My 2009 Cannondale CAAD9-? is done.
I just slapped on a set of 2011 Mavic Ksyrium Elites. Unbelievable.
Now I "understand" what is meant by "stiff rims" and how important they are performance-wise.
The entire bike in general is a tight and responsive machine. A CAAD9 NEEDS to be built
up for one to be able to fully appreciate the excellence in the construction of this frame.
There is a reason that this particular frame is so loved. There may be stiffer aluminum
bikes out there or more comfort oriented aluminum bikes, but the CAAD (IMO) seems to
offer the best of all worlds without giving much away in any area. It's a 90% bike in all
fields (stiffness, comfort, weight, etc...) where the others might rate higher in stiffness,
but fall below in comfort or vice versa (or they might weigh significantly more, etc...).
I have to get my arse on a CAAD10 just to see how much better it's evolved over the CAAD9.
I'm glad I got my hands on one of the legends and in the color I wanted it in (BBQ).
I'm going to ride the hell out of this female dog and enjoy every mile.
It's literally a different bike with the best I could afford to put on her.
And as I took her out of my LBS, guys who rolled on $12,000. top-of-the-echelon bikes got wood for my build.
I'm really going to have to spend a grip of money to be able to do significantly better than this bike.
Holy crap...and on top of all that, she's "my" definition of beautiful! I was trying to blacken her out
as much as possible, but the Ksyriums tied all the silver on the bike together. It's tastefully done (IMO).
I'm in love fellas. I rode her today and she was frigin' off-the-hook! Heavy rain tomorrow, but 70's for Friday.
-Ultegra SL Double Crank
-Dura Ace 7800 Bottom Bracket
-Dura Ace 7800 Chainrings (53T/39T)
-Dura Ace 7800 Front Derailleur
-Dura Ace 7800 Rear Derailleur
-Dura Ace 7800 Shifters
-Dura Ace 7801 Chain
-Ultegra 6600 Cassette
-Dura Ace 7900 Pedals
-Ultralight CNC Brakes
-SwissStop GHP2 (Green) Brake Pads
-Bontrager XXX Race Lite OS Stem
-FSA K-Wing Compact 44cm
-Fizik MicroTex Tape & Gel
-Fizik Aliante w/Carbon Rails
-Fizik Cyrano Seatpost (Carbon)
-Edge Composites 1.0 Fork
-Continental Grand Prix 4000S Tires
-Continental Race Lite Tubes
-2011 Mavic Ksyrium Elite
-Radbot 1000 Tail Light
-ViewPoint Flare 5 Headlight
-Camelbak Podium Ice Bottles
-Arundel Mandible Bottle Cages
-Kurt Kinetic Wireless Computer