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Cannondale CAAD 5-7 differences(9 posts)

Cannondale CAAD 5-7 differencesFez
Nov 6, 2002 8:45 AM
Cannondale website doesn't clarify the differences between CAAD5-6-7. My question is CAAD7 basically a CAAD6 with slightly different geometry?

This is what I have been able to find out so far:

1) CAAD3 - 1 inch headtube, CAAD4 - 1 and 1/8 inch, CAAD5 - 1 and 1/8 integrated headtube. All have same geometry.

2) CAAD6 adds a hollowgram bottom bracket onto a CAAD5. Geometry is still the same as CAAD5 and previous CAADs, but I think CAAD6 is discontinued for 2003.

3) CAAD7 - an improved CAAD6 with slightly different geometry?

Thanks to anyone who can clarify. Why did they change the geometry on CAAD7? Is it preferable to CAAD5?
One more thing...Fez
Nov 6, 2002 8:48 AM
I'm trying to help a friend decide on a '03 R2000Si with CAAD7 and Ksyrium SLs, or go the GVH route and start with a CAAD5 and build it up with Ultegra and Ksyriums
CAAD 7Leroy
Nov 6, 2002 9:01 AM
the way I understand it is a different kind of aluminum [7000 vs 6000]than CAAD 5 that allows them to thin-out the tubes, etc. I think the geometry is a little different, the bottom bracket is a mite lower for one thing, and standover is a little lower, too. There may be and probably are other differences. I'm sure they're good to great frames. I am a Cannondale-phile all the way. It's hard to see how my CAAD 5 frame could be improved, but I've got the spending brakes on, so I'm afraid to test drive a CAAD 7 !!
One more thing...tbigb
Nov 12, 2002 12:21 PM
Is GVH a good outfit? I stumbled across the site last week and have been trying to find out more information. I take it you have bought from him in the past?
re: Cannondale CAAD 5-7 differencesyeah right
Nov 6, 2002 8:57 AM
caad 6 = caad 5 with bottom bracket

caad 7 is a major departure for cannondale, new material (still aluminum, but different alloy) slightly different geometry (better or worse, subjective). lighter and stiffer supposedly, and the first cannondale in a long time not to be made out of 6061 T6 aluminum
re: Cannondale CAAD 5-7 differencesFez
Nov 6, 2002 9:01 AM
so what's the verdict on the new CAAD7? Worth the extra $$, or stick with a tried and true CAAD5?
re: Cannondale CAAD 5-7 differencesLC
Nov 6, 2002 10:06 AM
From my test rides of both and owning various models over the years I would say the CAAD 7 is better. I have not taken the 7 on a really long ride, but my impression is that it is smoother riding and lighter. For me the CAAD2 and 7 are the only good riding models; CAAD3-6 ride like a rock and are only really good for a short training ride or criterium race.
re: Cannondale CAAD 5-7 differencesSnyder
Nov 6, 2002 11:20 AM
I'm not an expert but I regularly do 80+ mile rides on my caad 4. However, I also have an older caad 3 that rides like a rock on long rides.
re: Cannondale CAAD 5-7 differencesMorgan
Nov 6, 2002 3:16 PM
I currently ride a CAAD 5 R2000Si and my wifes Cannondale is a CAAD4 frame set. Both ride very nice. from talking with friends who work at the local Bike Shop, they state the weight savings is small compared to the outlay of cash to upgrade to a new CAAD7 frame set. They are stated that there was some concern about the CAAD 7 denting easily because the tubing was so thin, and if that happens, well I would say you up a river without a paddle and Cannondale is not going to give you a new one.
But it is a sweet looking bike and I think that if you don't already own a bike that it might be worth the risk.