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Cad2 technology(4 posts)

Cad2 technologyJ-P
Jul 23, 2001 4:06 PM
I have the opportunity to buy a Cannondale cad2 road frame at a very low price. I am new in road biking and I'm looking for a bike that can handle long rides and short races. Do you think that it's a good choice or the technology is really outdated.

I want a road bike for a very cheap price.
I will build it with shimano 105.

Any comments or suggestions will be appreciated.

thanks
re: Cad2 technologyRusty Coggs
Jul 23, 2001 4:54 PM
CAAD2 was ok,but not racer oriented as were the similar vintage CAAD3. the 2 had a less pronounced flare to the downtube at the BB and was generally considered to have a somewhat less stiff and jarring ride than the caad3. If you are smaller/lighter and ride a smaller frame size the difference may not be noticable and the ride characteristics may work to your benefit. Check the rear dropout spacing...it needs to be 130mm for 8 and 9 speed stuff, and AL does not like to be bent.Condition is important,so check it carefully for cracks, dings or evidence of crashes.
re: Cad2 technologyLC
Jul 23, 2001 7:35 PM
The CAAD2 is actually stronger and more comfortable than the CAAD3. Cannondale had enough faith in the frame to put a lifetime warranty on it instead of the 5 year on the CAAD3. Don't think that all advances are actually improvements for the average person. I'm sure a sprinter like Super Mario appreaciates the bigger and stiffer down tube, but for the rest of us mortals, the CAAD2 is plenty stiff enough. On the advice of some experts, and my actually test rides, I actually went hunting for a CAAD2 instead of the CAAD3 and am still happy with the CAAD2. It does weigh 12 grams more though, if you can live with that.
The warranties are all lifetime, not just CAAD2TrekRider
Jul 24, 2001 5:50 AM
The only framesets with short duration warranties from Cannondale are their downhill framesets. Every road bike's frame is warrantied for life of the original owner.