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Cannondale R500 or R600?(15 posts)

Cannondale R500 or R600?AWay8
May 28, 2003 2:26 AM
I'm new to road biking and looking for bike that will work great for me without upgrading all the components on my own. Basically I want to buy and ride.
My choices are a C-Dale 02 R500 for $980 OR a C-Dale 03 R600 for $1100.

The way I see it, $120 bucks more for the R600 with 105 components would seem like the better buy. However the R6 doesn't come with pedals either, so there another $100, but on the plus side, it's a double whereas the R500 is a triple only, which i don't really need.

Anyhow, I've read the reviews on both bikes and it seems either is a good ride, just thought maybe some of you could chime in and help me in my decision.

re: Cannondale R500 or R600?Leroy
May 28, 2003 4:49 AM
The bike with the best components is the R600, and it's a current year's model. I'd go with the R600.
re: Cannondale R500 or R600?Ligon
May 28, 2003 4:57 AM

I think that if I were you I would go with the 03 R600. I have a friend that bought that exact bike and loves it. Even though the R600 is a little more expensive you will be getting much better components and the R600 is a Cadd 5 frame vs. the R500 which I believe is a Cadd 4 frame. Even though it does not come with pedals you should be able to get some nice Look pedals from Colorado Cyclist for about $50-60. If you don't want to do that just negotiate with the shop your buying from. They are much more likely to negotiate the price of the pedals than the price of the bike. Besides, you just spent $1000 there. Anyway, it sounds like the R600 is just what you need, a no nonsense bike that does not need any upgrading.

Enjoy your new ride,
re: Cannondale R500 or R600?rkalik
May 28, 2003 2:13 PM
How's this: I test drove R600 this past weekend. I can't decide between it and a Klein Q-Carbon. The R600 has better components, and really has the tighter, faster ride between the two bikes. But, the Klein looks hotter, is more comfortable, and employs Klein's new compact geometry. The Reef Blue color rocks too.

The R600 is $200 less then the Klein.

Relly torn here, am leaning towards the Klein, but something tells me I should go Cannondale. Any thoughts?
well i checked out GVH...AWay8
May 28, 2003 2:22 PM
I don't understand how he has the greatest prices? Maybe I'm adding things up wrong, but I see my frame for around $750 and then 105 component set for $650, which comes to $1400.??? My LBS has it for $1100?

Anyhow, I think I'm going to go with the R6 over the R5.
I'll let ya know how it works out.
Look closer.fracisco
May 28, 2003 2:37 PM
The frame on the R600 is $610 at GVH right now. The $750 frame has an all carbon fiber fork. Both are CAAD5, but the fork steerer tube is different.

You would also need to look at the components in the GVH build kit versus what is on the Cannondale spec. bike. The GVH bikes come with Mavic OpenPro's on the hubset of the component group. A 105 build kit from GVH will also have the 105 brakeset and crankset:

From GVH:
For only $695. you can buy a fantastic bike kit. Included are: Shimano 9spd STI gruppo(derailleurs, STI levers, calipers, crank, b.b., cassette, chain); choice of 105 headset or Cane Creek aheadset, Mavic Cosmos clincher wheels(24 spokes front, 28 spokes rear), TTT Forma handlebar, TTT The stem, Cannondale seatpost and saddle, Conti Ultra 3000 tires and cork handlebar wrap.
yeah, unfortunately I still don't understand...AWay8
May 28, 2003 4:51 PM
Basically I was looking for an R600 like I would pick up at my LBS, but from GVH if they had a good price.

Nothing more, nothing less, just looking for a better deal. Honestly I'm probably too much of a newbie to build my own bike like this anyway.

Looks like I'm still going with the $1100 deal from my local shop for now.
re: Cannondale R500 or R600?Ligon
May 29, 2003 3:18 PM
If that is all it comes down to, I would suggest getting the bike that fits you better and is more comfortable. If the Klien fits better and is more comfortable I would get it. Components are not that big of a deal because you can always ugrade in the future. No doubt the cannondale is a sweet ride but if it does not fit right do not buy it!!

Hope this helps
re: Cannondale R500 or R600?rkalik
May 29, 2003 5:39 PM
Cool...I ordered the Klein QCarbon today. I am going to upgrade the wheelset to a Shimno Select, and go from there...I realized the same point you made earlier, get the frame that looks and feels best, I can upgrade components later, Shimano Ultegra - yes!
Agreed but...jtolleson
May 28, 2003 6:37 AM
you can find better prices on a reputable bike with 105 components than $1100... maybe even a better deal on Cannondale. The soft economy has been kind to bike buyers, I think. If you are certain of your sizing, have you checked the Cannondale prices through GVH?
Good point:Leroy
May 28, 2003 7:07 AM
I got a caad5 frame from gvh last year and it's a really good deal. Gary has some good prices on ultegra builds, but it's maybe out of your price range. And, I think your choice of a Cannondale is a good one, too. They are great bikes. I would not wander around over the landscape taking a chance on something else. Get what you like. Again, unless you can break the bank, go for the 03' R600
Agreed but...aliensporebomb
May 28, 2003 8:04 AM
My LBS had last years model Giant TCR2 for $999 which is
for a $1400 bike. It's 105 everything (hubs, brakes,
derailleurs, crank, shifters, etc.), carbon fork, Mike
Burrows seatpost, and carbon stem. A great ride. It's
the compact frame design which some can't get past but
I love it.
What is GVH?AWay8
May 28, 2003 2:06 PM
So far the $1100 is the best price I've found for an R600, then again I don't really know where to look for them either. I would think a online retailer might have the best prices?
Online retailer.fracisco
May 28, 2003 2:38 PM
Cannondale only sells complete bikes through authorized retailers, and they are not allowed to be sold online.

GVH gets its Cannondale frames through a source that is not directly Cannondale.
5/29/03 Bought the R500...AWay8
May 29, 2003 5:47 PM
I ended up going with the R500 at an even better price of $900 even for the bike. Out the door was $1160 with everything from a helmet, a computer, to tools, bags and pumps. All I need now are some shoes and clipless pedals.

First road bike here! Excited! My 753 Thule racks should be here soon and I'll all set to go.

And DAMN these seats hurt my "zone". Gonna have the get used to that.