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Old 01-10-06, 05:07 PM
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New to road bikes....need advice on buying Cannondale

I have ridden mountain bikes on and off for the past few years and this year i have decided to get a true road bike and ultimately ride in RAGBRI 2007.

I have Been looking at these 2005 model bikes...

Cannondale R700
Trek 1200
Giant OCR 1

I was really hot on an OCR 1 that a local bike shop had listed on their website for $899. When i went to the shop they had already sold it. I was then introduced to the Cannondale R700. I have ridden the bike twice in the past few days and it is amazing.

So here are my questions: Is right now a good time to buy a road bike? The shop has two 2005 R700's left and are asking $1199. They said for 2006 there are really no differences except for colors and a price increase of about $70. But I read online that the R700 will be using the CAAD 8 frame. Is this true? If so, is it worth it to wait?

Any other tips/comments would be great. Thanks.
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Old 01-10-06, 05:22 PM
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I have a CAAD4 frame (R400) with the same wheels that come on the R700 and a Sora drivetrain. I absolutely love it. Unless you want compact geometry, don't go with the Giant. If you want aluminum, nobody does it better than C'Dale. And, yes, now is one of the best times of the year to buy a new bike. Ask the shop if they can come down on the price. If they can't, see if they'll hook you up with a deal on accessories. Usually they'll help you out as best they can. Also, see what the shop offers in terms of service - some places give you a free tune-up, others offer a year.

And, you answered your own question: "It is amazing." If you're saying that, don't wait. Go buy it and start riding it. Good luck.
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Old 01-10-06, 05:30 PM
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I have last years R700, and it's an amazing bike. New version is almost exactly the same too. I got to test ride cannondales $3000 six13 pro bike this weekend for 10 miles or so, and liked my bike just as much. I highly reccomend any bike in the cannondale road line though, they all rock!
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agree with Kurto...

Be sure to check and see what kind of maintenance program the LBS offers.. some even have lifetime maintenance programs!
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Check out the component specs for each bike, 2005 and 2006! Sometimes the mfg will install lower components in order to keep prices down. So you may do better with the 2005. For example, the R-900 may be all ultegra one year and Ultegra/105 the next! Crank may be Ultegra one year and Coda the next.( just an example).

Check out the specs closely!
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I've owned Cannondales, they are excellent bikes, the beauty is in the details, like the tiny cable ends they use. It is a very innovative company.
 
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go for the cannondale. when i was looking for a bike a year ago i had a chance to ride the lowere end treks (1000, 1200) and a cannondale r700. i also fell in love with the cannondale but ended up getting a used r600 (caad 5 and 105 components).

think of it this way, for the same price and essentialy the same component specs you can get an american made frame raced by major teams (cannondale) or a tiwanese made frame geared more towards ease of manufacture and to my knowledge no team races it (trek).
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Originally Posted by roadgator
think of it this way, for the same price and essentialy the same component specs you can get an american made frame raced by major teams (cannondale) or a tiwanese made frame geared more towards ease of manufacture and to my knowledge no team races it (trek).


You mean Cannondale is raced by major teams, or just Barloworld in 2006?

No team races Trek, or just Team Discovery (Team Lance) ?
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The 06 does in fact have the Caad8 frame and the difference is ovalized chain stays and a larger seat tube. The component mix is nearly identical with the 06 perhapse being a little lower due to the use of a C'Dale bar rather than the FSA unit on the 05 and a carbon wraped seat post vs a carbon seat post on the 05. I would probably go with the 05 but I wouldn't pay retail if that is what they are asking for...should be at least 10% off and more like 20% off MSRP....i.e. there should be more than a $70 difference in this purchase.
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Originally Posted by roadgator
go for the cannondale. when i was looking for a bike a year ago i had a chance to ride the lowere end treks (1000, 1200) and a cannondale r700. i also fell in love with the cannondale but ended up getting a used r600 (caad 5 and 105 components).

think of it this way, for the same price and essentialy the same component specs you can get an american made frame raced by major teams (cannondale) or a tiwanese made frame geared more towards ease of manufacture and to my knowledge no team races it (trek).
Are you sure about this?

Trek: Discivery Channel
Giant: T-Mobile
Cannondale: Lampre Caffita

I would say that all three of the frames the OP was looking for are raced in the Pro Peloton.
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You mean Cannondale is raced by major teams, or just Barloworld in 2006?

No team races Trek, or just Team Discovery (Team Lance) ?
While I agree that he didn't illustrate his point well I am sure you can understand that what he meant was that the CAAD7 and CAAD8 frames have been raced by top racers in europe (maybe not in 06) but that the Trek 1200 has never been and never will be raced by any team above the junior level (we all know Disco rides Madones not an AL 1200).
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Originally Posted by baj32161
I would say that all three of the frames the OP was looking for are raced in the Pro Peloton.
Huh? I will bet you any amount of money that we will not be seeing any Trek 1200s or Giant OCRs in the pro peloton...ever (past or future). Lampre has dropped C'Dale for 06 and is riding Wilier bikes.
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
While I agree that he didn't illustrate his point well I am sure you can understand that what he meant was that the CAAD7 and CAAD8 frames have been raced by top racers in europe (maybe not in 06) but that the Trek 1200 has never been and never will be raced by any team above the junior level (we all know Disco rides Madones not an AL 1200).
You are right chopper. I do apologise.
But there was the mention of "Taiwanese" and there are many fine frames made there that are being raced, even though the OP was not looking at one.

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Huh? I will bet you any amount of money that we will not be seeing any Trek 1200s or Giant OCRs in the pro peloton...ever (past or future). Lampre has dropped C'Dale for 06 and is riding Wilier bikes.
I already caught that chopper, and I misspoke as badly as the poster I questioned...perhaps YOU should have seen that

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Hold out for the '06 models. When they come in, the '05 should get cheaper, or if they sell out you can just get the '06. Either way, an awesome bike. Oh, and don't disregard paint schemes. If you don't like the way your bike looks, you'll never really love it.
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Originally Posted by sunninho


You mean Cannondale is raced by major teams, or just Barloworld in 2006?

No team races Trek, or just Team Discovery (Team Lance) ?

well seaco raced caad 5-8 frames. and lampre raced the 613 which was 3/4 of a caad frame.

currently no, but within the past few years caad frames were definetly getting raced on.

obviously disco races treks, but those are their all carbon madones which have nothing in common with the lowere end aluminum frames.

no pro team has raced an aluminum trek

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I would go with the cannondale. the 2006 R700 msrp is $1249 it is the caad 8 optimo frame with shimano 105 9 speed and tru vativ crank. I would personally go one model up to the R800 this is 105 10 speed with 105 crank and 105 brakes. it is about $300 more. both bikes are very simular and cannondale is great with their customer service. I own 5 cannondales, a little partial, and have had very few problems but when I have had a problem the rep gets involved and it gets resolved very quickly.
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