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Old 02-25-07, 03:50 PM
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Cervelo or Cannondale?

Hello folks!


I'd like to start doing crits and would like to get a Cervelo Soloist or Cannondale caad 8 or 9.

The Cervelo would run about $2200 with Ultegra comps. The "comparable" Cannondale would run about

the same.

I'm eyeing a new 2005 Cannondale caad 8 R5000 with Dura- Ace comps (FSA crank) with an asking price

of $1999. What do you think? Thanks in advance for your help.

Pete
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Old 02-25-07, 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by LEATHERNECK
Hello folks!


I'd like to start doing crits would I'd like to get a Cervelo Soloist or Cannondale caad 8 or 9.

The Cervelo would run about $2200 with Ultegra comps. The "comparable" Cannondale would run about

the same.

I'm eyeing a new 2005 Cannondale caad 8 R5000 with Dura- Ace comps (FSA crank) with an asking price

of $1999. What do you think? Thanks in advance for your help.

Pete
If it's new, then it's a pretty good price.
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Old 02-25-07, 04:03 PM
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I think they're both awesome bikes...test ride both and see which you like better. I think those would be my top two choices for a crit bike...also a NOS Specialized S-Works E5.
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Old 02-25-07, 04:25 PM
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I've owned both.... well a CADD 7 optimo and a Cervelo Soloist AL. For crits I would go with the Cannondale. It is a better sprinting bike. To me, it felt like it had a better power deliverly. More responsive when you put the pedal down.

Having said that, I prefer my Cervelo, BUT I do mostly triathlons and long group rides, so it is more fitting for my need.

Can't go wrong with either. Ride both and go with what feels better.

If I had to put some useful words to all this....

Cannondale = quick power
Cervelo = TT quick
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Whichever fits best.
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if you are going to do mostly crits the cannondale is the better choice. it doesnt get much stiffer than caad frames, and that will be a help when sprinting and cornering. it wont be as aerodynamic as the cervelo, but in a crit thats not as important.
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Old 02-27-07, 06:09 PM
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I have to agree with gator. I am a cervelo fan, and while I think the soloist carbon is a great sprinting bike, the aluminum is not at all. You will be happier with the Cannondale for crits even though I think overall, the cervelo is a better bike.
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Old 02-27-07, 06:20 PM
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'Cervelo' means 'bonehead' in some Latin language.

Get the Cannondale. That means 'bonehead' in any language! I ride one. And of course if you get a Cervelo, you go on Patentcad's Hate List with all the other non-Cannondalistas.
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Okay! I just got this today http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/05/c...el-5RR5KC.html . What would you do to it to make it more race "friendly"?
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maybe get an 11-23 cassette. since its a compact crank, a downhill finish might find you spinning out a 50-12. but other than that just ride the hell out of it.
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Originally Posted by LEATHERNECK
Okay! I just got this today http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/05/c...el-5RR5KC.html . What would you do to it to make it more race "friendly"?
Have you weighed it? I'm curious what that bike weighs in at. I've got '06 CAAD8 with Elites and Ultegra except brakes and crank, and the bike weighs in at a little over 19 lbs. I wonder how much lighter the Dura Ace makes it.
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It came in at about 18 1/2 lbs, mind you that was with heavy metal clipless pedals (it was weighed at the bike shop, as I have no scale). Per the shop owner, any clipless pedals would knock off almost half a pound when compared to the old-school pedals it was weighed with.
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Originally Posted by roadgator
maybe get an 11-23 cassette. since its a compact crank, a downhill finish might find you spinning out a 50-12. but other than that just ride the hell out of it.
Exactly.

Get an 11-23 cassette with a compact for racing.
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Originally Posted by LEATHERNECK
Okay! I just got this today http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/05/c...el-5RR5KC.html . What would you do to it to make it more race "friendly"?
If you're happy with the weight, and just want to get it absolutely dialed for racing, I would suggest stiffening up that cockpit with a ritchey WCS 4-Axis stem, and insuring your stopping power (as well as improving your taps) by swapping in some Aztec Mags 2.0 pads on your calipers... the above suggestions regarding gearing are right on as well.

If you want to get it lighter for racing, I'd suggest looking at a lighter fork, right of the bat. You can drop some weight in the bars and post as well. One fork that I always see going for cheap on eBay is the Alpha Q Sub3...

Elite's are okay training wheels, and obviously can work for racing, but I'd check out something lighter for race days if I were you. Again, eBay is a good place for these, but a which race wheels to go with is a whole other post...
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Originally Posted by roadgator
if you are going to do mostly crits the cannondale is the better choice. it doesnt get much stiffer than caad frames, and that will be a help when sprinting and cornering.
Stiffer is better in cornering, maybe... sprinting, no. It's a personal preference thing.
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I'd pick whichever you like the looks and price of better. They're both fine machines and have each been under the winners of plenty of races.
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Well I would look at it this way. The Cervelos look great...may well ride great and with CSC as their PT Team have great visability...my LBS was thinking about becoming a Cervelo dealer but while at Interbike the GM and owner had a chance to talk to several current Cervelo dealers that said you can't get the bikes. You can order them and wait...and at some point it will come in but it is generally long after the promised date.

If you try to get a crash replacement for that Cervelo you could well be waiting a good bit of time. Cannondale on the otherhand has a stock of frames and the CAAD8 for sure is availible within days if the LBS doesn't have one in stock. You are also looking at a better speced bike for less money. And I wouldn't pay $2k for an 05...but that is just me.
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