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    Allez Comp vs CAAD9 5 vs Z85

    Hey all, long story short- I got hit by a car, destroyed my BD bike, and now I've got a check from the lady's insurance company burning a hole in my pocket. I'm looking in the 1200-1500 range, which isn't a lot, I know. But, I'm leaning toward the Specialized Allez Comp for 1400, Cannondale CAAD9 5 for 1400, and the Felt Z85 for 1150. If I get the Felt I'll immediately upgrade the wheelset to Mavic Aksiums, bringing that to 1400 as well. So I basically have 3 bikes at the same price I'm trying to decide on. I'm riding all 3, and enjoying the rides, love the aesthetics of all 3, and I just wanted to hear all of your experiences with the three bikes. My background as a rider- I'm fairly new to road biking, and have only been doing it for about a month before I got hit. I'm 5'9", 27 years old, 230 pounds (losing fast). Shorter limbs, and I usually ride 50-60 miles 4 times a week. I usually keep a 14-15 mph pace. I'm still getting in shape, but I love this sport, and I'm excited to get a new set of wheels. So... fire away... anything that should sway my decision?

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    depends on what you want to do with it....are you going to race?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash716 View Post
    depends on what you want to do with it....are you going to race?
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    Caad9
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    Caad9 is the best thing on the planet
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    Quote Originally Posted by nathan84318 View Post
    Incorrect


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    Caad9 is the best thing on the planet
    hey there sport..i race and ride a Caad9...settle down.


    and it is hardly the best bike on the planet...it is a versatile little bike but there are better bikes outs there.
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    So you know, according to BF, the CAAD9 is the greatest bike ever . While it is a nice bike, it's really just another Al frame, so just get what you feel most comfortable with.
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    I won't be racing. I usually just ride on my own for fun and try to up my average speed and my overall distance traveled. I'm starting to realize that people who ride CAADs are a somewhat cult-ish group. haha. I want something that will be semi-comfortable at least over a long distance, light, looks good, and is something you don't necessarily see on the road every day (I think this is why I'm drawn to the Felt). But I know you can't argue with something that so many have acknowledged as amazing. haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metz1182 View Post
    I won't be racing. I usually just ride on my own for fun and try to up my average speed and my overall distance traveled. I'm starting to realize that people who ride CAADs are a somewhat cult-ish group. haha. I want something that will be semi-comfortable at least over a long distance, light, looks good, and is something you don't necessarily see on the road every day (I think this is why I'm drawn to the Felt). But I know you can't argue with something that so many have acknowledged as amazing. haha
    Poppycock.

    Quote Originally Posted by Metz1182 View Post
    But I know you can't argue with something that so many have acknowledged as amazing. haha
    Exactly. CAAD 9.

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    So then comes the next question.... haha... (maybe I should get popcorn now) SRAM or Shimmy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metz1182 View Post
    So then comes the next question.... haha... (maybe I should get popcorn now) SRAM or Shimmy?
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    Allez comp!!! Awesome bike and im sorry, but the Caad 9 is way over rated here. Ride them all, buy the one you like dont drink the Kool-aid

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    Is it too late to say Caad9? Because....Caad9. 'NUFF SAID...END OF THREAD"

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    The 2010 CAAD9-5 comes with 5700 now, btw...

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    Quote Originally Posted by baribari View Post
    The 2010 CAAD9-5 comes with 5700 now, btw...
    Not true, Just got my CAAD9-5 the other day and it still has 5600 parts on it. You have to get lucky to get the 5700's imo.

    I'll throw a chip in for the CAAD9-5 though, awesome bike.

    I thought I was only going to spend $1500 on my 9-5, total ended up ~$1900, with shoes/clips/cages/CO2/Computer/Tubes/Lights/etc. Over 2k once you take into account tax.

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    Read the thread topic.

    Answer: CAAD9 5

    (now let me read the original post! )

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathan84318 View Post


    Caad9
    Correct

    Caad9 is the best thing on the planet

    "I'm 2ndGen and I approve this message."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metz1182 View Post
    I won't be racing. I usually just ride on my own for fun and try to up my average speed and my overall distance traveled. I'm starting to realize that people who ride CAADs are a somewhat cult-ish group. haha. I want something that will be semi-comfortable at least over a long distance, light, looks good, and is something you don't necessarily see on the road every day (I think this is why I'm drawn to the Felt). But I know you can't argue with something that so many have acknowledged as amazing. haha
    Metz,

    I'm 5'9" at about 220lbs (just picked up 20 I'm going to drop).
    I went with a 56cm CAAD9 7. BBQ (but of course).

    First, I'd say that if comfort is king in your book go with The Felt.
    Ultimately ride what makes you feel good and what fits you best.

    Now, seeing that you just came off of an entry-level bike,
    why wouldn't you want to "up" your game a bit?

    If you're doing 50+ mile rides, you need a better bike than an entry-level bike.
    You're ready to go to the next level I'd think.

    If you feel that way, don't look back, look forward...get The CAAD.

    At the very least, with the CAAD, you'll be able to slap great components on it and it's worth it.
    With The Felt or The Spec, they will always be entry-level bikes.
    The CAAD is definitely a buildable bike.
    Last edited by 2ndGen; 08-05-10 at 08:48 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndGen View Post
    Metz,

    I'm 5'9" at about 220lbs (just picked up 20 I'm going to drop).
    I went with a 56cm CAAD9 7. BBQ (but of course).

    First, I'd say that if comfort is king in your book go with The Felt.
    Ultimately ride what makes you feel good and what fits you best.

    Now, seeing that you just came off of an entry-level bike,
    why wouldn't you want to "up" your game a bit?

    If you're doing 50+ mile rides, you need a better bike than an entry-level bike.
    You're ready to go to the next level I'd think.

    If you feel that way, don't look back, look forward...get The CAAD.

    At the very least, with the CAAD, you'll be able to slap great components on it and it's worth it.
    With The Felt or The Spec, they will always be entry-level bikes.
    The CAAD is definitely a buildable bike.
    But if you're doing centuries then CAAD9 is not the best choice right? That's what the LBS been telling me. They recommend the Synapse for 70+ mile rides.

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    The Synapse is being touted as a comfort bike due to it's more "relaxed" geometry. You could get either one. At that price point they are all the same, and the choices being made are all personal choices and not at all quantifiable.

    Pick the one you think is better looking or more comfortable, nicer group, etc. It's all about you. If you want to please the Cult of CAAD, the Church of Cannondale or the Zealots of BF, the choice is clear!
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    rule out the caad, too much bike for you

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