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Cannondale CX?(11 posts)

Cannondale CX?getoffmywheel
Aug 15, 2002 1:02 PM
Without the fatty fork? I read the reviews but looking for more input. Looking to do some cx racing and off season riding. I don't plan on winning the world cup, just want to have fun and keep the weight off.

re: Cannondale CX?atpjunkie
Aug 15, 2002 3:53 PM
a friend had the older model, it was alittle jackhammerish w/ a short TT, I think the new CAAD 5's are more compliant. If you have a long torso you may feel cramped. For the price (if buying new) you can do better, C-Dales seem to be under spec'd (or overpriced) for their price point, I think it's because their buyers are so loyal. You can usually get a better spec'd bike from another mfr. cheaper. What's off season riding? Sorry I live in San Diego not familiar with that term :0)
I always forget that the rest of ya'll ride cross by need and not choice. I have to pray for rain.
re: Cannondale CX?getoffmywheel
Aug 15, 2002 5:06 PM
I live in Chicago. Exclusively for foul weather, looking at mostly pavement and maybe some trails on weekends and a few local races. What you mention is exactly what I was thinking. I also thought about building a Gunnar Rock Hound with 105 components but rust concerns me. For something like this I don't want to spend more than $1500.
re: Cannondale CX?atpjunkie
Aug 15, 2002 6:13 PM
what size bike ya lookin' for? there are some sweet deals on ebay right now. One fully swanked 2001 S-Works (specialized) CX that you could get for a little over a grand. Also check the classifieds here.
So you may avoid steel due to rust, I understand. I own a 2000 S-Works and it is the most supple aluminum frame I've ever rode.
There are treatments for steel frames if that is your worry.
Now getoffmywheel, are you just an antisocial rider? The name implies you either don't enjoy drafting or lack the ability to drop other riders? Good Luck and check the classifieds.
re: Cannondale CX?getoffmywheel
Aug 16, 2002 4:27 AM
I'm only anti-social when someone sits on my wheel for a long time and can't or won't return the favor (or even say hello for that matter). Thanks for your advice, it looks like they don't make this frame anymore? I'll check it out.
re: Cannondale CX?varmit
Aug 16, 2002 5:05 AM
The best deal is to buy the frame only from C'dale and build the bike up like you want. You can get a better set up for about the same money. The components and gearing that come on the "off the shelf" Cannondales ( and most other cross bikes ) are useless for actual cross racing - the low end components don't hold up to the abuse and the gearing is way to tall for cross conditions.
second that emotionagilis ti
Aug 16, 2002 9:50 AM
that is what I did with my ultracross spent less got more.
second that emotionatpjunkie
Aug 16, 2002 1:09 PM
cool, good luck in the hunt and how dare they not take a pull or say howdy, that's downright rude. Some people.
second that emotiongetoffmywheel
Aug 16, 2002 1:22 PM
Thanks to everyone for all of their input. You can sit on my wheel any time.
second that emotionatpjunkie
Aug 16, 2002 2:48 PM
just don't throw any mud in our faces, if someone does sit on your wheel and it bothers you aim for the puddles!!!!
Don't get shock!mosovich
Aug 17, 2002 12:11 PM
Okay, I used to have the C'dale with the headshock. It's useless, plus you've gotta carry that sucker over the barriers, which will get HEAVY after a few laps! Trust me, I know! I sold mine and went to a rigid one, actually a steel frame, but if going back to C'dale, I'd get the regular fork. The only time I noticed it did any good, was when I rode on gravel roads. If that's your intent fine, but still, I'd probably go witht a rigid fork.