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I have an old Cannondale (CAAD4(?) frame) which I think is just great. Unhappily, there's a big dent in the downtube which makes me nervous. I'm thinking vaguely of a new frame. The rest of the bike is just fine. The motor's so-so, but that's another matter. What I want is basically the same frame, or near enough to it, minus the dent. Not interested in carbon. So, I gather metal 'Dale road bike frames are the CAAD8 or the CAAD10. How do the two compare? Has anyone got any direct experience?
Intended application: a few crits, the odd TT, a road race or two if I forget myself or (haha) get fit, some training if I'm feeling rash. I've got a bike to commute on, it'd basically be a race bike.
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I've got the 8. The CAAD8 group set has a few cheaper components such as the brakes/hubs etc but I think you're just after the frame not a complete bike? I've changed the wheels but the rest is excellent. Since you want to race, I'd go the 10 myself. Best ride them both and see how far your wallet stretches. I agree with the carbon sentiment...Cannondale made their name in Alloy frames before moving onto CF so I imagine the Alloy stuff is top notch.
Yeah, really just want the frame. If I happen to get good components that's nice, but I'm more than happy to swap the old-but-still-good gear off my current roadie if need be.
I'm sure the CAAD10 would be just dandy. I have the sneaking suspicion that the 8 would be every bit as good for less coin. The differences, Cannondale claim, are weight (meh, what's 200g or so) and a 15mm longer headtube on the 8. Neither of these things bother me in the least, you see.
A test ride would be interesting, but there are an awful lot of variables given that I could come at changing just about everything except frame and forks. I mean, changing tyres can make a bike feel significantly different, never mind anything else.
You just answered your own question. Seems like you're set on the caad8.
Don't forget the caad8 has the alloy steerer as well. Not a problem if weight isn't a concern.
I love my caad10! Surspringly smooth given its reputation but those save seat stays do help a lot.
How would you guys rate this model ? http://www.cannondale.com/aus/2013/bike ... e-crankset
That would be a great bike. The only thing they have scrimped on is the tyres, upgrade those to something faster and you would an awesome bike. Assuming you want electronic shifting.
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