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cannondale sr800 question

Old 03-23-08, 11:47 AM
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cannondale sr800 question

My buddy has this bike and wants to upgrade to a newer carbon bike. How much difference will he notice and what are the differences in performance, hillclimbs, flats etc.?

Is the difference night and day?

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Is he actually expecting major performance improvement or is he simply set on getting a new bike?

The only thing he'll definitely notice would be the integrated shifters. Some people still prefer downtubes though.
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Originally Posted by ezoons View Post
Is he actually expecting major performance improvement

yes
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Keeping all else equal, i.e. changing only the frame and leaving wheels, drivetrain, etc, the same as on this bike, I doubt there'll be much of a difference in performance. Probably a comfort improvement though - I have heard these old C'Dales are very unforgiving.

Also, tell your friend not to be hell bent on getting a carbon bike. There's plenty comfort, speed, and light-weight to be had at tremendous value among today's cutting-edge aluminum bikes, specifically the Cannondale CAAD8 and CAAD9.
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(disclaimer) I've never owned a Cannondale, but got close once.

From what I've heard, this particular 'dale frameset isn't the brightest line on their CV. If your buddy gets a good frameset, he might notice less flex.
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BTW, it's a 1989 model.

he is looking for performance gains that will enable him to hang with the guys on the late model CF rigs.

What percentage of a disadvantage is this bike??
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he is looking for performance gains that will enable him to hang with the guys on the late model CF rigs.
Best thing for him to do is make sure everything on the bike he owns is in good working order, and then go out and ride...hard...a lot.
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Are his legs up to hanging with the guys on "the late model CF rigs?" Not to be flippant (there's plenty of that around here already) that's the most important question.

He's on a C'dale that is only a few years younger than my SR800 which I rode while I was in college (1986 model) and I was probably faster on that bike then than I am on any (w/o an internal combustion engine) bike today. Then again if I get myself back into the shape I was in then I would appreciate the newer bike.

That Cdale was a lightweight racer for its time probably weighing in around 21 pounds. It's pretty easy to get 4-5 pounds lighter now. Shifting has changed and older Cdales are pretty harsh riding, depending on the road.

He'll notice a difference but if the rest of the group is stronger he's still off the back.


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FWIW, the LBS claims advantages everywhere but they weren't real specific....
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Post #8 seems to nail it...
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The smaller chainring on this bike is a 42. Are parts still available to drop this to say a 38 for more granny type gears?

the rear cassette large side is a 28 so it should be good.
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I owned a 1989 Cannondale Road Race 3.0. They came in two flavors - road race and criterium. It should be printed on the chainstay which one.

There is a remarkable comfort difference between a carbon frame and that older Cannondale, as there is also much more comfort in a new CAAD9 aluminum frame. That frame was as responsive to pedal input as you will ever get, but was a jarring vibrating ride. So the biggest difference (and hugely noticeable) will be comfort. The other difference will be quicker steering in a new carbon frame if thats a road race version frame. If so, the trail is probably around 59mm, and the trend in current bikes is shorter trails around 52-55mm. "Quicker" steering is not necessarily better.
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The smaller chainring on this bike is a 42. Are parts still available to drop this to say a 38 for more granny type gears?

the rear cassette large side is a 28 so it should be good.
Vuelta makes a silver 38t that fits and works fine. SRAM makes a black one.
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I would just replace the crank and bottom bracket with a modern one, you'll save a pound or so of weight, and get the gearing you need (50/34) for $125.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Shimano-105...0AAOSwpOVct-DV

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I love when a newbie answers a question from 11 years ago.

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