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cannondale r600 or bianchi axis cyclocross(5 posts)

cannondale r600 or bianchi axis cyclocrossyuk
Sep 8, 2001 1:55 PM
stuck trying to decided between cannondale r600 triple, a true road bike, or a bianchi axis cyclocross bike. the lbs said i could put slicks on the bianchi and it would be almost as good as a road bike. is this true? already have a nice mtb bike and want a road (or cyclocross) for distance and road riding. any opinions?
re: cannondale r600 or bianchi axis cyclocrossGDR
Sep 8, 2001 3:01 PM
I got the R600 this year and I love it. I also have a mtb. bike and in that price range I could not be happier with my choice. I am not too sure about cyclcross bikes but I would think that they would be heavier and the geometry would be different.
re: cannondale r600 or bianchi axis cyclocrossbadabill
Sep 8, 2001 5:36 PM
If you plan to do road only, stick with a road bike. If you plan to tour, ride some dirt roads, and maybe try cyclocross racing buy the cross bike. Usually a cross bike has a higher BB, and a longer wheel base so the handling is a little slower than a road bike.
re: cannondale r600 or bianchi axis cyclocrossCliff Oates
Sep 8, 2001 11:58 PM
I'd say go with the road bike unless you need what the cross bike offers. The cross bike can pull duty as a loaded commuter or a light touring bike, it can take full fenders, and it will accept larger tires for going off road. The penalties are that the cross bike will likely be a bit heavier than a pure road bike, the geometry is closer to a touring bike with longer stays and shallower frame angles, and in the case of the Bianchi it's equipped with wide range mountain gearing and a MTB crankset with 2 rings contrasted with the close range road triple on the Cannondale.

FWIW, I have both a road bike and a cross bike. I rode my (now former -- a Bianchi Reparto Corse steel CX frameset) cross bike on the annual 3500' New Years Day hangover burn-off climb up the local mountain this year and I thought I was going to die by the time I got to the top. The bike did play a big role in my effort as I was a pretty good boy this year. I'm hoping my new CX bike (built on a Gunnar Crosshairs frameset) will be an improvement over the old one, but I know my road bike will almost always be the more efficient ride.
re: cannondale r600 or bianchi axis cyclocrossjtolleson
Sep 9, 2001 11:45 AM
I'll play devil's advocate. First, I think that choosing a bike based only on weight (where as here other specs are comparable) is silly. Pick what you like. And here, what I would like is the Bianchi Axis.

As I understand it you aren't racing. The slightly more relaxed geometry will be vastly more comfortable over the distance of say, a century. These bikes are both aluminum, so getting a little break in geometry is not a bad thing. Also, the Bianchi comes with a better wheelset. The Mavic CXP21s that come stock on the Cannondale (and on many other bikes at that price point) have not been well reviewed.

The Bianchi could be used on dirt, for loaded touring, or for commuting much more easily that the Cannondale. If you aren't a hardcore speed or weight weenie, I don't think this is even a close call. Just one person's minority opinion, I guess!