Strengths: This Cannondale is Fast and feels very comfortable for the long haul... I really like the second set of breaks on the handle bar. I like the overall look and ride.
Weaknesses: When I bought the bike the handle bar tape came off right away and the cables were cris cross under the frame. "I had both problems fixed" but then I noticed that the back tire is off centered... The rear wheel does not seem to line up "I had the wheel checked and its fine" I finally figured out how to center the rear wheel using both hands my knee and elbow in order to get the wheel aligned "One hand to push the top of the wheel centered the elbo and knee to hold the bottom part of the wheel centerd and the other hand to lock the wheel... :( I think the frame itself is just not cemetric and the part where the frame holds the rear wheel in place seems to be poorly designed... "I know that the nother is perfect but when its a 1/4 inch off centered that seems like a manufacturer defect...
The Front Derailer is Tiagra which is designed for 3 gears when the Cyclocross only has 2 gears... for price you pay you would think cannondale would match shifter with the gears...
This is my first Cannondale Bike... I wanted to buy a bike that is Made in the USA Not China... I dont know any other bikes that are made in the USA... Are their any other bikes made in the USA?
Strengths: Frame is very nice and light. The carbon fork saves a LOT of weight, compared to the aluminum fork on older Cannondale Cross models, and other bikes. This is going to be a great winter bike, and if my road bike is in the shop for some reason, it's certainly possible to race this one - the frame is light enough to make that reasonable.
The Gippemme T3 wheels are nice, too. Heavy, but solid.
105 rear derailleur is a nice touch.
Mine came with a FSA Carbon seatpost, which is more of eye candy than anything.
Poggio saddle isn't too bad. Wouldn't reccomend it on a road bike, but feels great on a cross bike.
Weaknesses: Came with Hutchinson cross tires. Get rid of those ASAP! I ran with them for a few weeks and got SIX flats...after popping on some Michelin Cyclocross Mud tires, I haven't really had an issue.
Tiagra shifters fees icky...I'd say swap that out for some 105, or just wait until you crash enough to destroy them, or save them as emergency shifters.
This a really solid bike, with a decent selection of components and quick feel despite being strong and seemingly bulletproof. Tiagra shifters aren't the best, but seeing as I am probably going to crash and destroy them, I'm not too worried about it.
Strengths: Light-weight for my needs. Overall a very nice set-up made better by a good retailer.
This bike has also been EXTREMELY reliable, it gets ridden in the worst of conditions all the time, and still functions GREAT!
Weaknesses: Seat. What a nut-cracking POS.
Wheelsets. It took about 5 tune-ups and a few hundred miles before they finally settled down and stayed true. They walked all over the place for quite a while, I was sure I was going to have to replace them. Since then they don't seem to be much worse than anything else, but I'm still suspicious.
Nice bike all around, I was shopping for a commuter bike to upgrade to and this is still the best bike for the job. I have even taken it on a few hairy mountain trails, but that's just because the bike was new and I was stupid.
I ride 10 miles a day to work in any weather. If the roads are wet I can put some nice full-sized fenders on and stay dry, and when conditions are good I can still really fly down the road.
the stock tires are pretty slow, I put some continentals on and have liked them much better on the road without any traction loss. When I think I'm going to ride a lot of dirt/mud I have to put the originals back on.
Overall I like having a comfortable roadbike that can handle all conditions very well. I live over 7400ft elevation and I ride to work even in the winter, which means snow and road salt, etc. I can hop on the bike at any time and it's ready to go and I feel very comfortable with the mt. bike brakes and longer top length. I also don't like hitting my feet on the front tire of many road bikes, and I don't have that trouble with this bike.
Strengths: Weight, fit, and overall components and price point. High price to value ratio for me.
Weaknesses: Seat is a lower end Fizik. Toss it in a heartbeat unless you are a really cheap Yankee. Hutchinson cyclo-cross tires blew a bead at about 600 miles. Replaced both tire with Kendas and the bike is faster on the pavement and less noisy, but no lose of traction off-road.
If you have to own one bike out of the box, this is it! Living in rural New England (no the East is not one big parking lot!) the road mix is all over the place.
The gearing is great for light off road and keeps up on all but the steepest downhills. The weight beats all of the competitors who offer an off the shelf Cyclocross bike. Cannondale even gives you the option of disc brakes and just in case you change your mind after your purchase, the non-disc model has braze-ons to accommodate and upgrade (nice touch when an OEM helps make an up-sale for the local shop).
OVerall, you cannot go wrong with this bike.
I even took the bike to Germany for a vacation (lots of looks, you betcha). I regret putting 25 mm slicks on it - the bike trails were a little rough - but the bike was FAST! Kenda tires would have been perfect at the time.
Similar Products Used: Looked at Redline (too heavy). Wanted to see an ORbea but they don't make one out of the box (they should - fabulous paint and graphics!!)
Special Note to Cannondale: This was the ONLY OEM that responded to within one business to my research questions when I started researching off the shelf cyclocross bikes.
Bike Setup: Great for a production bike. Spend the extra $$$ to make it fit.
Date Reviewed: February 4, 2004
Strengths: The carbon fork takes the edge out of the "aluminum ride". The components are solid and work in mud and sand so far.
Weaknesses: The seat post. I had some no name junker on there. The clamp kept slipping out causing the the saddle to move all over the place. The splines in the seat clamp were too shallow. Providence Bike put a new Cannondale one on for free and no more problems.
Great bike. Super stiff, good solid components. Sweet carbon fork. The Tru Vativ crankset is a nice touch. I ride the bike on a 20 mile round trip to work a couple of times a week, and the knobbys come in handy in winter. Throwing some slicks on the bike should make it a decent ride to use in beginner road races. I'm a mountain biker in the middle of the great road conversion, and this bike makes it easy so far.