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    Caanondale caad2 r500 or cannondale road warrior caad3

    Idea on value and opinion on which to choose for same $$
    both in exc condition little miles well maintained . Would be a second bad weather bike
    The caad2 r500 has 8spd rsx it's. 1999
    The caad3 road warrior is an 02 I think, it's got 105 9spd DRs, mavic with ultegra hubs

    I would replace the bars and shifters on the road W as I prefer drops ..

    I'm thinking the road warrior has better components, but the r500 is good to go as is ith no changes, I think RSX was 105 level then also?

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    RSX = 105? Nope. Significant step down. The 02 Road Warrior with 105 should have come with drops and STI shifters. Recreating those will cost significant $$. Really depends on your parts stash. Myself, I would go with the Road Warrior, but I have a set of 9 speed STI in hand.


    Copied from Sheldon Brown website (best is top of the list):

    1997 Shimano Road Group Heirarchy
    Dura Ace
    9-speed
    Ultegra
    105SC
    RX-100
    RSX
    Last edited by wrk101; 07-18-11 at 02:18 PM.

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    Thx.. I thought the 8 speed RSX was on par
    With 105 then? 7 speed stuff bottom of barrel ?

    I am wrong on the yr road warrior, it's got
    105, fatty fork NO head shock and flat
    Bars, hubs are ultegra, maybe 03/04? Owned said
    He bought it 6/7 yrs ago @1400$

    I have drops no shifters tho, I like the R500
    Case it's ready to go with drops but
    I'm not sure about the 12yr old drive train,
    Rides great, frame is stiff, shifts smooth/tight
    Etc..

    Either bike is $300

    I ride a R1000, and have been using a single
    Mtn bike for off weather ..

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    The caad 3 is a bad boy I think and has has the flat bars changed to comfort riser bars, the kalloy UNO ? I think it's 2004-2006? The serial has a K which I think is 06. Were caad 3 frames still used that late?

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    Either bike at $300 is a deal! I would get the road warrior just because it's pretty unique.

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    Seriously the 1999 caad 2 r 500 is a good deal @ 300$?!? It's really the one I want, but was not sure it was worth 300 with the age, it's in excellent shape, it's a 52cm which it what I ride (52cm R1000) the bad boy or road warrior no sticker on the top tube, has fatty ridged mtn fork no head shock is a 54cm fits, but 52 is perfect, and the 52 all ready has drops.

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    Here is a quick pic of the r500

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    Here is the other, can figure out the model tho

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    I've sold several older Cannondales with brifters. Ready to ride they go for about $350.

    Last month I sold two, they went immediately.

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