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CAAD10 to SuperSix: Is $2200 a good deal?

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CAAD10 to SuperSix: Is $2200 a good deal?

Old 07-30-12, 07:37 PM
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CAAD10 to SuperSix: Is $2200 a good deal?

Hey Guys,

Haven't been on these forums in a while... I bought the CAAD10 Rival last January - my first road bike. After riding for over a year now, I am preparing for my first Triathlon. Recently, I was offered a deal on the SuperSix 4 Rival 2012. The MSRP is $2900, but I'd get the bike for $2200 from LBS. I might be able to bring that price down further.

Few questions:
  1. Is $2200 a really great deal for SuperSix Rival or is it just ok? That's $700 below MSRP. What sort of deals have you guys been getting on this?
  2. Is SuperSix really considered to be "lower end" carbon? Want to make sure the upgrade is worth it over CAAD10. I don't really want to spend the extra bucks on the EVO since I don't deserve it yet.

The SuperSix also comes with Mavic Aksium wheels. Given that everything is stock on my CAAD10, it seems that the upgrade from RS10 to Aksium is going to be nice as well.

Note that the bike prices are for SoCal. The triathlon is the Malibu Triathlon in September - more like a sprint triathlon with only an 18 mile ride. So I'm not sure how much better the carbon will really be over CAAD10 in terms for performance, but I have heard that carbon rides much smoother.

PS: The stock weight of my CAAD10 Rival without pedals or bottle cages is 17.03 lbs (52cm). I wonder how much lighter the SuperSix Rival is.

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Old 07-30-12, 07:51 PM
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That's a pretty good deal but I don't know what they are going for right now. However, I don't know that a Caad to Supersix is much of an upgrade. Very similar bikes with just the frame material being different and I don't think the weight difference will be huge though I've never checked. Now if you were going to get an Evo that would be a different story - lighter and stiffer. I'd save up for one of those or get a tri bike or something to complement the Caad.
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^^ Similar thoughts. Don't you want a TT type bike for time trials ?
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105 super six's can be bought for under 2k here easily. Can't find a single rival though, so probably a good deal. The yellow and black color scheme is sick.
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Haveing ridden both of these bikes extensively i suggest staying with the Caad10. The carbon equivalent of the 10 is the EVO. If you look at the EVO and the 10 side by side, the 10 is essentially the aluminum equivalent. The ony reason i dont own a 10 is that i have one of the last caad9's that was made in Bedford, pennsylvania. Handmade in the usa.
I have an EVO.

The 10 frame is lighter than the Super Six....not that it really matters, but the 10 frame is so damn good i'd stick with that. Several of my younger racing friends have switched back to the 10 from carbon. Better racing ride. Best aluminum frame on the planet. Building a $3200 bike on aluminum tells you a lot about how good the frame is. And we sell a good number of the dura ace equipped 10's.

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So if I understand correctly, carbon won't be a worthwhile upgrade until I get into the 4-5K range. Makes me feel even better about my bike.

Maybe I'll concentrate on upgrading my RS10 wheels instead.
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That would be a very big improvement. Would cost a hell of a lot less also.
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Well, considering that good wheelsets cost about $500, I am not sure if the wheel upgrade will cost less. If I sold my CAAD10 and bought a SuperSix, the price difference would also be around $500 (or less).
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If you're upgrading in respect to the triathlon, the wheels will do you a lot better than a whole new bike.
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Originally Posted by Excelsius View Post
Well, considering that good wheelsets cost about $500, I am not sure if the wheel upgrade will cost less. If I sold my CAAD10 and bought a SuperSix, the price difference would also be around $500 (or less).
Wow, nearly two year old bikes sell for a lot more near you than the rest of the country.
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Originally Posted by Excelsius View Post
So if I understand correctly, carbon won't be a worthwhile upgrade until I get into the 4-5K range. Makes me feel even better about my bike.

Maybe I'll concentrate on upgrading my RS10 wheels instead.
Yes, upgrade those. They are okay for just riding around but a nice set of wheels is worth it.
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before I bought a supersix, I rode a caad 10 for about 15 miles. rented it for the day. yes, the caad 10 is a great bike. and it weighs as much or a little less then the SS, but, I went with the SS cause I have always wanted a carbon bike. I don't race or anything and I do plan on getting into group rides when I get faster and more efficient. for the price, $2200 is not bad for a rival. I got a sram apex SS for $1775 out the door. honestly, when I rode the SS sram rival and even the SS evo sram red, I couldn't tell a difference with shifting. the only thing you are getting is less weight. I wanted to get the rival, but for $400 dollars more, I couldn't see paying for a supposedly better component. sorry if I offend Rival users. I even felt like the apex was shifting smoother than the rival. but, the apex was probably just tuned. maybe look into the SS apex for around $1775 and upgrade the wheels to better ones than the aksium, like elites. I'm in Huntington beach, socal. got my bike at a lbs.
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1. 2200 is a pretty good deal for SS4
2. No, SS is not a lower end carbon

I dont think RS10 to Aksium is much of an upgrade, your current CAAD10 should serve your good for triathlon,
where the SS can be more comfortable for longer and rougher rides, like other has suggested, a better wheel
upgrade might be a better investment, or save your money and wait for the 2013 non-himod Evo.
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