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*drumroll* new CAAD8 build!

Old 06-01-07, 12:36 PM
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*drumroll* new CAAD8 build!

I originally bought a 54cm 2005 R700 and upgraded it piece by piece as I found deals on new bits and sold the old parts to make up the cost. After two seasons of trying to make my body fit the bike, I decided to get something that fit me. Got myself a 50cm CAAD8 frame and moved all the parts from the old bike. I also found one of the all carbon Slice Si fork that were spec'd on some of the 2004 CAAD7's and Six13's, but it's been a month and it hasn't showed up yet. I will be starting a claim with Paypal soon to get my money back. The Premium fork weighed 350g, so I'm not too terribly disappointed.

Didn't weigh everything individually, but the shop measured it at 18.7lb with cages and computer mounts. The biggest pigs are still the 550 wheels, but those'll go away over the winter when I move down to Vermont for grad school and can order me up a pair of Ligero specials. I might also ditch the Truvativ crank for one of the new Shimano compacts.

50cm CAAD8 frame
Premium fork
FSA Orbit CF headset + carbon spacers
DA 7800 shifters, front and rear derailleurs (thanks to Wicz!)
Ultegra 6600 12-23 cassette
Ultegra 6500 brakes
Ultegra 6600 pedals
105 5600 chain
Truvativ Rouleur Carbon 50/36 170mm
WH-R550 wheels with Vredestein Fortezza Tricomps and Michelin Aircomp tubes
Ritchey WCS Classic 42cm bars
Ritchey 4-Axis stem 120mm
Ritchey WCS seatpost
Specialized Toupe 130
OmniRacer seatpost clamp
Tacx Tao cages
Astrale 8 and Polar 720i computers







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Old 06-01-07, 12:39 PM
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Super cool!!! Enjoy
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Nice! It actually looks bigger than a 50.
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Beauty!
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Damn it! I was going to unleash my Blue Thunder today... now I'll have to wait, so we don't steal each other's spotlight...

Sick build. Really gorgeous.
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wow very nice build! You built it almost how I would have, and it's my size too...

wanna trade for a box of cookies?
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The Fortezzas were a ***** to get onto the rims. I went through two tubes, countless pinch flats, and mangled a tire lever permanently before I finally got them on with the help of soapy water. I'll probably cut the steer tube in a few weeks once I'm satisfied that the fit I had done is something I can live with.
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Very nice. I do loves me some blue CAAD8... what a great color. Looks good w/ the white too.
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While I'm not a huge Cannondale fan, that machine is really sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. Ride her with pride!


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Wow, that's a purty build.
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VERY nice!!!
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Very nice looking bike. I'm partial to blue bikes and that blue is awesome. On a side note, you may want to fix your signature as your Kabuki Fixed gear looks a lot like your Caad 8.
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Nice!

One note on the Tacx Tao. I have a 52cm caad8 with Tacx Tao. If you are going to be using larger bottles like the Polar ones, then the seatpost one can be a pain. On my 52 the cage is slightly twisted and the bottle will rub against the TT whenever I access that bottle. Over time, the cage screws to the seatpost may also loosen too.
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nice bartape...
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I like the blue color a lot....just get some Michelin Pro 2s and you'll be good to go.
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Ha! You aren't kidding about the size and build....I could have saved you a ton of time and money...too bad mine is a 54! Nice looking bike though!!
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That's tiny! How tall are you?

Love the color.
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Originally Posted by GuitarWizard
I like the blue color a lot....just get some Michelin Pro 2s and you'll be good to go.
No I won't, because the Michelins ride like crap. I had them when I rode my CAAD7 and didn't like them at all. They're a bit harsh and the rolling resistance seemed a bit high to me. I tried them at different pressures and never felt satisfied with them. I went to Vittoria EVO CX's next and while they rolled like nothing else, the soft rubber gets cut way too easily. The Fortezzas come close to the ride quality of the Vittorias, but only time will tell how well they hold up.


Min, I'm 5'7.

Sig has been fixed, thanks for the heads up.

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Nice, can't wait to build up my CAAD8 frame, but I need to get down to race weight first before I can do it. (self imposed rule BTW)
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Well, found this thread and answered my question about the bars. Anyways once again nice bike.

However I'm surprised that you were not happy with the Michelin's. Those are my favorite tires, and a close second are my orange vreadsteins tri-comps.
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The Michelins get great reviews and aren't bad tires, but I just didn't like the way the rode with my Cannondale. I swapped them over to my fixie (running at 100 psi) when I got my Vittorias and they seem to feel more comfortable on that, but the all-steel frame probably has a lot to play in terms of comfort and ride quality.
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Im not a fan of blue bikes but that is one of the few blue frames I like. Its amazing how those blue tires really highlight the frame. I had the same experience when I added red gp4000's to my red caad9. Good choice on the cdale!...Im loving mine!
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looks nice, enjoy it. I have a CAAD9 and love it.
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I f'ing love that blue paint job.
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Originally Posted by hmai18
I originally bought a 54cm 2005 R700 and upgraded it piece by piece as I found deals on new bits and sold the old parts to make up the cost. After two seasons of trying to make my body fit the bike, I decided to get something that fit me. Got myself a 50cm CAAD8 frame and moved all the parts from the old bike. I also found one of the all carbon Slice Si fork that were spec'd on some of the 2004 CAAD7's and Six13's, but it's been a month and it hasn't showed up yet. I will be starting a claim with Paypal soon to get my money back. The Premium fork weighed 350g, so I'm not too terribly disappointed.

Didn't weigh everything individually, but the shop measured it at 18.7lb with cages and computer mounts. The biggest pigs are still the 550 wheels, but those'll go away over the winter when I move down to Vermont for grad school and can order me up a pair of Ligero specials. I might also ditch the Truvativ crank for one of the new Shimano compacts.

50cm CAAD8 frame
Premium fork
FSA Orbit CF headset + carbon spacers
DA 7800 shifters, front and rear derailleurs (thanks to Wicz!)
Ultegra 6600 12-23 cassette
Ultegra 6500 brakes
Ultegra 6600 pedals
105 5600 chain
Truvativ Rouleur Carbon 50/36 170mm
WH-R550 wheels with Vredestein Fortezza Tricomps and Michelin Aircomp tubes
Ritchey WCS Classic 42cm bars
Ritchey 4-Axis stem 120mm
Ritchey WCS seatpost
Specialized Toupe 130
OmniRacer seatpost clamp
Tacx Tao cages
Astrale 8 and Polar 720i computers
I love that paint job! The blue is great! Looks good
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