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Compare these two bikes(8 posts)

Compare these two bikesPuzman
Aug 17, 2002 5:52 PM
I'm looking for a new road bike. I'm 5'9, 165 lbs, mostly ride offroad. Looking for a roadbike for short (30min- 2hr) training rides. My price range is <$1500. Am currently riding an old Cannondale, which I hate (too big, too rough). However, I have been impressed with the ride quality of some newer Alum. bikes (seems like carbon forks and hourglass and/or carbon stays make a difference), and am considering the following:

- Caad5 built up with full Ultegra. $1350 from GVH
- Litespeed Atlas (Campy Centaur, Proton wheelset, $1495)

Assuming they both will fit well, which would you get and why?
re: Is the Atlas really just $1495????cyclejim
Aug 17, 2002 8:13 PM
Looks like a pretty good deal??
re: Compare these two bikesJekyll
Aug 17, 2002 8:15 PM
Newer Canny's do ride much, much better than the pre CAAD4 bikes. It seems like a bit of a no brainer, at least to me.

  • C-Dale: Proven, life time warrantee, lighter, built in the US.
  • Litespeed: Made by someone for them offshore, probably Taiwan (maybe a good thing, maybe not), 3 year warranty.

  • Ultegra is a bit closer to Chorus than to Centaur

  • Assuming the Ultegra on OP are well built they give up nothing to Protons.

  • Canny.
re: Compare these two bikesPuzman
Aug 18, 2002 1:31 PM
Thanks, I think you're right. Just placed an order with GVH...
re: question for youcyclejim
Aug 18, 2002 3:03 PM
Where did you see the Atlas at $1495?
re: question for youPuzman
Aug 20, 2002 10:04 AM

Also, called Litespeed, and they are recommending that dealers sell for that price.
Aug 18, 2002 8:16 PM
if I was on an al bike which I hated (sounds like you are) and had a pretty respectable budget, and was a mtn biker looking for a little fitness + "need for speed" and planning 30 minutes to 2 hour roadie rides... why would I shop al frames?

No offense, but that seems odd. Yes, al has come a ways since the oversized downtube teeth rattlers of the mid-90s, but ultimately, you clearly don't like your current Canny so for your goals why shop al at all? I still think aluminum's best market is for those who are either on budget OR looking for a great road racer/crit/tt bike. Generalizations have their weaknesses... but...
Aug 20, 2002 10:08 AM
Your right, Al has come a long way- and IMHO it currently rides as comfortably as steel. I was a skeptic when I started test riding but now I'm convinced. I've test ridden a large # of bikes over the last few weeks, including some 853 frames (LeMond). For example, I test rode an Al (Caad5) bike yesterday back-to-back with a steel frame bike (Marin Verona), and there was no discernible difference on rough pavement. FWIW, the Caad3 (straight stays and Al fork) rides MUCH rougher than Caad5. Plus, the Al bikes feel very explosive when sprinting and are lighter.