What tires do you have now?
You can also try thicker bar tape next time you wrap them up and if you have the money carbon seat posts/bars/stem would take the edge off some of the vibrations.
Personally i'd go tires/bartape prior to dropping real money on carbon
Not mine, but zOMG!!!! I never liked this colorway until I saw it with these wheels. Now I love it:
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.
Finally finished my CAAD9 build. Still troubleshooting some weird noises and fit issues. Thoughts? I'm curious on drop bar positionAttachment 380647
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!
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.
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:
Caad10 spotting: Lake Okutama, Japan!
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 $500.00 USD. While I've read nothing but great things about this crank/chainset, I've also read some comments to the effect that cranks being, well, just cranks and therefore unworthy of much focus or source of spending. So being somewhat new to biking, I'm therefore wondering if the Hollowgrams are indeed a wise long-term purchase, or if I'm better of going another route. Also, while I intend to replace the wheels - I don't plan to do so until I drop below about 170/175 given some of the weight limits on the nicer sets.
The FSA crank grabs the chain and the brakes stop you right? As a beginner, that's all you need.
Use that money to invest in quality clothing/computers/shoes/pedals/etc and clock 2500 miles on your bike before you decide it you want to upgrade something. That will show you 1. if you like biking or not and 2. How much you need to improve before you need your bike to improve (because in all honesty, it's rarely the bike that holds someone back, rather the person holding the bike back).
And lastly, when you replace something that doesnt need replacing, your have an initial "yeah that was a great choice" followed by a "wow, i just wasted my money because I spent 500$ to do nothing more than the exact same thing"
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.
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.