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C-Dale R1000 vs. Trek 2300(6 posts)

C-Dale R1000 vs. Trek 2300must_pedal_harder
Apr 7, 2001 2:34 PM
Both are around the same price, but the Trek has a full Ultegra set, the R1000 has mixed Ultegra/105 parts. Both have carbon forks, but the Trek has the Rolf wheels, and seems to have less generic parts. I plan on checking out the C-Dale on a test ride, but I can't find a dealer near me that carries Trek bikes so I would have to order it.

The C-Dale seems like a more thuoght out frame design, but overall I'm just not sure.
Geometry and FitSimpleGreen
Apr 7, 2001 5:59 PM
Make sure the geometry and fit are to your liking. The trek has a longer top tube, more fork rake, and a lower bottom bracket. The C'Dale will ride more like a "crit" bike than the Trek. both will work fine, but you might as well know that handling and possible fit might become issues for you depending on your body shape.

Next, the CAAD 4 frames are nice. the curved seat stays makes the bike ride nice enough for the long haul. It's no carbon-smooth-as-glass ride, but it's tolerable enough for the long haul. The difference in components isn't enough, in my opinion, to make or break your decision. It should come down to fit and handling. If you can try to get a test ride on the trek.

Otherwise, you may want to consider the Fuji Team or something from deals for the $$ you are looking to spend and more choices.

Good luck!
re: C-Dale R1000 vs. Trek 2300fuzzybunnies
Apr 7, 2001 6:15 PM
5 year warrenty on the cracknfail or lifetime on the trek. Which one stands behind the quality of their work. Trek also has the best components mix with full ultegra and the rolfs are sturdy. You might have to ask around on the quality of cannondale's generic components. TTFN
About the Rolfs...RobO
Apr 7, 2001 8:17 PM
I know I am going to get flamed for this, but it is the truth.
Rolf wheels are not anything special. In fact, I would take a regular wheelset over the Rolfs anyday.
You have to remember that in order to take so many spokes out you have to make the rim stronger, you make the rim stronger by making it heavier. You want the weight in your wheelset as close to the hub as possible, because of rotational weight.
Can't really go wrong with eitherMarlon
Apr 7, 2001 11:55 PM
I've got a 2000 model Trek 2300, while a friend has the Cdale R1000.

Generally, the bikes are fairly equivalent in my eyes. The ride on both bikes is stiff and responsive, from me having tried my friend's bike briefly. Perhaps the Cdale, believe it or not, is slightly plusher - I think it has to do with the fishtail seatstay on the Trek versus the the hourglass on the Cdale. Definitely, the Cdale wins in this respect. However, I've heard some stories about the in-house components on the Cdale... most good, but some not so good. Trek Icon house-brand parts are bang-on solid, I've never had a problem with any of them.

The Rolf wheels are good, but I think they're overrated. Yes, they're strong (lost a spoke and didn't even notice until I got home) but don't forget that they'll tend to collect water a little more in the rain.

Bottom line - if you're looking for a full Ultegra group, good wheels, and a good and stiff frame, go Trek. If you're looking for the better frame, go Cdale.

One last thing to consider - integrated headsets are all the rage. If you get Cdale, I think it's integrated, not quite so sure for the latest Treks. Good luck!
re: C-Dale R1000 vs. Trek 2300Reed Rudy
Apr 8, 2001 7:46 AM
I was just looking for a bike in the same price range, and I went with the Lemond Chambery. It seemed more comfortable than the trek (Even though they are made by the same people), and had better components than the cannondale. The bike is a little more pricey, but it looks awesome. Try and test ride one if you can.