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Cannondale Cadd 4 or Airborne Ti(13 posts)

Cannondale Cadd 4 or Airborne TiRandyMH
Nov 11, 2001 9:39 PM
I am going to buy a new frame here in the next week or so. I'm debuting on a Cannondale Cadd 4 ($400.00) or the Airborne Zepplin, not sure of the price yet but probably under $800.00. I'm also going to talk to a rep for Orbea. Any suggestions.
re: Cannondale Cadd 4 or Airborne TiJohn-d
Nov 12, 2001 2:25 AM
Went through this exactly, about 2 months ago. I short listed the Zeppelin, The Caad 4, Orbea and a steel Basso.

They all make up into great bikes. Why did I chose the CAAD 4? Well in the end you can't test ride on the internet and I would have had to pay what I thought was too much in the way of tax and delivery on top of the quoted price. I visited my nearest Orbea dealer but for the same price they looked as though they had been welded by a pipefitter and looked well, dated. I spoke to the shop owner who was riding one and he said that his daily comute was a harsh ride and was going to try one of their steel frames.

I then found a Cannondale shop about 25 miles from home that offered unlimited test rides, good after sales and the CAAD 4 in the form of a R800 rode so well I couldn't resist it. Weight for weight there is not much difference, the R800 builds up to about 18.5 lbs. So that's it one very happy CAAD 4 rider.

In the end it is all personal choice, make a decision based on trials not sales talk and enjoy your riding.

Regards

John-d
Please let me know where as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!cioccman
Nov 12, 2001 10:42 AM
Please let me know where I can get this deal as well. cioccman@yahoo.com
a Cannondale CAAD4 frame for $400?????Rusty McNasty
Nov 12, 2001 6:01 AM
Please, tell me where I can get in on this great deal?? I might find a CAAD4 frame for $1000, if I'm lucky, at an end-of-season sale, but that's about it.
BTW, if you care about quality workmnanship, buy the Cannondale. Especially if you are getting it as cheap as that! Even if you really mean $1400.
Hey Rusty what size are you???RandyMH
Nov 12, 2001 6:14 AM
I can get them pretty cheap? The one I'm concidering is slightly used. But depending on your size there are a few new ones around on closeout.
Im a 58. that is a hell of a deal. (nm)vanzutas
Nov 12, 2001 6:49 AM
Im a 58. that is a hell of a deal. (nm)RandyMH
Nov 12, 2001 12:30 PM
I have access to a Brand New red caad 4 Seco frame and black Profile Carbon fork for $600.00 It is a 60 though. Also a Yellow 60cm r2000si Frame fork and stem Caad 5 for $700.00. I'm not trying to turn this into a market place just wanted to answer your question.
63 or 64 cmRusty McNasty
Nov 12, 2001 11:18 AM
Still, that 'slightly used' frame is probably, for that price, more like 'used and abused'. I thought you siad it was new. i wouldn't want a used C'Dale frame, unless I knew it's history. I wouldn't want an airborne frame if you gave it to me for free.
63 or 64 cmRandyMH
Nov 12, 2001 12:25 PM
Hey Rusty
I can actually get you a 63 Caad 4 r3000 frame smoked grey. It is used but I know the history of both of these frames. They have not been abused. Owned by employees of a bike shop that ride more mountain then road. It still has full Dura Ace components on it that are in mint condition, but they can be removed. Why woundn't want a Airborne?
re: CannondaleSteveS
Nov 12, 2001 9:33 AM
What is the warranty coverage on a "slightly used" Cannondale?
Somewhere around, Nill.vanzutas
Nov 12, 2001 9:44 AM
But I wonder how much it is needed. As compared to, say, an OCLV which people are always using the warranty for. How many people ever need the warranty on a Cannondale frame?

Adam
Let's seeSteveS
Nov 12, 2001 3:32 PM
I have personally seen steel and titanium frames fail, had an aluminum, carbon fiber composite, and OCLV frames warranteed, and seen my riding partner's Cannondale frame give up the ghost. Any frame of any material can fail. Since aluminum is not really repairable, personally I wouldn't buy a used aluminum frame for other than windtrainer use. Caveat emptor! Buyer beware!
Cannondale Caad 4!!!!Jekyll
Nov 12, 2001 10:03 PM
You can get one at GVH bikes for $595 with fork. He has a few sizes listed and from what I've read here he's a pretty good guy to deal with (no personal experience).
I bought a CAAD4 Saeco team red frame last year from a local shop for $599 with slice carbon fork. Really is one hell of a deal on basically the same bike as the newer CAAD5/6 (assuming you can live without the integrated headset and I assume most can live without the Coda crank/BB contraption).
I dressed mine up with D/A and Ksyriums and I really can't complain. Very different animal from the Zeppelin I had a chance to ride. The Zeppelin was a bit more comfy but it seemed almost sluggish by comparison to the C-Dale. Just two very different "feeling" bikes.
Living only about 45 miles from the plant I grew up riding and racing C-Dales both road and MTB - the CAAD4/5/6 are one hell of an improvement on the older straight seat stay bikes. Plus there is something nice these days about riding and looking down at that American flag on the top tube.