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Silk Road(5 posts)

Silk Roadjkrichards
Dec 12, 2001 3:35 PM
Anybody have any experience with the Cannondale Silk Road shock system? I was wondering if you're still able to climb and really push hard with the shock or if that eats up your power? Thanks.
It has a lock-out for that. [nm]Ahimsa
Dec 12, 2001 5:04 PM
Dec 12, 2001 5:26 PM
The unit adds about 1.25 lbs. to your overall weight. Not the end of the world. Been a Headshock fan for years - some models have total lock out while others are just heavily damped. Can't remember if it's and air or an elastomer unit - if it's air you'll need a shock pump - Fox makes one of the best.
re: Silk RoadElefantino
Dec 12, 2001 7:17 PM
I looked at one and gave it a good test ride a couple of years ago. The ride, overall, wasn't as good — to me — as a LeMond with a carbon fork, or the OCLV that I eventually purchased.

Seemed to me at the time like an awful lot of money to pay for a gimmick.

A shop guy told me...BiknBen
Dec 13, 2001 6:50 AM
If C'Dale was really serious about the Silk Road frame they should redesign it specifically for the road. At this point it is just a short travel version of the MTB Headshock. No reason to be so bulky and heavy.

Keep in mind that the shock requires a C'Dale stem which also is designed for the MTB. Maybe the frame is good for Cross riding but not necessary for pavement.