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Cannondale R500 vs. CAAD9?

Old 05-12-17, 08:06 AM
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Cannondale R500 vs. CAAD9?

Good morning, first time poster here!

Looking to purchase my first road bike and I've narrowed it down to two options: a Cannondale CAAD9 with Tiagra groupset components (craigslist private seller, seller will go down to $500), and a Cannondale R500 with Shimano 105 and Tiagra mixed groupset components (local used bike shop, listed for $600). Both same frame size.

Not sure the year of the bikes, but I've attached a photo of each. Maybe you guys could help me with that. The CAAD9 is the white one and the R500 is blue. Clearly the CAAD9 must be much newer, but what would YOU pick with those price points? Looking to pick and maintain this bike for many years to come.

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Old 05-12-17, 08:33 AM
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I'd get the CAAD8. Newer bike, good frame, Tiagra is perfectly adequate, and it's cheaper to boot. Plus, those wheels (Rolfs?) on the R500 are ugly, so there's that.
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I'd get the CAAD8. Newer bike, good frame, Tiagra is perfectly adequate, and it's cheaper to boot. Plus, those wheels (Rolfs?) on the R500 are ugly, so there's that.
Thanks! Would you say $500 is a good deal for the CAAD9? After looking at the blue book values, it looks like $600 for that R500 is way overpriced, but that could just be the shop trying to make it's margin..
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I'd also opt for the CAAD. The 105's on the R500 is not better than the Tiagra on the CAAD. It's likely a generation or two older.
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Thanks! Would you say $500 is a good deal for the CAAD9? After looking at the blue book values, it looks like $600 for that R500 is way overpriced, but that could just be the shop trying to make it's margin..
Used value depends a lot on condition and your local market. To me that seems fair if it's in good shape and fits you.
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