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Problems with Cannondale Cadd 4(11 posts)

Problems with Cannondale Cadd 4buffedupboy
Feb 3, 2004 12:52 AM
Hi all,

I have a Cadd 4. I just noticed that my rear wheel was shifted to the left and is rubbing my left chainstay. At first I thought that it was because it wasn't sitting in the dropouts properly so I removed it and re-installed it. After climbing out of the saddle, I realised that it happened again!! I brought it to a frame builder to check alignment. It was straight. I checked the dishing on my rear wheel, it was properly dished.

I then checked the rear D hanger. It had uneven wear on the inside face of the D hanger. The rear spacing was also 132-134mm insted. Is this normal? We tried to file it smooth again..... but that didn't work. Should I:

a) Buy a new Rear D. hanger? If so where can I get one online? I'm in Helsinki Finland.

b) Use a fixed nut instead of a quick release? I was told it may be because I have an alloy quick release and it goes offline because I am quite heavy.

All suggestions welcome.

re: Problems with Cannondale Cadd 4divve
Feb 3, 2004 1:12 AM
It's difficult to give a conclusive answer without actually seeing your frame and components. However, the derailleur hanger on the Cannondale compresses as you tighten the rear wheel. You won't get an accurate drop out width measurement without the wheel installed. If you have filed away material better replace it and use a skewer with steel serrated teeth.
re: Problems with Cannondale Cadd 4Woof the dog
Feb 3, 2004 2:07 AM
cannondales are really simple frames.

It is stupid of you to use a sh!tty alloy QR.

As far as I know the new spacing (compared to the older frames with 126mm spacing) is 135 mm. If a frame is within, say, 3 mm either way, you are golden because once you tighten the skewer, its not going to make a difference as long as the wheel is properly alighned between the chainstays. Its a nice stiff and replaceable cannondale you got. That is the beauty of it - raw performance without wasting time to have it exactly to the millimeter like some silly Seven people want to have it. I respect that.

If an alignment was off, you could try bending it to where you want it. It can be done with aluminum frames to a very small degree. But looks like you are all set. That leaves the skewer.

You should definitely use good(shimano) skewers. Shimano ones are very well made and as far as I know not alloy. You are having a problem with slippage because the hanger itself is pretty slippery and the alloy nut doesn't bite in very well. Plus, you are heavy, think about how much torque you put on your rear wheel, of course it would slip!

That, or you are not tightening it properly. I have mine pretty tight because I am against nose dives. Rear quick release is a stupid place to try and save weight. Drill holes in your levers if you have to, but get a rear QR that does its job.

(If you really cannot find a hanger anywhere online, let me know).

Woof the dog.
re: Problems with Cannondale Cadd 4buffedupboy
Feb 3, 2004 2:17 AM

Can you please forward an online place to get the rear D hanger thanks. I can't seem to find one.

I actually tried a shimano skewer and the same occured. However, I'll try my XTR on it and see what happens.

They are supposed to be my climbing wheel and yes they are really silly light to begin with, I think it was 1.3kg.

re: current road 8,9,10 speed rear dropout spacing....Rusty Coggs
Feb 3, 2004 6:33 AM
is 130mm. MTB is 135mm.
duhWoof the dog
Feb 3, 2004 6:50 AM
silly mtn bikes

never should have bought one



you can't seem to find the hanger? REally? really really really? Come on man, learn to use google: type in "cannondale road bike derailer hanger buy"

one of many hits:
scroll down to the right one.
again scroll down.
Feb 3, 2004 7:26 AM

I did do a google on the exact same phrase as you ( before you mentioned it). I went to the websites that you mentioned and I even used other search engines like and

I thought you knew of better shops that specifically sold this product. Sheldon Brown sells a similar product which may or may not fit and citybikes' page doesn't seem to work, and they don't take web orders.

Are you sure you really really know any shops that sells this item on the web? really really? promise?

Considering you're in Europe...divve
Feb 3, 2004 8:01 AM
....check out my LBS at:

Drop Rob an email and he'll get you that part 100% sure.

BTW, if you're having problems viewing that page, set your browser encoding to Western European (Windows). In IE right click mouse to get to the menu.
Considering you're in Europe...buffedupboy
Feb 3, 2004 8:49 AM
Thanks for the info. Really appreciate it. Finally something real. LOL

Considering you're in Europe...Woof the dog
Feb 3, 2004 12:27 PM
looks like someone got one for you

but if that fails, I can even buy and ship it for you as long as you pay me back.

Considering you're in Europe...buffedupboy
Feb 3, 2004 12:41 PM