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GVH bicycles....good deal?(9 posts)

GVH bicycles....good deal?Kunfoochi
Sep 19, 2002 12:06 PM
Way too many good deal questions:)

Is the Cannondale CAAD 5/full Ultegra groupo at http://www.gvhbikes.com a good deal at $1350 plus $40 shipping? He said I could get either the regular or Aero CAAD 5, so can somebody tell me why I would possibly choose the regular if I can get the Aero for the same price?

Thanks
re: GVH bicycles....good deal?yeah right
Sep 19, 2002 12:18 PM
yes, pretty good deal, although you might be able to find as good of a one with the current sales at lbs' now.

why regular? probably a better (more comfortable ride), lighter, geometry more suited for general road bike riding.

the only reason to buy the aero is if you were buying a tt/tri bike.
aero is probably for TT (nm)bm
Sep 19, 2002 12:42 PM
actually.....bigdeal
Sep 19, 2002 1:00 PM
The bladed tubing is more for tt, not tri. C'dale makes tri specific frames which have 'tri geometry', these are sold under the mulisport label (and Ironman label due to a recent contract win). If you look at their regular bikes vs aero you'll find the geometry is the same for both, but not the multisport series. Also, if there is any weight difference the bladed will probably be lighter as bladed tubes allow for thinner walls. Finally, the bladed will definately be stiffer (if that's even possible).

As far as dealing with gvh, I've bought through him and had a great experience.
aero frame is likely heavierweiwentg
Sep 19, 2002 1:00 PM
and the geometery is tri standard: I just checked. that means 650c wheels and 78 degree seat angles. not too good for road racing.
650c wheels only on 48 and 50 cm frames. nmweiwentg
Sep 19, 2002 1:01 PM
re:Best friend just got one.dzrider
Sep 19, 2002 1:03 PM
It's a good deal although he quickly upgraded the stem and seatpost. I'd check the geometry on the Aero. If it is set up like a tri-bike the seat angle may be steeper than you want.
from c'dale websitebigdeal
Sep 19, 2002 1:13 PM
CAAD4 Aero Geometry Chart
Size 50 52 54 56
Seat Tube Angle (degrees) A 74.5 74.5 74 73.5

CAAD4 Aero Multisport Geometry Chart
Size 48 50 52 54
Seat Tube Angle (degrees) A 78 78 78 78

CAAD5 Aero Multisport (650c wheels) Geometry Chart
Size 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62
Seat Tube Angle (degrees) A 78 78 78 78 77 77 77 77

So, I guess it boils down to whether it's AERO, or AERO MULTISPORT. Have Gary check if it fits 650s or 700s on a size 54, that'll be the ULTIMATE determinant.
from c'dale websiteKunfoochi
Sep 19, 2002 2:25 PM
So, I'm getting mixed reviews:)....if it is the Aero, and not the multisport(would it matter since I'm going to need a 60cm anyway?), then the Aero will have only advantages over the Regular frame? Besides a little weight, which is what Gary told me..

Thanks