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    Cannondale Buying Advice

    So I'm facing some big troubles of live. I'm thinking about a different Cyclocross and I've read some amazing things about the Cannondale CAADX 105 2017+ (TRP Spyre era). Now, I know, there's even *more* fabulous stuff about the SuperX moving around, but at that price & riding position that won't be this year. Or even next year.


    But the one I have is Ribble CR3 CX, and it's got:


    - Carbon Frame
    - Shimano 105
    - Hydraulic Disc Brakes (RS505 STI / RS785)
    - Tubeless Tyres
    - Ribble CR3 CX - Carbon Cyclocross - Ribble Cycles


    The new CAADX 105 2018 would give me:


    - Aluminium Frame
    - Shimano 105
    - TRP Spyre ("Semi"-Hydraulic)
    - The same Tubless Tyres, I'd switch them
    - Incredible Handling? (Opinion, but it's what people say)
    - https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=233703


    Can you give me some good insight in favor or against it? Is it an upgrade or a downgrade?

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    Not going to matter a bit in regards to your performance. Get it if you want it. That's the only reason that matters and is actually a real reason.

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    If you want a new bike, go for it. However, if you think a newer bike will make you go faster, you will be disappointed.

    Test ride before you buy. Make sure the fit is right.
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    It seems like a downgrade to me. You have full hydraulics on a carbon frame and you want to switch to cable actuated TRP hydraulics on an aluminium frame?

    Check the action on those TRPs compared to your full hydraulics. They are not as smooth.

    I somehow doubt that the handling of the Cannondale is that much better than your present bike. JMO
    Life is short... enjoy the ride.

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    I"m not sure if my experience is representative but it seems every bike with a creaking bottom bracket I come across is a Cannondale. Well almost all. For that reason I"d be hesitant to buy from this manufacturer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek_5200 View Post
    I"m not sure if my experience is representative but it seems every bike with a creaking bottom bracket I come across is a Cannondale. Well almost all. For that reason I"d be hesitant to buy from this manufacturer.
    You may be thinking specifically of Cannondale's BB30a which has its issues. I have a Cannondale with BB30 and almost 7K miles, no BB issues. Trek BB90 has its issues too.

    Creaking BBs can happen with any bike, not just Cannondale. Many older bikes have cheaper BBs that wear out quickly. It is a place for bike manufacturers to sneak in cheap parts where the buyer can't see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bradkay View Post
    It seems like a downgrade to me.
    It seems that way to me as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    You may be thinking specifically of Cannondale's BB30a which has its issues. I have a Cannondale with BB30 and almost 7K miles, no BB issues. Trek BB90 has its issues too.

    Creaking BBs can happen with any bike, not just Cannondale. Many older bikes have cheaper BBs that wear out quickly. It is a place for bike manufacturers to sneak in cheap parts where the buyer can't see.
    well i've avoided it buying bsa bottom bracket bikes last year and in 2013

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    Which bikes did you buy that had BSA BB's?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    Which bikes did you buy that had BSA BB's?
    i avoided cannondale

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek_5200 View Post
    i avoided cannondale
    That wasn't my question. Which bikes did you buy that had BSA BB's?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    That wasn't my question. Which bikes did you buy that had BSA BB's?
    Colnago C-59 and a Firefly. My 3rd bike also has threaded bsa but its a 2001 Trek 5200. The only bike I'm not sure about is a fold-up Dahon, but for $500 I never bothered to ask

    I'm wedded to the threaded bracket design, I could possibly make an exception for the C-60 with its hybrid approach but if the Colnago were to fail, its a strong reason I would go custom.

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