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Old 12-19-11, 02:05 PM
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Crit Race an EVO?

Through my team, I had previously ordered an SL4, but the backorder has been pushed back until AFTER the beginning of the racing season. This will not do. I have a pretty good deal on a new EVO, but I'm concentrating primarily on crits this year. Has anybody had a chance to put a new EVO through some hard turns and accelerations that can provide some reviews? Thoughts?
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Old 12-19-11, 03:07 PM
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Do you think it'll make a difference?

Does it fit?

What style rider are you? Category? What kind of parts will you be hanging on it?
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Old 12-19-11, 04:32 PM
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Anything wrong with your current bike until your 1st choice becomes available?
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I own one. Crit racing that bike is like winning any car you want and picking a subcompact Toyota. You can do it, but it's a real waste. Frankly that bike should only be ridden up or down and at a gradient no less than 8%.

It'll be more than you need.
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Thanks for the replies...here's the long and short of it:
I'm currently Cat4, and going to make a push to race enough (and do well enough) this year to go to Cat3. Although some will probably remark about how a Cat4 will never tell the difference between bikes, I'll say that while that may be true, I'd like to know that my money is going to get me the best that it can. Also, it's nice to have something decent to ride while I'm pedaling 5,000+mi/year.
I've been racing for the past 3 seasons on a Kestrel Talon that I had. Last year, I concentrated on crits (placing in the top 25% usually) and with the powertap wheel, it comes in at 20+ pounds . It's somewhat hilly where I live, and I'd like to do some longer road racing after this season.
I am currently enjoying a nice blend of being able to financially afford to upgrade my equipment, and getting some great team deals. (I've already purchased a set of Carbones and a Quarq...in anticipation of the SL4).
The EVO has the Red group on it. My aerobic base training has kicked off, and it would be nice to get on my new bike...
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Old 12-19-11, 05:50 PM
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It'll be more than you need.
yep
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Through my team, I had previously ordered an SL4, but the backorder has been pushed back until AFTER the beginning of the racing season. This will not do. I have a pretty good deal on a new EVO, but I'm concentrating primarily on crits this year. Has anybody had a chance to put a new EVO through some hard turns and accelerations that can provide some reviews? Thoughts?
You're going to race one of these? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCMNCcHZcmc

I'm not sure how well it's going to corner in a crit.
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Old 12-19-11, 07:12 PM
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don't crash it
I ordered the regular SuperSix instead of the new Evo for that concern. The regular SuperSix is already light enough for RR and Crits for much less $$.

Tmonk..you ready next year? Im excited!
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Old 12-19-11, 07:27 PM
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I think so.
I've been doing lots of threshold work and long rides on the weekends. I'm feeling pretty good.

Cyu at Ontario or Dominguez in Jan if you will be racing already.
As previously stated, I'll just be going through the motions and helping a teammate who wants to win the Ontario series.
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Is there a reason you can't test the Evo yourself? When I bought my bike from a shop floor I test rode it up Lookout Mountain. I figure if I'm going to spend the dough, might as well take it though the paces.

And BTWs, is that Quarq a BB30? If it isn't you may want to trade it in if you buy the evo.

a smart ass response
The bike radar review seems good though

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Is there a reason you can't test the Evo yourself?

And BTWs, is that Quarq a BB30? If it isn't you may want to trade it in if you buy the evo.

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The bike radar review seems good though
Actually, I just went and picked up the EVO from the shop to test ride it until Thursday. The Quarq is, in fact, BB30.
I read a few of the reviews online (including the one from bikeradar), but I was hoping to find somebody that has ridden or raced it more than once or twice (as in the case of most reviews).

I'll be riding the hell out of it for the next few days to see how I like it. Honestly, I think it's going to come down to fit. I'm getting a pretty good team deal on either bike (the EVO or the SL4). I also found out this evening that the SL4 frames are in stock and I can build one for about $200 more than the bike was going to cost me in the first place.

I'll decide after riding the EVO for a few days...
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Old 12-19-11, 09:36 PM
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Paging Dr. Botto, Paging Dr. Botto.....
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CAAD10.....an Alum EVO
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Old 12-29-11, 02:15 PM
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Pickup a Supersix HiMod used...more than enough bike for you for everything.
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CAAD10.....an Alum EVO
+1. With SRAM Rival, and a nice set of wheels.
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CAAD10.....an Alum EVO
Incorrect.
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If the only thing you are doing is crits, just buy a CAAD10 and use the remaining money on spiffy wheels......
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I say get the EVO.
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I say get the CAAD.
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...but really, get the EVO.
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Racer Ex-Incorrect

Sorry! When I was discussing how good the C10 was with the Cannondale employee who helped me with my sponsorship, he is the one who told me that it was basically the same design. Tube shapes, fork offset design, etc.....

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+1. (CAAD 10) With SRAM Rival, and a nice set of wheels.
A buddy of mine has this bike. It's freakin' nice for the dough. He's running the stock wheels and it's still nice.
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Racer Ex-Incorrect

Sorry! When I was discussing how good the C10 was with the Cannondale employee who helped me with my sponsorship, he is the one who told me that it was basically the same design. Tube shapes, fork offset design, etc.....

Ken
I had a Cannondale engineer tell me that power loss due to frame flex cannot be measured. He wouldn't take the extra step of telling me that's because it's so tiny (between a Super Six and a CAAD) it's not worth the toner it takes to print the claim. Take what you hear from company reps with a grain of salt.
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