Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 10-08-11, 04:11 PM
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You want opinions?

Well here they are.

Background - CAAD9-5 for a year and a half. 8000 miles. Mostly 50 mile rides, sometimes 70-80, never did a century. Stock other than Williams System 30 wheels about 5000 miles into my riding. They changed the bike. Hit by a car on August 7th, bike totaled, got a new bike - CAAD10-4 (Rival) and have ridden it for a week.

Here's my take on it:

CAAD9 vs CAAD10? Crap, the 10 kicks the 9's butt. I loved my made-in-the-old USA CAAD9 and would have never given it up had it not been totaled but the 10 is a freakin' scalpel. It's lighter, more agile and quicker. It's not a maybe/possibly/I don't know thing - it's a fact. It's a far better bike. My first 30 mile ride was revelatory.

Shimano vs Rival? Are you kidding me? I've made no bones about the fact that I didn't get along with 105. It's not the norm but I hated mine. Finicky, always needed adjustments, never a crisp shift. This Rival stuff is unreal. Anybody that tells you they have to get used to it is a moron. I have probably 32000 shifts on 105 and I haven't missed a shift on Rival. There was nothing I had to learn. The lever is in the same damn spot as Shimano and you just click it once to upshift. So freaking easy. The shifts are so crisp. Granted this is a brand new bike but my 105 never behaved like this.

Tektro vs Rival brakes? I literally almost flew over the bars my first couple of stops. Tektro sucks. You all told me this but I didn't want to listen. You were right.

Standard vs Compact crank? I had a compact on the CAAD9 and was constantly crosschaining. I couldn't find a gear in the big ring or small ring that I liked other than the extreme crosschained combinations. I figured I'd order a standard crank this time around. My first ride I stayed in the small ring and it was awesome. Until I ran into a hill. I'm a big dude and a terrible climber. Add to that fact that I have gained 20 pounds and been off a bike for two months and you can see that I'm not going to be Contador on the hills. But I was really shocked at how much I had given up on the bottom end of that standard crankset. I could just sit and spin in the 34/28 and I was dying in the smallest combo on this Rival setup. I won't attempt the hills again until I get stronger - I would if I had a compact.

Well that's it. CAAD10 with Rival for the win.
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Old 10-08-11, 04:29 PM
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Glad you like your new bike, but I bet if you put Rival on your caad9 the difference between the two bikes wouldn't be quite as noticeable, or noticeable at all for that matter. The components, wheels, and fit make more of a difference than the frame itself.
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Originally Posted by ilovecycling View Post
Glad you like your new bike, but I bet if you put Rival on your caad9 the difference between the two bikes wouldn't be quite as noticeable, or noticeable at all for that matter. The components, wheels, and fit make more of a difference than the frame itself.
Fit is identical because I still have the CAAD9 from the accident and measured everything. In fact I took the CAAD9 seatpost and seat and just transplanted them onto the CAAD10. I also took the custom stem from my CAAD9 and put it on the 10. Same with the wheels. Really the only difference would be Rival. Maybe you're right but I don't know how components can matter that much - what I was noticing was a marked difference in stiffness and steering.
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The only thing that surprises me about the OP is that it sounded like 105 couldn't be dialed in properly. I think that's rare.
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Jeez, dude.

I'm glad yer back.

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