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Broke my bike !

Old 01-26-18, 05:18 PM
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Broke my bike !

I have owned 4 Cannondale bikes. My latest was purchased brand new in 2009. My Caffiene SS was an awesome bike. I got it to make me faster on my road bike and it ended up being my go to bike for the last 8 years. 52,000 miles tooling around on the road, gravel, dirt, mud and scum. My 29 inch Schwalbe Marathon 2.0 s were fast enough and mostly flat proof. The Single Speed set-up was mostly bomb proof after changing out the Eccentric Bottom Bracket. I learned a lot about momentum and cadence. I learned how to put the power down at low rpms as well as spinning out my legs at around 32 mph( 48 x 20 29r) so I learned that you can keep on peddling faster as you become smoother.
I was wiping down my bike after a run at Double Cannon, up and back. I found cracks along the welds fore and aft of my Bottom Bracket cage. Also along the back of where my seatpost attaches to the stays. Cannondale offered to replace my frame/ lefty ( different sizes now) or pick any of their bikes at Wholesale + additional 20% off. One way would cost me, the other would be free. The thought of a brand new bike at a great price is intriguing. So is free. I am leaning towards free, but not for the reasons you would think. This ďTraining BikeĒ turned into my favorite ride. It just kept goading me on. I could hear it saying ď come on... come onĒ. It just sizzled with energy. Rides on my Pre-CAAD road bike( The Flogging Machine) became scary fast. My Suntour rim brakes sadly lacking compared to the big discs. I miss my bike Conditioning is waning away. I guess I am healing up a few chronic conditions caused by so many miles. A clicky Acheeles, a sore knee, a few shoulder and side scratches( off road). I will be riding my M 200 (SS converted) and R 1000 for the time being. Just not the same. I need some sizzle! If you are on a bike you love, really enjoy your time on saddle. Itís awful when it is gone.

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Old 01-26-18, 05:29 PM
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I guess with a name like yours it was inevitable that your bike would break. JK. I hope you're happy with the replacement, whichever way you go. Keep us posted.
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Old 01-26-18, 06:32 PM
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Old 01-26-18, 08:48 PM
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They don't call them Crackandfails for no reason ; )

Glad you noticed the cracks not riding and are relatively OK and at least not injured because of the cracks.
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Take the free frame! You obviously love that bike, why get something different?
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Old 01-27-18, 11:40 AM
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Take the free frame! You obviously love that bike, why get something different?
Agree. Perfect bike doesn't come along that often!
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Old 01-27-18, 11:53 AM
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New frame

That is my most favored path. The new frame is Carbon and Iím not sure the SS will work. I would be going to Press fit BB. Will eventually squeak. With that comes a derailleur and more fiddling. On the plus side it is probably better on the knees. Holding a cadence above 130, to keep up with you Roadies was difficult but became easier over time. It would be nice to stay in the sweet spot. My riding buddies are worried that I will be a monster when I get gears. Really Iím no faster now on my road bike. It just seems so. My numbers are similar. Itís just scarier without fantastic brakes and big tires. Spinning 5000 grams was a chore. I can take some of the dough I saved for a set of carbon rims. I donít know if they are as damage resistant as my stock aluminum ones. Perhaps they will spin up quicker. I am looking at SRAM WiFi and a 1x drivetrain now. As a result of riding the SS for so long I feel that an 11 - 32 would be plenty fine for my needs. My low gear being 40 - 32. Way below what I have now. Top gear at 40 - 11 would be almost twice what I have now. I could pedal down hill with that. Really shorten up those Centuries! Truly a hybrid bike in build, but in reality a tougher bike for a wide range of conditions. Pics to follow...
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What a happy predicament

- Carbon SS/1x 29er? Drool.

- 20% off wholesale!? That's crazy have you looked at any prices what they would be?
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Old 01-27-18, 01:20 PM
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Wholesale + 20% more

Sample: FSI Carbon 2
Retail $3600
WH $3100
20% -$ 620
Total $ 2480+ tax
Great price but itís $2480 dollars.
Free frame/lefty $0
Set carbon rims $800
Derailleur $250
Brakes $450
Cassette $ 150
Total $1750
For &1750 I get what I want. Not free....savings of $730 over new stock bike.
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Monday! 3/5

Getting measured as my bike is being built. Worth taking the day off from work. Build takes an hour and a half including the few tweaks that are certain to happen. Have to decide which bars to use and if my pedals are worthy of such an awesome crankset. After two months of riding a beach cruiser on my usual route, this should rock my world! Ordered an oval 38 tooth front. Havenít ridden oval since Bio-Pace on my pre-CAAD Cannondale road bike. Got the legs for it so why not. First impressions to follow. Hopefully my dismissal of gravity will suit the new bike. Itís going to be nice to have gears!

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Free is good. Go for the frame.
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Cannondale FSI 2

Picked up my green monster from REI Tustin. Ended up costing me $299 after store credit.
Moving up from aluminum frame and wheels to carbon fiber is a lesson in plush. Bike fit like a glove after several adjustments on the fly. (half 4mm Allen, half 4mm Star head bolts) No they donít interchange. Will get replacement bolts so my Park/Cannondale tool will work on my entire bike.
The bike weighed the same as my previous bike and felt familiar in geometry, but much stiffer. Wants to jump forward with each stroke. It became immediately apparent that my seatpost is quite bendy and I had some new for and aft movement. An adjustment in pedaling style knocked that down somewhat.
After riding my beach cruiser for two months, this ride was exceptional. Most of my knicks and nagging sore spots have healed and I seemed to have plenty of my old get up and go.
Post two mile adjustment ride, I threw the bike in the truck for a beach ride( Santa AnaWinds kept me from my normal ride).
Parking in Newport, I did a nice 40 miler up to the Queen Mary and back. Windy and warm, I was swarmed with riders checking out my new ride. That was nice, had two rich frothy beers at restaurant row across from the grand ship. The ride back with the wind was exceptionally smooth and fast. I noticed I now have a loud clicker in my rear hub. Works great to let people know you are coming. The Eagle 12 Speed was mostly flawless although the shifter mechanism is for people with tiny fingers, tough to get my brakes where I want them and my shifter where I can reach it as they are a single unit.
Truly this bike is like driving a Ferrari, in its beauty, directness of its controls, and the perfect handling. Plus my biking brothers seem to like it. The only problem is my riding buddy is pissed off, thinking he will be blown away by my new super bike. Letís hope so...
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Did you get both fork tubes, or did they leave one off.
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Did you get both fork tubes, or did they leave one off.
Damn they forgot the right side again....still works though.
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Double Cannon on 48x20?

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More like, suck down whole bottle of water, start breathing deep and holding it for two seconds. Exhale completely. Repeat. Keep cadence at 40. If it drops you are done. Race up those climbs, telling yourself that you are not going to die. First is the highest and the second is just plain impossible. Yet I always talk myself up. The ride back is just crazy. Legs exploding. Dead spots deep inside. The reward is that wind doesnít affect my rides much anymore and I feel like Iím ready for Onion Valley. Now that I have a 10-50 platter on the back, I can go to the sky. Then return to the beach. Had a talk with a couple of other riders about completing the John Muir trail on our bikes. I hiked it at 17. San Diego to Oregon border. Forty years later, it could happen on my bike. Just to see it all again.
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