Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Is the Cannondale R900si Worth the Price?

With a price tag of at least $1500, I bet a lot of biking enthusiast will want to know whether the Cannondale manufactured bike is worth the price. Some say it is a dream machine while others claims that it is overrated. So we decided to review the R900si and see how good is it..

Cannondale R900 SI Triple



R900 SI Triple Specs:

Frame - CAAD5 Road
Fork - Slice Prodigy Si, alloy steerer
Rear - Shock n/a
Rims - Mavic Cosmos
Hubs - Mavic Cosmos
Spokes: Mavic Cosmos
Tires - Continental Grand Prix 3000, 700 x 23c
Pedals - Not Included
Crank - Shimano 105, 39/42/52
Chain - 9-speed
Rear Cogs - Shimano 105 9-speed, 12-25
Bottom Bracket - Shimano 105 Octalink
Front Derailleur - Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur - Shimano Ultegra
Shifters - Shimano Ultegra
Handlebars - Cinelli B-Groove
Stem - Cannondale 1 1/8", threadless
Headset - Campagnolo Record Hiddenset
Brakeset - Shimano 105
Brakelevers - Shimano Ultegra
Saddle - Cannondale Expert
Seat Post - Cannondale Competition
Colors - Ice Fade: Team Blue/Baby Blue/Lightning
White (gloss) (ICE). Pebble (gloss) (PEB).
Sizes - 48,50,52,54,56,58,60,63
Weight - 19.1 lb (56cm)


Our Review:

When we took a closer look at the r900si, we realised that the build quality was of the highest standard. It looks as if it has been cast, rather than welded. Also, the super-light aluminium frame was handmade.

Attention to detail is top notch - the tubing is highly aerodynamics, as are the Gipiemme wheels. The 20-speed Campagnolo Veloce groupset shifts smoothly and offers plenty of options for climbing and sprinting.

We found ourselves "flying" through with the r900si, which makes it a fast bike. It also has a great power transfer.

The only bad thing we found out about the Cannondale R900SI is the stock fork. It was quite hard and made it uncomfortable for the test ride. I would recommend you change the standard fork to one that doesn't resonate and a suspension seatpost.

Conclusion: The Cannondale R900SI Triple is certainly worth the price. The pros of the bike totally outweigh the cons so if you are looking for a fast bike, with a great power transfer and smooth groupset shifts, then the R900si is your ideal bike. Do change the fork though.


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Reviewed by:
Spyky

Review Date
June 28, 2003

Overall Rating
5 of 5

Value Rating
4 of 5

Used product for
1 year

Price Paid: $0.00

Bike Setup:
Since purchased, have replaced triple 105 crank with double Ultegra + new BB + FD + short RD + Cassette and chain. Only remaing 105 component are brakes.
Selle Italia saddle (for comfort)
Ritchey stem and ITM bars (for fit)

Summary:
This bike was my first road bike. I've been mountain biking for many years. The first thing I did when I purchased the bike was to change the stock saddle to a decent ergonomic saddle (Selle Italia Flight Trans Am) I also changed the bar and stem to better fit me. Both were lateral upgrades for better fit, rather then upgrades in quality, but the stem is much nicer looking than the stock Coda.

After riding for about a month, I noticed a lot of creaking in the bottom bracket. I took the bike to my LBS and they added a layer of teflon plumbing tape to the threads on the BB. They claimed that the problem was the aluminum on aluminum interface. They seemed to be right, the creaking dissapeared and has never returned.

Since I'm new to road riding, I will not comment too much on the performance or handling of the bike, since I have nothing to compare it too. I can only say that the power transfer is better than any mountain bike I've ever ridden (ie, the bottom bracket and chainstay are very stiff). I've never had any problem with harshness. Although most of my rides are less than 3 hours.

A note on the Mavic Cosmos wheelset, I completely rebuilt the rear wheel after having to continually retrue it, it's been much better since. This is probably because it is a machine built wheel and quality is not terribly consistent.

The flaws in this bike are very minor, In retrospect I would have purchased a 2000, because I've upgraded most of the components anyway. But I expect to be happy riding this bike for several more years.

Strengths:
Very stiff, great power transfer.
Looks.

Weaknesses:
Terrible saddle for a $2k bike
Creaking bottom bracket (although easily fixed)

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Reviewed by:
Dan

Review Date
June 1, 2003

Overall Rating
4 of 5

Value Rating
5 of 5

Used product for
1 Year

Price Paid: $1500.00 at Cal Bikes in Livermo

Favorite Ride:
Mines Road to the 20-mile mark

Bike Setup:
Stock, plus a Cane Creek Thudbuster ($100), a Profile Design BRC fork ($70), and some randomly chosen saddle with Ti rails.

Summary:
This was my first road bike. Let's not beat around the bush: this bike
had an extremely rough ride. It was so rough that I thought it was unrideable. Theory dictates that ALL frames are ultra-stable triangles and that the fork makes all the difference in the ride. I swapped out the fork for a better one that didn't resonate and also added a suspension seatpost. The result: it is now a very nice machine indeed. The final comfort enhancement that I made was purchasing some proper padded bike shorts. I use this bike for 49-mile rides every weekend.

Strengths:
The wheelset is amazing: it never needs trueing. After it is properly adjusted, the shifting is also excellent. The bike climbs great and holds the road very well at 40+ mph going downhill on very rough roads, but only with an aftermarket fork.

Weaknesses:
The stock Time fork is total garbage. It resonates horribly. Use it to tune a piano maybe, but not on a bike.

Similar Products Used:
I commute on an '02 Specialized Sirrus Pro. My old '99 Specialized Hardrock Comp with 1" road tires is the backup commuter bike.

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Source: http://www.roadbikereview.com/cat/2002-bikes/2002-road-bike/cannondale/PRD_101236_4229crx.aspx


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