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Value?(15 posts)

May 7, 2002 5:17 AM
I need a frame that is stiff in the BB. I was offered this Cannondale frame for about $550US but am a little unsure about a few things:
1. I hope you can see the scratches by the small chanring in this post, there are a few deep ones, about 1mm. Will that effect the durability of the frame?
2. It's a 99 Caad4, how does the price seem to you?
3. My helmet and shoes are yellow...

The owner, a team mate says he has never crashed it and I believe him. There are alot of scratches but I can't find any cracks or major blemishes. I'm saving my money for a custom steel bike but when this came along I thought that maybe I could use this for a year or so. There are so many choices in the world of road riding.

Thanks for your opinions.
Huh??? Here's a pic... I hope...hayaku
May 7, 2002 5:20 AM
And another one...hayaku
May 7, 2002 5:21 AM
$550 for a beat-up CAAD3??Rusty McNasty
May 7, 2002 5:26 AM
You must be nuts!!! I'd offer him $200, wouldn't pay a penny over $275. Not for a CAAD3 in THAT condition, at least. Hey, the paint job was nice, but that was before his chain slipped and chewed it all up there.
You're kidding?Jekyll
May 7, 2002 6:01 AM
This is from a guy rather fond of Cannondale..... (not a plug, really, just a reference) has brand new CAAD3 frame/fork for $475 and CAAD5 frame/fork/headset for $635. Also, IMHO the CAAD3 was the last of the great kidney bleeders. The CAAD4+ frames have a seriously redesigned rear end which is far more comfortable than the old straight seat stay design.
Add to that the fact that the frame is pretty obviously chewed up around the BB, 3 years old, etc - why?
I can't argue with wanting the Canny, the newer ones are great frames but not that one at that price.
those scratches are more than cosmeticslow-ron
May 7, 2002 6:36 AM
My Cannondale mountain bike had some surface gouges and after a while a crack formed and the frame was toast.

Those gouges are stress risers in an area that sees torsion every time you pedal.
Agree...I wouldn't buy at any price...(nm)biknben
May 7, 2002 6:55 AM
Nothing to see here!!!
Ad in Velonewstanman
May 7, 2002 6:40 AM
Saw this ad in velonews from Circle Cycle 310-329-1159, for CAAD 3-4-5, page 52. Pirces are $400/CAAD 3, $500/CAAD 4, $600 CAAD 5. This is not a plug, simply pointing out that if you are looking for a Cannondale, and others out there have frames available.

I personally would not buy a used alumnium frame with obvious patent damage--chainstays are notorious break areas.
Keep saving for your goal...pass on this one...biknben
May 7, 2002 6:49 AM
A beat up CADD4 is not worth this price. C'Dale frame are easy to find and they don't demand high prices unless they are the most current models.

Keep saving for your custom rig.

Tell your friend to stop dropping his chain. I'm actually interested to know how he chewed up the chainstay like that. It looks like a MTB that has chain sucked too many times. How do you do that on a road bike? Drop chain and pedal backwards? Ouch!!!
if you really want a nice Canny frameJekyll
May 7, 2002 7:03 AM
I have a 2 year old CAAD4 Saeco frame with Slice, new King HS and ITM post. 56cm. I'll make you a far better deal on it than your team mate is doing for you. Email me if you're interested.
re: Value?RaiderMike
May 7, 2002 7:05 AM
I bought a brand new GT ZR2.0 for $295 for the frame fork, and headset. If you are looking for something to last until you get your Custom bike that would probably do. I have a bunch of miles on mine, I am 195 lbs. and havent had any flex problems. It seems pretty stiff. I bought it at
not a value!!853
May 7, 2002 7:26 AM
I just bought this from my local bike shop.
$550.00 cash no taxes! brand new CADD5 frame fork and headset! Don't buy that frame!
Thanks for your help guys!hayaku
May 7, 2002 7:54 AM
I'm in Japan and am pretty new to riding so I've got NO idea about market value, especially when it comes to used goods. One more question though, how can everything be so cheap in America?!! I was looking at the Schwinn fastback frame at supergo and it was about $400US cheaper than I can get it here. In Japan it comes with the fork and headset but they don't cost $400US, that's for sure.

Global economics is something I just can't get my head around.

Once again, thanks everyone for your help.
Thanks for your help guys!Jekyll
May 7, 2002 8:01 AM
The Schwinn at Supergo is a close out. Schwinn was bankrupt and now bought out by Pacific (manufacturer of crap department store bikes). This is why Schwinn pricing on old goods as so attractive. I don't know what the Schwinn ICBM HS is worth but a good fork and HS will cost you $400 or more.
There may be an import duty/tariff on non-domestic bikes. (nm)Gregory Taylor
May 7, 2002 9:33 AM