Cannondale Super V Active 2000

Cannondale Super V Active 2000

Post by Bob Chenowe » Wed, 21 Feb 1996 04:00:00


I'm seriously considering buying a Cannondale Super V Active 2000 full
suspension bike for cross country riding. Perusing the various bike
newsgroups, I've not seen any postings about this bike. I'd like to hear
from anyone who owns one, has ridden one, knows about them, etc., or has
an opinion about the subject of my following questions. All replies will
be SINCERELY APPRECIATED.

1. How does the 2000 perform with it's stock, "out of the box" component set-up?
(I've ridden the bike at two bike shops, but neither place would let me
take it off the asphalt - which, with this bike is like no road test at
all!)

2. Is it worth upgrading the the fork from Cannondale's Headshok DD50 to
their Headshok Fatty? (I'm 6'3", 200 lbs and ride pretty aggressively)

3. Would I be better off with Grip Shift or XT RapidFire+ SL shifters? (I
know Grip Shift vs. RapidFIre is and endless argument that comes down to
personal preference, but is there any clear advantage of one over the
other?

4. Related to #3, If Grip Shift is the way to go, is it worth upgrading to
Grip Shift's new ESP 900 shifters and rear derailleur? (The V 2000 comes
with Grip Shift SRT-800 X-Ray, XT rear derailleur.)

5. Clipless Pedals - Are the Shimano M747s reliable in snow, ice, mud? Is
there another pedal out there better for these kind of conditions? (I'm
currently using Shimano SPD 535s and they ice up or get caked with mud too
easily and then won't clip.)

Sorry for the length of this post, but I could really use some advice
(technical or otherwise) here. This is a big chunk of change and I'd like
to think I'm getting a good value for that money!

Thanks to everyone in advance for their assistance. Post here or e-mail me at

Bob Chenoweth

--
Cycling is LIFE. Everything else is just details.

 
 
 

Cannondale Super V Active 2000

Post by Mark Chandl » Wed, 21 Feb 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>I'm seriously considering buying a Cannondale Super V Active 2000 full
>suspension bike for cross country riding. Perusing the various bike
>newsgroups, I've not seen any postings about this bike. I'd like to hear
>from anyone who owns one, has ridden one, knows about them, etc., or has
>an opinion about the subject of my following questions. All replies will
>be SINCERELY APPRECIATED.
>1. How does the 2000 perform with it's stock, "out of the box" component set-up?
>(I've ridden the bike at two bike shops, but neither place would let me
>take it off the asphalt - which, with this bike is like no road test at
>all!)

The stock components are fine.  I changed a good share of those on mine,
not because they needed to be changed, but because I had some others
on hand that I prefer for fit/personal reasons.  The box-stock bike is
plenty good.

Quote:
>2. Is it worth upgrading the the fork from Cannondale's Headshok DD50 to
>their Headshok Fatty? (I'm 6'3", 200 lbs and ride pretty aggressively)

Yes.  The Fatty is so much better that it's not an even comparison.
I'm 5-11, 195, and the DD50 just felt "dead" to me.  The Fatty is far
more configurable than the DD50.  Spend the extra $$$ and get the Fatty,
you won't be sorry.

Quote:
>3. Would I be better off with Grip Shift or XT RapidFire+ SL shifters? (I
>know Grip Shift vs. RapidFIre is and endless argument that comes down to
>personal preference, but is there any clear advantage of one over the
>other?

People will post for days on this.  Just get what you like.  I ride
bikes that are GS RF+ equipped all the time (test loaners), I prefer
GS in the long haul.

Quote:
>4. Related to #3, If Grip Shift is the way to go, is it worth upgrading to
>Grip Shift's new ESP 900 shifters and rear derailleur? (The V 2000 comes
>with Grip Shift SRT-800 X-Ray, XT rear derailleur.)

You'll need a Bassworm or PowerSpring for that combo.  I have a pre-Light
Action XTR derailleur, and that works better than the stock XT.  I'll
probably switch over to ESP when it starts shipping.

Quote:
>5. Clipless Pedals - Are the Shimano M747s reliable in snow, ice, mud? Is
>there another pedal out there better for these kind of conditions? (I'm
>currently using Shimano SPD 535s and they ice up or get caked with mud too
>easily and then won't clip.)

The 535s are pretty close to the 747s mud/ice-wise.  Check out the Wellgo-
made Scotts, as they're similar to the 747s.

Quote:
>Sorry for the length of this post, but I could really use some advice
>(technical or otherwise) here. This is a big chunk of change and I'd like
>to think I'm getting a good value for that money!

I really like my SVA2000.  It's nice and rigid, and the suspension
(with the Fatty) can be dialed in for almost any rider/condition.

Quote:
>Thanks to everyone in advance for their assistance. Post here or e-mail me at


E-mail me if you have more questions.

Quote:
>Bob Chenoweth
>--
>Cycling is LIFE. Everything else is just details.

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