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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 09-01-08, 06:50 PM   #1
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Looking at a used Cannondale Capo for $500

Talking to guy off of craigslist about his year old 2007 mostly stock Capo (he changed out the pedals for SPDs) in naked aluminum. He's asking $500. Is this worth it? I'm new to SS/Fixed but would like to try it. The lightness of the frame is what's really attracting me, but I'm wondering if I can build up a comparable fixie for less money that weighs about the same. I'm not looking to join the hip fixie cult--I just want a lighter faster simpler bike for commuting and maybe cruising around (right now I'm riding a 90's diamond back mtb with road slicks which is the perfect theft-resistant beater, but it ways a ton and carries that Muffy stigma).

After reading so much about it, I really want to try fixed riding and this Capo seemed like a nice entry that still had the light frame from a trusted bike maker incase riding fixed just wasn't my thing. What do you all think?
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Old 09-01-08, 06:55 PM   #2
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IMO it's a pretty good bike, whether or not it's worth $500 is really up to you. Some would pay it while others wouldn't. I've owned a Cannondale (R600 i know shady past i had) but they make really great bikes and for $500 it's not bad. I'd say maybe offer $475?
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Old 09-01-08, 07:47 PM   #3
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give the frame a good lookover, make sure there's no dents anywhere.

$500 is a fair price, i say start at offering $400.

look at it this way, try finding a used Pista for around $500.
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Old 09-01-08, 08:17 PM   #4
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the capo frameset is awesome. give it a ride and go over the frame thoroughly, and heckle
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Old 09-01-08, 08:20 PM   #5
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a bit off topic but along the lines of the last post...you can find a new chrome pista for 580 shipped at a reputable online retailer.
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Old 09-01-08, 08:36 PM   #6
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I have a 2008 Capo and love it. I would agree to offer $400. Only down side to Cannondale is that they don't often use the best components. However you can slowly upgrade it as necessary. I have always preferred Cannondale frames for my road bikes.
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I got a capo frameset and I love it. The components are crappy, but at $500, I'd buy it.
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I also have an '08 Capo and love it. The frame is great and I'm sure the components that come on it will serve you well, especially if you're just getting into to fixed riding. I would easily pay $500 if it's in good shape, just take it for a test ride and make sure the thing fits you well!
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the capo frameset is awesome. give it a ride and go over the frame thoroughly, and heckle
i'm pretty sure you wanted to say "haggle".
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