Monday, May 14, 2012

Cannon Cyclery

Cannon Cyclery

700 Hembree Place
Roswell, GA 30076
(678) 9541-9307

I first met the owner of Cannon Cyclery while searching the online ads for a used time trial frame. Curtis was helping someone sell a slightly used Felt B10 frame and that particular frame caught my attention for price and potential fit (size). Before this I had never heard of Curtis or Cannon Cyclery on my side of town, but later found out that he had a shop within the Sport Factory before opening his own store front.

His services are listed on the web link above, but are Tune Up, Wheel, Fitting, Mechanical, Bike and Frame and Clinics. When I purchased the frame it was a service he was providing to the previous owner, but he did spend time with me on a rough fitting to make sure the frame was my correct size. During that introductory meeting I was impressed enough to go ahead and hire Curtis to build up the bike, help me select decent components and help me with the final fitting once it was built. My confidence was also boosted as I saw quite of few high end bikes waiting for service. Bikes no doubt used by serious athletes that trusted his services.

What I noticed about Curtis when compared to a lot of larger shops is that you get a one on one conversation with the person that is actually going to work on your bike. Most of us that are serious about cycling really like to have a little conversation about the process and give some input if possible and get professional and respectful feedback. If this is what appeals to you with concern over one of your prized possessions and how it will be tuned up, built or repaired than this is the right shop and the right person.

Another thing that impressed me was Curtis asked about my goals, any past or present injuries or physical limitations that may impact fit and performance rather than just start making fit adjustments. I could tell he was really attentive in listening to my goal for this bike, which is to use it for long distance. Therefore, when making adjustments he was really watching out for a balance between comfort, performance while still remaining in a fairly aero position. My setup is not super aggressive like a short distance time trial bike, but was setup based on the goals that I expressed. Further adjustments to the bike may be later once I give a few test runs with the current setup.

My overall thoughts for Cannon Cyclery and Curtis Henry are:
  • Very courteous and patient while customer asks questions
  • Provides great feedback and great suggestions
  • Very meticulous in bike build, mechanical and fit service
  • Very knowledgeable with anything concerning bike mechanics, build and fit
  • Good turn around time considering he is a one man shop

I am very pleased and here are a few pictures of the 2011 Felt B10 that Curtis built for me.

Build List
2011 Felt B10 52cm frame, fork and aerobars
SRAM Red Black 53/39 Crankset, Front Brake Caliper, Rear Derailleur
SRAM Force Front Derailleur
Cobb Cycling V-flow Plus saddle

I provided the following:
Wheels by Wheelbuilder Kinlin XR300 rims, Powertap ANT+ rear hub, White Industries front hub, Dura Ace 11-28 cassette
XLab Superwing, Chimp seat tube bottle cage (not shown), Gorilla bottle cages, tire & tool bag (to be used on long distance routes)

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1 comment:

Howard Beale said...

Great review. Curtis is the only person I trust to work on my 3 bikes. He's honest, courteous and a top notch mechanic.