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Old 10-29-07, 11:10 PM
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Is this a good deal?

I just got an email and this is what it said. Whats the 9-6 for ne ways?

"The best deal going in performance road bikes right now is our
Cannondale CAAD 9-6 road bike at $1,050. It's fully equipped with a
full Shimano Tiagra (new) drivetrain, brakes, AND wheels."
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Old 10-29-07, 11:27 PM
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wheels?!?! really?!?!

Tiagra @ 1,050. I dunno. I've been able to find many barely-used 105 (or Ultegra) level bikes, with wheels, for around 800. Then again, I'm brown - so perhaps I'm good at bringing prices down. No rhyme intended.
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I asked about the other models with 105 components and he gave me this reply

"Yes, I agree we have a very good value for our fit process. The
Cannondale CAAD 9 - 5 is the 105 level bike, going for the very
reasonable price of $1,300. It includes an Ultegra rear derailleur,
and
upgraded brakes and wheels as well."

Would this be a better deal?
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Old 10-30-07, 12:19 PM
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For the record: http://www.shullscyclingandfitness.c...oductid=BTCR3C

That is a good deal. Just so you know what one looks like.,
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Originally Posted by kmac27 View Post
I asked about the other models with 105 components and he gave me this reply

"Yes, I agree we have a very good value for our fit process. The
Cannondale CAAD 9 - 5 is the 105 level bike, going for the very
reasonable price of $1,300. It includes an Ultegra rear derailleur,
and
upgraded brakes and wheels as well."

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I'm pretty sure those are the retail prices for 2008 on those two bikes. Look for something left over from the last model year.
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Its also a state that does not charge tax. So when I go to the store ask if they have any models from last year with 105 parts?
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Its also a state that does not charge tax. So when I go to the store ask if they have any models from last year with 105 parts?
Are you more concerned with a good deal or do you have specific features / parts you are looking for?

With my Madone, I knew exactly what I wanted and then found a good deal on MY bike.
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I want something for riding centuries that wont get blown away but also under $1400
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You can definitely find a solid bike for that price. But you'll have to look around if you want to find a good deal. There's nothing wrong with the cannondales - they're great - but you should look at other brands and left overs from the previous year. If for instance all you care about is components, then you might as well go buy something online. There are many very good new bikes on ebay for under your budget - even carbon fiber. Similarly, you can even find bikes from performace that have 105 and full carbon under your budget. If however, you'll need more support like a proper fitting and regular maintenance - then you'll have to do more footwork to find a good deal at a LBS.
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Yea I've never been fitted so I'm staying away from ordering online.
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I rode a century in 4.75 hours on a Trek 1000 with Nashbar tires. As Lance said "It's not about the bike."

There are TONS of options in that price range. I would probably be looking Craigslist or eBay first, you can probably get better gear lightly used for that price. When you are in the $4000 range, then I would stay strictly new.
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I just bought a Trek 1500 with all 105 except the rear derailluer, which is Ultegra, for $950. I think your LBS is charging a little too much.
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Originally Posted by munkyv22 View Post
For the record: http://www.shullscyclingandfitness.c...oductid=BTCR3C

That is a good deal. Just so you know what one looks like.,
+1 Now THAT is a good deal.
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I got this on ebay...
http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=358286

If you know your size it's a great place to find deals like that on new old stock.
Full Ultegra for less than a grand.
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The prices he gave me were for 2008. So the 2007 models must be at least under 1000.
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if you buy a 2008 right now, you're going to pay the max possible price. see if you can find a new 2007, or buy slightly used. There are tons of people who bought in the spring, and realized that they don't like biking as much as they thought. Check out craigslist or other local classifieds.
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I wish I could but I've never bought a road bike so I'd like to buy my first one from a dealer which will fit me for $100
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+1 Now THAT is a good deal.
I'd go for a Felt F75 for $999. At that price, one could just pick it up as a spare bike.
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Damn thats a good deal! Would you really recomend buying a bike online when you've never been fitted? I know my inseem is 32.5 inches if I looked at the scales to determine what frame size to get that would be good enough? My upper body is kinda weird though I have a long torso but short arms for my height. I'm 5'9 and my armspan is 68 inches if that matters. Any suggestions?
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For your first road bike, I'd really recommend working with a local shop. Once you have a bike that fits you well, you can use it as a template for determining the dimensions of your next bike.
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To recommend anything but a local person from fitting you is folly. I don't know many that would recommend otherwise. However, there are some "fit calculators" that can get you in the ball park. Competitive Cyclist has one and ... there's another out there that I can't remember. BTW- I'm not advocating this option, I just wanted you to know so you can make informed decisions on things.
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Price seems high and plus $100 for the fitting... I'd look for a different dealer, brand or something to shake up. Unless your set on cannondale. Tiagra can really disappoint if you cross into a certain level. Then you are looking at way more than the money you saved to upgrade your stuff. Unless your gonna learn to do alot of the work yourself.
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Would you really recomend buying a bike online when you've never been fitted?
I thought about it when I was bike shopping this spring but went with the LBS because I wanted that "safety net" for when something might (and did) go wrong that I wasn't ready to fix on my own. I may build/buy my next bike online, but I'm still happy with the choice I made.

As mentioned above, finding new '07 (or even '06) would probably be your best deal. Maybe check out an '07 CAAD 8 if you want to save a little more. And they shoudl fit you for free if you buy from them.
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