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2001 Cannondale R400- good basic entry level road bike??(8 posts)

2001 Cannondale R400- good basic entry level road bike??Harry S.
Mar 11, 2001 4:56 PM
Thinking of buying a Cannondale R400. Want a good basic road bike. Has Sora parts, but I will upgrade shifters to RSX or Tiagra. Just a recreational rider. Wondering if people have good experience wit this bike. I do not want to spend $1000, and have also looked at Trek 1000 or 1200, Raleigh R500. Can get the Cannondale with the upgraded shifters for about $850.
re: 2001 Cannondale R400- good basic entry level road bike??bomber
Mar 11, 2001 8:39 PM
I rode that Cannondale before I ended up getting a last year model Trek 2000. I really don't remember the specific parts it came with or anything, but it seemed like a decent bike. I couldn't spend any more than 800ish either, so I looked at a lot of those bikes in that range. Honestly, there weren't any HUGE differences I could tell. Must be because they are the lower line bikes and the companies don't spend too much time with them. At any rate, I was really happy that I shopped around and got a little bit better of a bike at a better price than many of the other bikes I was looking at (got it for $635)...that being said, have you looked into used at all?
Sure. Why not.shmoo
Mar 11, 2001 9:42 PM
The '01 R400 builds on the CAAD3 frameset - a damn fine set for the money. All of the bikes you mention are good entry level rides. Test ride them all and go with the one feels the best to you. Forget about the components for this decision. You don't "feel" the components when you ride.
Mar 12, 2001 6:57 PM
i believe (not sure) that model comes with an aluminum fork, as opposed to a carbon fork on the next model up. if you're sensitive to road vibration or if you ride long distances, you might want to consider the rougher ride on the aluminum fork.
All four bikes mentioned have steel forks. (nm)shmoo
Mar 12, 2001 10:28 PM
P.S. to Harry S.shmoo
Mar 13, 2001 6:00 AM
I didn't consider it before, because it was outside the scope of you question, but now that the fork thing has come up it's worth mentioning. After all, you came here for advise, right? I don't know what your LBS is asking for the Cannondale R500, or how it compares to the R400 with the Tiagra upgrade, but you might consider jumping up to it. It does have the carbon fork, which WILL make a positive difference in the feel of the bike. Also, it already has the Tiagra drive train and shifter, so you wouldn't have to upgrade. If you have to pay 50 or 100 bucks more, It is worth it, IMHO.
P.S. to Harry S.Harry S.
Mar 15, 2001 5:51 PM
LBS asking for $1050 for R500, $800 for R400 (plus approx $60 for Tiagra shifter upgrade). I tend not to take hugely long rides, mostly 25-35 miles, occasionally 50 or 75 with bike club. Not sure if extra $$ is worth it.

Any input on this bike vs. Raleigh R500, Specialized Allez, Trek 1200? Seems Cannondale has better rep and frame design.
Go used!Bo
Mar 13, 2001 8:15 AM
There are several nice sub-$1000 bikes on this site's Classified board:

It's the way to go when buying your first bike.

Good luck,