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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 6:18 am 
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Can I humbly add that CAAD[_] actually never referred to forks?

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CAAD10s are more durable because of the carbon steerer. The carbon/alloy steerer tube join is a not-uncommon point of failure. They're also a better buy because you would (presumably) be buying them new, and therefore have a warranty.


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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 4:48 pm 
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Some misleading info in this thread.

Firstly, all alloy frames will suffer fatigue. Back in the early to mid-2000 Pinarello Prince/Dogma were alloy frames with carbon tail. The warranty on those frames was only two years. Cannondale however overbuilt their frames slightly, provided Lifetime warranty, though, even they did mention a harder ridden frame will wear out quicker than a fresh frame.

A C'dale Ultra fork is no less reliable than a full carbon fork. Both forks are bonded at the crown junction, be it carbon or alloy steerer.

Alloy frames don't "soften" over time. Rather the opposite is true.

CAAD7/8/9 are essentially the same frame under the "Optimo" name. The butting of the tubes is all but the same, as are the builds. There are very subtle changes to the models. I'll go into them at later time. Best to get the basics correct here first.


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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 6:11 pm 
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Caad7's, 8's and 9's are all great frames. I have a 3, 8 and 9, all are great. Eventually they will break, like everything.
I wouldn't hesitate buying a 5,6,7 or 9 in good shape. You can always get a new fork if it makes you feel better.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:33 pm 
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My CAAD 4 world champion edition is currently being converted to my budget TT bike (since I hardly do TT's, I can;t justify paying a huge chunk of money for one of the new superframes.) still going strong despite the paint peeling in most places ( will get around to repainting it soon. and a dent in the top tube caused by transport. it's survived a car impact from the rear ( granted the wheel took the most of the damage) , several crashes, and is still a highly raceable bike. my friend (rides an aluminium giant) borrowed it for a 70km spin the other day and commented how despite it's age it still felt and rode far superior to his aluminium giant. I did change the fork to a new kestrel fork though.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:48 pm 
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No idea if they are worth buying or not. Here is my Caad4. Not a crac, dent or anything wrong with this frame :-)

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:11 pm 
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The OP had a good and honest question regarding the different CAAD frames.

Someone who works at a shop and appears to have some knowledge to back up his experience chimes in with some data on his warranty return rate. Data and data compiling btw, that appears to be quite detailed and backed up with very specific failure modes.

A gaggle of I've seen this and have this and that and my CAAD whatever has 900,000 km's and is still working great. Well then, congratulations. Consider yourselves fortunate.

Isn't what we want here is to have our questions answered by others with the experience we seek? This isn't even opinion here. He works at a shop and states factual warranty return rates with details.

Have a modicum of respect here. Just because you have not had a failure on your CAAD 1 does not mean that his warranty return experiences are wrong or inaccurate.
In my opinion, he is going out on a limb a bit. It doesn't make cannondale look good to have so many warranty returns. 34 in the last year is a lot. But it does reflect well on cannondale that they are taking care of all of them with new CAAD 10's.

For those of you with all of those 9 million mile older CAAD's, I'd be inspecting my dropouts regularly.

To suggest that this guy is full of BS and imply that he's a paid poster makes you look like an idiot.

He clearly states that he likes the different series of CAAD models and merely suggests, as others have, to buy the newest you can obtain or afford.

We're talking a difference of a few hundred dollars here between a used CAAD 10 vs something older. The new CAAD 10 is a huge leap in design ahead of the older CAAD's. Hydroformed tubing with more advanced tube shapes, lighter, and in my opinion, a better ride and better built than the USA made frames.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:43 pm 
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I buy a new bike about every couple of years but my 1997 sub 15lb Cad3 is one of my favorites. Huge Cannondale fan and I have never heard of a cracked frame, Only from a local dealer that sells other brands, he calls them Crack N Fails.

But like I have said. Never seen one fail. I would highly recommend a used Cannondale of any year. They have a certain "snap" to the ride. Plus they build up lighter than most carbon frames and this is weight weenies.


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