Dear WW Agony Uncle
I have a problem and want to know what to do about it?
I have been riding a Cannondale system six in a size 58cm with a 120mm Controltech stem which I always thought fitted me well, the bike has not been without problems as ever since I have had it the bottom bracket has creaked or clicked. I am running Campagnolo UT and initially had the adaptor sleeve bonded in which developed a click, so I had it removed and bought the press in cups which were ok for about a week then started to creak like crazy. I have tried all manner of Loctite solutions to the point where I was actually going to buy a BB30 specific chain-set and see if that worked, but after reading reviews on the net it seems like the creaking is a common issue with BB30 frames such as this.
Through work I had the chance to buy a Specialized Langster VAT free (god bless the cycle to work scheme) so bought one in the closest geometry I could to the Dale (57.5 TT and 17.5cm HT) which was a size 58cm (56.9cm TT and a 17cm HT with a 110mm stem) and I must admit it has been a revelation!! The fit seems so much better (could do with a 120mm stem I think) and I feel more powerful despite the geometry actually not being that different to the Dale (TT is 0.6cm shorter and stem height from bottom of HT to bottom of stem is the same on both bikes with spacers @ 19cm). So this is where my dilemma has arisen on what to do with the Dale.
Do I rebuild my Cannondale System Six and find a solution to the creaking BB as the fit will be as near as dammit to the langster?
Do I sell it and buy something different with a closer geometry to the Langster (56.9cm TT and 17cm HT but 74 degree ST and 74 degree HT) like a Tarmac in a 56cm (56.5cm TT and 17cm HT but 73.25 degree ST and 73.5 degree HT)?
Does the slight difference in TT length make that much difference?
Will the angles of the HT and ST make that much difference?
Is the Dale in a 58cm comparable to the Langster in a 58cm?
Confused of Bristol