Join Date: May 2011
Location: League City, TX
Bikes: 2011 Cannondale Quick CX 4
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introductions... and upgrades....?
I just bought a 2011 C-dale Quick CX 4 - check it out here:
Its an entry level hybrid, mainly for urban use. I chose the bike because it had some key features that I wanted, namely disc brakes, upright riding very similar to mtb geometry, and wicked good looks, like me. Not to mention C-dale's light weight, all aluminum frame and lifetime warranty.
Because its been several years since I've done any serious riding, I wanted a bike that would just be fun to ride and ease me back into the sport. This bike certainly has done that! It's light, nimble and fast. But being an entry level bike, it came with some low-end components. So after searching through seeming endless components online, i booked it down to the local cycle shop and got to be friends with some of the guys. They suggested I use the bike as is to relearn riding/shifting and that when I'm ready to upgrade, to focus on the parts not seen, like the headset and BB. Their emphasis was quality where the manufacturer cuts corners. I'm learning as I go and would appreciate any suggestions not only for these components, but also for a crankset upgrade.
I've already decided to upgrade the tires to pick up a little speed as the stock set (Continental Double Fighter 700x37c) tends to be more of an all terrain tire. I don't know of a single gravel or cobble stone road around me! So I'm thinking about Michelin Pilot Sport, Continental Contact, Continental City Ride, Schwalbe Marathon Plus. Any thoughts?