Last summer my old bicycle frame developed a crack in the top tube and needed to be retired (Yes, even frames will eventually wear out when you ride them long enough). Cannondale no longer makes a 66cm frame since moving their production line to Asia so I had to come up with a suitable replacement. Getting a bike to fit me always involves a lot of customization, creativity, compromises, AND knowledgeable and patient bike mechanics/fitters — Thanks Wes, Taylor, Ryan and Jeff!
So here is the latest result of that collaboration…
The Chimera is described in mythology as a fusion between two beasts. Depending on how it is viewed it will appear either as a goat or a lion. This bike depending on how it is viewed will appear either as a mountain bike or as a road bike. Several compatibility issues were overcome to complete this build along with locating several discontinued and rare parts such as a 180mm/BB30/mountain crank and an XXXL Mtn bike frame.
I actually took delivery of the bike two weeks ago and could no longer wait to go for a ride. So today, with the sun shining, 36°F, and mostly dry roads, I took it for a spin….
20 miles later I give it a “like”. With a few more tweaks I’ll give it a +1.