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Bike choice - good deal?(4 posts)

Bike choice - good deal?Mee
Jun 30, 2001 12:38 PM
Hi guys,

I am new to the road biking, and I am about to buy my first road bike.
My local shop offers to sell me a 2001 Cannondale R500 model for $900. Does it sound like a good deal?
I have test driven it, and I liked it, at least, more then some Giant and Trek models in the below $1000 price range.
Any suggestions, what I should pay attention to?

Thanks,
Mee
re: Bike choice - good deal?Akirasho
Jun 30, 2001 4:41 PM
... here's the good news about the 'Dale. The 2001 R500 uses a CAAD3 frame which until '99 was their flagship model... a very good, very upgradable frame. The downside are the components... but that's the good part about having an upgradable frame. As time and funds and/or needs require, this frame would be worthy of ANY component upgrade.

'Bout the only downside to this frame "may" be the headtube... I believe that it's a 1" design. In the future, that might limit some fork options (new standard is for 1 1/8" steerers).

For a first ride, and if you like the ride qualities of a stiff aluminium frame... then this would be a nice way to go.

I can't speak for Giant or Trek models at this price point, but would still suggest that, with ride charactersitics being the same, opt for the best frame. Frames are the heart and soul of your bike... easier and more cost effective to upgrade a quality frame than to hang high end components on a pig of a frame. As I stated earlier, the CAAD3 is a great frame.

Be the bike.
re: Bike choice - good deal?RandyMH
Jun 30, 2001 9:32 PM
If you plan on upgrading components soon you might want to opt for the R400.. It also has the CADD3 frame. I just got mine for $749.00. But for $150.00 more the components on the R5 is worth it. I beleive it has the Tiagra group, which is about $480.00 if you buy it later.
Good Luck
re: Bike choice - good deal?Crash
Jul 2, 2001 11:29 AM
Since Cannondale is already releasing their 2002 models you should be able to get a pretty good deal soon on the 2001's. I would suggest, if you can afford it, waiting a bit and holding out for the R600. It comes with the CAAD-4 frame and mostly 105 components. It will cost a little more up front, but you get the superior frame and better components and upgraded wheelset. Just a thought.