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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 06-18-09, 08:04 AM   #1
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So, put up a thread in GD ... no responses yet. Anyway.

Visited my LBS a few times as I am in need (want) to get a bike and get back into riding. Plus adding to the stable is never bad

I am pretty set on going with Cannondale as I am familiar with Cannondale and the LBS carries them. Place seems to be really good. They have not tried to sell me on any one thing yet, but have provided with a LOT of information.

So, I was originally thinking the Quick4, then the Quick 3. I am 225lbs so I meet the Clydes classification. I am wanting to ride to and from work (about 12 miles each way) and some paths and such on weekends with the "better half". Researching non-stop I am also looking at the Cyclocross line, Synapse line and the CAAD9 line. My concern with the CAAD9 and Synapse is the tire width. I don't plan on mountain biking per say, but I would like to be able to hit mild dirt paths if need be.

Anybody have any input. The shop does not carry Trek or Specialized. They do carry Giant, but I am partial to Cannondale.

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Old 06-18-09, 08:12 AM   #2
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I'd suggest staying away from the CAAD9. The road bike won't be your friend on the dirt. A cross bike would be a definite option though.

Sorry - can't be any help with specific models.
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If your budget is high enough to be thinking CAAD9, look at some cheaper cyclocross bikes like the Surly Cross Check. Cross bikes are excellent "do it all" frames and with the right tires can do anything from mild offroading to (mostly) keeping up with road bikes.
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Old 06-18-09, 08:35 AM   #4
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I just started riding a CAAD9 5, from a performance hybride (similar to the quick line), 2 very different rides. I agree with the comments, if you plan on doing any dirt roads, stay away from the CAAD and probably even synapse. I was able to 25mm tires on mine but that's as wide as you can go...
Cross bikes are very nice, i tried a couple before i bought my road bike, not quite as fast and nimble but a bit more forgiving and if you put road tires on instead of cross tire they make a very good compromise betwenn road and dirt. I hesitated between the cross 5 from cannondale and the one i bought, the choice came downb to price, i got an 08 caad9 5 (with ultergra rear) for 400$ less than the cross, and i do mopst of my riding on asphalte or haard packed trails...
You're probably all confused now (like i was before i bought mine...) but trest riding is the best way to figure it out, the feel is very different from road, to hybride to cross... Good luck

P.S. stick with Cannondale, great frames!!! but i'm a little biased...
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I have an Ultegra equipped Caad4 and there's little chance of me fitting any tires larger than the 25's I'm currently running. Some undersized 28's might, just maybe, fit. But, there would be zero clearance for stones, pebbles, etc. If I were looking to use the bike on rail trail style trails and the like, I would definately look at the c-cross frame.
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Old 06-18-09, 06:31 PM   #6
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So if I look at cross, I am looking at the Cannondale Cyclocross 6, Giant TCX1 and Giant TCX2 to stay reasonably within budget. Anyone have exerience in any of those? Seems the TCX2 is a good value if I want to stay sub 1K. My LBS has pretty good prices under MSRP
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Old 06-20-09, 09:15 AM   #7
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Connondale Cyclocross 6 on order. Shop is throwing in pedals free since I am just going to go with basic pedals for now. After this summer, I'll get some clipless.
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Nice. Be sure to post some pics when you get it!
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pics will come ... if bike gets here, lol. Talked to the shop today, Cannondale is completely out of stock and none will be available until end of August when the 2010 model is released. Supposedly they have located one at another shop about an hour away and their Cannondale rep was going to see about transferring it to the shop I am buying through. If that goes as planned they will have it either tonight or tomorrow and build it. if not, looking at 2 weeks out to locate one ... or go with a different bike.
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So ordered Monday, picked up in the box from another shop Monday afternoon, pick up Tuesday. Talk about a nice turn around! Added a computer, of course bottle cage and bottle and a small bag for some allen keys, tire levers patch kit and tube.

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Slick. This is the first Cannondale 'cross bike I've seen. I like!
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Beautiful bike! Congrats!!!
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Nice bike. See if you can get somebody to help you set it up correctly; the saddle, bars, and brifters are at funny angles.
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Awesome. A couple quick questions: Did your shop offer or provide a basic fitting to your new bike? I ask because, the saddle looks to be fairly nose down. It may just be the angle that the photo was taken at. The other question is with regard to you brifter location. If you were fit before the bars were wrapped and that is the position most comfortable to you, then cool. However, it not, you may find that it's more useful to rotate the bars upwards ever so slightly and, after unwrapping them, reposition the brifters so that they are easily reached when in the drops.

Enjoy you new ride. I really wish C'dale made the CX in a 63cm!
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The shop did put it up on a trainer and do a fit. The bars and brifters actually seem to be at a good position (front end is turned in the pic). They asked if the bars and brifters felt comfortable and natural from the three basic positions of if they felt like they need adjustment. They felt fine though so I had them leave it. The saddle does point down just a bit and I didn't even notice till I got home. Luckily, I have free service and adjustments for a year. So after a few rides I can go back in and have them do any other adjustments it may need or I may want. 10% off all accessories for the next month too

Thanks for the comments guys. hoping to learn a lot here.
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