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Cannondale or Klein??

Old 01-10-06, 09:00 PM
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Cannondale or Klein??

Right now I'm riding a Cannondale XR800 (58cm) for all around riding/commuting. I'd like to get a pure road bike come spring.

I found a NOS CAAD4 w/105 (60cm) for a reasonable price. I also have a line on a Klein Q-Pro XX (58cm)frameset for not much less than the entire C'dale bike.

I'm big (6'3" 225lbs) and love to climb and sprint so stiffness is key. Comfort would be nice because I have way too many fillings I don't want to rattle out. But then again, I've done fine on a CAAD3 cyclocross frame w/ 700x30 tires for the past two years so what do I know??

Just looking for some opinions... gonna slap some aero bars on and do a long distance tri or two... TOMROV... Ride the Rocky's tour and maybe a few local crits this year.

Also open to any other ideas some may have.

Thanks!!!!
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Old 01-10-06, 10:09 PM
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Go with the Cannondale, but see if you can get the price knocked down a bit and upgrade to Ultegra.
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Old 01-11-06, 03:20 AM
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those are both quality frames, but I would lean towards the Cannondale

ride 'em both and buy the one you prefer, when it comes to quality alu frames--you can't go wrong with either of those brands
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I'm 6"2, 215 lbs. and own a 2004 Klein Aura XV and love it. It comfortable and very responsive. Klein is a great bike that you cannot go wrong with. Great paint jobs too!
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If I remember correctly, after c'dale lost the lawsuit to Klein, they have to be stiffer to avoid the patent issue.
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I've had two Kleins, one mountain and one road, and I've loved them both. I still have the road bike (1996 Klein Quantum II) and am in the process of upgrading the components and looks of it. My opinion would be go for the Klein. I've never had a bike respond that quick.
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I have owned both Klein and Cannondale road and mountain bikes. Both are great frames and the ride is quite similiar. I would have to lean towards the Klein, mainly because they have always had beautiful paint jobs and the ride is super quick.
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I have had two Klein Road Bikes, one a 1996 Quantum II and just picked up a new Klein Q-Pro with Ultegra. I love the responsiveness of the Klein. My new one is a tad slower (but still fast) compared to any other bike I have ridden the past 25 years. I'm at 225# and 6'3" so I ride a 61cm. I have had no problems at all with my older Klein and it gets at least 3K a year for the past 9 years. It's amazing that a bike that handles so quick is so stable. I can do 55 mph with no wobbles and it feels stable. No hands riding is easy as the alignment is perfect. Climbing is terrific and gives you a stiff ride while cranking uphill and still smooth out the bumps with the CF fork and stays (Q-Pro.) The Vulcan Ember paint job is just beatiful. I recommend the Klein but you should ride both to see what you like. Good luck!!
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