I bought my Cannondale Rize 5 several years ago (it's an 09 I believe) and haven't changed anything except for grips since I've had it mostly because I haven't really been riding it much until the last few months. It's been fun to ride but I knew it wasn't just right so I decided to start making changes until I got it just right. I've gotten a little better at riding lately and I've been trying more challenging terrain and I've been riding longer as well and I've noticed that it's just not that comfortable on the long rides.
I knew the stem was too long, so that was my first thing to change. I decided to go to the extreme and ordered a 40MM Truvativ stem (TRUVATIV Hussefelt Stem | SRAM). I put it on today and took it for a ride and it was like riding a whole new bike. I made a few adjustments to the handlebar position, shifters and brake levers and got everything where I like it.
Anyways, I rode for about 5 miles on it this evening before it got dark and I gotta say, i'm not so sure I made the right choice. Maybe it's just because it was such a drastic change that i'm gonna have to get used to it, I hope. I almost felt like I was just gonna go over the handlebars a few times, it was just weird.
Hopefully once I get the stem issue worked out whether I get used to this one or have to get a little longer one, my next mod is wheels. I never believed people when they said their wheels flexed but since I've been riding a little harder lately, I swear my wheels are gonna fold in half sometimes. Oh, and I destroyed the rear cup on the Shimano hub and the preload on the front bearings was really tight so I repacked both and replaced worn parts in rear. It's amazing the difference that made but these things are next to get changed out.
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