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2004 Cannondale Gemini experience

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by Jay_Reemin, Nov 26, 2005.

  1. Jay_Reemin

    Jay_Reemin Chimp

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    Hey all,

    I got a bro who bought one of these bikes, he's used it maybe 5 times now in the past year or so if that. He called me the other day and said he thinks it feels small on him, its a medium. Being that he's 5'11" and I'm 5'8", he thinks it would fit me good, but I wanted to get some personal user experience posted up on here as I'm not sure if I should pick it up or not.

    First off, he got it on sale, Supergo closed out Cannondale last year supposively (according to him) and so they had it for dirt cheap. I think he said he picked it up for $1300. I told him I'd take it off his hands for $1k, and I think that's a good deal, but who here has used one of these bikes, and can you tweak here and there to make it a decent weight all around bike for a bigger guy? I used to ride DH trails out west, so I'm used to big bikes, but I'm now in an area that has lots of "hills" so my riding is mainly xc, aggressive xc at best comparing to the western slopes I used to ride. I want something that would be good to ride aggressive xc on, so my dog and I can clock some miles this spring. But if I happen to come across something good, I want to be able to rip it still, and there are a few trails here that do offer some DH type stuff. I'm in the 200lb club, so I'm not sure about a single pivot design, nor am I familiar with the sherman breakout as I normally run big boy forks with xtra heavy springs and oil. I was thinking that if I took out the vanilla r shock in the back and got a dhx with the right spring rate, and put in a heavy spring in the fork, that I could make due. And at $1k, I'd still have a decent bike, especially for around here. Of course I'd rather have the 2006 line, as it has major improvements, but the budget doesn't call for it this upcoming season. BTW, the picture is the exact representation, but the frame he got is black, which I'm stoked on.

    Here's the spec's, let a brotha know:
    Gemini 900 Specs Compare Geometry

    Frame Gemini
    Fork Manitou Breakout TPC
    Rear Shock Fox Vanilla R
    Rims Mavic XM321 disc, 32 hole
    Hubs Cannondale Wind disc rear, thru axle front
    Spokes DT Champion
    Tires Maxxis High Roller, 26 x 2.35"
    Pedals Shimano PD-M545
    Crank TruVatiV Hussefelt 22/32/Guard
    Chain Shimano 9-speed
    Rear Cogs SRAM PG-950, 11-34
    Bottom Bracket TruVatiV ISIS splined
    Front Derailleur Shimano LX
    Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
    Shifters Shimano LX
    Handlebars Cannondale Freeride
    Stem Cannondale OnePointFive
    Headset FSA OnePointFive
    Brakeset Hayes HFX-9 w/8" rotors
    Brakelevers Hayes HFX-9
    Saddle WTB Laser V Pro
    Seat Post Kalloy SP248
    Colors Siemens Team Replica (gloss) (REP).
    Jet Black (matte) (BBQ).
    Sizes S, M, L, XL
    Weight 36.5 lbs
     

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  2. gangstamaxx

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    mxer338 rode one all season. great bikes, wicked light and can take alot!
     
  3. gemini2k

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    i've got one, use it for everything from xc, to dh, to 10 foot drops to flat concrete, 15 feet to tranny, to 35 foot gaps. I'm 6'6" 200 lbs and ride a large, feels great. I've had to build it up a little extra heavy for the last 3 things, but it still pedals well with an spv shock on it, but a dhx would be an even better idea thats for sure, those things are glorious. Sherman's with tpc are pretty nice, i had spv, it gets a big thumbs down for anything but freeriding. They are tough though, thats for sure.
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  4. ThePriceSeliger

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    This is all I have to say.





    It was a super sick bike though.
     
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    I rode one of these baby's as a demo and took it up a good sized mountain. that one weighed in at around 38 or 39. that bike should be no problem for you. pedals well up, and flies down.
     
