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I am buying a Cannondale Six13, should I upgrade the crankset to Shimano R700?

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I am buying a Cannondale Six13, should I upgrade the crankset to Shimano R700?

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Old 10-03-06, 08:13 PM
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I am buying a Cannondale Six13, should I upgrade the crankset to Shimano R700?

I am getting the Team 2 (Ultegra) version. Full specs here: http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/07/c...el-7RCT2D.html

The standard crank is: TruVatiV Rouleur 2.2, 39/53, OPTIONAL TruVatiV Rouleur C2.2 Compact, 34/50. I definitely want the compact (for Bay Area hills), but should I request the R700 Shimano compact, which seems to be Ultegra-level and is getting awesome reviews? It seems like the Shimano would just work better, provide cleaner shifting, longer life, etc. How much is the difference in list prices? Looks to me like it should only be about $50 extra. Or should I just ride the TruVatiV (maybe it's lighter anyway) and not worry about it...

I also don't like the drop into the drop bars (it feels too far) whereas I loved the feel of Specialized's drop bars on the Tarmac I rode, so the shop is going to swap the Specialized bar on the bike for me. Otherwise the bike should be good to go!

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Sounds like more of a personal choice to me --- not sure anyone here can answer that for you. I did somthing that most would consider a major NO NO ... I swapped out my Dura-Ace Crankset for a Campy Record Carbon 34/50 compact. Go figure!

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just my $.02.......... the shimano crank will make zero difference aside from how it looks. If it's important for you to have the 'shimano crank look' then go for it. If you don't want to drop extra $$ on your already expensive bike, then save your $$.
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If you're going to swap it out go for the Dura-Ace crankset.

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Originally Posted by SDRider
If you're going to swap it out go for the Dura-Ace crankset.

My .02
Last I checked, there is no Dura Ace compact crank, so this does not answer the OP's needs.
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You are correct.
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I had the Roleur for 12 months, after one rebuild and needing another I gave up and got the R700.
Night and day difference, crisper changes and I'm no longer afraid of the big to little change. It was so bad that I would crest a climb and keep it in the small ring and coast to the next rise, if undulating, as I was scared of changing.
Yes the FD had been adjusted several time but I was just sick of the thing.
Get the R700.
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I'd also go DA, but you want a compact, so yes I'd go for the R700.

I borrowed one in June/July for a few weeks. Worked well.
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If you can swap it out with little or no cost, I'd go for the Shimano. However, I doubt it will make much difference. If your not getting credit for the full value of the Tru VatiV, I wouldn't bother.
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I would get the R700. I have a Truvativ crank and its really nothing but trouble. The shimano stuff shifts way cleaner and smoother.
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I have an R1000 w/ the Truvativ, and I'd say definitely get the Shimano cranks if you don't mind the cost. I've had a lot of trouble w/ the Truvativs (well, there not absolutely miserable, but for a $2000 dollar bike...).

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What cassette are you running on the back? If you're using an 11-23, swap it for a 12-27 and you'll be able to get compact gearing with a regular double on the front.
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I was planning to get a compact double and a 12-27 ultegra in back. Possibly overkill, but I'd rather err on the side of lower gears, even if it gives me a couple of bigger jumps in back.
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Originally Posted by irablumberg
Last I checked, there is no Dura Ace compact crank, so this does not answer the OP's needs.
My bad, I missed the part about the compact.
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