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Older Cannondale bike and component question.(7 posts)

Older Cannondale bike and component question.Stuart Scollay
May 18, 2001 1:09 PM
I'm looking at purchasing a used Cannondale R900 from 5-7 years ago. I am concerned about the durability of the aluminum frame. Was/is Cannondale a solid road bike company from that time period? Should I be worried about the frame?
The other question is on the components for the bike. The owner says they are Shimano 600 brakes and gears, 16 speeds, with integrated shifters. How does this group fall in the current levels of components and were the integrated shifters from several years ago of similar quality to the ones today?
Thanks for the help.
re: Older Cannondale bike and component question.pmf
May 18, 2001 2:09 PM
I'm not a fan of aluminium bikes, but Cannondale makes a pretty good one. Is it the CAAD3 frame? Seems like thats a good way to date it (every two years or so there seems to be a new CAAD).

The components are 8 speed ultegra. The are good components. A little on the heavy side, but very usable.
re: Older Cannondale bike and component question.Big Johnson
May 18, 2001 2:45 PM
Cannondale made and makes good stuff. Any material or brand can be abused.Age is often not so much a factor as how, and how much something was used or abused.Looks are important. Check for dings dents, road rash and cracks at the welds.If everything looks pristine to 'normally used',then it's likely ok. The 600 group was ultegra,one step down from Dura Ace.
Won't ride as nice as CAAD series frame...vram
May 18, 2001 3:08 PM
If it's 5-7 years old, I doubt it's a CAAD series frame. The pre-CAAD cannondales weren't very good at absorbing road chatter. You can expect to get a good ride from CAAD3 series and later. How much are they asking? If you look around you could get a CAAD3 frame for around $350. I just sold mine for $415. Goodluck!
Kinda right.....Jethro Notbodine
May 18, 2001 7:00 PM
the caad3 were alot like the older 3.0 and 2.8 series,except for the non cantilevered dropouts and possibly a replaceable hanger. Had a caad3 and used the parts off it to build a caad4.The caad4 IS a much better ride. My experience,yours may differ.
re: Older Cannondale bike and component question.JohnG
May 18, 2001 8:23 PM
Older Dale frames aren't very good. Been there done that! Unless you are a clyde I'd stay the H away from it.

The newer C4-5 frames are quite good, although still a bit on the stiff side.

You should be able to get a 1 year old bike in near new condtion for about 1/2 retail. That's my suggestion.
Au Contrere....Mel Erickson
May 19, 2001 5:24 PM
My french ees not so good. The pre-CAAD3 frames were good, just very stiff. I don't know if I qualify as a clydesdale at 6'2" and 180 but I rode an '85 for many years and it still serves me well as my trainer bike. If it hasn't been damaged it should serve well. Don't pay too much and be ready for a harsh ride but they can really put the power to the pavement. Some 700x25 tires run at 90-100lbs (if you're not too heavy) should smooth the ride out quite a bit. If you're over, say, 175 I'd run 'em a bit higher.