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Old 03-07-07, 12:24 PM   #1
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Cannondale Cyclocross anyone?

Does anybody have experience commuting with a Cannondale cyclocross? Was checking out a 2007 Optimo 3 the other day, it seems very nice, though I didn't ride it. I have my mind set on a steel frame (Cross Check), but don't want to rule out any options. The C'Dale is aluminum/carbon fork with STI, completely different than the Cross Check (and about $400 more).

I ran a search but it only came up in the cyclocross forum -- just wondering if anyone uses one and how it stacks up?
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Old 03-07-07, 12:41 PM   #2
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I commute on a XR800, which is a 2001 model IIRC. All aluminum. I'm happy with it, but it's a bit too big for me (58cm). I bought it used. I am thinking of ordering a Cross Check frameset and swapping the parts over, but if the XR800 were a 56, I would definitely keep it. You'll be able to run larger tires with the CC if that's important to you.
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Old 03-07-07, 01:17 PM   #3
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I want to get one when I move back to the Midwest and disc brakes aren't so important to me. Plus, I want to try cyclocross racing.
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I use the Optimo Disc.



I really, really like it, but I've since swapped out the aluminum fork for a carbon one. The aluminum fork was way too harsh.
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[Caveat: I was a commuter for 15 years before the traffic aggression and attendant injuries got to be too much. . .I'm no longer a symmetric coyote.]

My usual commuter ride back then [14 miles of eastern US river gorges] was a Fuji IV and a rock-solid mount. . .ocassionally a TREK 930 [great]. . .rarely an Atala Grand Prix [lousy commuter]. Anyway, today my fastest steed is an '06 Cannondale Optimo Cyclocross and it occurs to me there's plenty of 'hard points' for freight but honestly she's built to cover turf, not to carry the goods. If your commute is high on speed and agility and low on freight capacity you'll be happy with a 'Dale Cross for commuting. I love mine, but as I said I don't commute.

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I use the Optimo Disc.



I really, really like it, but I've since swapped out the aluminum fork for a carbon one. The aluminum fork was way too harsh.
This is very similar to the bike I was looking at -- except the 2007 model I'm considering has a carbon fork and cantilever brakes. The components are little better than a Cross Check, but the CC has more options. Hmmmm, decisions, decisions.

One question: did the carbon fork smooth out the ride?
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Old 03-07-07, 06:06 PM   #7
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One question: did the carbon fork smooth out the ride?
Yes it did. It was surprisingly noticeable.
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Old 03-07-07, 06:16 PM   #8
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How much is the Canondale Optimo Disc for, anyway?

I've been looking for a disc-brake equipped cyclocross bike myself, for commuting.

The reason I want a cyclocross is because, like my username states, I'm a FAT bike nut, and thus do not trust any o' dem high-fallutin' carbon fiber road bikes wit dem skinny tires. I'm also interested in something more agile than a touring bike.

The reason I want DISC BRAKES is because this'll be the bike I'm going to use for commuting when I move to SEATTLE. They'd come in handy for the rain, won't they?

I've already taken a look at the LeMond and the Novara Element, and was wondering which other companies produced disc-equipped 'cross bikes. And no, the Trek Portland doesn't count, it's a road bike with 700x28c tires and disc brakes, not a 'cross bike
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I've already taken a look at the LeMond and the Novara Element, and was wondering which other companies produced disc-equipped 'cross bikes. And no, the Trek Portland doesn't count, it's a road bike with 700x28c tires and disc brakes, not a 'cross bike
My current list is here: http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=271515 - the market is somewhat limited. Unless you're actually riding cross, I don't really see the distinction between a road bike with big tire clearance and a cross bike. Things like bottom-bracket height and cable run locations are mostly irrelevent on the road anyway.
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How much is the Canondale Optimo Disc for, anyway?
My LBS has it for $1,350 with aluminum fork. The Cantilever brake version w/carbon fork was around $1,250.
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How much is the Canondale Optimo Disc for, anyway?

I've been looking for a disc-brake equipped cyclocross bike myself, for commuting.

The reason I want a cyclocross is because, like my username states, I'm a FAT bike nut, and thus do not trust any o' dem high-fallutin' carbon fiber road bikes wit dem skinny tires. I'm also interested in something more agile than a touring bike.

The reason I want DISC BRAKES is because this'll be the bike I'm going to use for commuting when I move to SEATTLE. They'd come in handy for the rain, won't they?

I've already taken a look at the LeMond and the Novara Element, and was wondering which other companies produced disc-equipped 'cross bikes. And no, the Trek Portland doesn't count, it's a road bike with 700x28c tires and disc brakes, not a 'cross bike
I'm not sure what retail is on the Optimo Disc. I think it might be around $1600 +/- $200. I don't see it costing more than $1800, at most.

Yes, the disc brakes will rock Seattle's winters. I'm in Oregon, and that is precisely why I run them.

Though I love my 'Dale (I have four bikes, all Cannondales) I'd take long look at the Poprad. The rear caliper location makes fender mounting a breeze. BikeForums member Mudslinger allowed me to post some images of his Poprad with fenders, HERE.

Conversely, I had to get creative with my fender mounts. I've got some pics HERE. I don't have any with the carbon fork, though, my fender mounting solution is the same.
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My current list is here: http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=271515 - the market is somewhat limited. Unless you're actually riding cross, I don't really see the distinction between a road bike with big tire clearance and a cross bike. Things like bottom-bracket height and cable run locations are mostly irrelevent on the road anyway.
Hmm...after looking at that list, as well as those blog links by acidinmylegs, I think I'm gonna go with the LeMond...once I save up enough money to buy one and get a test ride, that is
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I bought a 2005 Cannondale cyclocross /w cantilever brakes for a do everything commuter / fun bike. I don't use it for commuting anymore because I didn't like it so much with a load of panniers and rear rack. I had to mount the panniers far back on the rack due to my heels hitting them which made the bike feel less stable and awkward going up hills.

A couple of weeks ago I purchased a Novara Randonee using the 20% off coupon at REI for under $800 including rear rack and its been great so far. When I got the Cannondale I was under the impression that canti brakes are not that great because my front brakes squealed and vibrated a lot from day one (tektro oryx I think), but the Shimano cantis on the Randonee are quiet and work great.
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I've commuted on a Cannondale CX and it works just fine.
The fork is stiff but fat tires and judicious tire pressures can tame that.
Rim brakes work fine in the rain too. They're a little weird the first couple of stops but then it goes away.
Drag the brakes a little for the first couple of blocks.
I prefer the look of the Cross-Check with cantilevers.
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