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Test ride this AM...(9 posts)

Test ride this AM...bestT
Nov 13, 2003 10:42 AM
When I showed up at the 6:30 am Tues-Thurs training ride in Manhattan Beach this morning there was a Cannondale truck and trailer there with a bunch of new CAAD-7's, Hollowtech cranks, Dura-Ace 10sp, ksyriums, the works. I filled out a release form, switched my pedals over, adjusted the seat, and got to go on a 1.5 hr test ride. The bike weighted about 15lbs without pedals! You can feel the lightness of the bike, and the stiffness! Great acceleration and the DA10 was awesome, very light feel. Although the setup wasn't perfect, I had a great ride, got 3rd in the final sprint and was pretty impressed. It's a very nice bike.
re: Test ride this AM...No_sprint
Nov 13, 2003 10:46 AM
Those guys were *supposed* to be at Montrose last Sat. They weren't. Yep, the CAAD7 is definitely pretty cool. What our team has found over 2003, since that is our team ride, is that they're not tough. It seems that nearly all of them, after they'd gone down in race crashes, didn't survive. This is our team's experience, YMMV.
Nov 14, 2003 1:27 AM
After a serious spill is there a failure that seems to be typical for a CAAD7 frame?
Nov 13, 2003 11:53 AM
That's what I get for 'pre-riding' around the Marina instead of going to the pier. How many people 'borrowed' bikes this morning?
6 or 7...bestT
Nov 13, 2003 12:13 PM
They had maybe 10 bikes, from 50cm - 60cm.
Nov 13, 2003 12:17 PM
I can't wait for my new R3000 to come next week...
I feel for you......K-Man
Nov 13, 2003 1:20 PM
My R2000 came in on Monday so I dropped by the shop today to pick it up......still wasn't assembled yet. I'll have to wait until Friday after work to get it. I could do it myself but I won't be able to ride until Saturday so I figure just let the shop do the work.
Upgradeitis is a killer. I sold my 2002 R900 with the expectations to upgrade to the R1000. Didn't like the spec's so I went with the R2000. The R3000 started calling my name but I just couldn't pull the plug on the added $$$. I really didn't have the extra $$ for the R1000, but.... :)

Good choicekevinacohn
Nov 13, 2003 3:13 PM
The R2000 is a fine bike. It's a great deal considering the wheelset. Did you get the red or blue paint job?
I went with the RED (actually a deeper burgandy)K-Man
Nov 14, 2003 6:40 AM
something about "denium" blue just didn't seem right (I really liked the flat black of the R3000) Plus the R900 I just sold was Blue...needed a change.