My New Baby

Posted on 10:01 AM by Schottler

After much anticipation, the new mountain bike has finally arrived.

This is from the first batch of Flash 29 Carbon bikes to hit the streets, so pictures of these still haven't really made their way on to the internets. Thanks to Musselman, the bike arrived when he said it would, just in time for racing season.

I was impressed with how well equipped the bike was out of the box, Cannondale seems to know where to put the right stuff. XO shifters/rear derailleur, XT front derailleur, Elixir brakes 185/160, XT cassette, KMC chain, Stans ZTR Arch/rims to DT 240 hubs, and a nice Fizik saddle. However, if you know me, I can't leave anything stock. I ordered an XX kit and threw it on, along with a 570 gram Cannondale 2x10 crankset which is still on order. Also thanks to Ergon for the GX2 team series carbon grips, which are the best grips I have ever used.

The frame is full carbon with continuous carbon fibers, and a 2.5 lb carbon lefty fork, which feels really solid. The tube shapes are constantly varying throughout the bike, it is obvious that Cannondale did their homework and plenty of finite element analysis to optimize each section of the tubing for high strength and low weight. The bike as shown weighed in at 19.8 lbs. With the new cranks, taking the tubes out, lighter Fizik Arione saddle on order, lighter and slightly more narrow bars, xx front derailleur, and 4ti candy pedals, the bike should be in the 19-20 lb range. Which is far lighter than any mountain bike I have ridden or owned. However the real test will come when I get to take it to the trails, if it ever stops raining. The Superfly was the best handling and fastest mountain bike I have ever raced by far, I have high hopes for this being a rocket.

As for the training, I have been having SI joint pain on most of my rides... well actually all day long. It's become more consistant, so I figure the best thing to do is take a short break from riding and pilates. I am taking off this weekend, monday, and tuesday. I can already feel it getting better, since I can now walk without limping, and can get out of bed without screaming. I will start riding again on wednesday with low intensity/high cadence rides down the katy trail, and learn some more about effective stretches to prevent this from happening again... and I might even start running to strengthen some of the stabilizing muscles that have become weak with my inability to do anything other than pedal. I was still seriously considering racing today on the Superfly, but I don't think it would be smart to seriously injury myself at the first mountain race of the year... there are plenty more.


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