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Is my Cannondale XR800 suitable for touring?

Old 08-10-12, 10:44 PM
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Is my Cannondale XR800 suitable for touring?

Hey guys, so I have a Cannondale XR800 (cyclocross) that I've been doing a 600-700 mile tour on (near the end of it now).

Is this a suitable bike to keep touring with in the future? I know I want to continue touring in the future, and perhaps do longer 1000-2000 mile trips.

Not sure if I should try to upgrade it into a better touring bike, or just use it as a commuting/general use bike and get a touring specific bike.

I know if I keep the Cannondale as my tour bike, I will need a wheelset with more spokes (a spoke broke off recently due to low spoke count, 24 i think, can't recall atm). Is this a good replacement wheelset? https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/3189257670.html

I know I would also probably switch to a 3 cog crank in the front (currently using 2 and it works, but a bit of a pain with a full load and up major hills).

There is so much information out there in terms of upgrading, especially the wheelsets, that I am confused.

Thanks!
-Andrew
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Old 08-11-12, 11:04 AM
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Since you are at the end of a long tour, what do YOU think about your XR800? That's far more important.

You already mention a wheel upgrade and switching to a triple crank. I would add a mountain cassette (11-34) and a mountain rear derailleur.

Now, the wheels you'd like to buy have a 135mm rear hub. They are likely hybrid wheels, but from my experience the A719 is a fine rim. Make sure that is compatible with your frame as it may have 130mm rear spacing.
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Thanks MrPolak.

I was talking to a mechanic today, and I think it'd be best for me in the long-run to not use it for touring. After about 40-50 miles, my neck starts to hurt---I think it is because the bike is a tiny bit small for me---my saddle is raised a little higher than my handlebars because I have pretty long legs for my height.


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Since you are at the end of a long tour, what do YOU think about your XR800? That's far more important.

You already mention a wheel upgrade and switching to a triple crank. I would add a mountain cassette (11-34) and a mountain rear derailleur.

Now, the wheels you'd like to buy have a 135mm rear hub. They are likely hybrid wheels, but from my experience the A719 is a fine rim. Make sure that is compatible with your frame as it may have 130mm rear spacing.
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