Well, I've put the money down and the frame should be in my LBS on Friday. A LHT in Black Cherry color. I'm going to put the Cannondale T-800 out to pasture. I've stripped the 'dale down, and all the parts are going over to the LHT. Component list will be LX Rear DR, LX HollowTech II Crank, Tiagria Front DR, Tiagra Brifters, CODA V-Brakes, Rims are Mavic 719s (I think... it's their older touring rim) laced 36 3x to Coda Hubs. Handlebar will be the CODA off the 'dale. Only expenses I'm looking at beside the frame will be a headset, some cables, bar tape, usual stuff. I'll post pics if you want of the build.
Just never felt right on that 'dale. The frame was too big, and I ended up with a tiny short stumpy stem on it that made it twitchy. The LHT is 56 cm, and since the most comfortable, best extended riding bike I have is my Bianchi at 55 CM, it should be perfect. I compared the TT lengths and this should work out just fine. Very much going for the "French Fit", or the 'Rivendell' style fit. I'm stoked. If all goes well, (and we know just what the chances of that are ) I should be riding it saturday.
Nobody at the LBS was familiar with that frame, although one of the wrenches / sales guys is an experenced tourer. When they started looking at it in the QBP Catalog everyone was impressed with it. I may even end up with a couple of pounds less weight, that c-dale frame was 10#, headshoks are heavy, not that it is really a factor in it.
Just thought I'd share....
Who is waiting for his last student to leave so he can go home and jump on a bike for a ride.... beautiful day today.