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Road Test/Bike Review (1989) Cannondale SR400

Old 06-08-21, 08:20 PM
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Road Test/Bike Review (1989) Cannondale SR400

WTB: Slingshot bicycle promotional documents (catalog, pamphlets, etc).
WTB: American Cycling May - Aug, Oct, Dec 1966.
WTB: Bicycle Guide issues 1984 (any); Jun 1987; Jul, Nov/Dec 1992; Apr 1994; 1996 -1998 (any)
WTB: Bike World issue Jun 1974.

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The 3.0 is a great frame. In 1991 I bought a SR800 the week I came back from the middle east. I remember it came with Vittoria open tubular tires and they were actually my first clinchers. That frame is still as good as anything made today.
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As the owner of a '93 R600 2.8 (aluminum fork) I can attest to review in regard to the ride, especially as a big guy. Stiff, smooth, certain, quick, and unflexing. I've never found mine to be uncomfortable or harsh.
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My '89 SR 500 'Black Lightning' is a rocket.

You know it's going to be a good day when the stem and seatpost come right out.

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I prefer the non cantilevered version of the 1986-1988 series...a little less harsh, and with the Tange fork... I am pretty sure mine is the 1987 Crest version...
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The myth that frame material contributes perceptibly to the comfort or harshness of the ride has been dying, albeit slowly, for the last 15 years or so. One of the more reliable materials engineers who posts regularly on YouTube created a pie graph showing the relative contributions of various factors to vertical shock absorption. Frame material represented a tiny sliver of the pie, far smaller than, e.g., the slice representing seatpost length.

My favorite long-distance bike is a fixed-gear Specialized Langster: aluminum frame and aluminum straight-bladed fork. If I believed that frame material made a significant difference in ride comfort, on the basis of my own riding experience, I'd rate aluminum as better than steel.

As it happens, though, I've known for years that the biggest factor after tire width and pressure and saddle design is wheelbase. Short wheelbase equals lively or uncomfortable ride (two terms meaning the same thing, depending on your point of view); longer wheelbase equals sluggish or comfortable ride.

As a factor in how your bike rides, frame material is as nothing compared to wheelbase.
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