door neighbor has bought the Carbon Scott on there for £1200 (£1k off!) which came perfect.

Let's be honest, a mail order bike is always going to need some assembly and it sounds like if there is a problem at least they'll try and help, even to the extent of paying another bike shop?

I had a boardman which seemed to have the perfect components but really it just felt like it wasn't the perfect match...

Macdory

I bought the SL2 29er from Pauls recently ... it came part assembled, but … I bought the SL2 29er from Pauls recently ... it came part assembled, but I had to take a double take before putting it together to confirm that the handlebars had been attached to the forks the wrong way around. I also found that most of the bolts were not fully tightened, and I had to send my front brake back to them to be bled (I didn't want to do it myself and invalidate the warranty).They retruned the brake quickly and refunded my postal costs without any issue.As long as you have a reasonable clue as to what you are doing, then buying a heavily discounted bike from Pauls is a good idea ... Overall, i'm really pleased with the bike, and the price was great.



I suppose I don't know as much as you or a bike mechanic but that shouldn't exclude me from the same service as someone more knowledgeable. And having to send them three emails before they would even reply (maybe they assumed I was joking but I seriously couldn't move the bolt) has put me off Paul's.
Edited by: "geeadamg" 17th Jul 2013

Lol.
That's just so wrong.


MuscleFlex

I love my Lefty! ;P


My LBS offers a service to build bikes that were purchased on the Internet for £45, even if you bought something from Pauls with the discount and got an LBS to build you'd still be ahead.

Even then I got an SL2 a month or two ago from Pauls and just put the bits back together myself and tweaked it here and there and it was fine, although I did buy some more tools to do this but then, hey, I'm a guy and what guy doesn't need any more tools?

I have this bike and love it! Can highly recommend!

Mountain bikes are okay if you're planning on riding off-road, but if you're planning on riding on the road then a road bike makes much more sense- you'll be able to cycle faster and for a lot less effort than if you were riding a mountain bike.

bobcheda

Yup, it's so that there's a shallower bend in the shifter housing. Makes … Yup, it's so that there's a shallower bend in the shifter housing. Makes for slightly improved shifting and sometimes stops the housing wearing away at the headtube.



It doesn't make sense for the cables to be crossing like that on the downtube- what's stopping the cables rubbing against each other?

Original Poster

goliath

Mountain bikes are okay if you're planning on riding off-road, but if … Mountain bikes are okay if you're planning on riding off-road, but if you're planning on riding on the road then a road bike makes much more sense- you'll be able to cycle faster and for a lot less effort than if you were riding a mountain bike.



Err.... lol?

This is a great hard tail, I cycle 4 miles to the trails by road and its great for going up hill as its so light, I have bought 4 bikes from Paul's each one was poorly assembled with brakes that needed bleeding, one was so bad I took it to a local bike shop who re assembled it for me as it was so loose, another caught me off guard as I was riding to a trail I jumped a curb and the handle bar fell apart I was fine and blamed myself for not checking it before taking it out, but that was pretty poor. The bikes are so cheap it still worth it.

Just to add, I got my last two bikes from Paul's cycles & never had a problem with them.

Original Poster

Arrived Tues, built last night, took 30 mins no issues
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