Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    2
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    canondale t800 new

    Does anyone know how the canondale touring bike holds up for touring?

  2. #2
    mev
    mev is offline
    bicycle tourist
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Austin, Texas, USA
    My Bikes
    Trek 520, Lightfoot Ranger, Trek 4500
    Posts
    903
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The older models were pretty good. I put >50,000 miles on my 1992 T1000 bike before the chain-stay cracked while touring around Australia in 2001. Of course by then most everything except saddle and frame had been replaced bit by bit. The frame failure was in part abuse since I didn't notice when bike shop in Broome forced a wheel with too wide spacing into the frame and combination of that and spacing being too far to the left caused the chainstay to crack 1500km later.

    I completed my 2001 Australia trip on a 1996 model T400 I had, and essentially flew to US, picked up the bike, cycled back to Geraldton and swapped for best components on the T400 to continue touring another six months on that trip. The 1996 model did pretty well for several years of touring after that, though wasn't quite the same after I put it in a car wash after riding the Dalton Highway. So it is my backup riding bike.

    Both Cannondale frames had a nice ride and while I swapped out most components due to wear over the years, initial components were reasonable. I believe the t800 is later successor to both (and to the t600) with different components being used for different levels.

    I still like the ride of the Cannondales I've had, though my current most-used/abused touring bike is a Trek 520. Cannondales had a better ride than the Trek and were durable through lots of miles of touring. Primary reason I've been using the Trek as a bit of skittishness on Aluminum frames before riding across Russia two years ago.

  3. #3
    Senior Member Doug64's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    2,639
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The Canondale T-800 seems like a good bike. My wife used hers on our 3650 mile self contained cross country trip , and on several shorter tours. She also uses it year round to commute to work (a couple of times a week). Other than some minor shifting problems, it has been trouble free. I just changed the crankset to a 44/32/22, which works really well.

  4. #4
    Senior Member Neil G.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Suburban Chicago, USA
    Posts
    88
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My T800 has more than 8000 loaded touring miles on it, in addition to being my daily commuter for five years, and it's held up just fine. Of course, the only original parts left are probably the frame, fork, handlebars, STI levers, and derailers, so I don't know how much that tells you.

    Neil

  5. #5
    It's true, man.
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    North Texas
    My Bikes
    Cannondale T1000, Inbred SS 29er, Supercaliber 29er, Crescent Mark XX, Burley Rumba Tandem
    Posts
    2,727
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use my '93 T1000 for commuting and touring. I like it enough that I just decided not to try to replace it with before my next on-off-onroad tour next Spring.

  6. #6
    The Duke of Furl
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Lake Limerick, near Shelton, WA
    My Bikes
    Cannondale T800
    Posts
    98
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Mine is holding up great (2006 T800)...no complaints.
    http://www.geocities.com/salmn8r/northwestcountryflies.html

  7. #7
    Senior Member lubers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Wisconsin
    My Bikes
    Cannondale T800, Cannondale ST400, Trek 520
    Posts
    335
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have a 2005 T800 and its holding up great, no issues at all one of the nicest bikes I ever owned and would buy another in a heartbeat. I also have a 1988 ST400 thats almost as good as ride as the T800.
    Jeff

    Trek 930
    1988 Cannondale ST400

  8. #8
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    2
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thank you for all of your replys very interesting lots of good futuristic info. The Canondale t800 year 2005 I purchased new, only because it was price drop for an excellent deal. What I have been using and still do is the Rocky Mountain Sherpa 2005 // it was the first edition of a Rocky Moutain touring bike. Molly steel and not as light of coarse as the t800 but nevertheless for long rough tours I believe the steel frame to stand up better. The new Sherpa 30/ is quoted a very good touring bike/ I do not know of the components that come with it. The sherpa 10 I believe and only from rumors that it was not as good comparable to the 2005 sherpa but then they had some drastic reviews on the 10 and created the Sherpa30 which so far is superior to the 2005 Rocky Moutain Sherpa>>
    Thank you very much for your support>>
    leo

  9. #9
    Senior Member NeezyDeezy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    880
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Neil G. View Post
    My T800 has more than 8000 loaded touring miles on it, in addition to being my daily commuter for five years, and it's held up just fine. Of course, the only original parts left are probably the frame, fork, handlebars, STI levers, and derailers, so I don't know how much that tells you.

    Neil
    That's impressive.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •