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Cannondale, Klein, or Trek?(9 posts)

Cannondale, Klein, or Trek?Lintbrush
Jul 20, 2001 10:15 AM
I'm a roadie turned MTB'er, but need to update my 10 year old Cannondale training road bike. I've narrowed it down to the Cannondale R900Si (105/Ultegra), the Trek 2300 (Ultegra), and the Klein Quantum (105). I know Trek owns Klein, but I think the frame quality is better on the Klein and Cannondale. Any votes or comments?
re: Cannondale, Klein, or Trek?Lone Gunman
Jul 20, 2001 10:25 AM
If the bike fits buy and ride it, Klein probably has a bit more prestige but not sure how that enters into the blind ride test. I would say frame geometry makes your decision on this one.
Jul 20, 2001 10:59 AM
The R900Si is actually a pretty comfy with that CAAD5 frame, compaired to the other two anyway. The Trek is really stiff and your paying a lot for that fancy paint job on the Klein, so that you can only afford 105. My choice is the Cannondale, because frame quality is a step up on the competition.
Klein or C'dalesidley
Jul 20, 2001 11:23 AM
CAAD 5 C'dale and Quantum are both great bikes. Frame and therefore, fit and comfort, is the essence of a bike. Don't let minor differences in componentry determine your decision. IMO I feel there is a lot of value in Kleins and no premium for the fancy paint job.
re: Cannondale, Klein, or Trek?DINOSAUR
Jul 20, 2001 11:47 AM
I'm prejuduce as I own a Klein. Strong and light, neat welds, beautiful paint avaibable in an aray of colors. The frame is guaranteed for life with the original owner. It is stiff and rigid, climbs like an ape, and tracks perfectly. I've seriously considered scrapping the new bike idea and buy a Klein frameset and have it built up with Campy Chorus. IMHO the downfall FOR ME is the Shimano grouppo. The important thing is if it fits. The 74 seat tube angle makes you ride in a more forward upright position. If you have a long torso you could have a problem with the top tube length. Some guys have to go to a offset seat post to dial in their knee over pedal position.

You might want to check out GVH Bikes, he has several al frames available, including a Pinarello Prince among others.

Make sure you want the ride of al, it's not for everyone.
re: Cannondale, Klein, or Trek?LLSmith
Jul 20, 2001 3:45 PM
Heres a vote for the Trek. I test rode all 3 of these bikes and ended up with the Trek 2300. The Cannondale seems to be the most popular, but at the time I test rode it I was not aware of that . My thoughts at the time were that it was similar to the Trek, with lower level componets. I did not notice any real difference in the ride so I thought they wanted too much money for the bike. The Klein handled similar to the Trek, but I really felt the road. It was a little tighter or stiffer in the overall feel of the bike. However, I almost got it because it is clearly(imo)the best looking of the 3.I have been riding the 2300 for around 9 months. For the first 5-6 months I kept telling myself this was probably not the right bike for me. At some point I realized getting a more expensive bike would not make me ride any farther,faster or better. The 2300 is alot more bike, than I am rider. This bike does everything it should. At this point I am trying to tune up the bikes old engine. It is a long gradual process, but as the engine gets a little stronger the bike gets a little better.The only problems I have had are the rear shifter had to be replaced and I am still looking for just the right saddle.
all 3 pretty boring, pedestrian choicesclub
Jul 21, 2001 5:15 PM
like Ford, Pontiac or Chevy (yawn). Cannondale sucks because they've now got a line of 2 motorcycles and 4 atvs to smog up the trails with and they're putting more energy into infernal combustion these days than into furthering bicycling. trek sucks because they're the microsoft of the bicycle world. klein just sucks.
Alternate choices?DINOSAUR
Jul 21, 2001 8:26 PM
Not trying to start a flame war, but could you offer some alternate choices in the same price range. Or you just don't like aluminum?
I like Pinarello, but I don't know if the price justifies it..
Pretty tough to beat KleinLardog
Jul 22, 2001 7:58 PM
Vote for Klein. I ride a Quantum Pro. I'd suggest getting the best frame possible and skimping on the parts. You can't upgrade your frame later, you can change gears, ders, brakes, seats, bars, pedals, etc.

If you want mass manufactured frames that likely suffer with a bit less in quality assurance, go for Trek, Cannondale, Specialized, etc.