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Road Test/Bike Review (1987) Four High Value Aluminum Bikes

Old 03-05-21, 08:59 AM
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Road Test/Bike Review (1987) Four High Value Aluminum Bikes

CANNONDALE SR600, TREK 1200, NISHIKI Altron 7000, and MANGUSTA 5000 are reviewed.



















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Thanks for yet another valuable addition to your series of wayback posts, SpeedofLite. From my point of view, you add a lot of value to this site.

[Edit] Just read the section of the article describing the genesis of Cannondale's Criterium Series frames. I was selling Cannondales in a bike shop in the 1980s, so I should have known that Davis Phinney, one of the very best U.S. sprint specialists of the modern era, was behind the design of those ultra-short-wheelbase bikes, but I didn't. My being able to drop Phinney's name would have made a Crit series bike an easy sell to local criterium racers back then.

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That Mongoose is an interesting knock-off of a Technium. I think I like the bolt-on stays.
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From the days before the Internet-forum-begotten "aluminum rattles your fillings" dogma:

"Up front, the Altron uses a Tange chrome-moly fork, which BICYCLING's tests have shown is more rigid than either the Tange or Vitus aluminum forks." . . . . "The bumps get through, but the pounding is muted compared to the sharp blows inflicted by a steel racing bike. That's the magic of aluminum: it damps instead of resonates."
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Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
Thanks for yet another valuable addition to your series of wayback posts, SpeedofLite. From my point of view, you add a lot of value to this site.

[Edit] Just read the section of the article describing the genesis of Cannondale's Criterium Series frames. I was selling Cannondales in a bike shop in the 1980s, so I should have known that Davis Phinney, one of the very best U.S. sprint specialists of the modern era, was behind the design of those ultra-short-wheelbase bikes, but I didn't. My being able to drop Phinney's name would have made a Crit series bike an easy sell to local criterium racers back then.
Trakhak You're welcome.
And thanks for the generous compliment, but you're too kind.
I'm just the vehicle for these articles to be in the public domain.
I really enjoy yours and everyone else's comments and discussion based on real world experience.
All together, I feel like we get the story, the back story, and the rest of the story.
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I second the comment on the value these threads bring to those who loved the magazines and might even remember them!

more importantly...

Those stronglight parts are serious unobtainium
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more importantly...

Those stronglight parts are serious unobtainium
That solid chainring is pretty unique.
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Interesting ad in the magazine for Stronglight Delta components. I finally found an ad that features their Delta pedals, that I was fortunate to find a pair, NOS, some years ago. What's missing in that ad though, is their hubs. Which I also have and currently laced to Wolber Profil 20 tubular rims.....
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