Cannondale 2004 RT 1000 issues
We just purchased this and after 40 miles or so found the following issues. I was wondering if other RT1000 owners experienced the same issues when first starting? Other than these minor things the bike rides beautifully.
Stoping seems to be somewhat weak for what I expected. I have disc brakes on my MTB bike and stopping power is really good (same or better then rim). I expected the disc brakes on the RT1000 to have stopping power of same of better than rim brakes - is this a reasonable assumption given the added weight of a tamdem (bike and riders)? We rode some rolling hills and slowing down or stopping seems to be a real challenge with our combined weight of about 300 lbs.
Also, talking with my friends they said that disc brakes like all new brakes req some "break-in" period before effective stopping power can be obtained. Some thing to do with the the braking surfaces adjusting to each other.
2. Ping noise when the left crank is forward.
This only occured on the second day of riding. We where pushing hard when I noticed a pinging noise comming from the bike when we where riding hard as the left pedal came forward (about 135 degress) I cannot figure what what this. When freewheeling or just spinning with the bike (no force is added to the pedals) there is no sound. The sound is definitely something taping on the frame - that hollow ping of aluminum.
Thanks in advance for any help.