Cyclocross - Cannondale CX9
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03-20-10, 01:42 PM
Can anyone tell me what weight the CX9 comes in at - say the 105 version, although I guess there can't be much between them.
I want to get a spare set of wheels and use it as an 'everything bike' - long distance rides, very light load credit card touring - and short distance (25 mile) rides where I live - our country lanes that have really suffered this winter.
I had a 2005 CAAD8 road bike that I LOVED, but it was really a size small, so I sold it - but it was very comfy and quite light... I wonder if the CX9 is much heavier?
Please see post below - I've kind of modified the question.
03-20-10, 08:53 PM
The Caad9 is as advanced as they come, I'm not sure what the exact weight is but the 9s are lighter and stiffer than the 8s although a cross bike will still be a bit heavier than a road. As far as light Cross bikes come, you'd have to get a high end carbon cross bike to get something significantly lighter. This is going to be the last year they're going to be made in America if that is something that matters to ya. If you are worried about it being heavier than a road bike, it's not going to be an issue unless you are looking to competitively race road, in which case it would be the bikes somewhat more relaxed geometry that hurt you more. It would be an excellent everything bike, and the frame has a lifetime warranty if you broke it.
03-21-10, 03:18 AM
To be honest, I'm not sure why I'm asking about weight. I currently have two steel road bikes - a Tommasini that I'd be scared to take out when it's wet and an older Pinarello that takes 25c tyres and fenders, but is showing some rust. I kind of like the idea of an alloy bike again - one that I'll look after, but I don't have to be too precious about. The CX9 would mean I could also sell my mountain bike (I like a bit of offroad, but HATE mountain biking and HATE mountain bikes!)
All that said... anyone got a general comment on the CX9?
03-21-10, 11:22 AM
It sounds like it's the bike you're looking for, it's on the racier side as far as cross bikes go, but still not as aggressive as a road bike. It would be great to do light off road riding in, and can stand up to quite the beating. It is really the perfect do anything bike, light and tough and versatile. The Surly cross check is the favorite do anything bike, but it is more relaxed and heavier, geared more towards longer rides or loaded touring.
03-22-10, 02:30 AM
Mine is just over 20 lbs, but should be under when/if I replace the crank. Great bike, love it!
03-22-10, 10:57 AM
Mine is just over 18 in race mode. Built with ultegra 9 speed and a carbon BB30 crank. I will be moving to Rival for this season. I can't say enough about this frame. I upgraded from an 05 Poprad to this and the difference was impressive. Very light and stiff, I felt faster than I ever had been (and probably really was).
Just bought a CX9 to build up. Seller said frame and fork (Ultra X) weigh 3.35 lbs.
05-11-10, 04:33 PM
I just bought a CX9 105-group, and its the best bike i ever rode.
I bought it for the same purpose as you: To commute, cityrides, and sunday joyrides on the road or in the forrests. Today i took it for the first real spin on a 4 hour drive in the city, forrest, road and offroad, and i must say: I LOVE IT.
Its light (9 kg / 20 lb with pedals), fast and agile with its relaxed yet aggresive sittingposition and slim build. AND it has great grip offroad ! It would beat my old SL Trail1 mtb any time and any where.
I can only say buy one!
Tho spending the extra cash on an Ultegra-group might be with it... If you are planning on improving the parts over time, anyway...
05-11-10, 04:43 PM
Can i ask, why are you moving to Rival? Im no expert, but isnt ultegra lighter/more expensive, than the rival-group? Maybe it is a matter of ergonomics?
I have a CX9 105, and i think it shows that brake-/gearlevers arent designed for cyclocross...
05-11-10, 05:14 PM
If that was aimed at me, I'm moving to Rival because it is rebuildable. I'm using 9 speed Ultegra currently and if I crash and trash a shifter I'm hosed until I can track down a replacement. With SRAM, I can fix the internals and be ready for the next race.
05-11-10, 07:08 PM
Oh. That makes good sence:)
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