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Getting back to the road, looking at Cannondale R600(8 posts)

Getting back to the road, looking at Cannondale R600Russ G
Jun 18, 2001 10:59 PM
Hello,
You've heard it many times, I have been on a mountain bike for the last 4 years or so and would like to get back on the road. I recently tested a Cannondale R600 2001 model with the CADD 4 frame and slice fork, and it just seemed to fly, probably cause I'm used to pushing big nobby tires. Trying to stay around $1,200 and have access to most brands in town. Are there any others worth consideration that I should look at and take for a spin as well? I will be riding approx 60-80 miles a week.
Regards
Russ
re: Getting back to the road, looking at Cannondale R600Jimm
Jun 19, 2001 7:32 AM
Greetings,
I was the same situation about two years ago. Like you, I was big time impressed with "modern" road machines. My first purchase (highly influenced by the Ti mystique) was a GT Forte' Ti. The Ti ride, Rolf Wheels, 9-speed Ultegra and ergo seat seemed to be top notch....until I rode my current steed -- Trek 5200 Postal. Yeoweee -- what a bike! Give one a healthy test ride. The Cannondale is an excellent bike but, I think you'll be impressed with the Trek. IMHO, while carbon is not a good option for MTB's, it's THEE choice for non-pro road riders (especially in the fork department). No matter what you decided: test ride, test ride, test ride. I bet it won't be long before you numbers change. From 60-80 per week to 60-80 per day. Good luck!!
I just bought a R600 TripleShelley
Jun 19, 2001 7:35 AM
I love it!! Like yourself, I had been riding a mountain bike for many years after first starting out on a road bike. I am very happy with the Cannondale. I do not race, so I did not need anything extremely high end, but wanted a nice ride. I honestly did not look at many other bikes, that matte black frame sucked me in! The wheels are a bit on the heavy side, so that will someday be my first upgrade to shave some weight, but that will be when the pocketbook allows.
The matt black turned me off.SSgt Jeremy in Germany
Jun 19, 2001 12:41 PM
The industrial look of the black is what turned me off from the 600, I think high visibility would be best. Hope you enjoy the new bike.
I won't hold it against you, too much :-) !!!!Shelley
Jun 19, 2001 2:34 PM
That's why it also comes in red I suppose.
True.SSgt Jeremy in Germany
Jun 20, 2001 2:46 AM
Yep it comes in red too, wish my LBS had it in stock, oh well. Ordering takes forever I am told.
Bicycling Mag's Best Road Bike Under $1500MisJG
Jun 19, 2001 7:54 AM
The C-dale R600 was voted best road bike under $1500 in this month's Bicycling. There is a picure of a red R600 (from the rear) on the cover!
As a comparisonKristin
Jun 19, 2001 8:47 AM
:-) I can't believe I'm gonna post a real bike suggestion, but here goes... The C-Dale R600 was one of my top three choices, including Lemond Tourmelet and DeBernardi Alle. If the C-Dale fits you properly, the DeBernardi should as well. Both were a good fit for me. I ended up choosing the DeBernardi because it had a lot more zip than the R600. (I've been told that this is due, in part, to having Campy hubs...I couldn't say for sure.) The only trade off was that the DeBernardi Alle is a stiffer bike, so you feel more of the road. (Yes, its true! My steel deal is harsher than C-Dale caad4). Comfort vs. Zing. If you can find a DB dealer in your area who will let you test drive an Alle, take it for a spin. It will, at least, give you a comparison.