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ozoneraider 05-14-14 07:30 AM

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Originally Posted by tron1974 (Post 16754855)
Sorry, I realize I am referencing an older post, but I am thinking about how to get a little more comfort from my 2013 CAAD 10-3. It is completely stock. Would these wheels make a ton of difference? They do not seem to break the bank but would there be others to recommend under a grand (maybe some carbon wheels)? Also, I have been looking at new tires, maybe some 25 mm ones. I read that some of the Michelin's are a little too tall and would rub. I would like to keep them as cost effective as possible (Under $35 a tire or so...I'm cheap). I am sure if I search a ton I could probably find my answers in multiple threads but figured I would ask here.

People seem shy about giving their opinions in this thread. :-)

I have run Mich Pro3 and 4's and found them to be comfortable but they may not last as long as the Contis. Regarding pressure, I weigh 155 lbs and run 80F/90R psi with 25c Mich Pro3's on my backup bike (CAAD9 CX).

For wheels, take a look at the wider rims like HED Ardennes, Zipp 101, etc. They may be more comfortable since they allow a somewhat lower tire pressure.

jdip 05-14-14 01:13 PM

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Originally Posted by SirHustlerEsq (Post 16757272)
Not mine, but zOMG!!!! I never liked this colorway until I saw it with these wheels. Now I love it:
http://i.imgur.com/4NWDNGr.jpg

Hot!

I love the matte grey Cannondale colorways for this year (also on the SS Evo 6 and 4). Subtle and sexy.

rms13 05-15-14 03:33 PM

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Finally finished my CAAD9 build. Still troubleshooting some weird noises and fit issues. Thoughts? I'm curious on drop bar positionhttp://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=380647

longbeachgary 05-15-14 03:44 PM

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Originally Posted by rms13 (Post 16762179)
Finally finished my CAAD9 build. Still troubleshooting some weird noises and fit issues. Thoughts? I'm curious on drop bar positionhttp://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=380647

Nice bike Dude. Bars look like a good start. How does it feel in the drops?

rms13 05-15-14 04:09 PM

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Originally Posted by longbeachgary (Post 16762208)
Nice bike Dude. Bars look like a good start. How does it feel in the drops?

Feels good. Fits perfectly. I want to chop the top of the stem off but other then that I'm happy with it. 18.5 lbs now. Nothing special but I'll replace wheels eventually

longbeachgary 05-15-14 04:14 PM

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Originally Posted by rms13 (Post 16762263)
Feels good. Fits perfectly. I want to chop the top of the stem off but other then that I'm happy with it. 18.5 lbs now. Nothing special but I'll replace wheels eventually

A little heavier than I thought it would be but the wheels look beefy....

rms13 05-15-14 04:20 PM

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Originally Posted by longbeachgary (Post 16762273)
A little heavier than I thought it would be but the wheels look beefy....

Yeah, the wheel set is listed at 2021 grams so I guess that offsets the full carbon fork and seat post. Also running SRAM Apex group so not saving weight there. Got the frame set used and transferred parts from cheaper bike. Still an upgrade for me so I'm very pleased with it so far

THSdrummer 05-15-14 06:27 PM

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Originally Posted by SirHustlerEsq (Post 16757272)
Not mine, but zOMG!!!! I never liked this colorway until I saw it with these wheels. Now I love it:
http://i.imgur.com/4NWDNGr.jpg

Wow. That is done correctly. I, just like you, wasn't to big of a fan of this colorway before I saw this, but this is masterfully done. Now I sorta want one....

jdms mvp 05-17-14 08:55 AM

i turnt things up to 11 speed and 11t.

while i was busy buying and swapping free bodies on my wheel sets sigh.... i bought some fulcrum 7s 11spd. They weigh a million grams, but they are my favorite no-care wheel. i've had like 3 sets, keep buying em and riding them to the grave!

http://www.pedalroom.com/p/2012-50cm...ed-17767_4.jpg

rekon 05-17-14 11:04 AM

I just picked up a 2011 CAAD 10 last week. So, I'll consider myself part of the cult. :)

I got a smokin' deal on it - $700. (http://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycli...ease-help.html)

All I did to it was add a cateye wireless computer.

http://s24.postimg.org/lm0f1ztl1/WP_20140517_005.jpg




Thoughts?

h2oxtc 05-17-14 11:36 AM

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Originally Posted by rekon (Post 16766794)
I just picked up a 2011 CAAD 10 last week. So, I'll consider myself part of the cult. :)

I got a smokin' deal on it - $700. (http://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycli...ease-help.html)

All I did to it was add a cateye wireless computer.

http://s24.postimg.org/lm0f1ztl1/WP_20140517_005.jpg

Thoughts?

NO WAY! $700 is a killer deal! Congratulations.

h2oxtc 05-17-14 11:39 AM

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Originally Posted by rms13 (Post 16762179)
Finally finished my CAAD9 build. Still troubleshooting some weird noises and fit issues. Thoughts? I'm curious on drop bar positionhttp://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=380647

Nicely done. The bar drop look good on the bike, just way too low for my aging body!

rekon 05-17-14 01:29 PM

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Originally Posted by h2oxtc (Post 16766846)
NO WAY! $700 is a killer deal! Congratulations.

Thanks!! The guy on CL listed it for $1000... I offered him $700 - he agreed and I ran to snatch it.

I had a chance to ride it about 60 miles this week. And let me tell you.. it's a much better commuter than my CX Fantom! Huge difference! - so much faster, lighter and better shifting. I'll keep the CX Fantom for the gravel and fire trails. But the CAAD10 will be my go to road/commuter bike! :)

Pic from my commute:
http://s4.postimg.org/cswcjj625/WP_20140517_007.jpg

swekarl 05-17-14 01:57 PM

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Caad10 spotting: Lake Okutama, Japan!

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=380973

Guderian 05-17-14 06:50 PM

Hi,

New to the CAAD10 family, as I recently purchased a '14 w/ 105. It's absolutely a great bike, but since I wanted a pure 105+ build, was looking to replace at least the crank and the Tektros (likely to either a 105 or Ultegra).

That all said, I happened upon what appears to be a great deal for a new-old-stock set of Hollowgrams SIs (not the SiSL2) for about $500.00 USD. While I've read nothing but great things about this crank/chainset, I've also read some comments to the effect that cranks being, well, just cranks and therefore unworthy of much focus or source of spending. So being somewhat new to biking, I'm therefore wondering if the Hollowgrams are indeed a wise long-term purchase, or if I'm better of going another route. Also, while I intend to replace the wheels - I don't plan to do so until I drop below about 170/175 given some of the weight limits on the nicer sets.

Thanks, everyone.

Team Sarcasm 05-17-14 10:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Guderian (Post 16767621)
Hi,

New to the CAAD10 family, as I recently purchased a '14 w/ 105. It's absolutely a great bike, but since I wanted a pure 105+ build, was looking to replace at least the crank and the Tektros (likely to either a 105 or Ultegra).

That all said, I happened upon what appears to be a great deal for a new-old-stock set of Hollowgrams SIs (not the SiSL2) for about $500.00 USD. While I've read nothing but great things about this crank/chainset, I've also read some comments to the effect that cranks being, well, just cranks and therefore unworthy of much focus or source of spending. So being somewhat new to biking, I'm therefore wondering if the Hollowgrams are indeed a wise long-term purchase, or if I'm better of going another route. Also, while I intend to replace the wheels - I don't plan to do so until I drop below about 170/175 given some of the weight limits on the nicer sets.

Thanks, everyone.

I would just stick with what you have until you wear it out. Being new to biking,upgrading will only make you feel better and not make you into a better rider.

The FSA crank grabs the chain and the brakes stop you right? As a beginner, that's all you need.

