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Cannondale CAAD 8 Re-Release vs Orig CAAD 8, Which Is Better?

Old 05-07-12, 10:48 AM
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Cannondale CAAD 8 Re-Release vs Orig CAAD 8, Which Is Better?

So Cannondale's re released the CAAD 8 & my question to you all is:

A) why the re-release

B) which is better & why?

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It depends on what you want in a bicycle.

The original Caad 8 was a racing bicycle - it's geometry is the same as what you will find on the Caad 9, Caad 10 and Super Six.

The new Caad 8, which came out in 2009 or 2010?, has a more relaxed geometry with taller headtubes.
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Originally Posted by topflightpro View Post
It depends on what you want in a bicycle.

The original Caad 8 was a racing bicycle - it's geometry is the same as what you will find on the Caad 9, Caad 10 and Super Six.

The new Caad 8, which came out in 2009 or 2010?, has a more relaxed geometry with taller headtubes.
I thought the new CAAD 8 just came out?
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Correct, the first generation CAAD8 was all race-oriented. The 2011-2012 ones are simply meh...Wanna enjoy what all the fuss about CAADs is about? Get a CAAD9 or CAAD10 with Hollowgram BB30 cranks. I rest my case...
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Originally Posted by LemondFanForeve View Post
So Cannondale's re released the CAAD 8 & my question to you all is:

A) why the re-release
To have a "budget" aluminum frame.

B) which is better & why?
The older ones had higher end components, sloping top tubes, shorter head tubes and were made in the USA. The newer ones fit long-legged riders better than the old ones and supposedly have more vibration damping in the stays.
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The older CAAD8 was a pro-peloton frame. It was lighter, and exhibited far superior workmanship on it.

The new one is a standard budget Aluminum frame. I'm honestly a little upset that Cannondale decided to label it a CAAD, much less give it the same name as the last CAAD to ride in the pro tour. (It is my understanding that the CAAD9 never did. By the time the CAAD9 came out, the Six13 was also released...with a CAAD8 back end.)
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Personally my preference is the original CAAD8:

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Not sure if the newer ones have the signature hourglass chainstays. I was doing a group ride over the weekend, and was surprised that the CAAD10s don't have them (not sure about the new 8) although the SuperSix looks like it does. I'd go with the original CAAD8
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Original CAAD8 by far. Only thing in common is the name.

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Originally Posted by halfspeed View Post
To have a "budget" aluminum frame.



The older ones had higher end components, sloping top tubes, shorter head tubes and were made in the USA. The newer ones fit long-legged riders better than the old ones and supposedly have more vibration damping in the stays.

Which probably fit me better, since im 6 ft 6, and have long legs
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There are also two slightly different "old" versions of the CAAD8. The first ones had a horizontal top tube. Then, in 2005, they got a sloping TT.
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The slope was minimal not like the current version Asian made model that has a steep slope with the tall headtube.
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