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Old 08-10-06, 04:13 AM
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CAAD 9 Pic!




So it does exist! I'm glad to see them continue the tradition. Next I'd like to see a fat tube scandium frame from them. Lets hope the development continues.
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Old 08-10-06, 04:17 AM
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Aluminum is dead. Long live Aluminum
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The CAAD 9 has a newer front end thats stiffer. Thats about it. We just got the new '07 catalog at our shop a week or two ago
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I think if they try, they could squeeze another "Cannondale" decal on there. The head tube looks rather bare. Do they really need "Cannondale" three times on each side of the frame along with a gigantic "Handmade in the USA" sticker? It looks like a really nice simple, elegant paint job, but then they cover it up with stickers.
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Bummer I was hoping for an actual photo not a promo photo...I had seen this one and actually used it in another thread. There is a member who already has one of these....I swear we need a lynch party if he doesn't get a photo posted this week.
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My LBS has a Cannondale frame that was sectioned in half to show the thickness of the frame. Being a Clydesdale, I don't want to ride a bike with a frame that has the thickness of a pop can. That being said, I do like the traditional geometry but hate all the stickers.
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Originally Posted by Mariner Fan
My LBS has a Cannondale frame that was sectioned in half to show the thickness of the frame. Being a Clydesdale, I don't want to ride a bike with a frame that has the thickness of a pop can. That being said, I do like the traditional geometry but hate all the stickers.
The CAAD9 looks like continued refinement, not worth upgrading from a CAAD8, but should be an excellent frame.

I think BGI has a sectioned frame - it is thin in places. Anyway, I'm a Clydesdale and my R900 has hauled me around fine.

Those are not stickers - they are graphics

I left a mini-review of the Greenway Ride in the Major Taylor tandem thread, and a thanks for the NITE ride photo tip in the NITE ride thread (where ever that is now).

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I didn't mean to flame Cannondales (even though I did. ). Last year, I wanted a R1000 in the worst way. I had to opportunity to rent one while in Sun River Oregon and found the ride and fit wasn't for me.

The thickness of the frame metal was a concern also. Probably not warranted, but I was thinking that with my weight, a small dent in the thin parts could cause it to fail. It's like a pop can. You can push down on it and it will resist crumpling. If you put a small dent in the can and pushed down it crumples easily.
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Originally Posted by R900

I left a mini-review of the Greenway Ride in the Major Taylor tandem thread, and a thanks for the NITE ride photo tip in the NITE ride thread (where ever that is now).

John
Thanks for the tip John. I haven't had a chance to ride lately so if the weather permits I'm going to ride the greenway trail from Gaston South as far as I can and back. Used to be 40 miles but with the new section I don't know how long it's going to be. Did you say that there was a ride scheduled around Richmond?
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Originally Posted by Mariner Fan
Thanks for the tip John. I haven't had a chance to ride lately so if the weather permits I'm going to ride the greenway trail from Gaston South as far as I can and back. Used to be 40 miles but with the new section I don't know how long it's going to be. Did you say that there was a ride scheduled around Richmond?
The Greenway is nice. It's slightly uphill going South, so you'll have a little help on your return.

The Richmond Rail Ride is currently scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd. Richmond doesn't do a great job of letting people know. It's a very small ride - last year maybe 50 mostly local people, but decent routes. If you don't have anything better to do. We should be there. I'll keep you posted.

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The CAAD 9 does exist hoever I thin that Cannondale is putting thier focus on the other top of the line bikes.
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Originally Posted by Mariner Fan
My LBS has a Cannondale frame that was sectioned in half to show the thickness of the frame. Being a Clydesdale, I don't want to ride a bike with a frame that has the thickness of a pop can. That being said, I do like the traditional geometry but hate all the stickers.
unless you're riding carbon, your frame probably has tubes that are just as thin. yup, even steel.
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Old 08-10-06, 10:58 AM
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Sorry Grasshopper I will try to get a photo posted in the next day or two. Lets hold off the lynch party for a little while yet.
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Old 08-10-06, 01:29 PM
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That top tube is curved?

The CAAD8 didn't have a curved/tapered top tube, did it?
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Old 08-10-06, 01:36 PM
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Word has it on Weightweenies that the top tube is hydroformed.

Looks like the seat tube increases in diameter as it gets closer to the BB shell.
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Originally Posted by Phatman
unless you're riding carbon, your frame probably has tubes that are just as thin. yup, even steel.
Yup, the Columbus FOCO tubes on my Specialized Allez CR-MO are as thin as .3mm.
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Ouch! Just hurts looking at the frame.

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I wish they bring back the fat down tube.

That was the coolest thing ever...
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Originally Posted by hi565
I wish they bring back the fat down tube.

That was the coolest thing ever...
??

It's still fat, it's just that other bikes have fat down tubes, too, so it doesn't look so huge anymore.
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They could've fit "Cannondale" on the toptube, too, if they'd really been trying.
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Originally Posted by Mariner Fan
I don't want to ride a bike with a frame that has the thickness of a pop can.
This is funny to me. I've seen it a million times where people are scared of carbon breaking, but I don't think I've ever seen anyone be scared of Al breaking on him.

If carbon really does get more expensive like people are saying it will, I wonder if Cannondale will sell more of these. Or will people just go back to steel? Everyone seems to hate aluminum for some reason or another, but I love the stuff.
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That's a beautiful bike. But what is it? I didn't see any sticker indicating the brand.
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Obviously it is just personal, but I love Aluminum. I like feeling the road beneath me. As much as I may be tempted to get carbon for my next bike, I really think I will end-up getting aluminum.

Also - the CAAD 9 has a top tube that tapers as it reaches the head tube, while the CAAD 8 and CAAD 7 did not have that. This is probably the main reason for the stronger front. Plus, it is keeping up with the Joneses, especially as more and more Carbon frames have a sculpted vs. welded look.
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I like aluminum too, and I like Cannondales, but I wish the graphics on most of their bikes didn't look as if a Nike shoe mated with a Nascar driver. Fugly.
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Originally Posted by KevinF
I think if they try, they could squeeze another "Cannondale" decal on there. The head tube looks rather bare. Do they really need "Cannondale" three times on each side of the frame along with a gigantic "Handmade in the USA" sticker? It looks like a really nice simple, elegant paint job, but then they cover it up with stickers.
They need one on the underside of the downtube for the race-day cameras.
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