Are cannondale bikes worth the price?

Discussion in 'General Bike Discussion' started by Naturegirl, May 8, 2009.

  1. Naturegirl

    Naturegirl New Member

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    Cannondale bikes seem pretty good, but pricey. What do you think, are they worth the price?

    I need to get a decent bike that would be for both light mountain biking and some road use (commuting about 2 miles to school).

    Can anyone reccommend a specific model that they have experience with?
     
  2. M-323

    M-323 New Member

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    Naturegirl

    I dont have a Cannondale but you can read my review I just posted here, ruling out most others -- leaving the Bad Boy.

    You should ride a Bad Boy
     

  3. Doc

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    Thanks for the review!
     
  4. jocww

    jocww New Member

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    Thats all i ride. i ride a prophet with lefty shock for mtb. and a r500 for road bike.
     
  5. zahgurim

    zahgurim zero the hero

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    They are pretty pricey in comparison to other brands. --> In that for the same amount of money, you'll get a much better parts spec on the competition.

    Cann used to be pretty innovative with some pretty unique products, but we'll see what's in store over the next few years what with the new owners and all...
     
  6. hophead

    hophead New Member Tavern Member

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    Those lefty's freak me out--especially after watching a pro soloist at Big Bear 2 years ago break 2 in the same race. After the 2nd one fell apart, he carried his bike back to the start/finish line and dropped out of the race.
     
  7. Doc

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    That is very interesting, I have not heard much negative feedback regarding the lefty forks but thats interesting to say the least.
     
  8. hophead

    hophead New Member Tavern Member

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    I tried to dig up some info on it, but all I found was this. I didn't realize at the time that it was Rob Lichtenwalner (aka vegan Rob). There was a write up about him a while back in Dirt Rag.
     
  9. Doc

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    Good read, please post up if you dig up any further information.
     
  10. hophead

    hophead New Member Tavern Member

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  11. tajcrews

    tajcrews New Member

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    I think they are a little over priced for what you get. Cannondale is going through changes so we will see what comes out of it.
     
  12. jocww

    jocww New Member

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    I have yet to have mine break. Altho I dont really ride hard on it. Im to afraid of cliffs hahaha. Im just getting into mtb I road bike alot.
     
  13. hophead

    hophead New Member Tavern Member

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    You shouldn't have a problem unless you have one of the bikes covered by the recall. If it is, I'd get it to a Cannondale dealer asap and get it taken care of.
    I think that many bikes are overpriced, but sometimes it's worth paying a premium price if the company backs up their product. For instance, a guy that I ride with broke the front triangle on his Ellsworth Truth. It cracked right above the shock mount. He wrote an e-mail to Ellsworth and the owner responded. They ended up sending him a new front triangle for the cost of shipping even though the bike was out of warranty.
     
  14. wallydude

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    Well, firstly, as I am a new member (minutes ago) this is my first post.

    I have been a C'dale junky for twenty years and just sold my M500 that I bought 20 years ago...I didn't want to see it go but the wife says I have too many bikes (2?). I have had a few more and my Prophet was stolen in Germany which is why I have the Ruch now.

    Anyway, my two cents that I'd like to add is that I have never had any real problems with my C'dales and I don't believe they are overpriced. As someone mentioned in an earlier post, they are an innovative company (what I like about them) and I'm sure that the RD cost is absorbed by the buyer of C'dales. That said, I have seen other bikes spec'd a little better which is okay with me becasue I want the uniqueness of the Cannondale. My Lefty always gets some kind of comment...I love it.

    I'm not too happy about the frame building being moved to China.
     
  15. Brent

    Brent Shore Rat

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    All you have to do is come up here and look at all the busted crackendsales to realise they really aren't built all that tough,and as far as the left goes failures are starting to show up all over check the web
     
  16. hophead

    hophead New Member Tavern Member

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    My gf has two Cannondales. She says that if Cannondale made toasters, you'd have to buy special Cannondale bread.;)
     
  17. Industry_Hack

    Industry_Hack Total noob (& forum admin) Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    I've got one. The OS tubing is hella stiff, which is not necessarily a good thing. But the Headshok and Lefty are much more precise than most suspension forks. The downside is that when they need service, it's not cheap.
     
  18. darkace

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    I have two C'dales. My road bike is a Synapse Carbon and my mountain bike is an F7 hardtail. Quality of the frame is top notch. Components are good but not great. I had to upgrade most of my comps on my road bike. Most are made in good old USA which is a bonus. You get what you pay for !!!
     
  19. Industry_Hack

    Industry_Hack Total noob (& forum admin) Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    Not to start an argument, but what's that supposed to mean?
     
  20. funetical

    funetical Slowin it up.

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    Everything American is better. Everything. Argument Started.