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Featured User Review: Cannondale SystemSix
by cgates1

Price: $1650.00 at ebay
Overall Rating: 5 of 5
Value Rating: 5 of 5

Bike Setup:
Dura Ace shifters and derailleurs, Cannondale carbon brakes, Ksyrium Equipe wheels, FSA SL-K cranks, ControlTech carbon post and bars and aluminum stem. Various saddles. Speedplay pedals.

Bike is actually an ’08 – they don’t seem to have that choice in the drop-down.

I would characterize myself as a reasonably aggressive recreational rider, with typical rides between 25 and 70 miles (it’s taken me a while to find the right saddle, or that 70 would be over 100). I’m 6’1″ and about 210 pounds, and with a 36″ inseam ride a 58cm frame.

As a heavier and relatively strong rider, I prefer a stiff frame and according to tests I’ve seen, this frame seems to have one of the stiffer bottom bracket / rear triangle combinations out there. Qualitatively, I’ve found it to be extremely responsive and it feels very efficient, whether cruising in the drops or jumping on it up a climb or just for the sake of accelerating. The geometry is very stable descending at 40 – 50MPH, and the steering is very precise. I have found it to be “accurate” rather than “jumpy” and have had no negative issues with it.

With my build-up it weighs about 17.5 pounds (with pedals), which is not ultra-light – but I have heavy wheels, and I’m sure I could find grams if I cared to (500 in the wheels, for example, probably 50 in the saddle, 50-100 if I went crazy and got titanium pedals etc.). At 210, though, an extra pound off the bike won’t make a difference for me.

I’ve put maybe 600 or 700 miles on this bike since purchase over a variety of surfaces, and I’ve enjoyed every mile immensely, except those into a frustrating wind. I actually have found it to be very comfortable over longer rides, with little numbness or buzzing – although road quality makes a difference, and this is a stiff frame. However, it does seem to have decent vertical compliance and the hits I’ve taken have been well-absorbed by the frame; more so than I would have expected, actually. This doesn’t seem compromise the thrust in any way, so there’s some trick there – possibly the seat stay shape.

Prior to buying this bike, I rode a friend’s Merlin for about 100 miles and while it was a nice, damp ride – you could feel it wind-up under power, and the geometry didn’t suit me. It felt more Cadillac than Corvette, if you take my meaning.

I would strongly recommend this frame if you prefer a responsive, stiff chassis and like to go fast more than you care about image. If you like to dawdle along, prefer a more relaxed ride etc. this isn’t the frame for you. If you want to show-out with the coolest paint or fanciest brand, again this probably won’t do it for you either.

Net recommendation: get one if you can.

Stiff, feels very fast, great steering, light enough, climbs well, descends well, unassuming looks, overall very high performance and obviously impeccable build quality.

Not a cruiser – this thing is for flying, despite performance lacks cachet of the fancy Italian stuff, function-first design, uninspiring graphics, although the paint is nice.

Similar Products Used:
Merlin something or other

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About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.

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