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CAAD 5, Quantum Pro or keep what I've got(5 posts)

CAAD 5, Quantum Pro or keep what I've gototiebob
Jul 31, 2002 4:24 AM
I'm considering buying a new frameset - looking at CAAD5 Cannondales and the Quantum Pro Klein. Presently I ride an inexpensive Ti bike that I truly enjoy (Airborne Zep) but would like something a little stiffer, quicker handling and explosive in sprints.
Any input from owners of CAAD 5 and Quantum Pro would be greatly appreciated. I've ridden both but only in parking lot at shop, etc. I'm confident that both bikes are a little more race-oriented than what I have now but I do also ride centuries and have concerns about how comfortable these frames are on longer rides, over rough pavement, etc. Info on climbing/descending qualities needed too. I'm 145lbs., 5' 5" and do fast club rides, some racing, and charity centuries, etc.

Anyone have experience with these v. Airborne Zep? Maybe I should keep what I have? It has been a nice ride, very smooth and almost TOO comfortable but feels a little slow sometimes climbing out of saddle or sprinting.


re: CAAD 5, Quantum Pro or keep what I've gotTim Field
Jul 31, 2002 4:39 AM
Odd! The Zeplin + fork in the UK is currently selling for more than the CAD5 and Klein. This doesn't seem like much of an upgrade to me. The CAD5 is reivewed as being very stiff and not particularly comfortable. I don't know about the Klein. I'd check the review pages but I believe Bianchi's EV2 is probably a good frame for your requirements.

Cheers, Tim
re: CAAD 5, Quantum Pro or keep what I've gotcycle63
Jul 31, 2002 6:06 AM
I'm not too sure about the Zep but at your size if you are doing alot of long rides and are worried about comfort, I would personally recommend staying away from the Klein. I have a Klein Quantum. It has unbelievable acceleration and climbing. There is no flex in the frame and all pedaling translates into unwasted power. The problem is at your size it will beat you up over the long haul unless you ride extremely smooth roads. I'm 5'6" and 140 lbs. Your bike frame size will probably be the same as mine. Taller riders that can ride larger frames would be comfortable on Kleins but the smaller framed Kleins tend to beat us smaller riders up. I'm having a custom built steel bike being made for me right now. I'd probably take longer test rides on the aluminum bikes before you change from your TI ride. Just my 2 cents.
re: CAAD 5, Quantum Pro or keep what I've gotNo_sprint
Jul 31, 2002 6:15 AM
I've had two Quantum Pros in addition to lots of other rides. In my opinion, the Quantum Pro is one of the bikes I've ever been on. The current model is the QPro Carbon. I strongly recommend it.

I'm 5'8", 150, race nearly every other weekend.
re: CAAD 5, Quantum Pro or keep what I've gotmfuchs1
Jul 31, 2002 7:48 AM
I've got a Q-Pro and love it. I got it after I crashed my steel Pinarello and I find it to be more comfortable on longer rides. I have done a few centuries and some crits and it does well on both. Having said that, I am much larger than you (6'0 180lbs) so that may make a big difference. It is VERY stiff and likes to go fast. I have never ridden a Cannondale or an Airborne so I can't compare it with either.