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    Cannondale RT 1000 Question

    We have a Cannondale RT 1000 that we bought in 1998. My question is this: Is it worthwhile keeping this tandem and investing in it with wheel upgrades etc? Or would it be best to sell it and get a newer model?

    Thanks in advance for your advise.

    Richard

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    What's your objective?

    I have a 1998 RT1000, and I just ride it stock + a kid stoker setup.
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    We ride a 1999 RT road frame, and I think that everything on it has been worn out and replaced at least once (it began life as a 1992 model and Cannondale replaced the frame in '99 because the dropouts were misaligned). I take that back- the original Suntour front derailleur is still going strong and shows no sign of giving up the ghost

    I feel like the only thing that truly needs to be upgraded on the Cannondale road models is the wheels. Once you've done that, you will have a good riding machine that can be upgraded at your leisure, or as things need replacing.

    I would recommend staying with bar-end shifters if that's what your bike has- they are much less hassle than STI, and they can be used to good advantage in friction mode. Just my opinion though.

    Rick

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    Scarabeoguy…Your question is a pretty popular one and it gets discussed in various degrees here on the tandem forum every so often. A little play with the search function will get you a lot of different thoughts to consider. In general though, a lot depends on what your goals are for your tandem riding and just how much time, mechanical skills, patience or money you want to put towards your goal and in what percentages respectively.

    I went the upgrade route on our '90 C'dale and would do it again in a heart beat... BUT...it is not the best route for everyone.

    In our case... we love our old C’dale frame because it is stiff, has solid confidence inspiring handling, fits us very well and we like how it looks. We owned it since Nov of 1990 and have cared for it meticulously over the years.

    Early last year, when we started riding a lot again, I got restless and wanted a newer, lighter tandem with today’s higher end components. So I looked hard at new Tandems and found that the minimum acceptable new bike would be over $6000 and then I still had to hope that it would fit and ride at least as well as what I already had, plus I probably would still end up upgrading or changing a few pieces on that bike

    Since I prefer to do most of my own work on our bikes and enjoy putting in whatever effort it takes to insure everything works right, I decided to study the upgrade route. I found that the costs savings for me was huge. Additionally, I did have the time and patience to chase the new parts and to wait to buy them only when the price and quality was right. The whole upgrade process was simply a fun project for me.

    I ended up upgrading most everything imaginable on the old C’dale, (except the fork) and now have a bike with modern higher end components that is perfectly tailored for the type of riding we do. We enjoy it more than ever and I did it for a fraction of the cost of a new one. Granted our upgraded older bike is still a few pounds heavier than the latest and greatest but for $4000 +/- in savings, I can live with that….some folks can’t and that is certainly understandable.

    Lastly…IF I find myself restless once again, I can always go out and just buy a new frame for $2 or $3k, transfer most of my components to it and have the latest and greatest but then any of the original savings will be gone (plus a bit more most likely), so… one might then ask…what the heck was I thinking from the start??? For me the answer is …it was fun and I enjoyed it! BUT.. as I said up top, “It is not the best route for everyone”.

    Good luck and have fun no matter what way you go…let us know what you ultimately do.

    Bill J

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    Quote Originally Posted by specbill View Post
    Lastly…IF I find myself restless once again, I can always go out and just buy a new frame for $2 or $3k, transfer most of my components to it and have the latest and greatest but then any of the original savings will be gone (plus a bit more most likely), so… one might then ask…what the heck was I thinking from the start??? For me the answer is …it was fun and I enjoyed it! BUT.. as I said up top, “It is not the best route for everyone”.
    That's what we did. We had a Cannondale and eventually upgraded almost every part on the bike. This Summer, we bought a Calfee frame and put the upgraded parts from the Cannondale on it. Now, the Cannondale is back to its original parts with 37 tires. We're using it as an off-road, winter bike.

    Since I didn't particularly like the build kits available for the Calfee and the dealers weren't willing to discount the parts I specified, it was cheaper to get the parts I wanted when there was a sale.
    Last edited by rmac; 10-28-08 at 12:14 PM.

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