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    CRIKEY!!!!!!! Cyclaholic's Avatar
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    Hit the road on my new CAAD9 today

    It's pretty much finished except for the new chainring that I'm waiting on. I only got to test ride it for a few miles but managed to take in a couple of hills. The first impression is that this is a totally different machine to my 80's steel roadie conversion, the power transfer to the road is amazing, this thing just wants to go!... and it seems to want to climb too, but that might be because it only weighs 17lb and is only 57 gear inches.




    and check out this kid's hipster attitude ...




    I'm not happy with the slackness in the chain but that should be sorted with the new chainring, and if not then I'll spring for an Eno eccentric hub.

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    That saddle angle looks horrendously uncomfortable, but the bike looks good! Weird choice for a FG conversion, but hooray for adventurousness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exit. View Post
    That saddle angle looks horrendously uncomfortable, but the bike looks good! Weird choice for a FG conversion, but hooray for adventurousness.
    My bum finds it horrendously comfortable. It's my second Specialized Avatar gel 155, the first one cracked in the middle after 50k miles.

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    Yeah that chain slack is a bit of a worry. I guess you can't get away with taking another link out? And geez... 57 gear inches, that is very low. Whatever floats your boat though. Nice looking conversion anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dudezor View Post
    Yeah that chain slack is a bit of a worry. I guess you can't get away with taking another link out? And geez... 57 gear inches, that is very low. Whatever floats your boat though. Nice looking conversion anyway.
    Nah, another link (1/2 link) won't come out, unfortunately. I have a 45t chainring on order that will tighten things up according to the magic ratio calculator, and bring me up to 66 gear inch.

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    if the handlebars come up to your ear, i'd say the bike's a bit too big for you.
    the hipster myth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by queerpunk View Post
    if the handlebars come up to your ear, i'd say the bike's a bit too big for you.
    Nice... he he!!!

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    I like it!

    Post this thread in the roadie forum and give a link. I want to count all the Star Trek facepalm pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclaholic View Post
    this thing just wants to go!... and it seems to want to climb too
    Welcome to the wonderful world of CAAD9 ownership. Nice, tasteful conversion, hope you enjoy it!
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    Very Nice
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclaholic View Post
    It's pretty much finished except for the new chainring that I'm waiting on. I only got to test ride it for a few miles but managed to take in a couple of hills. The first impression is that this is a totally different machine to my 80's steel roadie conversion, the power transfer to the road is amazing, this thing just wants to go!... and it seems to want to climb too, but that might be because it only weighs 17lb and is only 57 gear inches.


    only 17lbs? that's like a boat anchor for a fg caad9. The caad9 is a pretty easy frame to get to 16lbs with gears. Put some light wheels on it and you'll feel like you got shot out of a cannon.

    And if you like the BB stiffness of a cannondale and want a fg, ever considered getting a capo frameset?
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    And I can't help but lol at the "heavier-set" riders I see on the trails riding around on $5000 speed machines. Nothing funnier than someone paying $4000 to shave 5 lbs when they're packing an extra 50...

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    very nice! makes me wish i still had my aluminum road frame-- bike was stolen

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    Quote Originally Posted by jollysnowman View Post
    I like it!

    Post this thread in the roadie forum and give a link. I want to count all the Star Trek facepalm pics.
    I second this
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
    There's really nothing that says "spirit of cycling" like killing everything in sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
    There's really nothing that says "spirit of cycling" like killing everything in sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
    There's really nothing that says "spirit of cycling" like killing everything in sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bratton View Post
    Did I win?


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    Quote Originally Posted by lukewall View Post


    only 17lbs? that's like a boat anchor for a fg caad9. The caad9 is a pretty easy frame to get to 16lbs with gears. Put some light wheels on it and you'll feel like you got shot out of a cannon.
    Damn that's light! I've never been into super light wheels, seeing as I'm 240lb.


    Quote Originally Posted by lukewall View Post
    And if you like the BB stiffness of a cannondale and want a fg, ever considered getting a capo frameset?
    I didn't deliberately go out and choose this frame, in fact I wasn't even looking, I just ran into a really good deal and grabbed it.
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    Looks straight except for the chain slack and the granny gear. I too think this is worth posting in the roadie forum, especially given how popular CAAD9's are over there.
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    My new chainring arrived from Cycle Underground. I don't think the picture does it justice, this thing is a work of art!

    I rang them yesterday morning, told them what I wanted, and here it is the next day for $50 Aussie delivered, friggin bargain!





    The chain is tighter, but not as tight as you would normally run it. It rides OK tho, completely silent with no slapping around. If it gives me any grief in the future I'll just go to an eccentric hub.

    Time for a nice long ride

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    If you want to save a couple bucks on the Eno, just file a flat spot onto both sides of the axle(make sure you get them lined up)place the flats towards the back of the drop and it'll make up that little bit of slack. I did this on my Trek FG and it worked great, I didn't even have a prob removing the locknuts as it chased the threads as I spun them off.
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    Man, I wish I could buy that fork off you and give you my freakin ultra fork instead...
    I've been hunting for a cannondale premium fork forever.

    Not what I'd do with my 9, but it looks okay. Ride the snot out of it. Those are incredible frames.
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    Quote Originally Posted by exhumed View Post


    that didn't take long....

    It feels lighter than 17lb so I probably stuffed up the weigh-in, I'll double check it later.

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    Get it TRULY weighed.
    Buy a lighter wheelset.
    Roll up one pant leg.
    Oh and add pink, b/c some people wont acknowledge fixie=gay....so help them understand
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