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CAAD7 Integrated BB / Crank experience?(8 posts)

CAAD7 Integrated BB / Crank experience?sacheson
Aug 9, 2002 7:04 AM
I'm looking into a new frameset, and the Crack-N-Fail CAAD7 is nearing the top of the list. I have the option of either the integrated bb/crank, or the standard threading bottom bracket.

My question is two-part: First, anyone who is riding the integrated setup, or anyone with experience on the setup, can you offer any feedback on the quality of this crank and bottom bracket? Are they as reliable as Shimano or Campy? If you do have problems, is Cannondale good at providing parts?

I'm drawn to the integrated cranks because the bb / crank arm setup on my Campagnolo group is (in my opinion) the weak point in Campy's line up. I'm a big fan of the splined Shimano setup, and notice it is more stiff than the Italian offerings. I see Cannondale's technology as a way I can enjoy the stiffness of the splined design with out using Shimano components, but experiences I had with the Magic Motorcycle setup a few years ago is making me a little leary of Cannondale's proprietary technology ... Although, everything gets better with time, right? ;-)

Second question: Is anyone using a Campy 10 speed setup with these cranks (aside from the Div I Saeco road team since I don't have a host of mechanics, or will get one-off custom parts from Cannondale)? If so, to what success? I have a Chorus / Record mix I'd be putting on it, and once again, don't want to chase technology and lose function ...

OK, that should be it ... thanks for any comments ...
re: CAAD7 Integrated BB / Crank experience?netso
Aug 9, 2002 7:10 AM
I have the integrated bottom bracket on my CAAD6 r4000si,
and my Canny Black Lightning (CAAD7). I have used the r4000si for almost 1 year without any problems. In fact, I love it. It does not flex at all.
re: CAAD7 Integrated BB / Crank experience?netso
Aug 9, 2002 7:12 AM
The CAAD7 is great. You will love the new tubing. It is really light.
re: Consider thisRusty Coggs
Aug 9, 2002 7:28 AM
Standard threading,Shimano BB and crank,the rest campy 10 speed.It works.
re: CAAD7 Integrated BB / Crank experience?fracisco
Aug 9, 2002 12:32 PM
Your local LBS probably does not carry any of the Cannondale proprietary parts in stock, so if you should have a problem with the BB or the cranks, then you'll have to wait a couple of days to have parts shipped out. The Team Replica CAAD7 has the integrated bottom bracket/cranks with the rest of the group Record, and getting Record parts/service should be a no brainer.
re: CAAD7 Integrated BB / Crank experience?divve
Aug 9, 2002 12:47 PM
Have been using the SI Hollowgram crank on my MTB for almost a year. Very durable and well sealed against the elements, which can't be said of the DA BB. I haven't had to do any maintenance to the cranks or BB yet. Everything runs just as smooth as day one.
re: CAAD7 Integrated BB / Crank experience?markwb
Aug 9, 2002 5:47 PM
I will be getting a CAAD 7 frameset with a standard BB when they become available on thier frame trade-in program. I do not want to be locked in to C'dale's proprietary technology. I have the road and mountain version of the magic motorcycle crank. I feel that they are the best ever made by anybody. What issues did you have with them?
re: CAAD7 Integrated BB / Crank experience?sacheson
Aug 23, 2002 9:31 AM
Issues with the Magic Moto cranks:

1) middle chainrings pealed away from the spider. This happened 3 times. The inside guy at Cannondale (I had this bike when I was managing a C-Dale shop a few years back) said they were having a lot of issues with the middle chainring, and sent me a bunch for free because of it.

2) The lack of taper on the crank / spindle interface made for a problematic "back out" issue if you didn't use lock-tite on the bolts. Also an issue the C-Dale guy admitted.