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CAAD3?(8 posts)

May 11, 2001 11:09 AM
Can someone tell me about these frames - whatssa difference from CAAD4 etc. Anyhthing to look out for buying there used?

Just bought a CAAD3DrPete
May 11, 2001 12:26 PM
I just bought a CAAD3 Saeco and got a nice deal on it. The main difference is that the CAAD4 is a few ounces (3-4, I think) lighter and has S-bend seat stays for a little extra comfort on the long rides. Since aluminum doesn't flex all that much, I wondered how much of an advantage this would give, but that's an issue for people who are smarter about frames than I am.

As far as things to look out for when buying a used frame, especially a light Al frame like the CAAD3, make absolutely sure you check the frame for cracks, dents, etc., especially at the important joints (bottom bracket, head tube, etc.) A little crack in one of these puppies can (though I've never seen it) become a break, and nothing would ruin a ride like a snapped frame. That said, the CAAD3 is a bombproof road frame, and unless the previous owner just abused the hell out of it, you shouldn't see any cracks, dents, etc. Good luck with the purchase!
c'dale website...dave
May 11, 2001 3:19 PM
Should have this info, unless they've discontinued the CAAD3. I had one a few years ago. It performed well, but like most aluminum frames, it was pretty harsh, particularly in the back.
c'dale website...got2ryd
May 12, 2001 7:52 AM
have not ridden caad3 road, but do have a caad3 mtn frame. i now have a caad4 road and i can tell you that it rides like no other frame i have ridden. its like like al, but flexes vertically in the rear for a super compliant, responsive ride. love it!
i meant caad5....got2ryd
May 12, 2001 9:03 AM
have caad5 road frame now. super comfy!
re: CAAD3?Jethro Notbodine
May 11, 2001 4:18 PM
Caad4 and higher are lighter and have the specially shaped seatstays that is said to improve the ride. I had a Caad3 and took all the parts off it to build a CAAD4. The ride was better. I'm 6',145 and ride a 57/58. Yours and others experiences may differ.
I've got one...Greg Taylor
May 12, 2001 10:41 AM
I've had good luck with mine. Like other folks have mentioned, the CAAD4 is lighter, and has s-bend seat stays that make it less harsh. I've never had a problem with the ride, however. I've got a carbon fork on it that, in my opinion, really helps tune out any harshness that may be there.

Buying used, look for dings in the tubes (thin aluminum). Paint can also be an issue. Look for bubbles/corrosion where components attach to the frame. You can get galvanic corrosion (where you mate two dissimilar metals) around the cable braze-ons, water bottle mounts, and where the cable-bosses bolt up on to the down-tube. The water-bottle mounts are threaded riv-nuts that evenutally work their way loose.

Other than that little stuff, it is a great frame.
re: CAAD3?JohnG
May 12, 2001 3:05 PM
Biggest difference is straight seat stays on Caad3, curved on caad4 and up. IMHO, the straight stayed Dales are VERY uncomfortable.