T4Phage, I think that you're lucky that the Cannondale prototype never went into production and thus you didn't have the opportunity to buy it, as it looks like it would have weighed a ton! I remember when Cannondale first brought out a full-suspension production model - it came in lime green, with pink highlights. I knew a couple who owned a bike shop near me, and they bought a pair. They were mainly interested in road riding, but would go off-road on weekends for fun. The Cannondale bikes gave them no advantage at all, despite the full-suspension. They ended up getting thrashed by far-lighter and more responsive hardtail models. After a few weekends, they stopped coming on our weekend rides. In the early 90s, I lusted after a Kestrel carbon fibre MTB frame with Shimano XT gruppo. Way out of my price range, though. I remember that Giant introduced some CF-framed bikes in the mid-90s, but I ended up going with a burnished-aluminium GT. The Manitou is a lovely-looking bike - there's just something innately appealing about a well-appointed hardtail with good frame geometry. I can't say I really like the look of the bike in the first post - from a practical standpoint, there's no facility to adjust the seat height, handlebar reach or stem geometry.