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Cannondale CAAD
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Down to two and losing my mind... PICK ONE!

Old 09-01-08, 03:34 AM
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Down to two and losing my mind... PICK ONE!

Okay, in my quest to get back to full time roadie (again)... I need a frameset. I"ve finally narrowed it down to two... though the two are very different. With my current budget I've decided on two frames.

Cannondale CAAD (8 or 9)
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Ridley Excalibur


I've been on both and like both. Do I go mid level carbon or High end aluminum? I have nice build specs: Zipp 303's, Dura Ace, Easton EC90Stem & Bars, etc... but I can't decide on frameset. I'm leaving it up to you... pick so I can stop annoying everyone with these posts and get to riding!
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I have a ridley Excalibur and i love it. i have been on the cannondale too and still definitely recommend the ridley.
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heres a couple pics to add perspective...


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Ridley has taken the lead.... surprise?
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Wow... close poll.

I'd say that if you're strapped for cash and for any reason need to worry about the cost of replacing the frame, stick with the C'dale because they have great crash replacement deals and the aluminum is naturally cheaper. If you want to feed your carbonlust, go for the Ridley.

Me? I voted Ridley. But I think this is a case where you can't go wrong. Can you get quick-fitted on both and see what you like more? The Ridley has very weird sizing... cannondale has many sizes but traditional geometry.
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Old 09-01-08, 08:47 AM
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Glad to see that my vote tied it up, 14 for both!!
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Ridley. Just for the "you don't see many of those around" factor.
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lol as of right now its 17-17

so i say get both.
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With my vote I made it 18-18. Glad we could help.

I voted Ridley just for the rarity factor. I can't stand having the same bike as everyone else. Plus I think it looks a little better (especially in black that you posted).
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wow this is close!
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I voted CAAD, just to tie it up again. Plus the replacement thing is really nice (esp if you race).
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I'm going for the CAAD, mostly because I just survived 2 carbon-eating crashes in a month, and the thought of trying to pay for a third carbon frame makes me sick. Plus, it's a pretty cool bike.
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I just made it a dead heat with a CAAD vote. I really like the CAAD 9 frames, but I like seeing a decked out aluminum bike more.
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I voted Caad and it's now 44-44... If Banana Tugger were here, he'd vote for caad too.

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CAAD 9.
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https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=459674"]I'll be back next week.[/URL]
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Go CAAD!
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what is the cost of each?
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Nooo! Excalibur was looking good, now it's starting to fade...
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If you really don't know the answer already without starting a poll on BF, then buy neither.
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Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
If you really don't know the answer already without starting a poll on BF, then buy neither.
Tough day at the hospital?
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^He got dropped by a guy in a wheel chair while he was leaving...
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Tough day at the hospital?
Nope. I just think that if the OP is that ambivalent, then neither bike really struck a chord.
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^He got dropped by a guy in a wheel chair while he was leaving...
haha Yeah that would be a very bad day at the hospitol...
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Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
Nope. I just think that if the OP is that ambivalent, then neither bike really struck a chord.
I think it's more like a photo finish. Both are great candidates for him and he can't clearly distinguish the winner.
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I think it depends on ambitions.

If you want to race, then I'd buy a CAAD9 frame from a shop due to cost of replacing the frame. If you're a rec rider (which I doubt with the zipps maybe?) then the ridley.

I like the look of the excalibur, but CAAD9's are the heart of a no fuss machine.
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Just a question... have you put any serious mileage on either one yet? I'm not talking a parking lot ride, I'm talking about a lap around the city ride.

If you have to ask us to make up your mind for you, you obviously aren't serious about either one just yet.
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