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Compare & Contrast Cannondale & Klein...(4 posts)

Compare & Contrast Cannondale & Klein...jtferraro
Oct 1, 2002 7:53 PM
Two of the most respected, domestic aluminum crafters. What are the pros/cons over one company vs. the other??

Thanks,

-Jeff
OK, I'll start it off...jtferraro
Oct 2, 2002 7:23 AM
Cannondale:
oversized aluminum tubing
lightweight
stiff/efficient
very innovative
curved seatstays to dampen road vibration, etc.
Connecticut company(my home;-))-manufactured in Pennsylvania

Klein:
oversized aluminum tubing: MIT grad,Gary Klein's invention?
lightweight
stiff/efficient
innovative
carbon seatstays to dampen road vibration, etc.
Originally a Washington state company, now owned by Trek.
uses a lot of Trek/Bontrager parts
internal cable routing
seems to skimp on BB(usually lower component line than rest)

What else? Why would you chose one over the other?

Thanks,

-Jeff
one thing for kleinblehargh
Oct 2, 2002 10:39 AM
well one thing that won me over to Klein was the paint job. Kleins are just beautifully painted.

i think the cannondales are a little more comfy when i test rode them, but i was comparing the all AL ones. the new klein's with the carbon stays probably help a ton.

other than that i think go with which ever one speaks to you. you probably can't go wrong with either.

-d
True, True...jtferraro
Oct 2, 2002 10:45 AM
I know they have meticulous paint jobs. I was going to mention that but wasn't sure if the paint jobs are still what they used to be now that they are owned by Trek. Nothing against Trek, of course, as I'm highly considering an '02 or even(maybe) '03 5200.

-Jeff