Any experience or comments on this bike? I rode one yesterday and liked it, but don't have much to compare it too. I've always ridden steel bikes, although I haven't ridden anything in a long time, but the aluminum seemed ok.
Redline Conquest; Salsa Las Cruces; Cannondale Track; Bianchi San Jose
From my experience, the Capo has a very weak front fork. With today's technology, it should stand up to the rigors of hitting a car.
Ok, I kid. Ask some specific questions, and I will respond. I had about 1000 miles on my capo prior to the accident. Now, she is a new beast with a full carbon fork, dura ace cranks, and open pro rims.
I purchased it in July, when the local shop had 15% off all in stock bikes --> $680.
OP: I think that the bike is a bit pricey (compare to IRO), but you are paying a small premium for a US frame and name. I feel obligated to own a minimum of one Cannondale at all times, because I grew up a few miles from the factory in Bedford, PA. The ride is very responsive; the 48x17 was fast enough throughout the city and a challenge on the many hills here. When I went fixed, I switched to 48x16 upon the advice of people on the forum. The frame is stiff but not like the jack hammer in my bum feel that my older R700 was.
Carrera Hercules T9RC, Ridley Orion, Van Dessel Jersey Devil
i test rode the Capo the other day at my LBS. i actually found the ride to be quite stiff and the crank felt cheap. i guess i'm comparing it to my carrera which has a carbon rear and full dura-ace. but for $799, i have to think there is a better ride out there.
hearing surly will have a steamroller complete very soon in the $650 range. i'm waiting to give that a whirl before biting.
A bit of unsolicited advice: Unless you want to start another "Crumple Zone" then you'd better stop clamping your bike stand on your bike frame. If you ever happen to clamp hard enough to dent, it's cheaper to replace a seatpost than a frame.
Go to your local Cannondale dealer. Cannondale has an aftermarket frame program, which includes the CAAD 5 Track (aka Capo). It's pricey, though...I think the frame and fork is somewhere in the $500 range, but don't quote me on that.