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CAAD6, CAAD7(8 posts)

CAAD6, CAAD7netso
Dec 13, 2002 7:54 AM
I have botha CAAD6 and CAAD7 frame with the Hollowgram. Do you think with all the talk of Canny going CH11, I should buy an extra set of BB's and Chain rings?
Maybe this is a ruse just to sell parts ? [nm]Leroy
Dec 13, 2002 7:57 AM
re: CAAD6, CAAD7JBergland
Dec 13, 2002 8:09 AM
They sure seem to have a good deal of R&D in ATVs and motorcycles to be going Chp. 11!!!! I wouldn't worry about it just yet.

Take Care!!
re: CAAD6, CAAD7Fez
Dec 13, 2002 9:00 AM
I wouldn't worry about it. IF they go Ch 11, and IF it looks like they won't successfully emerge from Ch 11, they could always be bought out or merged into another company.

Even if Cannondale disappeared off the face of the earth next year, there are so many of their bikes out there that someone would pick up the slack and continue to make compatible parts. They have a lot of proprietary suspension and fork parts out there as well.

But to answer your question you could always buy a spare... or you could always sell your Cannondales to relieve yourself of the worries
re: CAAD6, CAAD7divve
Dec 13, 2002 9:11 AM
The BB isn't really a wear item...unless you're accounting for metal fatigue. It's basically only a hollow spindle that rotates in a pair of industry standard cartridge bearings. If you ever need to replace them you can get the bearings much cheaper from the dedicated suppliers.
it's not sealed? (nm)Frith
Dec 13, 2002 12:45 PM
it's not sealed?divve
Dec 13, 2002 2:51 PM
The cartridge bearings themselves are shielded and some metal shields are placed over them at both sides. It's a very durable maintenance free unit. I've been running one on my MTB for a year and it's still smooth like butter.
Well...Gregory Taylor
Dec 13, 2002 12:38 PM
If there are truly proprietary parts on the bike then, yes, I'd think about laying in some spares. I'd do that anyway, regardless of whether Cannondale will go Chapter 11 or not. Focus on wear items like bearings (sounds like there is a standard sealed bearing that will fit, so no worries) and derailleur hangers. Are the chainrings a standard bolt diameter?

I'd bet that Cannondale would emerge from a Chapter 11 proceeding with it's bike business intact, just a whole lot leaner. They might not carry a current inventory of unique parts for older bikes - that sucks cash. Cannondale might also be bought by another company -- one that comes to mind is American Bicycle (?? Did I get that right?), the folks that own Merlin and Lightspeed. Cannondale might be attractive as a high-end way for them to expand their line into the Aluminum bike market that Lightspeed failed at.

All of this is just a wild guess.