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multisport 700(8 posts)

multisport 700criticalmass
Jul 31, 2003 5:06 AM
I have found a person that is loooking to get rid of this cannondale. I wanted to start road biking, but this is listed as a triathalon bike on the Cannondale website. If it fits will it still be okay to ride on the road, or is the geometry all off for riding other than triatholons?

If it is in good condition what price should I expect to pay for it used?

re: multisport 700Steve_0
Jul 31, 2003 5:40 AM
The forward geometry is less than optimal for road-style riding, group riding, and hills.

It'll work, but not as comfortably as a more relaxed geo.
Also, barcons arent exactly optimal for group riding.
re: multisport 700bigdeal
Jul 31, 2003 7:05 AM
Less optimal for road and group rides?? How so? Usually it's the AERO bars that make it 'not optimal' for group rides as
1. they're best used to go in a straight line
2. they put your hands too far away from the brakes (not good in groups)

Based on the fact that (competitive) triathletes ride 112 miles at a 23-25 mile an hour pace I wonder what it is that makes it 'not optimal'....

As far as climbing: I'll agree with you there.
re: multisport 700al0
Jul 31, 2003 12:16 PM
They are "less optimal" just for safety reasons (in case of mass crashes) - for this reason their prohibition in mass-start events.
...thanks...but also...Steve_0
Aug 1, 2003 3:42 AM
The forward geometry and (real or effective) shorter toptube is not effecient in crit format. Thats why yoos dont seem them bikes in the tour.

I didnt say they're not good for what they're made for; TT format races (long, straight courses riding alone).
triathletes are neither in group rides nor road format. nm.Steve_0
Aug 1, 2003 3:46 AM
be careful with assumptions...ClydeTri
Jul 31, 2003 9:44 AM
not all bikes listed as "tri" bikes have steep geometry..some companies just put aerobars on and call them that. You need to confirm that C'dale built this with steep geometry before assuming that.
76, IIRC. nm.Steve_0
Aug 1, 2003 3:45 AM