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Need help deciding cannondale or specilazed

Old 02-20-11, 11:36 PM
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Need help deciding cannondale or specilazed

Should I go with the 2011 aluminum caad10 3 with ultegra for $2100 or the 2010 Full carbon Specialized Tarmac Comp with rival for $2000? I don't know much about the sram as far as longevity so any advice would be greatly appreciated
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Old 02-20-11, 11:37 PM
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cost is not the issue it is more of a frame/component question
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Old 02-20-11, 11:42 PM
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https://www.eriksbikeshop.com/2010-Ta...3C6070/Product
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https://www.eriksbikeshop.com/2011-CA...3C7993/Product
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Old 02-20-11, 11:44 PM
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Tarmac!
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Old 02-20-11, 11:45 PM
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also does anyone know where I can find weights for the bike to compare? I know the manufactures don't put them out, but is there a 3rd party that might have them?
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do you know sram well?
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Old 02-21-11, 07:38 AM
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Which do you like the ride of better? I like carbon but all I've read on the CAAD 10 has been good
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Old 02-21-11, 07:42 AM
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Rivial is good and you could get the Cad 10 with Rival.

At $2,000 to $2,500 you could consider a lot of carbon bikes, I would also look at Scott.

https://www.scott-sports.com/us_en/pr...9/55721/218090

https://www.scott-sports.com/us_en/pr...1/55724/218102

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Old 02-21-11, 07:59 AM
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You're comparing specialized bottom of their family, entry level carbon with Cannondale's renowned premium Aluminum frame.

Personally, I'd step the gruppo down to the 105 equipped CAAD10 or step the frameset upto the higher level SL3 or even Supersix frames.
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Old 02-21-11, 08:55 AM
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Which do you like riding more? The geometries of the two frames are similar, but not exactly the same, so the fit and ride will be a bit different.

Both frames are quality products, as are the groups - I have more than 10,000 miles on an Ultegra Group and more than 10,000 miles on a Sram Red group with no durability issues. And I have a Caad 9, a Specialized Roubaix Elite and Specialized Tarmac frames in my garage right now - though we are trying to sell the Roubaix - so I speak with experience about the fit and quality of the frames.

This is really a can't lose decision. Just go with whichever you like riding more. And if you can't decide that - pick based on frame color.
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Old 02-21-11, 09:11 AM
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I ride both Specialized and Cannondale and I LOVE my Cannondale Supersix... but in this scenario I think you'd be happier with the Tarmac. This is just my opinion, but a SRAM grouppo blows away the shimano stuff (yes, i've owed ultegras and 105s).

Don't worry about the year model, you're not compromising anything by getting the 2010. You're also getting a better price for the 2010.

Also, i agree with v70cat, check out the Scott CR1... if you want to save a little more cash and get the same components with probably better rims (comes with Ksyrium Elites i believe). its also very light.
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Originally Posted by Menel View Post
You're comparing specialized bottom of their family, entry level carbon with Cannondale's renowned premium Aluminum frame.

Personally, I'd step the gruppo down to the 105 equipped CAAD10 or step the frameset upto the higher level SL3 or even Supersix frames.
^^^This^^^ Especially if cost isn't an issue.
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Go see Alex Berge at the Roseville store. He's the most down to earth and informative person at a bike shop I've ever met. Good friend too He knows both brands well.
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Originally Posted by Menel View Post
You're comparing specialized bottom of their family, entry level carbon with Cannondale's renowned premium Aluminum frame.

Personally, I'd step the gruppo down to the 105 equipped CAAD10 or step the frameset upto the higher level SL3 or even Supersix frames.
I agree with this opinion in general, but not knowing what your planned use for the bike is and how you narrowed it down to this strange pairing I can't comment further.
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I ride a C'Dale but my team rides Specialized and I wouldn't mind snagging an SL3 at Team discount, fwiw.
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Originally Posted by v70cat View Post
Rivial is good and you could get the Cad 10 with Rival.

At $2,000 to $2,500 you could consider a lot of carbon bikes, I would also look at Scott.

https://www.scott-sports.com/us_en/pr...9/55721/218090

https://www.scott-sports.com/us_en/pr...1/55724/218102
I rode a bunch of bikes before I ended up with my Addict R3. I rode the CAAD 9 with last year's 105 and the ride was ok. I rode the 2010 Tarmac with the same group. It was very comparable to the Addict that I bought, but there was something different about the climbing I did with the Addict that set it apart from everything else.
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Even though the tarmac is the entry level carbon frame won't it be more stiff and get better power transfer than the caad 10?
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Ive read the caad-3 weighs just a tad over 17lbs,sweet for an al frame
I feel the caad-10 are firm rides but not harsh
I like road feedback,thats whats cycling is all about,why numb the road???
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Originally Posted by avidcyclist83 View Post
Even though the tarmac is the entry level carbon frame won't it be more stiff and get better power transfer than the caad 10?
no
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Old 02-28-11, 07:40 AM
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So what did you do
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I picked up my Cdale Supersix 3 for $2100 awhile back. Ebay can he your friend.
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Ahh, the Super Six. Sweet ride!
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