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Old 04-25-15, 05:16 AM
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Sold my CAAD8 , shopping for new to me....

Sold the CAAD 8 with 2300 group set ...looking for something a bit bigger and in a Endurance geometry, I have narrowed it down to Syapse with Sora group, it's a leftover model with decent price and its local. The other is a Secteur with Tiagra groups dealer demo only slightly used...has to ship to me....I am leaning towards the Secteur because of the Tiagra...
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Old 04-25-15, 09:19 AM
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Hey NGU,
I just upgraded from CAAD 3, Ultegra to a Ridley Orion from Performance. If I was looking at the correct Secteur online, at that price point (aluminum), you may want to at least glance at the Ridley CR1 at Performance. The difference in carbon vs my CAAD3 is huge, as for ride quality. I'll be 50 later this year. This carbon frame makes it easier on the body. To me all that talk about carbon absorbing road vibrations was all bunk.....until I test roads and then bought this. @ 300 miles on it so far, loving the ride.

Good luck with whatever you choose.
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I tried the 2015 Synapse but wasn't comfortable on it. Got a 2015 SuperSix EVO carbon.
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Originally Posted by RonH View Post
I tried the 2015 Synapse but wasn't comfortable on it. Got a 2015 SuperSix EVO carbon.
Little above my pay grade
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Old 04-26-15, 04:56 PM
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Going to Raleigh in the morning with a $1000 budget...maybe a few more
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Old 04-27-15, 05:15 PM
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Well decided on a Madone 2.1 60 cm, the 105 group set works like a knife in butter...got it for a good price...
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Um, actually...

Originally Posted by shin1ichi2002 View Post
To me all that talk about carbon absorbing road vibrations was all bunk...
The "absorbing" qualities of a fiber frame are largely overstated. Enjoy your carbon bike @shin1ichi2002, but don't convince yourself of carbon being the difference... Wheel construction, choice of tires, overall frame geometry, fit and balance - they all matter a lot with regard to your perception of ride comfort.

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Well I got to go with shin1 rode 2 giant defy bikes and the carbon was surely a Much different ride. That was when I decided on the carbon frame. Were basically the same bike and the carbon was hands down the smoother ride. Didn't buy either one but that is what swayed me when I was in the market.
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Old 04-28-15, 04:49 PM
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New to the forums and just came across this. Just today I traded in my 2006 CAAD 8 and picked up Defy 1. Nice Aluminum frame with 105. Much more relaxed that the 'Dale and it came in at 20.1 pounds (without pedals, bottle cages...). I looked at the Madone as well, but got a great deal on the Giant.
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Looked at Defy but couldn't get the deal of the Defy,,, Madone 2.1 with 105 for $999.00, I thought that was pretty good, I had choice if this and a Domane with Tiagra, went with Madone because of better group set
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Congrats NGU! That is a nice bike.

Fishboy, thanks for the corroboration. As a control, i even put the same wheels from my 'dale on the new Ridley..........on one of the same routes i regularly ride. as a long time rider, i was really concerned about fit on a new bike. i have setup the Orion extremely close to my old position. there is a definite difference (improvement for me). in the end, i hope everyone enjoys what they ride.
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Old 04-28-15, 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Notgrownup View Post
Sold the CAAD 8 ...
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New to the forums and just came across this. Just today I traded in my 2006 CAAD 8 ...
What is everyone doing? Caad8 Optimo's are my favorite bike / frame. If I had the money and if they were my size, I'd buy them all. Just in case I don't know what, but just in case.

