Spoken4 wrote:You will notice that if you test ride the Cannondale that the fit is only part of the story. The comfortable fit seems to work really well in conjunction with the extreme respect you get from other riders and road users, to give you a supremely comfortable ride, free from the usual hassles associated with the <cough>more common brands.
earl wrote:Naa, sorry happyintas, I was only stirring the possum trying to extract a bite from the Cannondale riders.
They're okay, just make a point of never buying a secondhand one.
The frames are (supposed to be) made in the US of A, but the alloys have cracked a bit too much for my liking, and Dale E Grind's CF folk collapsed as he entered his drive-way.
An overheated alloy weld is weak where a good alloy weld is very strong.
The newer alloys (the name of which totally escapes me ... a seniors moment) is a bit more flexible and foregiving.
The running gear is generally good on most Cannondales.
brycer wrote:I didnt try out the Synapse which is aimed at longer distance more relaxed rides so cant comment on it.
that got me thinking, and then Spoken4The CAAD 8/9 is a great racing bike for shorter distances and criteriums. But if you do frequent rides in the 100km plus category or want a smoother ride then perhaps think about something else
that hit home. I too enjoy comfort/long rides (which my hybrid is perfect for at the moment, but will replace in the next year), and I only wanted a road bike for 1 or 2 speed related events per year, and decided this morning that $2K was too much to pay for such little use, and that I may as well keep just using the hybrid.I was after comfort/long rides rather than speed/races
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