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Cannodale R400 questions

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Cannodale R400 questions

Hi All,

My wife is thinking about getting a road bike for fitness and light touring. She currently has a mountain bike but would like something lighter and faster.

She looked at a used Cannondale R400 road bike with upgraded head set, seat and SPD pedals. The bike was in excellent (hardly used) condition. It fit her well and she liked it a lot. I believe that the original owner bought the bike in 2005.

The owner is firm on his asking price or $500. We're thinking about buying the bike, but before we do, we'd like to get some opinions on this bike and also on the asking price for this bike.

A found a description on Cannondale's archive,


Would $500 be a fair price? It looks like a nice entry level road bike - anyone have any experience/opinions about the R400?

Thanks in advance!
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A couple of things. This at the most is a 2004 model year bike. In 2005, they discontinued the R400.

Secondly - I am as big a C-Dale fan as they come. And even though this frame is an older model (CAAD 4 - they are now out with CAAD 9 frames), it is still a great frame. Most likely, lighter than many other ALU frames on the market.

However - with only SORA components on it, $500 is a bit steep to me. If he was offering $400, then I would be a bit more enticed by the deal. But SORA is only 8 speed in 2004, and quite frankly, I think you could get a new bike with much better components for only $100 to $200 more. Hell -you can probably find a used bike with Shimano 105 for $500.

I would look around for other used options before jumping at this. If at the end of the day, you do not want to spend more than $500, then maybe go with this. But, I would counter with $400, and tell him take it or leave it. Ask him this: does he really think he can get $500 for a used, older model bike with Sora Shifters when new bikes are retailing for $600 - $700 with Tiagra and 105 components?

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