Canondale Road Warror 500 vs Cannondale Street 1000
I'm looking at a bike that will be used throught the British summer for commuting on heavy urban roads, 7 miles each way. It will also be used for the annual 2 week fully loded tour.
Has anyone any experience of either of the two bikes ?
The two frames are very similar, but are they identical in terms of geometry ?
Would the gearing on one bike be better for one thing and the gearing on the otherr better for the other ?
Also as the Road Warrior seems to have a much lower spec, not as good gears, not as good brakes, and none of the add on's such as mudguards (fenders in the USA), chain guard, dynamo, rack, lights, double sided peddles etc etc. how come the cost is almost identical ?
For thr Americans, the spec of both bikes can be found on the Cannondale site under European models, as if the City 1000 is available in the USA it's called something else.
How much are they ?
Dales are good bikes, but you pay for the label.
You may get better value with an orbit: http://www.orbit-cycles.co.uk/index.html
or Thorn, http://www.sjscycles.com/
2 UK manufacturers who occupy the small niche market for practical useful commuting/touring bikes. They also have more a progressive attitude to bike sizing than the bigger companies.
For London commuting, you dont need a wide range. People convert MTBs to 1x9 or run a 7speed hub gear.
For touring you do need a triple from the low 20s" gears up to 90s".
For loaded camping style rather than hostelling, you also need a front pannier rack for the forks.
Thanks for your comments, I have actually managed to see a new Orbit, first thought was it looked like a very 'traditional' (read old) design. Cantalever brakes, gear change on the frame, big, chunky and basic.
Frankly a 1970's bike. (Nothing wrong with 70's bike, it just I didn't like them then and I'm not going to buy one now)
The Thorn adverts, brochers and website all look good but is their product as good as their marketing department ? Have you ever seen one ?
Unless you know otherwise the only showroom is Bridgewater in Somerset, which I pass every few months on the M4 so next time I'll drop in, if I havent bought the Cannondale 1st !
I'm actually looking at a road warrior myself, though more for recreation than commuting. However, the Ridgebacks look like a good deal for city-slayers. I was thinking of a Day 02, perhaps. I'm planning on just hitting all the bike shops first. Thats the benefit of having no cash- you cant rush into anything