Strengths: I rode 140 miles from 29 Palms, CA to State Line Nevada in one day, followed by a 70 ride from State Line to Vegas the following day and the R3000 was extremely comfortable. Rode Palomar Mountain, 12 mile climb at 8 percent grade, and nobody could keep up with me; a true testament to this quality machine and not my skills, which are average at best.
Weaknesses: I'm the weakness; I'll never ride this bike to its full potential.
Most comfortable and best performing bike I've owned.
Bike Setup: DuraAce all around and an Italia seat. Hit a curb head on after rubbing the wheel of a rider in front of me @ 20 MPH on a long ride from Santa Barbara to Oceanside. I thought for sure the rims and bike were damaged, but the rims are still as true as the day I purchased the bike many thousands of miles ago. I love this bike and have had no desire to purchase another.
Date Reviewed: February 19, 2009
Strengths: Very quick for a bike. It is weighs next to nothing compared to my older chrome moly Paramount. It is not all too rigid or too plyable, it is just right.
Weaknesses: sometimes I wish I had a triple, living in Oregon. Otherwise, none I have come across yet.
Out of the three bikes I have owned/own, it is my favorite. It is so lite and responsive. It returned to me the love of cycling.
I bought it as a frame and fork and built it up.
Weaknesses: Totally impossible to to keep speed down to the 16 mph B ride pace.
2 Cannondale stickers would have been enough for this bike. 12 is too many. You can see what kind of bike it is laying underneith it for christ sake!
This bike is top quality all the way. Comfortable ride, great climber, quick off the line or in a sprint, handles well in all cornering situations and weather conditions, shifts clean, brakes well.
Strengths: the only bikes that climb better than this bike are the full carbon fibre bikes but you will pay way more for that.there are better sprinting bikes but you will pay for that as well.but all around for climbing and sprinting this is the best.you just cant beat it for the price with the performance you get.the bright blue color is a outstanding color.
Weaknesses: you have to know what kind of rider you are.this might not be the best climbing bike for a climber.so you have to know your weaknesses and strenghts.but if you want the best of both worlds,this is it
very responsive bike that handles very well.never had any problems with the bike as it is reliable as hell.great for climbing and sprinting.although i consider myself more of a pressure rider(never sprints just puts on a high tempo on flat or climbing roads)for the price of this one compared to a $2000.00 and up bike its a steal.considering they ride and feel the same.
So I am fairly new to the road bike world. I am looking to purchase my first decent bike (I have been riding my father's old Shogun for the past four years.)
Anyway, I am looking at a used Cannondale Optimo, r3000, matte black, full dura-ace, bontrager wheels and tires, and a carb ... Read More »
Got a lightly used CAAD7 Frame off e-bay for a decent price. Just finished building it up and took it out for a 20 mile ride. Build up is full Ultegra 6600, Reynolds ouzo comp fork w/ carbon steerer, Neuvation M28 Aero II's, Neuvation S2 saddle, and various Ritchey bits. Weight is ~ 19.2 lbs sans GP ... Read More »
Hello all - I came up on an great deal on a 2004 cannondale r3000 with full dura-ace for $1380. Only issue is there is only one bike and it's 56cm. My question is, can this bike be adjusted enough to fit me and ride well by a bike shop? I am 5' 8" with a 31 inch inseam.
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I'm working on a 2003 R3000, cleaning it up and getting it ready to sell.
Anyone ever dealt with the Campy Hiddenset on one of these? I was working on the headset and that the top cap was fatigued and cracked. Pulled it off, thinking I would just get a new compression plug and be done.
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Hey everyone, my LBS is selling my 2003 Cannondale frame, full carbon fork and Campy Record hidden headset...check it out!
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