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Old Tarmac or new CAAD10?

Old 02-08-11, 07:03 PM
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Old Tarmac or new CAAD10?

I have the opportunity to buy an older (2005) Specialized Tarmac Pro Dura-Ace from a guy (meaning probably no warranty). I've been looking into the new Cannondale CAAD10s and I've heard of people trading in their old SuperSix Hi-Mods for one. If you had to choose (assume they're free), which would you choose and why (and/or vote on the attached pole):

Old 2005 Specialized Tarmac Dura-Ace (near perfect condition)
or
New 2011 Cannondale CAAD10 Ultegra (or maybe even SRAM Rival)

Thanks!

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Old 02-08-11, 07:58 PM
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Nothing can come close to a new bike.
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Old 02-08-11, 08:51 PM
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Wouldn't trust the joins on the Tarmac after a while. They were doing some crazy stuff then and then abandoned it.
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Old 02-08-11, 09:39 PM
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caad10. . . easy.
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Old 02-08-11, 09:46 PM
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no substitute for SL3, unless they come up w. something cool for SL4
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Old 02-08-11, 10:26 PM
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caad-10 end of thread
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Old 02-08-11, 10:39 PM
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caad 10 but with rival or even better RED!!!
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Old 02-08-11, 11:08 PM
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Another vote for the 10, although the Tarmac is an excellent bike, 6yrs is too old to make the comparison worthwhile. If you go Shimano, then 6700 Ultegra would probably be very comparable to the quality of 7800.

Originally Posted by eippo1 View Post
Wouldn't trust the joins on the Tarmac after a while. They were doing some crazy stuff then and then abandoned it.
The 2005 Pro dura ace is a full carbon bike, not the e5 frankenframe.

Originally Posted by d8168055 View Post
no substitute for SL3, unless they come up w. something cool for SL4
That maybe be so, but this frame predates SL2 or SL3 designs.
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CAAD10 Rival.
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Originally Posted by eippo1 View Post
Wouldn't trust the joins on the Tarmac after a while. They were doing some crazy stuff then and then abandoned it.
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