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Old 08-22-11, 05:42 PM   #1
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Cannondale Quick 1

Looking to get a new commuter and this bike has been at the top of my list. My commute is 16 miles there and back with little hills and very treacherous road conditions . My weekends will consist of approximately 40 miles of leisure time. Any thoughts and anyone have this bike? Your input is appreciated thanks to all.



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Old 08-22-11, 06:57 PM   #2
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Thinking the same

It appears I am having the same thoughts as you. The Quick 1 is at the top of my list as well. Unfortunately, nobody around me has any of the Quick models to test ride either 2011 or 2012 (not out yet).
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Old 08-22-11, 08:20 PM   #3
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I understand your pain its hard waiting for something you really want. Well you can always go down to your lbs and put a deposit on one. Then you'll just have to wait it out. That's what I will eventually do. I just want to know from people who own actually own this particular model what this bike is all about.
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Old 08-23-11, 12:07 PM   #4
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I would get very sore wrists and numb palms from a 40 mile ride with flatbars.

Considerably less so with drop bars. I would not buy a Quick 1 for this job. It is a flatbar road bike, so just get a Synapse instead or consider alternatives to Cannondale.
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I understand your point about the wrist and palm concerns however I would rather be more upright in position. Yes I know you can still be upright with drop bars but was thinking more along the lines of bar ends for added hand position. Thoughts?
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Yep, that's a common misconception. Go sit a Synapse, Cervelo R3 or Specialized Roubaix (or Secteur). All of them have tall head tubes and compact geometry.

If you installed a 15-20 degree stem they would easily match the Quick 1's body position.

And then you have at least 5 positions for your hands, and the ability to use your brakes and shift in at least 3. Flatbar + bar ends = two positions, no brakes or shifting for one of them.
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Not 40 miles straight I like to take small brakes to stop and see all that's around me. Also I have ruled out any and all road bikes because of my very treacherous commute. I feel a bit safer with the positioning of a flat bar road bike, and the headshok can help soften the the bumpy areas of my commute. Plus I would prob go broke buying new tires and tubs every week with those thin tires lol
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Do you think a Jamis Coda Elite would suit me better? great commuter but is it a good distance bike?
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Old 08-24-11, 01:26 AM   #9
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I understand your point about the wrist and palm concerns however I would rather be more upright in position. Yes I know you can still be upright with drop bars but was thinking more along the lines of bar ends for added hand position. Thoughts?
Depends on the individual.

I ride 80km quite often with my flat bar bike with no hand/palm concerns...bar ends help...as does being a little lighter with your grip.
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I'm not sure that is entirely accurate.

Some people such as yourself can ride that kind of distance and beyond on flatbars, after no doubt years of riding, without hand pain. I very much doubt that a newbie can do it. Heck, I definitely can't do it.

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No experience with the Quick 1, but have a 2011 Cannondale Quick 4 that I ride to work- 10 miles there and back, urban conditions. It is very nimble and easy to maneuver in these conditions thanks to the flat bars and bike geometry. It is also very light so I image the Quick 1 feels like a feather.

The seating position is just about perfect for me- I too was looking for an upright seating position.

Test several bikes and see which one is best for you, but I have been very impressed with the Cannondale Quick series.
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I have an older Cannondale H300 and I have been riding it for years, the last two years a little more. I typically ride a 15mile loop (all road) and average around 13mph. I wanted to go faster so I found a Cannondale T700 touring and it turns out the older H300 is faster. I dont think I want a dedicated road bike, but I would like somthing a little more road orianted. I have read reviews in the Sept. issue of Bicycle magazine about what they call "plush" bikes. they look like road bikes to me but I would really like to get more input before I buy anything else, or make a mistake.

In the intrem, I ordered an adjustable stem for the T700 in an effort to make the riding position more like the H300 (way more compfortable) I'm hoping this helps. In addition to the Quick, I was looking ar Specialized bikes. I wish we has a shop where I can rent one to test ride.
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I would get very sore wrists and numb palms from a 40 mile ride with flatbars.
You might want to see a doctor about that. That's not normal for a rider with your level of experience.
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You might want to see a doctor about that. That's not normal for a rider with your level of experience.
I'm not sure if you're a poor comedian or just good at being rude.

I've not said anything about flatbars and dropbars that isn't commonly known and accepted by many riders who have used both. It's obvious.
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Sore wrists after 40 miles? You've got to be kidding me!

I don't think that's "commonly known and accepted" by many riders. Depends on what you mean by "rider" I guess.

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So you disagree, thereby making the majority opinion invalid. Gotcha.

I don't dispute that flatbars are extremely popular-- they've been that way since mountainbikes took off in the late 80s. Lots of americans riding aggressive knobs exclusively on paved roads too. Doesn't make either of them the best tool for the situation.
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So you disagree, thereby making the majority opinion invalid. Gotcha.
This is the hybrid forum. The majority opinion here may be a preference for flat bars.
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So I'm supposed to apply a reality distortion filter when I'm here versus in the MTB or Roadie forums? If a roadie comes into the MTB forums and asks for dropbars on technical singletrack, guess what the answer is..


At any rate, preference does not make them better in mechanical or ergonomic terms.
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Not 40 miles straight I like to take small brakes to stop and see all that's around me. Also I have ruled out any and all road bikes because of my very treacherous commute. I feel a bit safer with the positioning of a flat bar road bike, and the headshok can help soften the the bumpy areas of my commute. Plus I would prob go broke buying new tires and tubs every week with those thin tires lol
The Quick 1 doesn't have a Headshok. You must be looking at the Quick CX 1.
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Do you think a Jamis Coda Elite would suit me better? great commuter but is it a good distance bike?
Are you an all weather commuter?

I love disc brakes, but they weigh a lot. I prefer V-brakes for long rides (I don't do long rides in bad weather).
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So I'm supposed to apply a reality distortion filter when I'm here versus in the MTB or Roadie forums?
No just show some respect for our preference. There are several roadies who also ride hybrids and post here. They don't try to set the rest of us straight. If you are intolerant of the spirit of hybrid bikes, which are mostly street bikes with flat or riser bars, post in road and mountain forums.

You have a lot of opinions, I agree with most of them. I hope you will continue to post in the hybrid forum, but telling hybrid riders they should use drop bars (unless they ask) is insulting. Don't assume you know more than the person you're talking to.

I rode drop bars before you were born.

"preference does not make them better" yes, it does.
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Yes I am an all weather commuter and disc brakes are a plus. I'm actually looking at both the quick cx1 and quick 1. I'm leaning towards the quick 1 based on the speed, but my only fear is the beating it will go threw year after year if in fact it lasts that long. On the other the quick cx1 looks like it eats potholes and curbs for breakfast. Can anyone personally recommend a great commuter for under $2000.
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How long is your commute?

What are you currently using?
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16 miles a day 6 days a week on a gt transeo 3.0 believe me when I say anything at this point is an upgrade. But I don't want to rush this. I want to find a bike that makes my days more enjoyable. I called a few lbs and they didn't have specific bikes or sizes I wanted. Ill prob have to wait for the new line ups to come in.
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why dont you like your transeo? im looking to get one. the 2011 2.0
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