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Old 01-08-22, 06:58 AM
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Trakhak
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
i ve owned several going back to 1986....mt bike road bike loved them but that was 30 yrs ago.....
First , do they ride well still. is fit feel function good for today...also is the old school aluminium solid and safe.
i have been looking at several on craigslist but not sure if its a good buy.
thanks.
One of my lasting regrets is that I didn't buy a Cannondale road bike in the '80s or early '90s, when I was working at a bike shop; t could have bought one at a substantial discount. But at that time I was still laboring under the delusion that I should own only one road bike at a time and should be satisfied with my Bianchi Specialissima Supercorsa. (I later came to my senses.)

Look up the Cult of CAAD thread to read endless testimonials to the continuing excellence of Cannondales. For myself, I've owned a dozen or more high-end steel road bikes, but aluminum bikes are all I ride now. Why? I can never feel any difference in "comfort," whatever that means for a diamond-frame bike, between aluminum and steel bikes (comparing like for like, for a given wheelbase), but I can instantly feel the difference in handling.

Modern aluminum bikes (including every Cannondale bike ever built) just feel better to me than steel bikes for the simple ;reason that the torsional rigidity of the large-diameter tubing ensures that the rear wheel tracks the front wheel perfectly. I accept that not everyone is as sensitive to bike handling characteristics as I am, but the difference is enough that I'm still thrilled with the feel of my aluminum bikes from the moment I begin riding. And I enjoy knowing that those aluminum frames are likely to last at least as long as any comparable steel frame.

Speaking of which, time to again trot out the famous German Tour magazine article from 1994, archived on the sheldonbrown.com website.

TLDR (although I highly recommend reading the whole report): all of the steel and titanium frames failed during the testing. The only frames that didn't fail were a Cannondale (a CAAD3), a European aluminum frame (a Principia), and Trek's carbon OCLV frame.

12 High-End Frames in the EFBe Fatigue Test
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