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Cannondale custom frames?(5 posts)

Cannondale custom frames?AndyM
Jun 23, 2001 10:27 AM
Anyone out there have any good/bad experiences with the custom Cannondale program? Are you happy with your bike now that you've got it?

Any ideas how it might compare to a custom FOCO frame for a 145-lb. Cat 3 racer?

Too expensive for a alu bike???vram
Jun 24, 2001 1:09 AM
Is it worth spending that kind of money on a alu bike? I haven't seen many custom fitted alu bikes--most custom jobs are ti or steel--and for a reason.
re: Cannondale custom frames?Steel Fan
Jun 24, 2001 9:45 AM
Saw a racer on one of the "custom" Cannondales recently. Fully tricked out with Campy Record etc. I have to say, the fit appeared to be quite poor. The stem had all sorts of risers on it and the top tube looked way too long. I was surprised that this was the position that the custom program ended up with.

I'd say you should go with the steel. FOCO, from what I've heard, produces a very very light frame. Be warned though that the very thin walls makes for less-than-durable (for steel) frame; you can actually squeeze the tubes with your fingers. I have also heard that the thin walls leads to a higher probability of the frame rusting through, especially at the welds. However, I have not seen any evidence of this.

One of the nicest steel bikes I have seen in a long time is the Cervelo (Prodigy?) - thin wall steel tubes, carbon fork, wicked wicked light, and quite affordable. Worth investigating.
Fit is only as good as...........climberted
Jun 24, 2001 10:04 AM
Remember that the fit is only as good as the person who measured it for him/her. A bike is a bike. To say that you can't fit or customize an Al frame like a steel/Ti frame is compleatly wrong. The weld and work Ti/steel just like al give or take a few. You can fully customize a Cannondale except for the headtube angle. I work in a shop that sells cannondale, amung others, and all of my customers have been very happy with there custom cannondales, they were fit properly. Remember, FIT FIT FIT. If it dosen't fit good no amount of money was worth it.
Fit is only as good as...........vram
Jun 26, 2001 12:36 AM
The question is not whether you can customize alu frames or not. It is quite obvious that if you can build a alu frame you can build it to a particular specification. The moot point is whether it is worth spending the $$$ on custon alu when the alu frame may not last more than 5 seasons??

Custmized steel or ti bikes don't suffer from metal fatigue to the same extent as alu. Hence peaople tend to keep their custom fitted ti or steel bikes for a while.