Advice: Buy new 95 C'dale F1000?

Advice: Buy new 95 C'dale F1000?

Post by Nathan Gass » Tue, 27 May 1997 04:00:00


Hi all,

I'm shopping my first MTB (adding to my current road bike) and have
been offered a new leftover 1995 Cannondale F1000 -- the shop couldn't
move it, maybe because of the size (I'm 6'2) It's got a Cannondale Al
CAAD 3 frame, DD50 HeadShok, GripShift 800 X-Ray, LX front/XT rear, crummy
brakes that I'd change to LX V's for $50.  Bike's mine for $950.

My main question is, how do the components stack up against their 1997
versions?  Do the LX/XT's or the X-Ray's change much from year to year?  
Sounds like the frame's a killer, and that's what's really important,
but should I look for a comparable frame with 1997 components?  I can't get
that for this price, but...

Any oppinions welcome (except Cannondale sux d00d junk...)

Nate.

--

Nathan Gasser       ><>        

 
 
 

Advice: Buy new 95 C'dale F1000?

Post by Stacy By » Tue, 27 May 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
Gasser) writes:

>Hi all,

>I'm shopping my first MTB (adding to my current road bike) and have
>been offered a new leftover 1995 Cannondale F1000 -- the shop couldn't
>move it, maybe because of the size (I'm 6'2) It's got a Cannondale Al
>CAAD 3 frame, DD50 HeadShok, GripShift 800 X-Ray, LX front/XT rear,
crummy
>brakes that I'd change to LX V's for $50.  Bike's mine for $950.

>My main question is, how do the components stack up against their 1997
>versions?  Do the LX/XT's or the X-Ray's change much from year to
year?  
>Sounds like the frame's a killer, and that's what's really important,
>but should I look for a comparable frame with 1997 components?  I
can't get
>that for this price, but...

>Any oppinions welcome (except Cannondale sux d00d junk...)

>Nate.

>--

>Nathan Gasser       ><>        


I have a '95 F1000 and have been pretty happy with it.  Here's the
changes I've made from stock:

   Swapped the Coda 701 cnc'ed crank and rings for Shimano LX at
purchase.  LBS cut price by $200 for the swap, plus I had heard about
problems with the chainrings being too soft and wearing quickly (for
the '95 model).

Replaced the coda/diacompe brakes with Onzas after about a year and a
half, mainly for ease of adjustment although they are stronger than
stock (IMO).   Replaced the Force40 cam with a H-pipe cable hanger.
That eliminated the biggest complaint I've had with bike.

Replaced the DD2 oil damped cartridge with DD60 coil spring/elastomer
kit earlier this year.  No additional travel but takes big hits better
without having the preload adjusted to the max.

If I were buying this bike new again, I would insist that the LBS
change the force40 cams for H-pipes at no charge.  Nobody can keep the
cams adjusted properly.  The stock brakes are more than adequate with
this change.  If you buy V brakes this is a moot point since they won't
need a hangar.  BUT I would insist on the H-pipes anyway so you can use
cantis later or if you sell the frame, future buyer has a choice.   I
don't think the '97 frames even have a mount for the cam or cable
hanger.

The other swap I would insist on is replacing the Onza pedals with
anything else.  They are the worst (again IMO) and you will have
trouble getting replacement elastomers, etc.  I still have mine - cause
they still work (sort of), will swap them when I wear out the cleat or
my shoes.

Hope this info helps.  If you like the frame and fork, I think the '95
is better spec'ed and definitely a better deal at your price than '97
with these changes.

- Taz



 
 
 

Advice: Buy new 95 C'dale F1000?

Post by Lorne As » Wed, 28 May 1997 04:00:00



Quote:
>Hi all,

>I'm shopping my first MTB (adding to my current road bike) and have
>been offered a new leftover 1995 Cannondale F1000 -- the shop couldn't
>move it, maybe because of the size (I'm 6'2) It's got a Cannondale Al
>CAAD 3 frame, DD50 HeadShok, GripShift 800 X-Ray, LX front/XT rear, crummy
>brakes that I'd change to LX V's for $50.  Bike's mine for $950.

>My main question is, how do the components stack up against their 1997
>versions?  Do the LX/XT's or the X-Ray's change much from year to year?  
>Sounds like the frame's a killer, and that's what's really important,
>but should I look for a comparable frame with 1997 components?  I can't get
>that for this price, but...

>Any oppinions welcome (except Cannondale sux d00d junk...)

>Nate.

I own a 1996 Cannondale F-1000.  I like the performance of the Headshock Fatty; I think this shock is new to the 1996 line of bikes.

My critique of the Cannondale has to do with the short top tube length and the high front end.  This has been a particular problem for me on climbs, where I fight to keep the front end from lifting off.  Recently I purchased a longer and more neutral stem.  This helped somewhat with the lift problem, particularly when I inverted the stem to its downward position.

I was told that the geometry of the Cannondale is best suited for people with a shorter torso length, and evidently my torso is proportionately longer.    

I would recommend that you try the bike out on some trails before making a purchase.  Even if the bike is priced well, the cost savings won't translate themselves into performance if the geometry is not suited for you.

 
 
 

Advice: Buy new 95 C'dale F1000?

Post by Biker Bil » Wed, 28 May 1997 04:00:00

If the bike fits, get it.  That's a very good price, even if it's a couple
of years old.  Though the F1000 bikes didn't change significantly (other
than the travel of the HeadShok), the lower models did.  For example,
anything below the F1000 in '97 and '96 (?) used the CAAD2 frame, and not
the CAAD3.  You'll save at least $400, which you can use elsewhere.  Make
sure, however, that the warranty starts from the day of purchase--CAAD3
frames have only five years, vs. forever.

bill



Quote:
> Hi all,

> I'm shopping my first MTB (adding to my current road bike) and have
> been offered a new leftover 1995 Cannondale F1000 -- the shop couldn't
> move it, maybe because of the size (I'm 6'2) It's got a Cannondale Al
> CAAD 3 frame, DD50 HeadShok, GripShift 800 X-Ray, LX front/XT rear,
crummy
> brakes that I'd change to LX V's for $50.  Bike's mine for $950.

> My main question is, how do the components stack up against their 1997
> versions?  Do the LX/XT's or the X-Ray's change much from year to year?  
> Sounds like the frame's a killer, and that's what's really important,
> but should I look for a comparable frame with 1997 components?  I can't
get
> that for this price, but...

> Any oppinions welcome (except Cannondale sux d00d junk...)

> Nate.

> --

> Nathan Gasser       ><>