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Old 11-06-08, 10:55 PM   #1
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Do older Cannodale road frames have a weight limit?

I posted this question in the road forum, then realized I was it was better raised here.

I wanted to know if a Cannondale 2.8 frame from 1992/1993 would have a rider weight limit. Thanks for any help or guidance you can offer.

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Old 11-07-08, 02:18 AM   #2
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i wouldn't buy any cannondale frame that weighed more than 5 pounds.
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Old 11-07-08, 09:14 AM   #3
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You could always ask Cannondale. The frame probably isn't the issue, the things that people have problems with are wheels, or possibly seat post, or maybe even a fork or handlebars.
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Old 11-07-08, 05:17 PM   #4
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This is a post 2.8 frame, the CAAD3. According to a racer mechanic Clyde bud of mine, they were overbuilt. He suggested that I never ditch this frame. I was riding it since 98 when I was 260 lbs., in 05 I was 220 and kicking some major arse on it! Used it on some 10,000-12,000 ft centuries. I have about 30,000 mile son it now wiht no issues. I still use it on climbing rides and hard pace rides.

I alos snapped an aluminum Lemond (Torumalet) and the replacement frame, cf and alum mix are both wet noodles compared to teh Cannondale.

But! The 2.8, not sure if all or some models have a short seatstay. It meets the chainstay well before the rear axle. Cannondale had some problems wiht the design tha ended up in cracked stays so they converted back to conventional design. SOme have said no problem, but others say different!

Stif and strong but you don't mention your weight, soooo......



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I've been on a 2.8 Cannondale since 335 pounds. I'm holding at a merciless 280 and nothing is wrong. Don't worry about the frame so much as the wheelset.

Short answer: No.
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This is a post 2.8 frame, the CAAD3. According to a racer mechanic Clyde bud of mine, they were overbuilt. He suggested that I never ditch this frame. I was riding it since 98 when I was 260 lbs., in 05 I was 220 and kicking some major arse on it! Used it on some 10,000-12,000 ft centuries. I have about 30,000 mile son it now wiht no issues. I still use it on climbing rides and hard pace rides.

I alos snapped an aluminum Lemond (Torumalet) and the replacement frame, cf and alum mix are both wet noodles compared to teh Cannondale.

But! The 2.8, not sure if all or some models have a short seatstay. It meets the chainstay well before the rear axle. Cannondale had some problems wiht the design tha ended up in cracked stays so they converted back to conventional design. SOme have said no problem, but others say different!

Stif and strong but you don't mention your weight, soooo......



I weigh 225. I googled and bit and became confident it would hold me. I've never had a nice road bike the the aluminum frame scared me a bit as I am by not means built like a racer.

I went ahead and bought it since it fit like a glove. Paint is pretty beat up by it is a nice ride. I'm happy with it and about to take it out for a late afternoon ride along the river.
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Old 11-09-08, 02:54 PM   #7
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I've been on a 2.8 Cannondale since 335 pounds. I'm holding at a merciless 280 and nothing is wrong. Don't worry about the frame so much as the wheelset.

Short answer: No.
That seems to be the bottom line. I had not experience with aluminum before but I quickly becoming a fan.
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Pic of aformentioned 2.8 Cannondale:


Pic of my fat arse on that same bike:

I don't know who the woman was that I was riding with one that ride.
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That's a sweet ride. I think the LIVESTRONG bracelet gives it a certain je ne sais quoi.
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Pic of aformentioned 2.8 Cannondale:
That is the one, different color but those protruding dropouts give it away. I am quite happy with it, but would not want to ride it on cobblestone.
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