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stealth vs caad5(6 posts)

stealth vs caad5stevesbike
Jul 15, 2002 8:48 AM
I'm getting close to buying a new frame and am between the douglas stealth vs a caad5--has anyone ridden the stealth? There was some posts a while ago about the stealth being a rebadged rocky mountain with a rep for failure--any experiences with one would be appreciated!

Thanks!
I've got a Stealth in my basement waiting for parts. I'll letbill
Jul 15, 2002 9:18 AM
you know. It is criminally light, with butted tubing with some interesting diameter changes here and there (the seat tube and down tube near the bottom bracket flare out a bit). It is not a work of art, and the welds are not smoothed as with Cannondale bikes, but I think it'll be okay. I talked to several people at Colorado Cyclist who have ridden it; they say that it's not quite as solid as the Merckxx scandium frame Team model, but, for $1000 less, that it's a pretty nice ride.
re: stealth vs caad5Jekyll
Jul 15, 2002 9:22 AM
I had heard the same thing about the stealth being a rebaged Rocky mtn frame (not here). I have no idea as to their reputation for failure.
The CAAD5 has very similar weight, a lifetime warranty and a major manufacturer to stane behind it - what do you get with the Stealth?
If you are looking for an awesome climbing/sprinting platform, the CAAD5, considering the price, performance, warranty is pretty damn hard to beat.
excellent point. what does a CAAD5 go for (with fork), anyway?bill
Jul 15, 2002 10:26 AM
I got the Stealth at least in part because I figured that the fork was worth at least $300, so that I was getting the frame for $400.
Depends on where you shop...fracisco
Jul 15, 2002 10:34 AM
MSRP for a CAAD5 w/fork is north of $900. GVH bikes has CAAD5's for $635. The local club frame is a CAAD5 that can be purchased for $625.
$600 frame/forkBipedZed
Jul 15, 2002 10:44 AM
I got mine in May for $600 for CAAD5 frame, Time Slice Prodigy fork, and Campy Hiddenset. The fork is manufacturerd by Advanced Composites (generic Taiwanese OEM fork manufacturer) with an AL steerer and crown with carbon blades. Heavy and basically rides like crap. I replaced it with an Ouzo Pro a week after I started riding it - had I not already had an Ouzo Pro on my other bike I never would have known what I was missing. So the Stealth is cheaper for a nicer riding bike compared to the stock Cannondale fork. Whether it lasts as long as the CAAD5 is questionable.

The CAAD5 frame deal should be around $600 at any authorized Cannondale dealer due to the "frame trade-in" program.