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Your Thoughts on Cannondale Caad7(15 posts)

Your Thoughts on Cannondale Caad7cipolini2b
Sep 7, 2002 9:01 AM
I really want this frame, and will start saving up....i'm looking at purchasing a complete used bike with record in the 2-4 thousand range. Anyone out there likes the frame? Will it last? Hollowgram cranks, how are they?
from what I've read...niteschaos
Sep 7, 2002 2:44 PM
from test on fatigue done by study groups is that the frames and cranks from Cannondale, though unique, have excellent strength and fatigue ratings.
I just tested a CAAD7...briko51
Sep 7, 2002 4:11 PM
i recently took a spin in a new 2003 CAAD7 R3000...58cm. awesome bike. i really liked it. although i couldn't get a "True" feel for it as i only tested it in flip flops and cargo shorts, i was able to tackle a 20% climb and sprint on some flats and it responded nicely. very stiff frame although it didn't seem too uncomfortable (but then again i was only on it for a short time) ...the fizik poggio saddle sucked, but throw a better one on and i'm sure it'll be much better. overall i really liked the did Chris Boardman in an issue of ProCycling 2 issues back, good luck!
Sep 7, 2002 5:11 PM
Are the hollowgram cranks/bb shimano only, or can they be used for Campagnolo, too? I am looking for a frame, but may have to go with a caad5 just to use up my campy components. I'd get the 7 in a heartbeat if I could use my gear on it. Anybody know ?
Sep 7, 2002 5:58 PM
The 2003 Team replica is a CAAD7, comes with the hollowgram crank/bb and is decked out with campy record. Check out canondale's website.
Sep 7, 2002 7:02 PM
The CAAD7 frame comes with the hollowgram crank or can be orderd with a standard thread to accept your campy or shimano bb.
CAAD7 available with Hollowgram BB or 'standard' BB. n/mfracisco
Sep 7, 2002 10:46 PM
re: Your Thoughts on Cannondale Caad7LC
Sep 7, 2002 4:21 PM
I test road one back to back against a Trek 5900. I got to ride each one for about 20 minutes. They both had the same response when you step on the gas; Fast! The CAAD 7 was more comfortable on rough roads, lighter, and less expensive. Unless there is some long term advantage to the Trek frame, I don't see why someone would not pick the CAAD7.
i tested back to back too! hahabriko51
Sep 7, 2002 6:03 PM
i tested a Trek 5700 (same 110 frame as 5900, but has ultegra) back to back with the CAAD7. although i loved the cannondale, the 5700 was more comfy and accelerated like CRAZY up the hills...effortless. i felt more frame sway on the dale when going up. on the flats though i feel the dale sprinted better...well, it made me more comfortable sprinting.

the CAAD 7 was lighter, which is weird that i felt it was more sluggish on the hills...but oh well...test one out man...only way to know if you're really gonna like it :)
I like the Hollowgram concept.phacops rana
Sep 7, 2002 10:33 PM
Hollowgram seems to have picked up where SweetWings left off. The move to an oversized and hollowed out BB is the wave of the future. The big Taiwanese companies are set to sell these BBs along with their shells to create a new standard which should be stiffer, offer greater power tranmission, and may well turn out to be lighter than current BBs. IMO, the BB is the one area Campy falls behind the competition. I'd say that their cranks do the same, but I won't because the Record crank is one of the best looking pieces of industrial design I've laid eyes on.
Sep 8, 2002 4:20 AM
How would an alluminum bike be more comfortable than carbon on rough roads?? Or more stiff for that matter. I find it hard to believe as nice a bike the Caad 7 is, its lighter than a 5900, even if the BB and Cranks are lighter than Dua Ace.
Try it yourselfLC
Sep 8, 2002 10:38 AM
I have an old Canny and two carbon fiber bikes already (although never tried a Trek before) so I thought I already knew how they were going to ride before I actually road them. My old Canny is so stiff that I only like using it for racing short crits.

I was expecting the Trek to ride better on rough roads so if anything before the test ride I was thinking that the OCLV 110 would be my choice. The actual test ride seemed to indicate otherwise. Aluminum does not have to be harsh as it is actually a fairly soft material. It all comes down to how they design it. I would just say to try it yourself and see.

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re: Your Thoughts on Cannondale Caad7heldveld
Sep 8, 2002 12:12 PM
They are extremely thin alluminum and dent very easily. So if you buy one be carefull handling it.
2K for a used bike?jtlmd
Sep 8, 2002 3:02 PM
You could get a pretty nice new bike at that price too.
Caad7 has more sizes - possible better fitMaartin
Sep 10, 2002 6:00 AM
Both are excellent. The Caad is less $ but I still love my Carbon Trek and would buy another. I am waiting a few years to buy a 15 lbs. bike......2 years maybe ?