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Purchasing Cannondale CAAD3 advice

Old 10-12-15, 12:16 PM
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Purchasing Cannondale CAAD3 advice

Hey fellows I need some advice about this endeavor. Found this CAAD3 (2000 I think) on craigslist because I've been looking for a faster and lighter bike than my commuter I've got now and frankly just really like the look of this bike. The guy said he'd be open to trade for my 2014 Raleigh Misceo 2.0. This a good idea? I think I'd feel a bit silly once it's done trading my 2014 for a 2000. Waiting for this guy to send me a picture of the SN before anything happens.

http://knoxville.craigslist.org/bik/5244060969.html
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If the CAAD fits I would do it in a second. It looks like it's in great shape and CAADs are great bikes (even older ones) and would be a great entry into road bikes. The Raleigh is worth about $300 in mint condition used per blue book

2014 Raleigh Misceo 2.0 - New and Used Bike Value

I think the CAAD is worth at least $300 so seems fair to me
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Any red flags with the CAD's components being 15 years old? What's the most amount of money you would give on top of the trade? I think $50 would be fair right
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I had an R300 from around that same era. Very stiff, but it was a great bike. Just be aware that the ride characteristics and positioning will be very different than what you're used to on that hybrid. The trade itself seems fair if you want a road bike and the CAAD is in good mechanical shape. You're also getting a bike with a quill stem, so keep that in mind if you're looking to change your reach or angle.
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Also is the carbon fork stock? Wasn't carbon back then not very good?
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The fork is stock. I had a 1999 Trek with a similar threaded carbon fork that I sold a few months ago, no problems with it while I owned the bike. "Not very good" is subjective to a certain extent, it shouldn't fail unless the previous owner crashed it and didn't tell you, but it may not be as stiff as a modern tapered full carbon fork, and it's definitely heavier than a modern fork. Nothing to really be concerned about, though. You can always replace it if it's giving you anxiety, some people still make 1" threaded carbon road forks.
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Also is the carbon fork stock? Wasn't carbon back then not very good?
Carbon forks were sorted well before then, have had a Deda carbon fork in use since 2000, still works fine
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Yep I'd do that trade.
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FYI, in the late 90's someone did a fatigue test with a bunch of different frames. The CAAD3 was the strongest, stronger than the steel and titanium frames. I'll have another CAAD3 someday.

12 High-End Frames in the EFBe Fatigue Test
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Nevermind this guy posted a misleading photo on craigslist. The bike is actually duo tone chromalusion purpleen (that green/blue/purple color that changes depending on the light). I'm out on that-very very ugly. Apparently he's got a "2005ish" R400 too though, which is a CAAD4 I think. Going see it soon I guess.
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Shoot! If that C'dale was a 54 instead of a 58, I'd be tempted to take the c 2.5 hour drive and get it myself!
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I have a 99 R1000D. No issues and ride it hard every day. Carbon fork....no issues. (Slice Prodigy iirc). Using a quill adapter so I use a more modern stem/Handlebar.

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Lookin pretty sharp brother. What all have you done to it?
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Lookin pretty sharp brother. What all have you done to it?
R500 wheelset, 105 10 speed shifties and rear d, black spesh seatpost,
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Any advice on what I should ask this guy/what to look out for when I go check it out?
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I can't speak for the cad line but the my 2007 synapse 1 have been a superb bike, light fast but extremely comfy with the bent forks in the front and the longer chain stay.
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@jerrycan42 not trying to revive this thread but do you mind telling me about your stem setup? Is the adapter 11/8" and what are the brands for the adapter and stem? Do you have to get new bars? Thanks team
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Once you get a quill adapter that allows to go from a 1" quill type stem to a modern 1-1/8", you can use any modern stem/bar combo. I put a spacer on mine and pushed the stem down in order to get a cleaner look.

Feel free to check out more pics of that bike here:
1999-Cannondale-R1000D Photo Album - Pinkbike

Pretty much any quill adapter (for 1" to 1-1/8" setup) will do. I got this one (from PBK at the time) Extra (UK) Ltd - Stem Raiser / Quill Adaptor only because it was dirt cheap.


Edit and yes...I go new bars.. I put these ones on it:
http://www.probikekit.ca/bicycle-han.../10770791.html



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@jerrycan42 not trying to revive this thread but do you mind telling me about your stem setup? Is the adapter 11/8" and what are the brands for the adapter and stem? Do you have to get new bars? Thanks team

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groovy thanks my man
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