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Help on new road bike choice!

Old 07-08-14, 12:01 PM
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Help on new road bike choice!

i recently (accidentally) sold my caad9 with rival, looking for a replacement. i want to try a carbon frame, i want a groupset at least of the same level as rival, and want to spend less than $2500. here are the options i have found:

2013 focus cayo evo 2.0 (10 speed ultegra di2) $2399 online (could be combined with rs81-c24 wheelset for $2700 total)
2013 focus cayo evo 3.0 (10 speed force) $1999 online (could be combined with rs81-c24 wheelset for $2400 total)
2013 focus cayo evo 4.0 (10 speed ultegra) $1899 online
2014 cannondale supersix evo (11 speed ultegra) $2500 at LBS
2014 cannondale caad 10 (11 speed ultegra) $2000 at LBS
2014 cannondale supersix evo (10 speed 105) $2000 at LBS
2013 scott foil 30 (10 speed rival) $1750 at LBS
2012 cervelo s2 (10 speed rival) $2000 online

not planning on racing, ride in northern nj with half climbs/flats, ride year round (snow, salt, ice, rain). looking for the absolute best bang for my buck in this price range, given what im looking for.

what would you guys pick?
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Do you like SRAM? Do you want to jump to Shimano? Don't you need to decide that first?
Did you love your CAAD? Do you want to jump to carbon?
Are the groups you list full groups (including cranks and brakes)? My guess is any of those bikes would be a great bike.
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the only bikes above with a full groupset are the focus cayo evo 2.0 and 3.0. i liked sram, but wouldn't mind trying something different. the caad9 fit fine, but was rough over longer rides. i want carbon because i figure it's more absorbent then aluminum.
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Old 07-08-14, 12:17 PM
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I was going to say, pick Sram or Shimano. Personally I love Sram, so the Scott and the Cervelo look like great deals and I would probably pick one of those. Good luck!
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Test ride carbon first, really ride it. My personal experience is it's nothing special over any other material, and not worth the extra price. I would personally look for a caad 10 or spring for something like this:

2013 Specialized Allez Race Rival 56cm For Sale
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If you prefer SRAM and this is the Focus you were looking at Focus Cayo Evo 3.0 Force Bike 2013 > Complete Bikes > Road Bikes | Jenson USA

I say go for it. It's a full Force group, they didn't cheap out with the brakes or crank. And honestly the Fulcrum wheels are fine, the 3T stem and bars are also a good touch.
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Old 07-08-14, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by enjoi07 View Post
Test ride carbon first, really ride it. My personal experience is it's nothing special over any other material, and not worth the extra price. I would personally look for a caad 10 or spring for something like this:

2013 Specialized Allez Race Rival 56cm For Sale
nothing like that light that comes on when one learns how to properly adjust tire pressure for a more enjoyable ride.
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I missed that one, the 2013 Focus 3.0 with Force really looks like a good deal. Personally, I like the geometry of that bike, and the color combo looks sweet IMO.
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Originally Posted by timmbo View Post
I missed that one, the 2013 Focus 3.0 with Force really looks like a good deal. Personally, I like the geometry of that bike, and the color combo looks sweet IMO.
And they have it in standard and compact, the only decision is which crank do you prefer. Solid bike though.
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Originally Posted by seymour1910 View Post
nothing like that light that comes on when one learns how to properly adjust tire pressure for a more enjoyable ride.
Exactly.
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Btw OP, how did you accidentally sell a Caad9!?
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Ended up with the evo 3.0 force. The shop offered a great deal, and even got it with black cables to make it less gaudy. And as you guys said, there's really no part that they skimped on (besides wheels). Next up is some carbon wheels

And as for the caad, I jokingly tossed it out in a garage sale we had expecting people to laugh at the price and someone bought it

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Originally Posted by hailandkill View Post
Ended up with the evo 3.0 force. The shop offered a great deal, and even got it with black cables to make it less gaudy. And as you guys said, there's really no part that they skimped on (besides wheels). Next up is some carbon wheels

And as for the caad, I jokingly tossed it out in a garage sale we had expecting people to laugh at the price and someone bought it
you could have at least gave us a cell phone shot....c'mon man, you're not new here.
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Of the caad?



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2013 focus cayo evo 4.0 (10 speed ultegra) $1899 online

This.
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That Caad looks familiar. Can't believe you let that go. An American classic.

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Of the caad?



Here too

LOL, I think you will quickly forget about your Caad9 with that sweet ride! Awesome choice!!!! Looks sweet as well!
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as much as i liked the caad, it was time for a change.

thank you, sir gentleman guys for the compliments.

im thinking first mod is shimano rs81-c24 wheels. should put the bike at around 15.5lbs. coming from an 18 pound caad i think it'll be sweet.

actually the real first mod will be removing the wheel stickers!
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The photo you posted is an internet photo correct? You said your bike has black cables.

I agree, if the wheels were toned down the bike even looks better. Black cables and wheels would really make it look good.
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Originally Posted by hailandkill View Post
i recently (accidentally) sold my caad9 with rival, looking for a replacement. i want to try a carbon frame, i want a groupset at least of the same level as rival, and want to spend less than $2500. here are the options i have found:

2013 focus cayo evo 2.0 (10 speed ultegra di2) $2399 online (could be combined with rs81-c24 wheelset for $2700 total)
2013 focus cayo evo 3.0 (10 speed force) $1999 online (could be combined with rs81-c24 wheelset for $2400 total)
2013 focus cayo evo 4.0 (10 speed ultegra) $1899 online
2014 cannondale supersix evo (11 speed ultegra) $2500 at LBS
2014 cannondale caad 10 (11 speed ultegra) $2000 at LBS
2014 cannondale supersix evo (10 speed 105) $2000 at LBS
2013 scott foil 30 (10 speed rival) $1750 at LBS
2012 cervelo s2 (10 speed rival) $2000 online

not planning on racing, ride in northern nj with half climbs/flats, ride year round (snow, salt, ice, rain). looking for the absolute best bang for my buck in this price range, given what im looking for.

what would you guys pick?
The winner.... nothing comes close.
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