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puckpack 09-16-12 01:57 PM

Do older road bikes support weight?
 
Hi,

Looking into getting back into biking and have found a 1996 r900 Cannondale. It looks like a lightweight frame and am concerned that it will hold up to my 270lbs. Any thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks!

IthaDan 09-16-12 02:02 PM

Just do it.

10 Wheels 09-16-12 02:04 PM

Get the wheels serviced (hubs overhauled, spokes tensioned) and ride.

tallteacher 09-16-12 03:17 PM

From the bits of threads I have seen and read...I would agree with IthaDan...

puckpack 09-16-12 03:37 PM

Thanks, those were the answers I was hoping for!

Mr. Beanz 09-16-12 03:41 PM

I have a 98 R900 but if I am correct the 96 version may have had a different set up as far as frame. The seat stays met the chain stays short of the axle.

Cannondale believed it was a mthod to make the frame stiffer for racing. But from what i was told, they went back to the conventional design as many frames have developed cracks in that area.

If it were me, I'd inspect those joints before purchase. I've seena few posted here on the site with good results but I'm just going by what I was told when I asked the question in 98 as they returned to the conventional design. ;)

Mr. Beanz 09-16-12 03:49 PM

Google search on 96 r900...check out where the seat stay meets the chain stay before the axle.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8307/7...371337f14e.jpg
cannondale-r900-2859_1 by mrbeanz1, on Flickr

My 98 r900....seat stay meets the chain stay at the axle.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8447/7...f06207b13d.jpg
Cannondale by mrbeanz1, on Flickr

longbeachgary 09-16-12 04:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 10 Wheels (Post 14737673)
Get the wheels serviced (hubs overhauled, spokes tensioned) and ride.

^^ And beanz is also correct - inspect any bike before you buy. Many happy miles.

puckpack 09-16-12 05:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz (Post 14738017)
I have a 98 R900 but if I am correct the 96 version may have had a different set up as far as frame. The seat stays met the chain stays short of the axle.

Cannondale believed it was a mthod to make the frame stiffer for racing. But from what i was told, they went back to the conventional design as many frames have developed cracks in that area.

If it were me, I'd inspect those joints before purchase. I've seena few posted here on the site with good results but I'm just going by what I was told when I asked the question in 98 as they returned to the conventional design. ;)

Thanks a lot for the heads up. I hope to check it out later this week.

IthaDan 09-16-12 05:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by longbeachgary (Post 14738076)
^^ And beanz is also correct - inspect any bike before you buy. Many happy miles.

Well DUH, don't buy a busted bike. But once you've inspected it and learned it's not cracked and rideable...

just do it.

longbeachgary 09-16-12 07:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by IthaDan (Post 14738420)
Well DUH, don't buy a busted bike. But once you've inspected it and learned it's not cracked and rideable...

just do it.

The point is to inspect the bike. Thanks for being a dick.

IthaDan 09-17-12 08:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by longbeachgary (Post 14738866)
The point is to inspect the bike. Thanks for being a dick.

:confused:

E: http://i.imgur.com/2x6Uy.jpg


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