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2002 C'dale CAAD 5 seatstays(11 posts)

2002 C'dale CAAD 5 seatstaysMuskrat
May 28, 2002 4:56 PM
I'm considering an R2000. How much will the "hourglass" stays smooth out the ride? I weigh 155 and will probably do 2-3 hour rides.It's hard to tell on a short demo.I love the feel of the bike but maybe I should consider another frame material or aluminum with CF stays.I just like that light,stiff feel. First road bike. Thanks.
May 28, 2002 4:57 PM
Of course it isn't like cf seatstays but it works very nicely. I love my Cannondale(s)!

Nick Corcoran
My '01 C'dale CAAD 5 is great!!jagiger
May 28, 2002 7:31 PM
You're 15 lbs lighter than I am, so you'll do even better. It's a nice ride with the Ksyrium SSC wheels & Ultegra group. It all works pretty well together.
Is it black and silver???PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
May 28, 2002 9:05 PM
I got that R2000. It hides me from the wind and hills! :)

pure hypegtx
May 28, 2002 8:32 PM
read Sheldon Brown's section under vertical stiffness. Don't buy into C'Dale's marketing hype. The illustration below from C'dale's site is on the silliest things I've seen in a while. This is not to say it's not a nice bike, or that it won't be plenty comfortable if it fits properly and you ride with 700x25s.
Seems to work for me...PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
May 28, 2002 9:10 PM
I've had a Cad 3,4 and 5 and the theory behind it in practise seems to dampen the vibration to at least come extent.

Nick Corcoran (very tired)
re: 2002 C'dale CAAD 5 seatstaysJohnG
May 28, 2002 8:51 PM
You "should" be OK with the caad5 (given your comments) but keep in mind this is still a VERY stiff frame!!

Just an opinion but one based on owning a caad5.
May 28, 2002 9:08 PM
re: It's just hypeMr Good
May 28, 2002 9:41 PM
If curved seatstays make any difference, I can't feel it. Aluminum can't bend much at all. If it were bending enough to provide shock absorption, it would quickly fatigue and break.

Shock absorbtion on a road bike comes mainly from the tires, the rider (relaxed arms and legs), and in the case of a steel bike, a little bit from the frame and fork.

While we're on the subject, carbon forks and seatstays don't provide good shock absorbtion either. Steel has some good flex to it, and a good steel fork (like the one on my 12-year old merckx) visibly flexes with the bumps in the road and gives me a smoother ride than a CF fork.

I currently ride a CAAD 5, I'm very happy with it--it's super light and handles pretty well. It's not comfortable like my steel merckx, or like the steel ritchey I used to ride. I would recommend the CAAD 5 for competitive riding, just don't fool yourself into thinking that an aluminum racing frame will be "comfortable." Comfort is relative--and the Cdale is comfy enough to put up with in a race, but you won't be floating on a cushion of air!
re: 2002 C'dale CAAD 5 seatstaysweiwentg
May 29, 2002 4:49 AM
with a sufficiently hard pair of buttocks, you can do 2-3 hour rides on anything. :)
as other posters mentioned, if you're doing extra-long distance, you may wish to consider 25mm tires. this is the first thing you do to soften the ride. next is get a comfortable saddle - I found the specialized BG to be comfy, but YMMV - and then maybe to get a CF or Ti seatpost - some people say this does nothing, though. perhaps it only works on compact frames.
FWIW: CADD3 to CADD5...biknben
May 29, 2002 5:31 AM
My close riding bud just went from a C'Dale CADD3 to a CADD5. The CADD3 was the last frame C'dale made with straight seat stays. He's been on the CADD5 for a week now and I rode with him Monday. After the ride I asked if he noticed a difference between the two frames. He said "Like night and day!!!"
For the record, his setup was nearly identical from one frame to the other. He just swapped parts.

I currently ride a CADD5 and weigh 155#s too. I have carbon bars, post, and tubular wheels which soften the ride considerably. With that considered I find the ride to be as comfortable as can be expected from a race oriented bike. Take off all the carbon goodies and I suspect that the majority would think it is too harsh for extended rides. It's a great race bike, quick handling and efficient. 2-3 hour rides should be no problem.