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Opinions please, narrowed choice to Cannondale 600& Bianchi(6 posts)

Opinions please, narrowed choice to Cannondale 600& Bianchiruss g
Jun 20, 2001 7:28 PM
My price range is approx $1,200 and I have ridden alot of bikes and narrowed my choice to either the Cannondale R600 in stealth black or the Bianchi Giro. Both I have gotten to within $50 of each other at the dealers. Both seemed to feel equally fast and comfortable. I really like the stealth black of the Cannondale, but would like opinions on quality of each if you have experience with longer term use, the Bianchi is bright yellow. These both are aluminum with the Bianchi having carbon wrapped over aluminum in the seat stays and chain stays, both come with 105 components but the Biachi has FULL 105 group including hubs. The C'dale has coda hubs cranks brakes etc. Both are on Mavic cp 21 rims. Although I really like the appearance of the C'dale, I may be leaning towrd the Bianchi because of its complete 105 set up for under $1,300. Comments?
I vote Bianchikeith m.
Jun 20, 2001 7:42 PM
I had a 99 Giro for a year before moving up to the EV2, Great bike. I got alot of compliments on it in group rides. Comfy, relaxed geometry, no problems whatsoever. I recomend it. Just change the seat.
Go Bianchi.ALLEN
Jun 20, 2001 9:36 PM
re: Opinions please, narrowed choice to Cannondale 600& BianchiVirginiaRider
Jun 20, 2001 10:40 PM
I ride the Cannondale R600, but only after going through the considerable expense of upgrading to Ultegra and getting rid of the crap Coda hubs. The frame is super-sweet, but unless you plan on upgrading parts -- if I had it to do over again, I'd have saved a li'l more cash and kicked down for the R1000 -- I'd go with the Bianchi.
I love my R600!!Shelley
Jun 21, 2001 7:55 AM
I have had it a few months now and love it! Now I cannot compare it to the Bianci at all, I can only give an opinion on my bike. It has a great ride in my opinion, very smooth. I can see your point with the full 105 on the Bianci. The Cannondale has a mix, but for me it has performed fine. I am planning on getting some Speed Dream wheels within the next year so I did not really care about the hubs being Coda or 105. And like you said, the matte black rocks!! Once I saw it at the bike shop I knew that was it!

Bicycling Magazine also just had a survey that rated the R600 the best bike under $1,500.00. With that all said, I think either bike would suit your needs well.
i have the bianchi giro, and you can get it for less with more..Haiku d'état
Jun 21, 2001 9:24 AM
from gvhbikes, hit the link and click on "built-up bicycle sale". he has a 57" frame built-up stock with full 105 and cxp21 rims for $895; not sure what other sizes he might have. i ride a 58cm specialized road bike and a 19" specialized mtb, and the 57 cm bianchi fits me fine.

had gvh build the wheels for mine with cpx33s (the cpx21s on my other road bike were problematic), swap the stock tires for panaracers, and put on a wider handlebar; the only additional charge incurred was for the wheels, and it all came in at just under $1000, including shipping. arrived early, was in perfect condition, and rides like a dream. came with a triple, which was used pretty soon after recipt on a 3-mountain century.

i've had two cannondale road bikes, and didn't care for either. however, they were both older and purchased used, but nonetheless didn't ring my bell. do your research on the web and here (through a board search) about gvh if you have any qualms with ordering online. i whole-heartedly vouch for his product, service and after-sale support.

good luck!

ps. check out my giro here, and the pics from it's journey on the 3 mountain century here.