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Poll New bike thoughts

Discussion in 'Sports and Activities' started by tek-monkey, Jul 26, 2017.

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Should I get it?

  1. Yeah, looks good

    5 vote(s)
    62.5%
  2. Nah, it's crap mate

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. WTF is that ugly lump of gash?

    3 vote(s)
    37.5%
  1. tek-monkey

    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    So I'm looking at a new bike for my commute, I want low maintenance and good brakes. I'm loving the idea of hub gears, and I just found this bike which has most of what I want but the price is a bit higher than I planned. That said the last bike I used for 7 years straight for £400 so if this lasts even the same amount of time I can't really complain.


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    https://www.evanscycles.com/cannond...=awin&utm_campaign=47868&utm_medium=Affiliate

    Just wondering if anyone had any thoughts on it?
     
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  3. John Marwood

    John Marwood I ♥ cryptic crosswords

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    Think ahead

    How many grocery deliveries will that front basket hold?

    Not even 4 candles
     
  4. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    @stoofer34 had a Nexus with 7 or 8-speed hub gears, I believe...

    Tempted myself..
     
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  5. John Marwood

    John Marwood I ♥ cryptic crosswords

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    Pinched from the Hungry Horse?
     
  6. tek-monkey

    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    The front suspension looks, err, kinda fixed? Thought it had suspension!
     
  7. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    It says it's rigid - I don't think you can call it a fork if there's only one side, that's more like a skewer.

    Fork - Cannondale Lefty Rigid, Alloy, 1-1/8" Steerer
     
  8. tek-monkey

    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    Yeah, wasn't paying attention! Not got a problem with that, suspension is wasted weight on the road, just for some reason thought it had it.
     
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    Pannier frames though.
     
  10. stoofer34

    stoofer34 Well-Known Forumite

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    Fangled "Nexus" lasted about 2 years stripped 3rd gear so was sent to be "recycled"
    I wouldn't recommend

    S
     
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    I'd want pedals for that money.
     
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    Carole Well-Known Forumite

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    I don't know anything about bikes hun, but I do know about shopping for what you want.

    First off, if you really love It then you don't really need to ask anyone else's opinion.

    Second thing... you say that the bike "has MOST of what you want" ?

    So, what is the bike missing and is it worth paying extra for something that you're not getting?

    Perhaps if you just loved it then you'd have bought it anyway.

    But if you do, then enjoy.
     
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  14. tek-monkey

    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    Hmm, twas the hub gears that most appealed!
     
  15. proactive

    proactive Enjoying a drop of red.

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    Have had mixed experience with hub gears. When they work they're great, but they aren't as easy to sort as derailleurs if something goes wrong.

    Not my sort of bike as I don't have the same type of usage as you but looks good for the money and looks good. The only thing I'd add would be a decent suspension seat post, to take the sting out of our crap roads and pavements.
     
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    stoofer34 Well-Known Forumite

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    The front fork is a "Lefty" (Single leg) not so sure of those either single bearing forces and all that bit of a gimmick?
    Plenty of regular bikes around on discount nearly the end of the season.

    S
     
  17. tek-monkey

    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    I was wondering about that, the forks on mine seem light enough and that thing looks massive. Not sure any weight was reduced, in which case why bother?
     
  18. stoofer34

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    12.4 kgs bit of a chunk?

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  19. tek-monkey

    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    I actually don't mind ny current bike, but love the idea of low maintenance hub gears and would like to go back to hydro discs. Not so sure now.
     
  20. Withnail

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    It's not the prettiest bicycle i've ever seen, but it certainly looks very, erm, utilitarian. Tbf that could actually be something of a pro, in that it might not be an obvious target for the light-fingered of this world.

    As regards some of the things mentioned ^above -

    bear in mind that this is an Alfine and not a Nexus hub - Alfine is supposed to be better (certainly better sealed) but i can't claim any personal experience to back that up.

    it's pretty feckin heavy as @stoofer34 notes, though more than 1.5 of those kg are in the hub alone...

    yes the lefty is a bit odd but it's been around in many guises for many years so i think the 'tech' is tried 'n' tested, but again bear in mind it requires a lefty specific hub on the front - not like i've often needed a new wheel build, but i'd wonder how cheap/easy it might be were it needed

    it's very well 'specced', but then for £750 you'd rather expect it to be, but at least it is

    It certainly looks like a solid piece of kit - and Cannondale are reputable purveyors of decent kit - but one can't help feeling that you could probably get something better for that kind of money.

    But then you always feel that when looking for a bike, and then you'd have to factor in the ballache of actually finding it...
     
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  21. tek-monkey

    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    I want hub gears, I love the idea, but..
     

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