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Old 05-17-22, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
As mentioned, stack and reach were not measurements at the turn of the century. Heck they really werent even common 10 years ago. Even 5 years ago those measurements were not included on some bike sites.
They are still not included on sites selling cheap bikes. I resumed cycling in 2016 after a quarter century hiatus, so I had got used to looking at stack, reach, and effective top tube.

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If you want a threadless steerer, then buy an innicycle headset. It was created and is sold by a forum member and is an excellent bit of engineering. The quality is super high, just as nice as any headset you can buy, and it converts the bike to effectively run a threadless stem. It looks clean and integrated, so it doesnt make it look like some kludged together hack.
Thanks, let me further research this if I cannot find a later model.
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Old 05-17-22, 11:35 AM
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OK, I pulled the trigger on this one:

2000 R4000 Cannondale Complete Frameset 54cm | eBay

So now just hoping for the best. So excited!

Does R4000 means it is 4 times better than R1000?

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Last summer's pandemic project. Wanted to build up a bike from scratch, and ended up with this.
NOS 2016 CAAD8 frame
SRAM Force shifters and derailleurs, 11-28 cassette
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With Michelin Endurance Pro4 tires, she's almost 18lbs on the dot, which is more than 2.5lbs less than her Lynskey stablemate (Ultegra with discs, fwiw).

Finished her last September, just in time for the weather to start turning nippy, so put her on the trainer in the basement, and only took her outside a few weeks ago. Second ride of the season and I make a PR around Central Park. Not bad, not bad.

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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
OK, I pulled the trigger on this one:

2000 R4000 Cannondale Complete Frameset 54cm | eBay

So now just hoping for the best. So excited!

Does R4000 means it is 4 times better than R1000?
Amazing! Comes with the Thomson seatpost too. And $75 less than I paid for mine!! (though mine was a full bike I guess). Gotta love that color scheme too. Congrats on that mega score.
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Originally Posted by aliasfox
Last summer's pandemic project. Wanted to build up a bike from scratch, and ended up with this.
NOS 2016 CAAD8 frame...
Lovely. I take it that it's a BB30 frame?
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Lovely. I take it that it's a BB30 frame?
Nope, BSA68, actually. I had to do some double checking across the internets to confirm that the seller was indeed correct before I pulled the trigger. Apparently, disc frames of that era were BB30, but the entry level rim brake frames were BSA. I believe this color scheme was originally a Sora equipped frame, so can't get much more entry level within C'dale's lineup. Still, the frame came in at under 3lbs, so not complaining there!
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Originally Posted by the sci guy
Amazing!
Thank you! Your CAAD4 project bike inspired me to start one too. I hope (and need) to get a few pointers from you.

And thank you for linking the old catalog. I compared the [a] Horizontal Top Tube Length, [b] Standover at Top Tube Midpoint, [c] Seat Tube Angle, and [d] Bottom Bracket Height for the CAAD4 against those of my current Cannondale Synapse carbon to confirm that size 54 should fit me. The first number is 9 mm higher, so only a slightly increased risk to the family jewels in case of abrupt dismounts.

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Comes with the Thomson seatpost too.
Is that a super duper seat post? I am not sure if I can even use it because of the kink. The CAAD4 has a much longer seat tube than my current bike, so I expect to have much less exposed seat post.

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And $75 less than I paid for mine!! (though mine was a full bike I guess). Gotta love that color scheme too. Congrats on that mega score.
At least I did not have to search for 2.5 years! It was posted on 5/16/2022 and garnered a bit of interest overnight so I had to make a relatively quick decision. It was shipped today and I hope that it looks as clean as yours.
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Old 05-18-22, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
Thank you! Your CAAD4 project bike inspired me to start one too. I hope (and need) to get a few pointers from you.

And thank you for linking the old catalog. I compared the [a] Horizontal Top Tube Length, Standover at Top Tube Midpoint, [c] Seat Tube Angle, and [d] Bottom Bracket Height for the CAAD4 against those of my current Cannondale Synapse carbon to confirm that size 54 should fit me. The first number is 9 mm higher, so only a slightly increased risk to the family jewels in case of abrupt dismounts.

Is that a super duper seat post? I am not sure if I can even use it because of the kink. The CAAD4 has a much longer seat tube than my current bike, so I expect to have much less exposed seat post.

At least I did not have to search for 2.5 years! It was posted on 5/16/2022 and garnered a bit of interest overnight so I had to make a relatively quick decision. It was shipped today and I hope that it looks as clean as yours.
Yes, Thomson seatposts are muy bueno. The reason I searched for this era of CAAD frames is because of the horizontal top tubes - I love that classic geometry and frame aesthetic. I'm not a fan of sloping top tubes. Plus it has the usual round tubing, and just lovely colorways. Because of this, unless you're long-legged, you will have less seatpost exposed. If you look at how much I had showing on the pic I posted of my R300, you'll see it's not a lot. In fact, the old seat posts were very short in length, as compared to today's which are sometimes 300mm or more. Of course they say more seatpost = more compliance because more post to absorb shocks, but whatever.

