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Old 07-26-10, 01:16 PM
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95 Cannondale T700 opinions?

I have an opportunity to buy what I think is a 95 T700. I've never ridden an alum framed touring bike before, but I know many of you have. I'm concerned about potential hidden damage to the frame. What should I be looking for during the inspection and test ride? Also, what is your general opinion about this bike?
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Originally Posted by rothenfield1
I have an opportunity to buy what I think is a 95 T700. I've never ridden an alum framed touring bike before, but I know many of you have. I'm concerned about potential hidden damage to the frame. What should I be looking for during the inspection and test ride? Also, what is your general opinion about this bike?
Cracks and lines in the paint near the welds. You won't likely find any...the Cannondale is a quality product...but stuff happens.

The T700 is an older version of the T2. It's a great touring bike with a long pedigree. Cannondale has been been making touring bikes longer than just about anybody. They've had at at least 2 in their line since 1983.
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Ditto everything Cycommute said. My wife has a T800, which is a few years newer, and it is a good bike. She road it across the US a couple of years ago, and uses it for commuting as well as touring. It has a steel fork which takes some of the harshness out of the ride. She also has a small frame, and regardless if it was steel or aluminum it would be stiff. I'd also look for dents. I dropped my aluminum road bike off the work stand and put a pretty good dent in the cross tube. It isn't structural, but it hurts every time I look at it.
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Thanks for the responses! But, I'm pretty PO'd right now. The seller lives several hours away, I was apprehensive, busy with other stuff and all that, I just got a message from the seller that he sold it. It was mine for the taking, and I blew it! I'll definitely keep an eye out for one in the future with no hesitations. It seems that this is going to be the Summer that I don't have a bike to tinker on. I'm kinda blue.
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I owned a T700 for a long time and really liked it. I traded it up to a T800 frame that I built up as a custom touring rig. All the C'dale frames are great IMO. Like any good touring frame they ride GREAT when fully loaded. Rock solid and very predictable. But, unlike some touring frames, they also are very responsive unloaded in part due to the stiff C'dale frame. The touring frame design, long wheelbase, etc., offset the traditional negative harsh ride of aluminum racing bikes.

For older T700 frames, be careful to make certain that you get a model that has a replaceable derailleur hanger. Some don't. If you tweak or break a derailleur hanger on one of these frames it's shot. Newer C'dale frames like my T800 have replaceable hangers.

Also, understand that in years where C'dale offered several touring models, generally they all had the same frame, just different components. So a T800 frame is the same as a T1000 or a T2000. They have changed the names and designs slightly over the years (e.g., CAAD, CAAD1, CAAD2, etc.), but from what I've seen they are all pretty much the same.

As an aside, my current T800 frame is soon to be for sale if anyone is interested... could also build it up as a full bike. It's a "medium" with about a 30" standover. Only reason I'm moving on is because I want an S&S bike for travel and bought a Co-Motion Nor'wester.
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Originally Posted by briwasson
As an aside, my current T800 frame is soon to be for sale if anyone is interested... could also build it up as a full bike. It's a "medium" with about a 30" standover. Only reason I'm moving on is because I want an S&S bike for travel and bought a Co-Motion Nor'wester.
The full bike sounds like something I'd be interested in, but my budget is pretty small. Can we discuss this with PM's?
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Rothenfield, you have a PM from me.
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