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First Bike Cannodale R600(6 posts)

First Bike Cannodale R600GDR
Apr 30, 2001 7:21 PM
I made my decison- I am going to get the R600. The bike has a 105 drivetrain except for the cranks(cannondale brand), front derailler(Tiagra), cassette(Tiagra). Is it worth upgrading these components to 105? Does anyone think the R800 is the way to go? (It is $300 more with pedals). Is there anything else thay anyone would upgrade on the R600.

Thanks for helping out a newbie.
re: First Bike Cannodale R600lonerider
Apr 30, 2001 11:00 PM
that bike has a carbon fork, right? having a forgiving fork could be important, depending upon you and where you ride. if you ride alot, you'll end up replacing the cassette when it wears and you can upgrade then. the front derailer should be fine, but if it wears out, upgrade then too. check for differences in the wheels between the two models. the frames are the same, i think. people on this board will urge you to pay more attention to fit than anything else. that's good advice.
re: First Bike Cannodale R600Becky
May 1, 2001 6:21 AM
I recently bought an R500 Feminine (women's specific design) as my first road bike. It's very similar to the R600- CAAD4 frame, carbon fork, all Tiagra, and some CODA parts. I've been very happy with my choice. If the frames on the R600 and the R800 are both CAAD4, I wouldn't worry about the slight differences in the components unless you truly have the extra bucks to burn. Speaking as a newbie, I'd rather muck up a Tiagra drivetrain making the little errors that newbies make than do the same to 105 or Ultegra. I plan to have the bike for a long time and I'll worry about upgrades then. Like the previous poster said, a good fit and a frame that you like is worth so much more when it comes to enjoyment than a few components (especially if you're rec riding like me!). Good luck with your new ride and happy riding!
I just bought a R600 Triplebikergal
May 1, 2001 7:40 AM
I just purchased the 2001 R600 Triple and love it!! I went through some of the same dilemas as yourself. I originally was going to upgrade everything to 105 (f.d., cassette, crank) right off the bat, but decided against it. I figured I will ride it all till it wears out and then replace it. This saved some up front cost and I feel that this will be my last road bike for a while so I was looking more long term. I also hate to say it, but I can probably get the parts cheaper on the web or mail order rather than the trade in the bike shop gives you anyways.

My first upgrade will probably be the wheels though. They are quite heavy. This will have a bigger impact right away than replacing all the drivetrain stuff. I have been looking at Dave Thomas Speed Dreams. They seem very light, cheaper than most other aftermarket wheels and I have never read a bad thing about them. This will be a little ways away though!

I hope my experience helps you a bit. If you do get this bike, get the matte black frame. It looks awesome!
re: First Bike Cannodale R600simstress
May 1, 2001 1:23 PM
The drivetrain is okay for now. Since you'll use the rear derailleur more than the front, it's good that it's a 105. When the other stuff wears out, you can upgrade to 105 or Ultegra.

Or you can ride both models (beyond the parking lot, hopefully) and see if you like the shifting of the all-105 gruppo or if the mixed one is acceptable for now. The R800 probably has better wheels so it may feel different even though both models share the same frame.

I would most definitely chuck the stock saddle. Your shop may give you a break on a different saddle, but be sure to try out a whole bunch before you decide. Have a nice ride!
How much did you pay for it?vram
May 1, 2001 10:08 PM
I bought my Cannondale from gary at gvhbikes.com for $1295 with all Campy Daytona group (equivalent to Ultegra). If I were you, I would buy a Cad4 frame from the Internet (Helen's cycles has it for $500 but in a yucky green) and buy Ultegra or Campy daytona to equip the bike. I just can't stand CODA parts and Tiagra' shifting sucks big time.