Wednesday, 21 October 2009

System 6 2009

Well this bike always got lots of hype " the best bike cannondale ever made" "stiffest bike in the world" but i just think it looks dam good. This is a 2009 smu model basically if a dealer were to ring the big C and say i want to order 30 system 6's with sram red groupsets and cosmic carbon wheels they will do it that's why the bike pictured is a 2009 model but never seen anywhere, shame really it was a lovely bike, meanwhile my powertap hub is working and now i have a new way of training which is great. We are receiving a lot of interest in Cannondales F1 and Flash in the shop at present and the cyclocross calls are beginning to come through as well now so CX9's here we come.
It seems everyone is taking up cyclocross at the mo which is brilliant for a sport which has never had much exposure over here in the UK but well deserves it, I'm really keen to try it but all that cold wet mud and running doesn't do much to inspire me i mean you have to be fit and everything i think ill stick my favourite sport of which i hold a pro status, a seasoned pro at that yep you got it spectating you know it makes sense.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Cross Vegas

Well if your getting into Cyclocross like so many others seem to at the moment make sure you check out Dan and Mike Cotty for an in sight in to getting into it and look at
Cross Vegas for a quick blast of the pro scene, them boy's are quick.

Friday, 16 October 2009

CX9 go go go

Well finally it's built Szabi the shop Mechanic, friend and euro loony put my bike together today and it got it's first ride home. Firstly it still needs a few bit's the white spokes for the front wheel are on back order,i want some speedplay pedals for it which are also on back order and that will do it for the moment.
I haven't ridden this bike since January and the only original bit's are the f&f and chainset and after using my supersix for the last 6 months i was expecting to feel a little let down by the ride but what do you know I'm actually really impressed.
Firstly i noticed how stiff and responsive it feels, heavier to shift along than the s6 but 100% fast not as smooth as the S6 in terms of comfort but as a CX/Crit bike i can see why it's so amazing very very happy with acceleration and response also it's handling very nimble and pinpoint accurate.
The fast forward wheels (built by Szabi) with powertap rear hub felt very stiff rotationally however new rims + new pads + cantilever brakes = very fast ride home and not much stopping but at the end of the day all i can say is silk missile.

Frame CAAD9 BB30 Cyclocross

Fork Cannondale Premium

Rear Shock N/A

Rims FFWD F4rc

Hubs Powertap elite+

Spokes DT swiss

Tires Schwalbe Durano plus 700x25c

Pedals Time ATAC

Crank FSA Gossamer BB30, 36/46

Chain SRAM 10speed

Rear Cogs SRAM OG1070 12/27

Bottom Bracket FSA BB30

Front Derailleur SRAM Rival

Rear Derailleur SRAM Rival

Shifters SRAM Force

FSA Wing Pro Compact

Stem FSA ST-OS-115 (31.8 mm, 1.125")

Headset Cane Creek CX9 SI, inkl. Cablehanger 1.125"

Brakeset Tektro CR520

Brakelevers SRAM Force

Saddle Fi'zi:k Aliante

Seat Post Cannondale C2

Monday, 12 October 2009

Big C Weekend

Well if your a Cannondale devotee as i am this weekend was great firstly Chrissie Wellington sets a new course record on board her Slice at Kona with an amazing bike ride and only 22 men finishing in front of her that is some amazing performance and takes the 17 year old record from Paula Newby-Fraser and in 2nd place Mirinda Carfrae again riding the Cannondale slice.
Next fast Roel Paulissen aboard his Team Scalpel won the Roc d'azur and on a cyclocross mission with their CAAD9's destroying the field were Jeremy powers winning in Ohio and team mates Tim Johnson and Jamey Driscoll taking 1st and 2nd in Rhode island so not a bad weekend at all for the big C.
As for here in blighty this week ill be building up my bike finally and at the shop we have looking at Giro eye wear so pics and info to follow soon.
And if your into design and stylish stuff have a look at this blog its got some cool stuff.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Haircut 100

Well Friday was a little quiet and Szabi asked if i would trim his hair as he happened to have some clippers with him, not being one to turn down a challenge i obliged, maybe i have a hidden talent who knows Vidal Sasoon might be emailing me right now.