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Cannondale CADD 5 Frame and fork question(15 posts)

Cannondale CADD 5 Frame and fork questionlitespeedcat
Feb 6, 2002 7:35 PM
I heard through my local shop that they will let you trade in any old frame and get a Cannondale CADD 5 frame and fork, normally $1,299, for only $599. I am riding a Litespeed Catalyst and would like to build up something that will be different from it. Anyone who has ridden a CADD 5 frame and fork let me know your take on its strenghts and weaknesses.

I have a Dura Ace group that I picked up from a friend for $500 and it is just sitting around. I would like to get the CADD 5 just because I could build it up with the DA and some really sweet parts for around $1,000.

I am hoping that the Frame and fork will ride fairly well, but be significantly stiffer than my 97' Litespeed.

Any advice from those who have ridden the CADD 5 would be appreciated.

re: Cannondale CADD 5 Frame and fork questionCT1
Feb 6, 2002 8:05 PM
I used a Cadd5 frame/fork early last year for about 1K miles. I thought it was OK but nothing special. It was a little to harsh in the front end for my taste and it just felt too much like a their older frames for my taste.

I suspect if I weighed 50# more I probably would have liked it a bit better.

re: Cannondale CADD 5 Frame and fork questionnetso
Feb 7, 2002 4:07 AM
My wife rides a CAAD 5, 49 cm frame. She loves it! It is really stiff if your style is to sprint and climb. I have a CAAD 6 and i really like it also. We have had both bikes approximately 1 year and about 1000 miles.
re: Cannondale CADD 5 Frame and fork questionjason in nh
Feb 7, 2002 4:58 AM
I have had a caad 4 for 3 years and just picked up a caad 5 with full carbon fork the past week from cannondale.
The cannondale rear end that both of those frames use is amazing. doen't feel anything like an aluminum frame of the old day, early 90's. Super light, what i call a neutral ride, and super stiff in the right places, all your pedaling action goes to the wheels.
At my shop for example. we have these two customers that are both loaded, and have numerous ti and carbon bikes, but since they have gotten their cannondales, that is all they ride.
And now with the spring promotion, not a better time to get a "rain bike"
Is it any old frame, or Cannondale frame for the trade in?velo_rider
Feb 7, 2002 6:28 AM
Just curious, can you trade in any frame at all? Or does it have to be a Cannondale trade in?
Is it any old frame, or Cannondale frame for the trade in?litespeedcat
Feb 7, 2002 7:19 AM
Yes, and the way my shop was hinting was that they really didn't care if you traded one in at all. The idea is to get you off of what ever you are on now and onto a Cannondale.
I've got one, and I love it, but not for distance . . .morrison
Feb 7, 2002 8:09 AM
I call it my climber, and I use it when I do steep climbs, or when I'm going out w/ a fast group. It is very stiff, and pretty comfortable for an aluminum frame.

On the other hand, it beats the sh!t out of me on long rides. I used to come home feeling like I had a chain-saw enema.

good luck
Any more info on this program??bigdave
Feb 7, 2002 9:01 AM
Is there someplace I can get more info on this? Just at the LBS, or is there info somewhere on the web?

This sounds like a good deal I'd consider if I could find out more info...


Any more info on this program??litespeedcat
Feb 7, 2002 10:28 AM
If your LBS sells Cannondale they should have all the details. I have never seen anything on the web about it. I heard from my LBS that it will run for the next two months or so.
unsure about datesjbrown2036
Feb 7, 2002 11:08 AM
I called my LBS to get the details and they said any frame (even an old mountain frame), but that it would end on the 15th. Now maybe they were tring to push a sale, but I'd call your LBS and ask.
unsure about dateslitespeedcat
Feb 8, 2002 6:56 AM
Talked with my LBS and they said that they have ordered 15 of these frame & forks so they will offer the deal for a while. Granted they will only offer it in the size frames they have ordered. If you want a size they did not order then you must order by the 15th.
re: Cannondale CADD 5 Frame and fork questionracing stock
Feb 7, 2002 9:07 AM
I don't understand people complaining about Cannondale's being harsh or beating you up. Maybe it is a popular misconception to say that about aluminum frames. If you don't like the ride or looks that is one thing, but this is an aluminum frame. Judge it fairly to it's competition.

I'm pretty objective. I don't favor steel, ti, carbon or aluminum and like the differences in all 4. But take my opinion from a road racer's point of view.

The CAAD5, 6 (haven't ridden the 7 yet) are about as neutral and "dialed" in as you can get. They are not too stiff! They are responsive and have great feel. The Slice full carbon fork is great. The frame dampens well for aluminum (the best I've ridden) and it is so well balanced for all racing disciplines.
Do I think it's the best ride for a tourist? I don't know, I would think the tight geometry would be tiring for that sort of thing (with all the bags you would carry). But for 250km rides/races and shorter, there aren't many better than the CAAD5,6 aluminum or otherwise. These frames are dialed in. Never ridden one out of true and many, many frames come from the factory out of true. I never felt that or heard of it from a Cannondale.
Something like the Merckx Team SL is up there as near perfect too.
Feb 7, 2002 6:35 PM
My TCR is just as stiff and AS good a climber as my Cadd5 frame BUT............ it's much more comfy!!! This is because the front fork is more forgiving on the TCR. The fork on the cadd5 is overbuilt .... at least for my weight. The truth be know the rear of the Dale is just fine! It's just the damn shock up thru the Hbars that drove me crazy!!!

My TCR is a way better bike FOR ME. I've put 150 mile days on it with no problema. :)

TCR?racing stock
Feb 8, 2002 2:02 AM
I like compact frames. They are great for climbs, not so great for crits. I take that back, it's just that the Cannondale is better overall (I think the TCR is a better climber than the CAAD5).

You can rock&roll all over the Cannondale in a crit, the TCR isn't that kind of bike. Not that it isnt a great frame, it is. Overall, I still take the American Made, perfectly true, perfectly balanced Cannondale over the TCR (which I know has alignment problems).

Having said that, I don't mind racing a compact (Litespeed or Specialized over the TCR) but for a crit, I'll take the Cannondale over any of those.

Like I said before, the CAAD is balanced. Front and back.
Anyway, that's all I have to say about it. My 2 cents on the CAAD5,6
Is this offer good for custom frames, or just standard ? (nm)Crash
Feb 7, 2002 10:38 AM