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    Too many Decals on bike?

    I have an almost brand new Cannondale mountain bike. It never really noticed it before, but it seems like there are too many Cannondale decals on the frame.
    I have an 08' F5. Is this normal for Cannondale bikes? Where they normally put the
    made in the US decal, they have a Cannondale decal and same thing on the other side.
    Then another cannondale on the bottom bar.

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    Having read a few of your recent threads you seem to be experiencing buyer's remorse. I'm pretty happy with my F5. It fits me and feels good to ride, I don't really care about how it looks as long as I'm having fun and it's doing what I want it to.

    If you're not happy with your bike maybe you should stick it on ebay and get something else? Other people can't validate your choice for you, only your opinion matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaramouche
    Having read a few of your recent threads you seem to be experiencing buyer's remorse. I'm pretty happy with my F5. It fits me and feels good to ride, I don't really care about how it looks as long as I'm having fun and it's doing what I want it to.

    If you're not happy with your bike maybe you should stick it on ebay and get something else? Other people can't validate your choice for you, only your opinion matters.
    I think your're right dude, and it's probably in my head. I'm so frustrated because I'm home after getting injured on my job, and I can't take my bike out because I'm sick and on workers comp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwheelin
    I think your're right dude, and it's probably in my head. I'm so frustrated because I'm home after getting injured on my job, and I can't take my bike out because I'm sick and on workers comp.
    I'm sorry to hear that.

    As far as the whole buyer's remorse thing goes, if you'd bought a Rock Hopper you'd probably be wishing you'd had the money for a Stumpjumper, If you'd bought an F1 you probably be lusting after a Taurine. It's the nature of this forum.

    So much bike porn to look at.

    All that matters is how much fun you're having when you ride. When you're well enough ride your bike as hard as you can and enjoy what you've got. At the end of the day it's two wheels and a frame.

    I used to have a whale of a time on hand me down bikes with no gears and sit up and beg bars when I was a kid. It didn't matter. Just enjoy the ride.

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    I am a minimalist myself and would prefer less graphics on my bikes. I really liked my BBQ black Rush with the subtle (but highly reflective) graphics. My current Prophet is also BBQ black but has more visible graphics and it's still pretty low-key.

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    Count how many times that bike says Cannondale on it then go and pick a Specialized and see how many times they put their name on it. Cannondale does a much better job keeping the number down in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tw1st3dcd
    Count how many times that bike says Cannondale on it then go and pick a Specialized and see how many times they put their name on it. Cannondale does a much better job keeping the number down in my opinion.
    I thought it was the other way around. Where it would say Handmade in US, it says Cannondale and than again underneath. It's like they're trying to hard to push the sale.

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    You could take some off, no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jester7677
    You could take some off, no?
    I don't think you can if the bike is clear coated.

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    Cannondale clearcoats all their decals, even the one at the base of the lower tube that has the safety info on it!

    The worst manufacturer I've seen in the shop for decals on a bike is Raleigh USA. One of their bikes has the name 3 TIMES vertically on the face of the headtube alone!!! We counted the Raleigh name plastered 9 TIMES on the whole bike! (now THAT is overkill! My Giant actually only says "Giant" twice, and "AC" 4 times)

    bwheelin - you could always get the frame re-shot at a professional paintshop and look on eBay for replacement decals

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    Quote Originally Posted by beavola
    Cannondale clearcoats all their decals, even the one at the base of the lower tube that has the safety info on it!

    The worst manufacturer I've seen in the shop for decals on a bike is Raleigh USA. One of their bikes has the name 3 TIMES vertically on the face of the headtube alone!!! We counted the Raleigh name plastered 9 TIMES on the whole bike! (now THAT is overkill! My Giant actually only says "Giant" twice, and "AC" 4 times)

    bwheelin - you could always get the frame re-shot at a professional paintshop and look on eBay for replacement decals
    My bike has Cannondale 3 times on each side.

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    My road bike says "LOOK" 19 times on the frame/fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress
    My road bike says "LOOK" 19 times on the frame/fork.
    Huh?

