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Old 09-17-23, 06:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Jeff Neese
I've got to hand it to their marketing team - that's where the genius lies at Cannondale. If you can convince people to buy those ridiculous single-sided forks, you can sell anything.
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Old 09-17-23, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata
With only 1,000 miles or so on the bike, its virtually new, age doesn't deteriorate aluminum or any other metal.
Not on human time scales, any way.
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Old 09-17-23, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Jeff Neese

I've got to hand it to their marketing team - that's where the genius lies at Cannondale. If you can convince people to buy those ridiculous single-sided forks, you can sell anything.
They work and they're lighter than similar travel conventional forks.
I demo'ed this one but didn't end up buying one. Nice bike.

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Old 09-18-23, 02:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Jeff Neese
You say you worked for a Cannondale dealer - it sounds like you drank a lot of that Kool-Aid.

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In your opinion, which bike brand isnít pouring out gallons of kool-aid to the consumers with every single new product or product upgrade?


All bike brands hype their own products, technology, stiffness, compliance, aero, X amount fasterÖ and they are all essentially using existing technology and known engineering standards.

CF may be one of the most over hyped projects ever introduced to the cycling world.


The real question- is the bike decent or not. The rest is just noise.
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Old 09-18-23, 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Jughed
In your opinion, which bike brand isn’t pouring out gallons of kool-aid to the consumers with every single new product or product upgrade?


All bike brands hype their own products, technology, stiffness, compliance, aero, X amount faster… and they are all essentially using existing technology and known engineering standards.

CF may be one of the most over hyped projects ever introduced to the cycling world.

The real question- is the bike decent or not. The rest is just noise.
Absolutely. I'm not dumping on Cannondale specifically. Trek, Specialized, and Giant are the same way. In many ways I admire these companies, not for their "technical innovations" or quality of their products, but in their marketing.

It's the same way in many consumer product segments. Once something becomes mass-market, costs have to drop so they can compete on price, and new "features", need to be found to continue to push product. The concept of "New and Improved" is a basic marketing strategy. So many times it may be new, but it's very questionable whether it's actually better. It happens in every industry, especially with a product that is fairly mature with little room for actual improvement, like bicycles.

Not that there's anything wrong with buying those products, either. I have a brother-in-law who thrives on always having the latest gadget. He's got the money so I say more power to him. In many cases though, his "upgrade" of something is not actually an upgrade - it's just a new model with more features or different design.
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Old 09-21-23, 03:05 PM
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I own, and ride quite a few bicycles. From a 1970 Paramount, to a brand new Colnago with Super Record. This Cannondale (made in USA, so that dates it) is the best riding/performing bike that I own by a country mile. I bought it used for a few hundred dollars. It's a CAAD 7.
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Originally Posted by base2
In the absence of xray or ultrasonic inspection, you'll never know about any cracks not visible to the naked eye. A magnifying glass and a bright light can be helpful.

You need not concern yourself with the unvisible. Ride it.

I bought many used aluminum frame bikes over my life. I always inspected only with my eyes. Luckly never had a problem. I actually never tought about making an x-ray inspection. But you're completely right. We shall use at least an magnifying glass.
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