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    Anyone ride the Cannondale Fat Caad 1?

    Ive never owned a fat bike and love the aggressive look of this bike. Currently they are on sale around $2700. How does this bike climb and descent? Is it fairly agile, considering the huge tires and weight?

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    Very few people here, relatively speaking, have them. Cannondale was late to the party with an unremarkable design. The associated Lefty didn't blow the doors off either, timing wise, with it's new technology and corresponding maintenance plan.

    It's a fine bike but not head and shoulders above the rest. Compare the parts build to others and then decide if the sale is worth it.

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    2017 cannondale fat caad 1 fat bike

    I have one and paid $2400 bucks on closeout. its a great bike and rides more like a regular mountain bike enough so it will be my only ride . its my 3rd fat bike and this thing is awesome.love the q factor its narrower than most all fat bikes out there. its a remarkable bike and you will love the lefty.all suspension forks need routine service so no big deal there. I will agree the problem with the bike is it did come late to the party and it cost way too much at $3499.cannondale had boat loads of these bikes left because of the high price so this past summer (2017) they started the big price reduction that by this fall were as low as $2239 at some dealers . its a great bike but should have cost much lower at the start. if you can get it on the cheap it cant be beat.
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    My first Fattie. Got it in the US over the Holidays and brought it back on the plane. All in with shipping it was 2086 which was way better than what I could find in Germany.

    The neon green on black takes me back to my first C'dale -- a 1991 SM800 BotE that had gloss neon green splatter over gloss black...

    First shake down ride today. No snow in Franconia, so I tried 11 psi up front and 10 in back.

    Very impressed with the handling! No problems pointing it through tight spots in the forest. And the traction is fantastic.

    Can't wait for some snow though...

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    Nice bike and a great deal.what would it cost in germany ? anything you dont like about the bike so far ? I love my bike but would like a shorter c'dale brand stem if they even make one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGFAT29 View Post
    Nice bike and a great deal.what would it cost in germany ? anything you dont like about the bike so far ? I love my bike but would like a shorter c'dale brand stem if they even make one.
    It was going to be ~2500 Euro here, but I couldn't find a left-over Large which is mostly why I jumped on this one.

    I'm liking it so far... definitely a big grin. Might want to get some bars with a little more back sweep, but we'll see.

    Got in some snow and mud yesterday, and explored a little stone cellar in the forest since I had a light with me.

    Still running tubes until I see how the JJs work in the snow... if we get some real snow...

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    Your not gonna get me to go in that old stone cellar LoL ! cool photos I love my fat caad 1 but it aint as light as I hoped it would be.I wont be going tubeless yet just dont like it enough to get the reduced weight yet.
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    Nice write up here: https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mt...d-bike-review/

    I just ordered a WolfTooth Camo 28T since I'm not using the smallest cogs and can use all the torque I can get! I'll post pics once I have it mounted up.
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    I have had quite a few fat bikes over the years and the fat cad 1 is the first one that I enjoy the handling of. I find the rest of the ones I have had steer way to slow. As mentioned above this bike handles very much like a normal mtb. The lefty is the first suspension fork I have had that is not useless in the cold. Over all it is a great bike and if I had not got this bike and fell in love with it I was ready to give up on fat bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy View Post
    I just ordered a WolfTooth Camo 28T since I'm not using the smallest cogs and can use all the torque I can get! I'll post pics once I have it mounted up.
    Finally got the bike back from the shop I had the fork serviced and tuned to have a full lock-out instead of a pretend lock-out.

    Wolf Tooth Camo 28T mounted up along with a little anodized green pimp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Hair Boy View Post
    ...this bike handles very much like a normal mtb. The lefty is the first suspension fork I have had that is not useless in the cold. Over all it is a great bike and if I had not got this bike and fell in love with it I was ready to give up on fat bikes.
    60 km and 1000m of accent today... really really like the handling. The 69 degree head tube and 60mm offset Olaf is magic.

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    Killed my creaking seatpost with a 35mm Salsa Lip-lock

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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy View Post
    Killed my creaking seatpost with a 35mm Salsa Lip-lock
    I put the same clamp on mine. It looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crank1979 View Post
    I put the same clamp on mine. It looks great.
    Good bling and good function IMHO.

    I think clamps with a hinge on one side of the bolt squeeze more uniformly...

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    I treated myself to a Hadley hub... I have always wanted to try one and Balle had one incoming, so I snagged it.

