Hi got a mate who is also a AC member (without internet access) wanting to buy a bike for 3k, rides in Grand Slams, C 2 C, RLC rides, he's looked at the 2011 range Fondeist R10, Orbea Orca,Trek Madone 4.6 , he was waiting for the new model Malvern C6 due in a few weeks but also wants to see what he can get for the same $$$. Can anyone advise on a road bike he will be able to do some long k's on or other alternative rides? He's off to Bike Express to look at the CAAD10 tonight. It appears that the bike shop's he's been to don't offer test rides on the new stead. Also he's looked at a 2011 BMC 'sportline something' and was keen on that but not many reviews avail.
I have the ultegra specced CAAD10.
It is an awesome bike, handles brilliantly, lightweight and stiff. Now that last bit about being stiff is great for racing etc. and making sure you extract every last morsel out of the effort you put in. This is what I wanted from the bike with around 2 hours being the average length of a ride/race. But if your mate was more interested in the sportive type rides you have mentioned there may be more comfortable frames out there.
I weigh 82 kg and can tell you that rough road surfaces are transmitted through the bike with little dampening, this feedback may not be what your mate is after for > 150k rides. The CAAD series is from a 'race' bike pedigree and is one of the great bang for buck bikes out there, but it is not a leisure bike. If he is expecting the plush ride of many carbon frames he may be disappointed. However, if he wants a bike he can throw into a corner at 60 kmh and come through like it is running rails or a bike that practically leaps off the road when you stomp on the pedals then go for the CAAD.
I'm quite happy with my CAAD 8 (about 2006). I bought it from bicycle express but I got them to swap out the 105 for ultegra and shimano wheels for maviks for an extra $300-400.
I don't have much experience with other bikes but it does seem quite stiff and responsive. I agree with a previous comment that a different frame (say a carbon frame) might be more comfortable .. but it is not as if I feel uncomfortable with it.
I have done numerous bikesa grandslams, coast to coast, tour down under etc and most weekends in the hills on the CAAD 8. I expect it will last for many years yet.
I have a CAAD 10 - 5 (105 spec)- GREAT BIKE.
Well it is my first real road bike in many years, I looked for ages. Weighed up the pros and cons of carbon v Aluminium.
While this is a "race" frame the moment that I went for the first ride it felt sensational. I am only 65kg and ride the 52cm version.
Yes it is a little rough of the chopped up road but it is nice and ridge when you put the power down.I have only been up Mt Lofty a couple of times on it but it climbs great, As you get around near the wall change it into the big ring and stand on the pedals, NO flex and away you climb.
I normally do 100K on Saturday morning on it. But as others have said if you want to sportives then maybe he needs something a bit smoother, Cannondale Snyapse maybe?
I have a Caad 10 105, from bicycle express $2300 Dec last year and absolutly love it, great in the hills and I don't have any sore spots after 100k + rides.
Just stumbled across a marketing spiel video for the Cannondale road range.
The new CAAD 10 is at about 3:30.
Also features the new Synapse and the SuperSix Evo.
ive got a CAAD 10, its great. amazing acceleration, stupid light, and i'd still class it as the most comfortable aluminium bike ive ridden. Theres lots to be said about the shape of the tubes, not just the angles. its race geometry, but still has SAVE rear stays for comfort.
Thanks for the feedback my mate went with a BMC SL02, I don't know much about BMC but he got a good deal; 3k with look keo pedals, bottle cages with jersey and bib. I didn't like the white rims but he was worried the CAAD10 would be too stiff