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    cannondale trail 3r

    hi, any imputs/pics on this particular model? im interested
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    The one I rode was very stiff. But its a cool bike regardless.
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    Very nice bike imho. Almost bought one. Brakes are worthless though, and I've heard many things about the BB creaking like mad.

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    back to basics

    Oh yes, I like what I see initially.
    Finally a stiff no-nonsense frame/fork combo in Al. I used to dream that Klein would make a comeback with that very bike.

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    does anyone think a 2.4" tire was in mind with this frame?

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    I've got the 2011 version of this bike (when it was white) & I'll offer up the following comments.



    Pros:
    1. It's cheap and fun
    2. It's geared nice & low (33 x 20), so you won't walk (much) if you're a new SS'er.
    3. Nice, neutral handling - very predictable.

    Cons:
    1. Brakes are utter shite. It's nearly impossible to adjust them for a nice (lasting) consistent bite.

    2a. EBB slips & pops like a mofo. It will get to the point where you don't trust it on short steeps. Torque up the pedals on an out-of-the-saddle-givin-it-all-you-got climb & it sounds like a shotgun going off. I've endoed going uphill more than once because of this.

    2b. Speaking of the EBB - it's good for 1-2 chain length changes before you'll need a hammer to loosen it. There's a spring clip bolt retainer that's embedded in the EBB body that will pull out after a couple of chain length changes. After this happens, you'll need a hammer & a long, thin punch to loosen the EBB.

    3. If you're built like a gorilla (short legs, long arms), look elsewhere - tall standover & short reach make for a funky fit.


    As for tires, the front will take a 2.4 (heck, you could probably mount a truck tire up there), but the back will only fit a 2.1.
    Start slow, then taper off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdhood View Post
    I've got the 2011 version of this bike (when it was white) & I'll offer up the following comments.



    Pros:
    1. It's cheap and fun
    2. It's geared nice & low (33 x 20), so you won't walk (much) if you're a new SS'er.
    3. Nice, neutral handling - very predictable.

    Cons:
    1. Brakes are utter shite. It's nearly impossible to adjust them for a nice (lasting) consistent bite.

    2a. EBB slips & pops like a mofo. It will get to the point where you don't trust it on short steeps. Torque up the pedals on an out-of-the-saddle-givin-it-all-you-got climb & it sounds like a shotgun going off. I've endoed going uphill more than once because of this.

    2b. Speaking of the EBB - it's good for 1-2 chain length changes before you'll need a hammer to loosen it. There's a spring clip bolt retainer that's embedded in the EBB body that will pull out after a couple of chain length changes. After this happens, you'll need a hammer & a long, thin punch to loosen the EBB.

    3. If you're built like a gorilla (short legs, long arms), look elsewhere - tall standover & short reach make for a funky fit.


    As for tires, the front will take a 2.4 (heck, you could probably mount a truck tire up there), but the back will only fit a 2.1.
    Are there 3rd party EBB's that can be bought? The whole idea (for me, anyway) of having a SS rigid is low maintenance and messing with the EBB all the time seems sorta counter to that idea...
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    EBB's are very problematic. Creaks, seizing up, just a royal PITA.

    Try to find a bike with sliders.

    Only thing coming to mind are steel SS's like the Kona Unit, SE Stout, Jamis Dragon. There are more out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyeggo View Post
    Are there 3rd party EBB's that can be bought? The whole idea (for me, anyway) of having a SS rigid is low maintenance and messing with the EBB all the time seems sorta counter to that idea...
    Of course - there's a shop near me that specializes in tandems. He hooked me up with one that's been more durable & has stopped the slipping.

    Of course, if you're comfortable with the 33 x 20 ratio, you won't need to mess with it. You'll only need to loosen the EBB if you're changing ratios.
    Start slow, then taper off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdhood View Post
    Of course - there's a shop near me that specializes in tandems. He hooked me up with one that's been more durable & has stopped the slipping.

    Of course, if you're comfortable with the 33 x 20 ratio, you won't need to mess with it. You'll only need to loosen the EBB if you're changing ratios.
    That's cool. What was the EBB that you had installed?

    Do you have to mess with the EBB as the chain stretches or does it not stretch enough to wear you have to move the EBB? (Sorry in advance for the newb question - never had an EBB before).
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    I had a Bushnell EBB installed.



    I haven't gotten enough miles on the bike (700 & counting) to get any appreciable stretch. I only adjusted the EBB because I was changing ratios.
    Start slow, then taper off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdhood View Post
    I had a Bushnell EBB installed.



    I haven't gotten enough miles on the bike (700 & counting) to get any appreciable stretch. I only adjusted the EBB because I was changing ratios.
    Cool. Thanks for the reply. I hope the new BB works out for you. If you think about it, check back in and let us know how it holds up.
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    yes...bump (and overkill: http://forums.mtbr.com/singlespeed/c...ml#post9022870

    but now it's late february and maybe more folks have more to say about it...how's the EBB going now? my GT Peace 9r EBB is doing fine (so far).

    i'm about to pull the trigger on one of these...but if another EBB can be ultimately slapped in, that's good. i plan to race with this if i get it.

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