I actually just put mine in - and yes I pushed it in quite a ways. I originally had it for a 2016 Spec Roubaix, which did have a slopier tube and more post exposed, but that frame cracked so that bike is gone, and since this will be my new road bike, i'm using it here. I bought the setback version for the Roubaix, hopefully it doesn't cause a reach issue here. If so, I'll sell it and buy a straight one I guess.

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Old 05-20-22, 07:37 AM
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Man, so Im realizing that I never posted any pics of my old CAADs from back in the day.

First up is my CAAD8I loved this thing. I won my first race on it and had it for 8 years, from 2006 to 2014 before it cracked. Such a great handling bike. Cannondale warrantied it too, which was awesome.



Next up is my CAAD10I never really bonded with this bike for some reason. The geometry was identical on paper to my CAAD8, but it always felt too big. I played with endless combinations of stems, saddles and seat posts, but I never really got it right and sold it a couple years after.

In hindsight, I think the issue was that my riding style changed a lot shortly after I got the warranty CAAD10, my job really switched into high gear and I was riding more for stress relief than to train, so the long top tube combined with a 120mm stem was not as welcomed. With a shorter stem, the front wheel felt waaay out in front of me.

I also tried shorter cranks when I went to the CAAD10, and they messed up the fit more than I thought it would. I shouldve stuck with the 175s Id been riding since 2002. Ah well 20/20 hindsight.

Maybe Ill get another CAAD10 some day.

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With the arrival of my CAAD4 R4000, I have now officially joined The Cult of CAAD.

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Old 05-23-22, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
With the arrival of my CAAD4 R4000, I have now officially joined The Cult of CAAD.

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Old 07-12-22, 10:44 PM
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Video from Le Tour the other day.
My question is, what's she riding? Is it a CAAD? The round tubes, decals and paintjob look like my CAAD10 or a Synapse from that era, but does she have some disc brake after-kit?

Either way, she's flippin awesome.
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Old 07-13-22, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Leinster
My question is, what's she riding? Is it a CAAD? The round tubes, decals and paintjob look like my CAAD10 or a Synapse from that era, but does she have some disc brake after-kit?
Either way, she's flippin awesome.
Looks like a 2015 CAADX to me.
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New to me CAAD10, I upgraded the wheels, cockpit and seatpost. So happy to have a CAAD10 again.
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Love the extra silver touches.
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Originally Posted by Hmmm

New to me CAAD10, I upgraded the wheels, cockpit and seatpost. So happy to have a CAAD10 again.
that is a sleek sexy machine. love the colors. what's the brifters?
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Does it still count as a CAAD if a couple of the tubes are different?
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My Caad4 frame that I bought some days ago because of the quality of the tubing and the finish welds were outstanding



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My CAAD5 in Saeco colors. Full Dura ace and 17.5 lbs.
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Didnt realize I hadnt added this to the thread-
CAAD3 frame that I stripped and painted, along with an added carbon fork. 2x11 Ultegra shifting and brakes. Inexpensive wheels that work fine.
Fun winter project and good results.





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in addition to cult of caad - there is the cult of personality


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I just acquired a mint 2014 build in new condition. 6700 shifting, slk crankset, rs80c24 wheels. Plan to add new rubber and figure some lighter gearing.
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63cm CAAD5 in Saeco livery. Mixed group of ultegra/ 105 / tiagra 2x9, Bontrager race lite wheels, and carbon post/saddle. Comes in at 19.5 lbs ready to ride.

Its my first road bike and Im blown away at how it rides compared to my other touring bikes.
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I've long been a Cannondale fan. My first true road bike was a 2000 R300, which I got in 2007 and still have, though the frame is ultimately too small so I retired it a few years ago and will be passing it along to a friend to build back up.

My favorite score was a 1999 R4000 Caad4 (though it did't have Caad4 printed on it anywhere) in a red/white/blue and stars America paint scheme. It was ridden hard and put away wet but had all the original Dura Ace 7700 componenets, original wheelset, etc. Aside from a full overhaul and rebuild of everything, I replaced the saddle and cartridge bearings on the headset. Paint was in surprisingly fantastic shape. Unfortunately, that too was a bit small and I only put a couple hundred miles on it. They were a sweet 200 miles though, rode extremely well and was quite light, though I never did actually weigh it. Bought it for $300 sometime in 2019 and sold it for $375 sometime in 2021 if memory serves.

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Originally Posted by Pantah
I've long been a Cannondale fan. My first true road bike was a 2000 R300, which I got in 2007 and still have, though the frame is ultimately too small so I retired it a few years ago and will be passing it along to a friend to build back up.

My favorite score was a 1999 R4000 Caad4 (though it did't have Caad4 printed on it anywhere) in a red/white/blue and stars America paint scheme. It was ridden hard and put away wet but had all the original Dura Ace 7700 componenets, original wheelset, etc. Aside from a full overhaul and rebuild of everything, I replaced the saddle and cartridge bearings on the headset. Paint was in surprisingly fantastic shape. Unfortunately, that too was a bit small and I only put a couple hundred miles on it. They were a sweet 200 miles though, rode extremely well and was quite light, though I never did actually weigh it. Bought it for $300 sometime in 2019 and sold it for $375 sometime in 2021 if memory serves.

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