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2001 Cannondale r 4000 si(3 posts)

2001 Cannondale r 4000 sinetso
Sep 25, 2001 6:23 AM
I just purchased a Cannondale r 4000 si. It is my first aluminum bike. I was ready for a really harsh ride, boy was I surprised. It was not as harsh as I thought it would be, it was comfortable, and is lightning fast. I really am pleased. Has anyone have one of these?
It's not fast. You are. Congratulations (nm)Elefantino
Sep 25, 2001 10:44 AM
re: 2001 Cannondale r 4000 siGalibier
Sep 25, 2001 12:16 PM
Those who say aluminum is harsh and disposable are merely trying to defend their choice of other frame materials. I have owned steel, carbon, and aluminum bikes, all top tier, and the most comfortable, best-handling, and most responsive frame I've ever ridden is my current aluminum LeMond. The reason most European professionals race on aluminum frames is evident to those who ride a well-designed aluminum bike. Sure, the pros may not have a choice in what they ride, but the fact is that the riders, teams, sponsors, and frame manufacturers all want to use the bikes most likely to carry the riders to victory. Do you think riders and teams who insist on custom bikes and clothing for time trials will, for the road stages -- the vast majority of every grand tour -- say, "Just stick me on whatever -- it doesn't matter?" Unlikely. A long way of saying -- yes, aluminum bikes are great, and I can appreciate your pleasure.