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    yeah now the next question on that is how old is the frame, how was it ridden adn how was the warranty. you cant really just say that when there are so many different variables that can contribute to that. hell could have jsut driven into a wall or hit a tree (and i am not saying you did in anyway shape or form). you have to be careful with how you "say" things and be sure to give the whole story.
     
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    It's an 04 Team DH, not sure exactly how it cracked, I was cleaning it and saw it. They didn't warrenty it because it was second hand, and it was in good shape when I got it, and I completly checked it when I got it.
     
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    cool, well at least you saw it before it became catastrophic. and yeah unfortunately no one will warranty a frame when it was second hand. but glad to hear you enjoyed it while it lasted.
     
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    Look in my sig, thats the way to go.
     
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    that is an awesome ride, definitely heard some phenomenal things about that bike
     
  12. Jay_Reemin

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    I'd go that route if I lived out west still, but I'm in pedal land USA, so I need something I can pedal mostly, I'm thinking if I setup the suspension super stiff, I can charge on it and still use it to bust out when given the opportunity. But it's kinda limited in my kneck of the woods now as a daily weekly ride, I have to travel a good 5-7 hours to access stuff worthy of big bike material. I'm also not much up for driving so far just to ride, so I figured I'd get something lighter, still strong, but pedalable and get in really good shape. If I find a spot that I can create a trail on, legally, and without hassle, then I might look into upgrading it, but for now, I think the Gemini 900 stock with stiff springs and a dhx shock should do the trick for what I have around me in an hours drive time. I just like riding, but being a heavy guy, I can't ride those whimpy xc bikes. I need something strong for my aggressive riding style and weight, I had a Giant VT and felt like it was a tin can under me. Not to knock it as it's a great bike for skinny dudes, but for us beef cakes we have to stay with the coil sprung suspension. I'm even a lil leary on the breakout as it only has one spring in the leg if I'm not mistaken, instead of having a dual coil sprung suspesion fork. Correct me if I'm wrong.
     
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    breakouts a fine, in terms of strength, i beat the **** out of my before i replaced it just cause i wanted a more racy fork. I did tons of rough drops and crashed plenty on it, and still worked fine. If youre just gonna be doing trail riding to begin with its more than enough.
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  14. MikeD

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    I'm 5'11"; initially got a medium, but found it too small. Little too BMX-y for me. The large fits me well, but I tend to like long TTs.

    At 5'8" it should fit you fine.

    I like my 04 Gemini DH a lot, but I've only ridden it a handful of times at best. I pretty much missed all of last season.

    MD
     
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    the 04 gemini does not have the gusset under the HT that the newer ones do. priceslinger's was also an 04. if you only use it for heavy XC and riping the odd DH, it will be fine. but start jumping it and getting over to the dark side, you might want to look for somthing beefer.
     
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  17. Jay_Reemin

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    Are they like the Giant AC's were, kinda light but kinda weak?
     
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    I love mine. I'm in the 100-club, though.
     

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    Hey,

    PM me your email, if you could send me a full blown picture of your ride I'd be stoked. I haven't seen it in black yet, not even in pictures and my buddy doesnt' have a camera.
     
  20. MikeD

    MikeD Leader and Demogogue of the Ridemonkey Satinists

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    Check out mtbr.com's Cannondale forum if you want even more pics...there's a whole Gemini thread. Might be a black one on there, too.

    MD
     
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    jesus, i did. sorry ThePriceSeliger, ass clown.

    yeah it's a lot like the AC, but it lasts more then one run down any given mtn. bashing aside, the gemni was made for a little harder riding then the AC, but same style, yes.

    hey capt. Jack, did you race at mahem? though i saw you there.
     
  22. gemini2k

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    pssh, the headtube is plenty strong. Don't let that scare you.
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  23. Jay_Reemin

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    My bro just said he'd sell it to me for $1k, I'm sooooooooooo stoked, now I can go ride www.raysmtb.com this winter and stay up on my skills. If someone has a bigger picture of the black version of the gemini 900, send it to me.

    thanks