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    2 on head tube (vertically)
    2 on HS spacers
    2 on headset cap
    2 on toptube
    3 on downtube
    3 on seatstay
    2 on chainstay
    1 on seat tube
    2 on fork blades

    Just imagine if I ran LOOK pedals, seatpost, handlebar and cranks. The number would be in the 30's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress
    2 on head tube (vertically)
    2 on HS spacers
    2 on headset cap
    2 on toptube
    3 on downtube
    3 on seatstay
    2 on chainstay
    1 on seat tube
    2 on fork blades

    Just imagine if I ran LOOK pedals, seatpost, handlebar and cranks. The number would be in the 30's.
    What kind of bike do you ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwheelin
    What kind of bike do you ride?
    Must be a Look!

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    LOOK 565.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress
    LOOK 565.

    Looks like a nice ride.

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    Now that you mention all this, in '95 Cannondale only had their name once on each side, and the model number once on each side. Fork says Headshok once each side.

    Another reason not to sell my '95 F700?...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwheelin
    Looks like a nice ride.

    Thanks man. It rides smooooth.

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    did they bring back the decal of the dirty old man looking at your crotch on the newer Prophet's? my 05 has it and it cracks me up every time i look at it!!!

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    Thanks CheapTrek. I always kinda liked that decal, but now every time I ride I'm gonna think he's looking at my crotch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdr01930
    Thanks CheapTrek. I always kinda liked that decal, but now every time I ride I'm gonna think he's looking at my crotch.
    lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdr01930
    Thanks CheapTrek. I always kinda liked that decal, but now every time I ride I'm gonna think he's looking at my crotch.

    i can't take credit for that, i read it here a while ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwheelin
    What kind of bike do you ride?
    i hope you were having a laugh when you wrote that...

    if not... you could be a candidate for "Retard Of The Year"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwheelin View Post
    I have an almost brand new Cannondale mountain bike. It never really noticed it before, but it seems like there are too many Cannondale decals on the frame.
    I have an 08' F5. Is this normal for Cannondale bikes? Where they normally put the
    made in the US decal, they have a Cannondale decal and same thing on the other side.
    Then another cannondale on the bottom bar.
    It's more or less normal for the industry these days (though this thread is four years old - unfortunately it's still the norm.) It's not normal in the vehicle industry. Can you imagine if 40 percent of the painted area of new cars were covered with garrish decals for Ford, Chevy or Toyota? The prominent role of decals and competitive ideals in cycling testifies to the niche bike merchants have chosen to serve.

    There's nothing wrong with wanting to make a buck and that's why those decals are there. It's not just that they sell bikes -- they build a psychology that helps select who buys bikes. It's a trend toward hyper-competitive buyers vs utilitarian or casual riders.

    That trend attracts buyers with more money, which is what keeps bike shops, bike builders and wholesalers in the business. For those of us who prefer a more modest approach, if we want a well-built bike with good parts, and have money to pay, we still have little selection by way of unbranded bikes.

    I don't mind a modest head badge, and a small insignia on the top, down and seat tubes. In recent years though, font faces have become heavier and decal size has become larger. I was in a bike shop recently and asked (knowing in advance the answer) if I could buy one of the better bikes without decals. They said they could probably get them off for a price - which I might gladly pay - but one triathlete-looking guy there glared at me as if I'd burned a Koran. Seriously. That's the kind of brand loyalty these companies have built.

    What can we do about it? Ask, ask, ask for bikes with fewer decals. Be a naggy customer, coming and going several times before you hand over cash, each time making your only point of resistance like-the-bike-but-not-sure-about-decals.

    Eventually, those demands will make their way back up the chain from salesman to product developers and someone will come out with a clean looking cycle. If we buy those, other makers will follow suit.

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    I rip off every sticker that I can. Rim, hubs, frame, fork--they all go. Then I happily live with the ones that won't come off. Cannondale's don't look too bad.

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    i had a giant anthem that was awful.

    Handlebars (2)
    Stem (1)
    Frame (Cant' remember, but it was a lot)
    Seat (2)
    Post (2)
    Hubs (2 per)

    It was amazing.

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    Why I like my Specialized Allez. One big SPECIALIZED on the down tube and the letters are so thin you can barely see them:





    With a little ZOOM:

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