    Got the rebuilt wheel back today, so it was a good time to do some maintenance
    - Tubeless (finally) -- used fatty strippers, Orange valves and sealant. Not a fast process, but successful the first time
    - New chain at 1400km. Went with a KMC X11.93 (half nickel plate)
    - Flushed the oil bath in the Lefty.

    Test ride tomorrow!

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    can someone with L and XL frame give me a measurement of the distance between the top and bottom crown for clearance of headtube plus headset?

    Im trying to buy a olaf to determine if i need XL or L. my headtube with headset is 123mm
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    Quote Originally Posted by akacoke View Post
    can someone with L and XL frame give me a measurement of the distance between the top and bottom crown for clearance of headtube plus headset?

    Im trying to buy a olaf to determine if i need XL or L. my headtube with headset is 123mm
    Hard to measure well on the bike, so with a little searching

    https://www.cannondale-parts.de/WebR.../LeftyOlaf.pdf

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    The headtubes would be 122 and 134mm respectively
    The crown-to-crown is 125.6 and 137mm respectively
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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy View Post
    Still running tubes until I see how the JJs work in the snow... if we get some real snow...
    I switched to tubeless with the JJ's about a month ago. No more flats and it "seems" to roll better. They for sure sound different.

    Also, while R&R'ing my bottom bracket bearings, I found that I had the red, 2X, 166mm spindle instead of the blue, 1X, 160mm -- great quality Dorel. I always thought the chainline was a little outboard, now I know why. I swapped in a correct 160mm now for a better Q-factor.
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    Has anyone run one of these with 27.5" x 80mm rims? Is there an advantage to switching to 27.5 fat over 26 fat? I am considering the Fat Caad 1 as a replacement for my Cujo 2 Hardtail. Theoretically with the 27.5 fat rim, I can run 3.8/4.0" tires in the summer and 4.5" (or 4.8" if they make them) studded for winter. Or if there is little to no advantage to the larger diameter, I can run 4" on the 26 factory rims too. I have a Bad Habit 1 Al for most summer riding, so it will be a two bike quiver. There were several days in MN where the snow was too deep for the plus bike, but once the trails are groomed or turn to shear ice, the plus is awesome. Current clearance prices at my LBS are $2,400 for 2017 and $2,500 for 2018.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nibblecuda View Post
    Current clearance prices at my LBS are $2,400 for 2017 and $2,500 for 2018.
    $2400 sounds high for a 2017. If you're a L or XL, check this link I came across recently:
    https://shop.probikerun.com/product/...1-237620-1.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy View Post
    Also, while R&R'ing my bottom bracket bearings, I found that I had the red, 2X, 166mm spindle instead of the blue, 1X, 160mm -- great quality Dorel. I always thought the chainline was a little outboard, now I know why. I swapped in a correct 160mm now for a better Q-factor.
    I noticed the 2018 spec for the Fat Caad 1 has a 166mm spindle... so now I wonder if it was a running change for some reason?

    https://www.cannondale.com/en/Intern...ntid=undefined

    Or maybe it's a typo?

    Regardless, I'll note that my left crank arm comes incredibly close to the chainstay... less than a mm... but it doesn't touch.
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    1mm clearance is not even legal. If you push a bit you can get a proper spindle from cannondale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alias View Post
    1mm clearance is not even legal. If you push a bit you can get a proper spindle from cannondale.
    Not sure what you mean by "legal", but I am trying to get a 160 as a spare replacement for the narrower Q-factor as originally advertised.

    In the meantime, I bought a replacement, and while close to the chainstay, it doesn't touch... at least with my 165 lbs.

    It is funny though that the 2017 spec says 160
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    and the 2018 says 166?
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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy View Post
    Not sure what you mean by "legal", but I am trying to get a 160 as a spare replacement for the narrower Q-factor as originally advertised.

    In the meantime, I bought a replacement, and while close to the chainstay, it doesn't touch... at least with my 165 lbs.

    It is funny though that the 2017 spec says 160
    https://www.cannondale.com/en/Intern...e-5840fa231d12

    and the 2018 says 166?
    https://www.cannondale.com/en/Intern...3-29787dd85838
    I mean that 1mm clearance is not legal for C'dale to sell. its a product safety thing, too long to get into here.

    Pro Tip: I work in product development and make stuff that you probably ride. I am not kidding about 1mm being too close.

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