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is $750 a decent price for a CAAD5 frameset?(19 posts)

is $750 a decent price for a CAAD5 frameset?joeblack
Mar 18, 2003 9:41 PM
I'm thinking about a new CAAD5 frame with all carbon fork for $750 (from gvh). Is this a good deal or should I spend the extra money for a complete bike.
Only you can answer for sure...Akirasho
Mar 18, 2003 11:05 PM
...part of a reason to buy a frameset is to transfer existing components unto it... and this can be a relatively cost effective way to "upgrade". Also, if the cost of the frame and subsequent components will warrant... buying all "new" can also be economically viable... OTOH, sometimes, money is not the object... but rather a particular frame or paint scheme... in which case $750 USD even for an older CAAD5 frame and fork (I think Gary includes the integrated headset) ain't the absolute best deal... but far from the worse.

I picked up a CAAD 5 from Gary a month or so ago... and just got a new set o wheels for it. I wanted this particular type of frame and in this relatively rare "paint" scheme... $610 USD (already had parts on hand for most of the build) was worth it to me.

Be the bike.
Mar 19, 2003 2:47 AM
Be the bike.
you should consider buying a helmet (nm)maximum15
Mar 19, 2003 4:08 AM
Are those 650 or 700cc wheels? NMSwat Dawg
Mar 19, 2003 7:12 AM
700C (nm)Akirasho
Mar 19, 2003 1:24 PM
Be the bike.
You have five (5) floor-pumps?? ;) nmRJF
Mar 19, 2003 7:37 AM
... yup...Akirasho
Mar 19, 2003 1:29 PM
... a couple are set up with Silca heads for inflating disc and H3 wheelz... I'm a bit redundant so's to always have a floorpump... either at home... or in the truck.

Be the bike.
Mar 19, 2003 8:43 AM
I could eleven helmets on the wall.

Either that or they're enormous insects.
Mar 19, 2003 8:44 AM
I count eleven helmets on the wall.

Either that or they're enormous insects.
...Orkin already sprayed for water bugz...Akirasho
Mar 19, 2003 1:33 PM
... there are twenty helmets... one for each bike...

Be the bike.
GVH's Ultegra built bikes are a great deal...biknben
Mar 19, 2003 5:02 AM
You can get that frame built up with Ultegra for $1450. Most other Ultegra bikes in that range are going to be steel or cheap Al. They mix in some lower end parts where you wont notice (BB, cassette, etc.) to save some bucks. Gary's bike are FULL ultegra and even the rest of the build uses quality stuff. No house brand crap.

I have a full carbon CADD5 and just refered my friend to GVH and he got one for himself. At $750 they are a good deal. You'd have to dig real deep to find better. The complete bike at $1450 is equally enticing.
re: is $750 a decent price for a CAAD5 frameset?Leroy
Mar 19, 2003 5:27 AM
You can't go wrong with Gary.
Mar 19, 2003 8:20 AM
You should be warned that GVH is not an authorized Cannondale dealer. Therefore if you have any warranty issues they will not be covered by Cannondale. Cannondales must be sold by an Authorized Dealer. Don't believe me? Ask any of those folks who found some Cannondale's for sale at the local Costco. C'Dale didn't cover any of those warranties either.
re: GVH & cannondaleJS Haiku Shop
Mar 19, 2003 8:45 AM
gary gets the bikes through a major c'dale distributor.

he handles warranty issues one-on-one, and is a very reputable and honorable guy, IME (fourth GVH bike now).

I would have no qualms about buying a c'dale from gary, if i were in the market for one.
Mar 19, 2003 9:11 AM
at this point, gary may be on more solid ground than cannondale.

but gary does stand behind the frames he sells that do not have a manufacturer's warranty.

BTW, the costco thing was different. those were never intended for U.S. sale and were brought back into the country against Cannondale policy. Cannondale didn't have to warranty them, but I'm sure the buyers could have simply taken them to Costco and gotten their money back. But that would have been too sensible and easy, so they wasted tons of time trying to get Cannondale to warranty something that had no warranty and even more time writing about the experience on the internet.
We don't need no steenkin warantee53T
Mar 19, 2003 9:40 AM
Gary Hobbs will stand behind any frame he sells you. If it's really a bum frame, he can just send you another one from his shop. While he beats up on his distributor for a replacement. He really is a serious player.
Yes, it is a great price for a CAAD5fracisco
Mar 19, 2003 10:25 AM
That is pretty much an unbeatable price. Remember that is the price for the carbon-steerer frame. The aluminum steerer frame is a bit less.
I just got one from Gary today!!!Daddylonglegs
Mar 19, 2003 5:50 PM
I was hit by a truck this weekend on a caad 3. I immediately called Gary as I already had my eye on one of the caad 5's that he has on his site. $610 with the Slice(Time) aluminum/carbon fork. Gary DOES include the Campy integrated headset. It arrived today and i am going to build it up tomorrow. Full Ultegra, 3t, Thomson and Mavic Open Pro 32h, cross 3 w/ Dura-ace hubs.
As others have already posted before, there is a great deal of difference between the Caad5 vs. the 3.
GVH was great to deal with and i highly recommend going through him for your next frame.