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Cannondale T2000 brake problems(4 posts)

Cannondale T2000 brake problemslittlelance
Jul 30, 2002 3:20 PM
My mother was recently involved in a very serious accident on her touring bike when the brakes failed on a descent. She shattered an elbow and broke both bones in her lower leg as well as numerous ribs. She is an experienced rider and lucky to be alive.

Has anyone else experienced problems with the brakes on a Cannondale T2000? They use Cannondale cyclocross style cantis and Ultegra STI levers.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Jul 30, 2002 4:11 PM
"brakes failed" is a pretty generic statement. Did the cables break, cables slip in the clamp, pads become mis-aligned, pads glaze over, brakes lock, etc., etc., etc. Did she crash because she couldn't slow down and therefore missed a turn? Did some part of the brake go into the spokes and lock the wheel? What happened? "Brake failure" is a very unusual thing on a decent bike absent some sort of maintenance problem or failure to keep the bolts tight.
more infolittlelance
Jul 30, 2002 10:20 PM
The bike had less than 150 miles on it and was in perfect working condition. Nothing broke, the brakes simply "stopped working" and the crash resulted from a lack of ability to slow the bike.

We haven't looked really closely yet at the pads themselves as far as excessive wear or glazing is concerned.

I was wondering if anyone had experienced anything similar or a bike which was setup with STI levers and cantilever brakes. Most touring bikes do not use STI levers.
more infocycle63
Jul 31, 2002 7:46 AM
Was she on a tour and was her bike fully loaded with gear. I have a T800 and when I was touring and fully loaded, it naturally took longer to stop and you had to plan ahead of the stop. Just plain physics. If the bike wasn't loaded with gear... nevermind my post.