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Cannondale CAAD5 frame(6 posts)

Cannondale CAAD5 framehrosvit
Jun 1, 2002 7:49 AM
Anyone have any good/bad experiences with the CAAD5 frame they'd like to share? I am a long time mountain biker mulling over my first road bike purchase, and GVH Bikes has the CAAD5 with Prodigy Slice fork for $635 in my size (63cm). Seems like a good deal.
re: Cannondale CAAD5 framezray61
Jun 1, 2002 12:50 PM
I also have been interested in the CAAD5 with Ultegra group from GVH bikes. I think it is an excellent price and for the most part GVH Bike comes well recommended in this discussion group(I asked about GVH about a week ago).

About the CAAD5 frame, I have been going to the local bike emporium to test ride a 63cm Cannondale(R900) and it seems a good fit for me. I am currently riding a Klein Quantum Race, 61cm, which is proving a bit too small for me. The Klein was my first good bike and as such was enormously helpful in giving me feedback and experience in what I want from a bike, what trade offs I will or will not accept, how does price effect me, how can I change or alter my bike so that it is more to my liking?

I think everybody has to go through a similar educational process and I don't think that the CAAD5 frame with the Ultegra is a bad place for you to start that education process. What is the worse that could happen? You might have to sell the bike.

Best of luck.
re: Cannondale CAAD5 frameMikeBu
Jun 1, 2002 8:34 PM
I am also a long time mtb rider who bought a road bike this year for training purposes. I bought a Cannondale R2000 and love it. It climbs and accelerates very nice. I don't have alot of experience with road bikes but I am happy with it...
re: Cannondale CAAD5 frameMr Good
Jun 1, 2002 9:44 PM
I've raced on a CAAD 4 and now on a CAAD 5. I like the frame a lot--it's light and responsive, and handles well.

C'dales have long top tubes. I have to use a shorter stem on the CAAD 5 than I would with other bikes. I do have long legs and a short torso, so this may have more to do with me than the bike. You should test ride one, or pay close attention to the geometry chart on the c'dale website. For instance, cannondale's 58 cm is 58 cm to the top of the seat collar, but only 56 cm to the center of the top tube, and the tt is almost 58 cm long.

I bought my frame from Gary at GVH and built the bike myself. He shipped it right away--I got the frame two days after I ordered it.

I abused my CAAD 4 for a year--put about 8000 miles on it, and did a number of races with crummy pave or off-road sections that beat the hell out of my bike. I have broken steel bikes doing the same thing, but the cannondale has hasn't broken yet! (of course, I've now switched to a CAAD 5, but it's basically the same frame.)

The frame is stiff and transmits a lot more road vibration than a traditional steel road frame. I don't find it to be a big deal, though. If you have nothing else to compare it to, you probably won't notice.
Cannondale CAAD5 +++jagiger
Jun 1, 2002 9:58 PM
I love mine! I've got over 3k on it & it's quick, responsive and pretty lite. Some vibes, I guess but I just might have read one too many reviews and looking to close for something that doesn't seem to bother me.

Unless you're a heavy weight, you'll probably love it. It wouldn't hurt to test ride if you can.
re: Cannondale CAAD5 frameohmk1
Jun 3, 2002 4:40 AM
My LSB is selling CAAD5s for $599. Most likely your LSB is selling it for around that much as well, considering C'dales retail structure for LSBs.