After riding aluminum for a very long time I decided to give carbon a try. Got my hands on the Cannondale deal that was going around sometime ago and here is my first effort at building a carbon bike, a 2009 Cannondale SuperSix Hi-Mod. By the way, I’m reluctantly posting my bike as I’m afraid of the bullets that might come my way from the CFP, but with the encouragement of Juanmoretime, here it goes.
A little bit about the build: I’ve had only two real rides on the bike, so the steerer tube will be cut once I’m sure the bars are where I want them to be. First of all, this build was done with “economics” in mind. I had decent parts on my trusty Pinarello so I decided to move all the parts over and upgrade from here as “time” (READ: money) permits. The plan is to eventually upgrade it to Record 11. I used the Campy press on BB cups instead of the threaded sleeve so as to leave the option open to switch the cranks to a set of Hollowgram SI SL in the future, again when “time” permits. The bike is shown here with my PowerTap as I took the pictures before going on a training ride.
My ride report
I had never ridden a full carbon bike before, so I was very impressed with what engineers can do with the material. First thing I noticed was the weight, very light considering is a 58cm and it has pretty much standard parts. The ride is also very impressive. The front end is very stiff and it corners as if on rails. The bike gives you the confidence to lean on corners very aggressively at high speed. When you get out of the saddle, the bike seems to respond right away. There is no loss of power from the bottom bracket and chainstays at all. The road under you feels “soft”. The only way I can compare it, is like when you ride smooth singletrack on a MTB. You feel the bumps but they don’t make the ride harsh. I’m very happy with it.
Frame: 2009 Cannondale SuperSix Hi-Mod, 58cm – 1060g
Fork: 2009 Cannondale SuperSix Hi-Mod, (365g uncut) - 365g
Front: Ligero 2006 (Alex Crostini R3.1, Tune Mig 75, Sapim CX-Ray) – 607g
Rear: Ligero 2006 (Alex Crostini R3.2, Tune Mag 190, Sapim CX-Ray) – 799g
Skewers (pr): Zipp Titanium (F 42g, R 45g) – 87g
Tires (pr): Bontrager Race X Lite Aero TT, 700 x 23C - 380g
Tubes (pr): Maxxis Fly Weight, 700 x 18/25C - 106g
Shifters: 2006 Record 10s - 324g
Front Derailleur: 2006 Record 10s - 69g
Rear Derailleur: 2006 Record 10s - 188g
Crank: 2008 Chorus Ultra-Torque Carbon, 175mm, 53x39 - 690g
Cassette: 2007 Record UD 10s Ti/Steel, 11-25 - 197g
Pedals: Time RXS World Champion Limited Edition - 245g
Chain: 2009 Record Ultra Narrow - 243g
Bottom Bracket: 2009 Campagnolo Ultra-Torque™ OS-Fit™ Integrated Cups - 29g
Brakeset: 2007 Record - D Skeleton - 279g
Saddle: Selle Italia Flite Gel Flow 2007 - 249g
Seatpost: Pedal Force P2, 31.6mm, 350mm - 202g
Handlebar: Deda 215 Shallow, 26.0 46cm - 239g
Stem: Performance Forté Pro, 26.0, 120mm - 137g
Headset: Cannondale SuperSix (68g w/o cap) + 27g carbon cap - 95g
Handlebar Tape: Fi'zi:k Microtex - 60g
Cages (pr): Elite Patao Carbon - 60g
Computer: 2008 Garmin Edge 705- 110g
Seatpost collar: Cannondale 34.9mm – 24g
Miscellaneous: Carbon spacers (10g), fork plug (25g), cables, etc. – 350g
Totals: 7,227 kg – 15.93 lbs
File comment: Side view.
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File comment: Cockpit view.
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File comment: Another side shot.
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File comment: Note my home made chain guard. Specialized aluminum bottle cage + Dremel with disc cutting tool + grinding disc to shape it and viola. A 4.5 gram chain guard.
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