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$1500 to Spend on a New Frame - Which oners1115
May 8, 2002 6:38 PM
I am currently riding a 1999 Cannondale CAAD3 that I am looking to replace the frame. I am looking at the new Litespeed Hyperion or a new CAAD 6. Any advice about these two frames or other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


May 8, 2002 8:00 PM
check out the Merckx Team SC--$1850 frame and fork
Merckx 2tanman
May 9, 2002 5:28 AM
My 2 cents: Solid racing bikes--recently reviewed in Cyclosport (Corsa 01-steel) and Bicycling (Team SC--alloy)--both rags commenting that handling is very confidence inspiring--solid and predictable. Merckx frames were raced by Motorola (LA won the Worlds on one), and currently by Domo, if that means anything.
May 9, 2002 6:41 AM
I second the vote fot the Merckx..
I just test rode one and..
it is amazing ..
re: $1500 to Spend on a New Frame - Which onejc66502
May 8, 2002 8:28 PM
Kind of a general question, so a few general answers:

Steelman SR
Serotta Fierte
re: $1500 to Spend on a New Frame - Which oneJekyll
May 8, 2002 8:43 PM
If you're stuck on the LS and Canny.......
Why the CAAD6? Do you really want to get the Cannondale SI BB and crank as well? You'll have to with the CAAD6.
Why not look at the a CAAD5 - same exact frame as 6 with the exception of a standard BB shell. You can get a CAAD5 frame/fork/Campy HS for around $600 to boot....
The Hyperion is just another relabled Asian Al McBike bike - if you are going to choose an Al frame between the two I would opt for the Canny. If you want an LS get a Ti one. Also, last I saw, LS is not selling Al frames by themselves - complete bikes only.
re: $1500 to Spend on a New Frame - Which oneelviento
May 8, 2002 8:50 PM
Add $300 and order a CT1 from Europe.
re: $1500 to Spend on a New Frame - Which oneR-I-D-E
May 8, 2002 9:37 PM
Another vote for the Merckx Team SC. Great bike for the money, not to mention that you will be riding a somewhat more unique, European, steed.

re: $1500 to Spend on a New Frame - Which oneMr Good
May 8, 2002 10:23 PM
If you can build your own bike, and like cannondale, and just want the frameset--look around the internet and get yourself a CAAD 5 for about $500 or $600. That's what I did, and have the rest of the money to spend on new wheels, new bar and stem, etc.

I happen to like Cannondale--superlight, and made in the US by a big company that does a lot of R&D. Maybe Cannondale doesn't have the exotic allure of a Merckx, but it's the real deal: a lightweight, inexpensive race machine! In my mind the xpensive colnagos and lightspeeds aren't worth the extra money, not by any practical measure.
Agreed, except...tanman
May 9, 2002 5:42 AM
I agree with you Mr. Good, that Cannondale puts out a great race machine that can be had for about $600 (CAAD5, check Velonews ad). Even Super Mario Cipollini said something to the effect that Cannondale is the best bike.

That being said, our original poster wants to spend $1500 on the frame. So DadGumit, let's all pitch in, do our civic duty, help the economy, and help him/her spend every last nickel of that money on a bike frame, rent be darned! :-)

BTW, any Merckx is my suggestion--and if it turns out that you followed my suggestion but don't like the Merckx, don't throw it out, send it to me so I can eat my words....
re: $1500 to Spend on a New Frame - Which oneDKF
May 9, 2002 3:13 AM
Sounds to me like you are talking about $1500 for an entire bike, not just a frame. If so, those new Litespeed Alum/Carbon bikes appear to be top quality and a great value; they're really beautiful in the detail of craftsmanship. A picture does not due the bike justice (the same can be said for nearly any bike I suppose).
re: $1500 to Spend on a New Frame - Which oneJambo
May 9, 2002 6:30 AM
The new AL Litespeeds go for about $2300 for the complete bike, so he's gonna be a little short. They are nice though, but VERY stiff. Personally, I would go for the Antares for the Campy.
re: $1500 to Spend on a New Frame - Which oneRadicalRonPruitt
May 9, 2002 5:49 AM
Wait for the GIANT TCR carbon to come out later this month. It looks hot.
re: $1500 to Spend on a New Frame - Which oners1115
May 10, 2002 6:42 AM
Thanks for the input - I am widening my search and increasing my price limit for a frame / fork to $1800. Does this change anyone's answer?