Use that money to invest in quality clothing/computers/shoes/pedals/etc and clock 2500 miles on your bike before you decide it you want to upgrade something. That will show you 1. if you like biking or not and 2. How much you need to improve before you need your bike to improve (because in all honesty, it's rarely the bike that holds someone back, rather the person holding the bike back).

And lastly, when you replace something that doesnt need replacing, your have an initial "yeah that was a great choice" followed by a "wow, i just wasted my money because I spent 500$ to do nothing more than the exact same thing"

THSdrummer 05-18-14 11:53 AM

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A $700 complete CAAD10! Wow! I'd buy 2 at that price. :thumb:

My CAAD10 is my most reliable bike that I own, and since I have wanted to start commuting to work by bike and a managerial change so I can store my bike inside my work, I have set up my CAAD10 for some commuter duty. Basically I just moved the stem up 2 spacers, and zip-tied a head lamp to the bars. I left my cheap-o bike like at my college apartment, so I had to make do with what I have here. It works, and I only have to ride at night twice a week. I ride with a messenger bag full of my work clothes. Here in a week or two, I'll talk to my manager about storing my work clothes at work, or try to find a place to hide a change of clothes. :) Today will be commute number 3. Here's a picture I snapped behind work.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=381143

P.S. Keen eyes might notice the attachments for Mud Crud MKII fenders. I finally picked up a pair. I haven't mounted the whole system up, but I decided to leave those tabs on since I'm not trying to show off the bike and in the event I need to place my rear fender on quickly.

longbeachgary 05-18-14 12:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Guderian (Post 16767621)
Hi,

New to the CAAD10 family, as I recently purchased a '14 w/ 105. It's absolutely a great bike, but since I wanted a pure 105+ build, was looking to replace at least the crank and the Tektros (likely to either a 105 or Ultegra).

I have two of the 105 caad10s. On one I replaced the crank with the SLK and the other I kept stock. There is absolutely no difference between the performance of the two cranks that I can tell. I did replace the shifters, brakes and rear derailures on both with Ultegra and the wheels with Kysiurm Elites. The wheels made the biggest difference.

rms13 05-18-14 04:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Team Sarcasm (Post 16768067)
I would just stick with what you have until you wear it out. Being new to biking,upgrading will only make you feel better and not make you into a better rider.

The FSA crank grabs the chain and the brakes stop you right? As a beginner, that's all you need.

Use that money to invest in quality clothing/computers/shoes/pedals/etc and clock 2500 miles on your bike before you decide it you want to upgrade something. That will show you 1. if you like biking or not and 2. How much you need to improve before you need your bike to improve (because in all honesty, it's rarely the bike that holds someone back, rather the person holding the bike back).

And lastly, when you replace something that doesnt need replacing, your have an initial "yeah that was a great choice" followed by a "wow, i just wasted my money because I spent 500$ to do nothing more than the exact same thing"

+1. $500 will buy nice shoes, bib shorts, Jersey etc if you don't already own all of that. That will improve your performance more than cranks

SirHustlerEsq 05-18-14 05:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Guderian (Post 16767621)
Hi,

New to the CAAD10 family, as I recently purchased a '14 w/ 105. It's absolutely a great bike, but since I wanted a pure 105+ build, was looking to replace at least the crank and the Tektros (likely to either a 105 or Ultegra).

That all said, I happened upon what appears to be a great deal for a new-old-stock set of Hollowgrams SIs (not the SiSL2) for about $500.00 USD. While I've read nothing but great things about this crank/chainset, I've also read some comments to the effect that cranks being, well, just cranks and therefore unworthy of much focus or source of spending. So being somewhat new to biking, I'm therefore wondering if the Hollowgrams are indeed a wise long-term purchase, or if I'm better of going another route. Also, while I intend to replace the wheels - I don't plan to do so until I drop below about 170/175 given some of the weight limits on the nicer sets.

Thanks, everyone.

