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Old 09-27-11, 05:51 PM
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I wasn't sure what the difference between Crit and road style racing. Here is a wikipedia entry for the Criterium style bicycle:

Equipment

Racing bicycles used for criteriums are typically no different than those used in other mass-start road events. However, some criterium racers will choose bicycles with:
a wheelbase shortened as much as possible, for increased turning ability, with the shortest chainstays possible, and a slightly shortened top tube (often causing some toe overlap with the front wheel on certain frame sizes).
forks with less rake (not more than 40mm) for increased turning ability (albeit sacrificing some stability).
slightly shorter cranks (167.5-170mm), often slightly higher bottom bracket (+10mm) to facilitate pedaling through turns without hitting or scraping the pedals on the ground.
Aerodynamic wheels. Crits are high speed events with pro races often averaging up to 50 kilometres per hour (31 mph), making aerodynamics a large factor, even in the pack

However, does Cannondale use the term criterium as a marketing gimmick? The models in the Criterium line use top of the line groups, while the Road series use lower end groups?
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Old 09-27-11, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Anonymoose View Post
For the 3.0 crit frame: Steeper headtube angle, shorter chainstays and wheelbase. The downtube does appear to be fatter than the road race frame as well.

https://66.147.244.179/~vintagm8/year/1990/1990.pdf
Good info in the '90 catalog. Comparing the two DTs it does appear that the crit's had larger diameter DT.

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Team Comp = road racer, not Crit. An excellent frame, nice as it rides but also worth upgrading as you wear stuff out or want better.

I'm not sure I would give up a pristine Tenax framed bike if I already had a Cannondale.
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Old 09-27-11, 07:57 PM
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My 1986 ? & 1987 ? have 1.75" downtubes
My 3.0 "Road Race Series" (1989 ?) has a 1.625" downtube.
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Old 09-27-11, 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by letenn View Post
I wasn't sure what the difference between Crit and road style racing. Here is a wikipedia entry for the Criterium style bicycle:

Equipment

Racing bicycles used for criteriums are typically no different than those used in other mass-start road events. However, some criterium racers will choose bicycles with:
a wheelbase shortened as much as possible, for increased turning ability, with the shortest chainstays possible, and a slightly shortened top tube (often causing some toe overlap with the front wheel on certain frame sizes).
forks with less rake (not more than 40mm) for increased turning ability (albeit sacrificing some stability).
slightly shorter cranks (167.5-170mm), often slightly higher bottom bracket (+10mm) to facilitate pedaling through turns without hitting or scraping the pedals on the ground.
Aerodynamic wheels. Crits are high speed events with pro races often averaging up to 50 kilometres per hour (31 mph), making aerodynamics a large factor, even in the pack

However, does Cannondale use the term criterium as a marketing gimmick? The models in the Criterium line use top of the line groups, while the Road series use lower end groups?
No. As stated the crit frames use tighter geometry to compliment the nature of crit races.
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Originally Posted by Anonymoose View Post
No. As stated the crit frames use tighter geometry to compliment the nature of crit races.
In the 1990 catalog referenced in #101 Cannondale moved the RR frames to interweave the CR frames with the SR2000 available with either frame, correcting a false impression that the RR frames were inferior to the CR frames.

If there is a marketing gimmick it was a smart one made years earlier when Cannondale, already making touring frames, decided to enter the road market. The most popular form of road racing in the US is/was the criterium, why not build a bike that met the criteria those racers were looking for? Best improvement for 1990 was the introduction of the replaceable RD hanger.

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