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Open question to Cannondale owners(9 posts)

Open question to Cannondale ownersTREKY
Aug 4, 2002 9:12 AM
I've read many threads in which Cannondale riders have an almost fanatical devotion to their bikes.Could you please explain why you have such a great devotion to Cannondales.I ride a Trek and would trully like to know what the difference is.I've always thought that my next bike might be a Cannondale.Maybe you could sway me.
I love my beercan.fracisco
Aug 4, 2002 11:01 AM
I only have a CAAD3 frame, but I really enjoy how it rides, it's bang for the buck factor, and what I feel is a high level of quality. I don't feel that I have to watch every single chip or scratch, and I can ride the heck out of it without worrying about it.

Over the winter I'll be looking for a nicer bike, and I'll look at CAAD5 (built up), CAAD7 (off the rack complete bike), and the TREK OCLV, since I think all of those options give a great level of performance for the price. There is nothing wrong with American bikes. Truth.
..burrpp!! me too!....Caad5 is a really ride!! [nm]bent_spoke
Aug 4, 2002 4:57 PM
re: Open question to Cannondale ownersnazgul
Aug 4, 2002 11:38 AM
Cannondales are just made to go fast. I love the way the bike responds when you want to put the hammer down. The higher bottom bracket allows you to pedal earlier out of a turn. Personally I also like the slightly shorter toptube than comparable treks. I was considering some Italian frames but owning a Cannondale is just a lot easier with the lifetime warranty and excellent company support. I think Cannondales are some of the best bikes if you want to race or ride with people who race. Since the company also sponsors a lot of clubs/teams the predominance of Cannondales on most of the group rides here (Philly) is easy to explain.
Of course, if you are more of a long distance rider (lots of centuries) something more forgiving with a more relaxed geometry might be better for you.
re: Open question to Cannondale ownersf86sabjf
Aug 4, 2002 12:43 PM
I walked into my local shop and the cannondale rep for the area was there.I had just broken a spoke and was going to get it fixed.
The rep heard what the problem was and asked me if I would like him to warranty it and have the wheel rebuilt with 14g spokes so the problem wouldn't happen again.
Thats what I call customer service.

customer for life
Have a C'dale mtb and will more than likely be buying a C'dale..jtferraro
Aug 4, 2002 7:51 PM
road bike, as I have my eye on the new CAAD7 R2000. HandMADE(not just handbuilt) in the USA, quality, attention to detail, stiffness, and bang for buck. If you choose aluminum as your frame choice they're one of the BEST manufacturers! I was afraid this years R2000 was going to be super stiff but when I compared it back to back w/the this year's Specialized Allez E5 SLX Comp, the C'dale rode smoother(could be b/c of traditional geometry and wishbone seatstays?).

Forgot to mention that they're LIGHT!! (nm)jtferraro
Aug 5, 2002 4:49 AM
Brief Answers:Mr Good
Aug 4, 2002 10:10 PM
I'm not fanatically devoted to my CAAD 5, but I think it's a really good bike for racing. The main reasons I like it:

inexpensive, and
light, and
stiff, and
handmade by skilled craftsmen in Pennsylvania, USA, by
a big company that invests a lot of $ in R and D, and
warranties their products!

The bike handles pretty well. High bottom bracket allows me to pedal through the corners in crits, and on descents. The rear wheel can skip out when cornering over rough stuff (due to tight geometry or stiff rear triangle?), but this is controllable with good handling skills.

If you're a bike snob or an obsessive racer who doesn't want the package deal from the LBS, you can get a caad 5 on the internet for about $600 for frame/fork, build it to your specs (check GVH bikes), and end up with a pro-style bike for less money. Note, cannondale measures seat tube C-to-T. Check the geometry chart on their website.

I do about 45-50 races/year on my c-dale, and all of my training, as well. But I don't consider it a "lifetime" bike. I've cracked stouter steel frames, and I'm sure this would eventually break if I didn't get a new one every so often. But it's really good for what it is: a superlight race bike.
Kinda like Volkswagen...biknben
Aug 5, 2002 7:13 AM
I'm a C'Dale and VW devotee. There's just something about these two companies that sets them apart. They create products that are somewhat different from the norm in their respective industries and they stand behind them.

Most industry leaders are trying to create frame that give you the best of everything (crit racer + century comfort). In many cases you get a frame that is good at everything but great at nothing.

C'Dale seems to make frames for a specific purpose. Take it or leave it. The road frames are great crit/road racers. The Scalpel is a great XC racer. The Jekyl is for all-mountain freeriding while the Gemini is the downhill rig.

If you want a race worthy road frame you will not find a better frame for the price. If you're looking to do tours and centuries I recommend you look elsewhere. The fanatical devotion comes from those fanatical racers who want the best bang for buck. Something they can take risks with without having to worry about taking a loan to replace. Something they can replace cheaply every year or two to get the newest improvement.

For something else I wrote about C'Dale not too long ago:
biknben "Why Cannondale?? why???" 7/1/02 11:28am