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The "absorbing" qualities of a fiber frame are largely overstated. Enjoy your carbon bike @shin1ichi2002, but don't convince yourself of carbon being the difference... Wheel construction, choice of tires, overall frame geometry, fit and balance - they all matter a lot with regard to your perception of ride comfort.
I'm with you on that ... carbon fibre is just a material, not magic. It takes a good frame design, good quality materials, and a good manufacturing process - not unlike building a bike with any other material, to end up with a bike that rides sweeeet.
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Old 04-29-15, 04:36 AM
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I wasn't too concerned with carbon, I wanted to test ride what I bought, I am glad I did, I actually took 2 test ride each on the Madone and the Domane, I really thought the Domane would be a lot different but I really didn't see much difference...The ISO speed coupler didn't do much for me...
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Originally Posted by h2oxtc View Post
What is everyone doing? Caad8 Optimo's are my favorite bike / frame. If I had the money and if they were my size, I'd buy them all. Just in case I don't know what, but just in case.
I loved the CAAD 8. Unfortunately, I have aged a bit since I bought it. I have started working on longer rides and needed a bit more relaxed setup. Also the upgrade from 9 speed 105/Ultegra to new 105 11 speed is not a small thing.
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Old 05-16-15, 05:23 AM
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Finally got some right sized pictures to post. This was on my 10 mile ride this morning...if you look closely there is a chicken behind the front wheel. It was just clucking around... Good ol country living...this is only my 5 th ride since I got the bike 2 weeks ago, so only about 50 miles on the bike, my legs are already feeling stronger by the ride....This bike works a lot better for me than the CAAD8 and that 105 groupset Is Smooth as butter.
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It still pains me to read the title of this thread. No Caad should ever have to be sold, unless to someone who will learn to love the endearing qualities of the frame.

Sounds like you're enjoying the new bike.
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The young lady I sold the undersized bike to was a perfect fit for it and she.is loving it.

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I'll go out on a limb here, and place a penny on the bet, that the previous reply was done on the mobile app. Just a hunch.

NGU, the new ride looks quite nice, (well, for a Giant) and I do hope the young lady enjoys the CAAD 8, as Water Boy said, they are fantastic frame sets. I'm on my 3rd consecutive C'Dale in the last 25years, and quite happy with the CAAD 10.

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Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
I'll go out on a limb here, and place a penny on the bet, that the previous reply was done on the mobile app. Just a hunch.

NGU, the new ride looks quite nice, (well, for a Giant) and I do hope the young lady enjoys the CAAD 8, as Water Boy said, they are fantastic frame sets. I'm on my 3rd consecutive C'Dale in the last 25years, and quite happy with the CAAD 10.

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So ... I've been relegated to the position of "Water Boy"? No offense. It's my first love, waterskiing that is. Although in the past couple of years I've spent more time in the saddle than on the ski.

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Damn IPad, fixes my words all the time....fixed it though...I really wanted a Synapse but the price difference was $500 because Trek had a leftover 2014 so it pushed me over. Not a died hard Cannondale but I like the brand. I am extremely satisfied with my choice, I had to put a adjustable stem to tweak my riding position a tad....I will put the stock stem back on once my neck gets stronger...the bike looks busy with the 2 bags and the non matching water bottles...lol...

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Originally Posted by h2oxtc View Post
It still pains me to read the title of this thread. No Caad should ever have to be sold, unless to someone who will learn to love the endearing qualities of the frame.

Sounds like you're enjoying the new bike.
Well said! I currently own my second CADD. Loved them both, and still do!
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So ... I've been relegated to the position of "Water Boy"? No offense. It's my first love, waterskiing that is. Although in the past couple of years I've spent more time in the saddle than on the ski.
Its all in jest, unless you prefer I use your proper given name, for all to pass around, and use for nefarious purposes.

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Its all in jest, unless you prefer I use your proper given name, for all to pass around, and use for nefarious purposes.

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Water Boy will be just fine, or H2O if you're wanting to save some keystrokes.
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Water Boy will be just fine, or H2O if you're wanting to save some keystrokes.
Wet Canuck...what about that ...fellow Canuck.
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Not exactly wet in our neck of the woods, unless you count the water that's in the lake.

Apologies to the OP, not intending to hijack the thread. Here's a photo of my wife's Caad9 Athena 11spd.



Below is a panorama I stitched together from photos I took during my ride yesterday. The valley is semi-arid; I call it Napa North as vineyards are replacing the natural desert and fruit orchards.

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