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Upgrading roadbike(7 posts)

Upgrading roadbikepappy_d
Jun 5, 2002 12:23 PM
I just got a used Cannondale R800 a few weeks ago and am working on upgrading it. Its an older 2.8 Aluminun frame with Shimano 105(shifters)and 600(hubs and crank). I'm not looking for a pro setup, but do hope to race some this summer.

I'm getting a carbon fork, and am thinking about new wheels.
Its got Mavic Open 4CD rims, and 105 hubs. I can't spend much on wheels, so I'm considering Bontrager Selects(for only $199), Shimano R535($299), Velocity Spartacus($239) wheels sets.
Which should I get, will it be a noticable upgarade? Any suggestions?

Nothing flashy, but...Matno
Jun 5, 2002 2:43 PM
I haven't tried those other wheelsets, but I doubt you'd notice a huge difference. The 105 hubs are not top of the line, but they're not really different from Ultegra. (Same goes for the 600's - I'm not clear which hubs you have). The Open 4 CD rims are great. Time tested design and good braking surfaces. I guess it boils down to whether you want to count grams or dollars!

However, I LOVE the look of those Shimano wheels!
re: Upgrading roadbikeLC
Jun 5, 2002 5:02 PM
You should upgrade the frame. Must be about 10 years old?
What's the rear dropout spacing?Spoke Wrench
Jun 6, 2002 5:17 AM
If it's 126mm, I wouldn't recommend putting anything new into it except for tires, cables and maybe handlebar tape.
Very good pointMatno
Jun 6, 2002 5:35 AM
You can't spread the frame like you could with a steel frame. If the rear dropout spacing is 130mm, you'll be fine. However, I have heard that even with 126mm spacing you can fit a new freehub body on the old hub and it will fit on most frames. (See Sheldon Brown's website for details). If you've already got 8/9 speed, you'll be fine.
The bike isn't that oldpappy_d
Jun 6, 2002 7:42 AM
The R800 that I'm upgrading already has Shimano 105 front hub, and Shimano 600 rear hub, its an 8 speed with an ultegra deraileur. So it must have the 130mm dropout spacing, maybe it not as old as I thought. I know its not a dream bike, but its still road worthy.
Is it worth the $ to replace the Mavic Open4CD with Bontrager or those new Shimano R535 wheels?
Yup!Spoke Wrench
Jun 6, 2002 8:35 AM
Good wheels are always worth it (as long as they fit). Hoochy wheels will make you feel better about your bike and you can always take them with you if you decide to get a different frame.