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New cad5 si ?(9 posts)

New cad5 si ?markmark
Jul 10, 2001 3:31 PM
Anybody riding or tried this bike out? How does it go?

re: New cad5 si ?Spiderman
Jul 10, 2001 6:01 PM
i think it is basically the same as caad4 but with an integrated headset. I also believe that the rear triangle looks the same as a caad4.
re: New cad5 si ?jagiger
Jul 10, 2001 9:00 PM
I just got one this year & it's been great, really quite & good on the climbs. It was such a big just from my '75 Peugot that I'm still enjoying every minute.
I picked one up this year...biknben
Jul 10, 2001 10:21 PM
It's got the System Integration "SI" headset. Most everything else is the same. Keep in mind that some SIs come with carbon steerer tube fork while some have a Al steerer.

I came from a late '80s steel rig so I can't compare it to much. It's not as harsh as I expected. I'm got a SLR saddle on it if that says anything. Truely responsive ride. Everything seems incredibly efficient. All power goes to the pedals. It's nice, but like I said, I was on steel before.

Mine is built up with a lot of carbon goodies and weighs in at exactly 15 lbs. It's not the lightest frame (2.8 Lbs) but it's still plenty light. IMHO it's the best when comparing price, weight, durability, and ride quality.

One thing worth mentioning: An early batch of these frames was shipped with a fork race which is too small (according to my LBS) C'Dale is not getting the word out but they are replacing them free of charge. Don't know what "too small" means but it you lift and drop the front of the bike you hear a noticably dead thump.
15lb ??? 54cm C'dale R5000Si w/o pedals =15.9lbsHomer J.
Jul 11, 2001 11:34 AM
Tell us which model/size etc, and how you got it to 15 lbs total.

C'Dale lists thier most expensive and lightest bike as the 54cm CAAD6 R5000Si with Record, Nucleon wheels, C'Dale "Hollowgram crank" etc. at 15.9lbs WITHOUT pedals!

Tell us how you could do it with a CAAD5? (C'Dale lists the top CAAD5 as the R3000Si, 56cm is listed at 17lbs WITHOUT pedals!
Picture and specs...biknben
Jul 11, 2001 9:10 PM
I posted it in the photo gallery.

Weight was determined by a digital fish scale. It's accurate. Weight includes pedals and bottle cages. It's a 58 cm frame.
CAAD 5 -> Integrated HeadSetMabero
Jul 11, 2001 6:22 AM
I own a R2000si which has the Aluminum steerer CAAD 5 frame. The only difference in CAAD 5 and CAAD 4 is the integrated headset reduces the weight by ~400 grams or so. It can either come with a full carbon fork (found on the R3000si and above) and the carbon fork and aluminum steerer which in on my R2000si.

The hour glass seat stays are exactly the same which was the biggest difference from the CAAD 3 to CAAD 4. That is huge difference cause it makes the frame smoother and reduces road vibrations.

There is also the CAAD 6 frame which they changed a couple things in the bottom bracket/crankset to further reduce the weight.

To me the CAAD 5 felt slightly more responsive but that could be just difference in wheels since the integrated headset won't change that feeling...for instance I test rode a CAAD 5 with Mavic Krysiums and test rode the CAAD 4 with Mavic CXP23. Very different wheels.
Thanks guys............markmark
Jul 11, 2001 7:33 AM
I may look at a caad6 then. I like steel vs alum for the smoother ride, so I'll see how that goes with the C-D too.

CAAD 6 = Heavy price tagMabero
Jul 11, 2001 9:47 AM
The problem is the CAAD 6 comes only on the R4000si and above models...therefore you are getting top dollar wheels, components, etc.

That's one of the reasons why I choose the CAAD 5 cause it is on two reasonably priced models: R1000si and the R2000si.

The R3000si which has a CAAD5 was just out of my price range but you do get full Dura Ace and the Full Carbon fork.