I gave my 2004 C'dale R2000 to my son who is moving to CA next month. This put me on the great search for a new ride. I had been doing a lot of research on line and at the local LBS.
I had read alot about carbon though I have been ridng Al forever (of course steel prior). So I tried different brand names and though I have been riding 56cm I gave 58cm a try.
With kids in college I was price aware so I looked at a lot of different trade offs. With my head spinning and not finding that perfect bike I sat down and listed my priorities for the "perfect" bike:
1. Wheels - really wanted Ksyrium SL
2. Drive train - Ultegra or higher (though 105's worked great)
This was the list I told the guys at my LBS that I wanted to meet for the "perfect" bike. In fact I told them that I would not be there if Iwas not giving my bike to my sone. I really have enjoyed riding my 2004 C'dale R2000 .
So after an afternoon of test riding I went home and hopped on-line. With a check of Craigs List I found my NEW BIKE! It had just been listed 2 days earlier. I made the call to discuss the particulars and to see if it was still available. It was, so I made a down payment to hold it until I could get down to RI the following weekend. With cash in hand I made the trip and it was exactly as described. I bought it!
So what is it? You might have guessed 2004 C'dale R2000 Triple. The bike had less than 1/2 mile on it ( I took it a part to clean out the dust that had settled and regrease as needed). So I ended up with a brand new 2004 bicycle. With all the hills in NH I wanted to try a triple to be ready to attack more hills as I love climbing, not sure why. It may in part have to do with the triple on my tandem that the wife and I ride, always looking for hills to climb.
I've been out a couple times now with a couple different group rides and it has been great. Essentially a similar ride to the bike I've given to my son... the only difference is the crank, double vs. triple. Also, it is a 58cm frame, the larger size I wanted.
As I had said to the guys at the LBS, I wouldn't be here... I love my 2004 C'dale R2000.
So I guess it is like they say... good things come to those who wait and do a lot of research.
So here is the pic