Hi all, I'm new here though I've been reading this forum for a while taking in the knowledge of fellow Cannondale riders.
Currently I ride a 2002 Scalpel 2000. Its just over five years old now and apart from upgrading the headshok to a Lefty is pretty much stock. It's been a great bike over the years but it has developed a small but critical problem. The dropout slots have worn so much that the back wheel now has so much slop that even when the QR is tightened up so you require a hammer to close it the wheel will still skew in the frame so the tire rubs against the chain stay. This also causes problem with the cluster to chainring, rear disk and rear derailleur alignment.
I've approached my LBS here in Wellington, NZ about the Cannondale frame exchange program and they will make enquiries for me. If this goes through I will have a choice. Do I stay with another Scalpel or change to a Rush.
I like the Scalpel for its pin sharp handling but when I bought it 5 years ago I was doing a lot more racing. These days I do more all day epics at a relaxed pace so perhaps the Rush would be better for that. I'm fairly heavy at 95kg and one of my problems has been getting the rear shock to support me. I find the more air pressure you have the more rebound dampening you need and some standard shocks don't seem to be suited to heavier riders. If I go down the Rush route it would have to be the Rush 3 frame with the RP23 rear shock. I've heard that with it's various adjustments it can be tailored for heavier riders more than the RP3. I think I would also have to upgrade my 100mm Lefty DLR2 to a Speed Lefty DLR2.
Has anyone made the change from a Scalpel to a Rush and was it the right decision?
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