+1 on replacing the Tektros with Shimano brakes.
I just bought another 6700 crank of eBay for $160-shipped in new condition, the first one was $200. In my experience, the 6700 crank shifts way better than 5700, and way way way better than FSA. I really wanted SiSL2 but that thing is $900. I vote you get a 6700 crank and wait for an SiSL2. There are a ton of crank options out there with SiSL parts and other stuff, but it's hard to beat the value of a clearance 6700 crank. Praxis rings might be another option, but I have no experience with those.
Dura-Ace cables were also a huge upgrade in shift quality.
Lots of shops seem to be selling demo Zipp 101s for about the same price or less than Zipp 30s, I recommend that and like my set.

stevepwolf 05-18-14 07:40 PM

is this a good deal? how do i know its a legit caad8 since it's stripped?

attached are more pictures

trying to get into my first caad and build it from the ground up.

seymour1910 05-18-14 07:51 PM

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Originally Posted by stevepwolf (Post 16770420)
is this a good deal? how do i know its a legit caad8 since it's stripped?

attached are more pictures

trying to get into my first caad and build it from the ground up.

frame looks legit but in my opinion you can do better. That's $350 for a bare frame that you will have to spend additional money to have it painted or powder coated.

rekon 05-19-14 12:25 AM

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Originally Posted by THSdrummer (Post 16769218)
A $700 complete CAAD10! Wow! I'd buy 2 at that price. :thumb:

My CAAD10 is my most reliable bike that I own, and since I have wanted to start commuting to work by bike and a managerial change so I can store my bike inside my work, I have set up my CAAD10 for some commuter duty. Basically I just moved the stem up 2 spacers, and zip-tied a head lamp to the bars. I left my cheap-o bike like at my college apartment, so I had to make do with what I have here. It works, and I only have to ride at night twice a week. I ride with a messenger bag full of my work clothes. Here in a week or two, I'll talk to my manager about storing my work clothes at work, or try to find a place to hide a change of clothes. :) Today will be commute number 3. Here's a picture I snapped behind work.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=381143

P.S. Keen eyes might notice the attachments for Mud Crud MKII fenders. I finally picked up a pair. I haven't mounted the whole system up, but I decided to leave those tabs on since I'm not trying to show off the bike and in the event I need to place my rear fender on quickly.

Nice bike! I love the colors!! I also use my CAAD10 to commute to work. I just take clothes the day before my commute and stash them in my drawer. Assuming your commute is by road...This bike is awesome for commuting!

stevepwolf 05-19-14 07:49 AM

what about any of these cannondales? worth the price?

white

black

yellow

any help is appreciated.

THSdrummer 05-19-14 08:44 AM

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Originally Posted by rekon (Post 16771073)
Nice bike! I love the colors!! I also use my CAAD10 to commute to work. I just take clothes the day before my commute and stash them in my drawer. Assuming your commute is by road...This bike is awesome for commuting!

Thank you! The colourway has grown on me tremendously. I originally was hoping they'd have the black/white one, but I almost prefer this one now. I still would like to have a black CAAD though....

Commuting on it is fun! Way snappier and reliable than my usual commuter at college. Plus I don't get to go out and ride much, so this gives me an excuse to ride it at least 5 times a week.

I work in a garden center at a hardware store, so I don't have any drawers or anything where I can stash stuff. It sure would be nice though! We have a basket that we put our water bottles and the price tags that stays inside at night and is outside during the day, so I might stash clothes there and hope no one complains, haha. Fortunately (and unfortunately) my commute is about 1 1/2 miles straight to work. That is down a rather busy road though, so I'm starting to take back roads to both add-on, and avoid as much traffic as possible. There's a decent hill to climb behind my work too!

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Originally Posted by stevepwolf (Post 16771573)
what about any of these cannondales? worth the price?

white

black

yellow

any help is appreciated.

I don't know an awful lot about these era Cannondale's or their pricing. I can say the last one has integrated shifters (modern), so gear changes will be within easy reach, especially on a climb or sprint. I can say the white one is about the exact Cannondale I want to buy. I'd love to have one of those for commuting. The only thing I would really change about it is I wish it were red/white or black/white.


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