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    Cannondale CAD3

    Anyone own one or know anything about them? I was offered a very clean one the other day. Are they typical Cannondale stiff? About how much is a late 90's version go for, it is very clean. Thanks

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    Cdale stiff.Pre magic hourglass seatstays.$250 tops for a near perfect frameset.

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    If I remember right, the CAAD3 was before the hourglass stays. I think the CAAD3 is the one your dentist gives to you, it guarantees him work because it'll rattle your fillings out.

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    Two people I knew rode the Caad3, and both cracked the dropout on the right side behind the chainstay. I heard talk that cracked dropouts were common. Cannondale replaced one with another Caad3, the other with a Caad4. Both friends were happy and had no more problems.

    Sorry, this random bit of info probably doesn't help you.

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    I have a '96 Cad3 mounted on my trainer. It is very f'ing stiff but I rode it for 5 years and was happy. I would have a hard time recommending it and there is no way I would pay $250 because I've seen brand new Cad5 frames go for $300 & change on ebay.

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    I've got one that I converted to fixed gear a couple of years ago. It's definately stiff in the BB and stiff overall. For it's day, it was a pretty smooth aluminum frame. But there are a lot of options that wouldn't cost too much more and would offer a smoother ride.

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    I still have my CAAD3. It was the bike that I used to fall in love with the road. It was stiff, responsive and is still in great shape with over 18,000 miles. I have worn out a bottom bracket, many cassettes and a set of legs. I occassionally ride it on club rides and some fun time trials. Every time I get on it I remember how much I like being with my old "friend".

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    I loved my CAAD3. Never any problems and I loved to way it rode. Too bad that lady pulled out in front of me and trashed it, but at least I was ok.

    p.s. I converted mine to a fixie as well. 40x16 was a perfect gear for the frame. A bit on the smallish side, but it worked for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by same time
    Two people I knew rode the Caad3, and both cracked the dropout on the right side behind the chainstay. I heard talk that cracked dropouts were common. Cannondale replaced one with another Caad3, the other with a Caad4. Both friends were happy and had no more problems.

    Sorry, this random bit of info probably doesn't help you.
    You sure that was a CAAD3? I thought the cracked dropouts were the downfall of the 2.8 frameset that preceded CAAD3.

    I'm not sure the majik seatstays on the CAAD4 really do anything to soften the ride - besides setting up an expectation of smoothness in the rider's mind.

    Syndey said $250 for a perfect CAAD3 frameset, but I think that's high - note the post here where a poster was moaning about losing an Ebay auction for a $100 CAAD4.

    I would expect to pay $250-400 for a complete CAAD3 bike, less if it had downtube shifters. The CAAD3 is slightly heavier than the frames that came later, but not by much, really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phantoj
    You sure that was a CAAD3? I thought the cracked dropouts were the downfall of the 2.8 frameset that preceded CAAD3.
    Holy stink, you are absolutely correct. The 2.8 frame with the cantilevered dropouts. One glance at the frame design and you knew the dropout would break. Cannondale replaced them with newer Caad3 & Caad4.

    Sorry for the misinformation.

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    Ah, the 2.8. Almost bought one of those. Helped give Cannondale the Crack'n'fail moniker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phantoj
    You sure that was a CAAD3? I thought the cracked dropouts were the downfall of the 2.8 frameset that preceded CAAD3.

    I'm not sure the majik seatstays on the CAAD4 really do anything to soften the ride - besides setting up an expectation of smoothness in the rider's mind.

    Syndey said $250 for a perfect CAAD3 frameset, but I think that's high - note the post here where a poster was moaning about losing an Ebay auction for a $100 CAAD4.

    I would expect to pay $250-400 for a complete CAAD3 bike, less if it had downtube shifters. The CAAD3 is slightly heavier than the frames that came later, but not by much, really.
    Read it again.sydney said $250 tops for a frameset . And wan't the captioned auction for just a frame? Your expectations would be totally delusional in many markets,and the price of a caad3 would also be dependent on codition and components.Time for a reality check,after your trun on the comprehension switch.

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    Sydney, I understood what you were saying - that you were talking about a frameset.

    I just think $250 is too high. Hey, different people value stuff differently, something that becomes apparent if you engage in any Ebay bidding.

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    I paid $370 for a CAAD7 two months ago.

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