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Tuscany -v- CAAD7 Optimo(4 posts)

Tuscany -v- CAAD7 OptimoMTB Crossover
Dec 30, 2003 8:03 PM
Looking at building a new steed for next season. I have access to sweet deals on either a Litespeed Tuscany Frame to build or a Cannondale R2000 (CAAD7, Ksyrium SL, Ultegra). Any Thoughts?

re: Tuscany -v- CAAD7 OptimoJuanmoretime
Dec 31, 2003 1:58 AM
The Tuscany will give you all day comfort in the saddle and will last a life time provided that you don't wreck it. The Cannondale is more of a stiff racer.
re: Tuscany -v- CAAD7 Optimomzbinden
Dec 31, 2003 6:51 AM
I went through the same decision this fall. I was looking for my first road bike (previously mtb). I was orignally looking at steel frames like the Lemonds, but was concerned about bike weight. I figured I'd be doing more long distance than racing...but then I rode the R2000. I really liked the quickness and manuverability. Thought this was the bike for me. I decided to check one more shop and try the higher end (lighter weight) steel frames like the Lemond Zurich and Malliot Jaune. The shop didn't like how I fit the Lemond and tried me on a few other frames. Then he decided to try me on a Litespeed Arenburg they had left over. About 4 pedal strokes into it, I was sold.

It had all the aspects I was looking for. More responsive than the Lemond, more durable frame than the Cannondale, and smooth as glass. The Cannondale is a great bike, but the Litespeed was better suited for my needs.

Hope that helps.
re: Tuscany -v- CAAD7 Optimomarcoxxx
Dec 31, 2003 9:54 AM
caad7 >fast & stiff, but not too harsh.
tuscany> comfort & long rides

my caad7 is really not too harsh for me anyway.