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Which used Cannondale would you buy?

Old 01-12-05, 05:52 PM
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Which used Cannondale would you buy?

I'm trying to decide between two used Cannondales, both in excellent condition. One is a 1999 R4000 CAAD4 with full D/A components and high end stem, seat post and wheels. The other is a 2002 R900si CAAD5 that's completely stock with a combination of Ultegra and 105 components. The R4000 has more miles on it, but has the D/A components; the R900si is almost brand new with less than 50 miles on it. I'm not a racer, just a serious recreational rider who does about 6-7000 miles a year. I'm sure either bike would be just fine, but I have to picke one of them. Any suggestions would be welcome.
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Is money a factor? How much can you buy them for?
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Money isn't really a factor. The R4000 is two hundred bucks more and comes with Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels, an Alien carbon seatpost and a Deda Newton stem.
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I'm assuming both of them feel great and are exactly your size?
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Yes indeed. Both are the right size.
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Originally Posted by Anhinga
I'm trying to decide between two used Cannondales, both in excellent condition. One is a 1999 R4000 CAAD4 with full D/A components and high end stem, seat post and wheels. The other is a 2002 R900si CAAD5 that's completely stock with a combination of Ultegra and 105 components. The R4000 has more miles on it, but has the D/A components; the R900si is almost brand new with less than 50 miles on it. I'm not a racer, just a serious recreational rider who does about 6-7000 miles a year. I'm sure either bike would be just fine, but I have to picke one of them. Any suggestions would be welcome.
The R4000 without a doubt. Absolutely no question. You won't regret it.
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anhinga - Does the R900 have Mavic Cosmos wheels on it and are the shifters Ultegra not 105 ? If so, I would lean towards that bike for a number of reasons: (1) its new, (2) CAAD5 verses CAAD4, (3) decent wheelset and shifters. The Cosmos are heavy (1900 grams), but bulletproof and you could always upgrade the wheels to a lighter racing set and use the Cosmos as a training/bad weather wheel. If you are doing 6-7,000 miles a year, having 2 wheelsets is a nice option. How many miles on the R4000 ? Components wears out over time and wheelsets get banged up. The upgraded wheelset on the R4000 (Ksyrium Elites) is not race light either (1750 grams). I just sense that the R4000 has quite a few miles on it and you would be spending bucks to keeps the components fresh. If money is an issue, I think a good wheelset and Ultegra is better than a medicore wheelset and Dura Ace.
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Thanks very much for the input. I appreciate it.
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The R900si does have Ultegra shifters and Mavic Cosmos. The R4000 has about 1000 miles on it. Also, I've heard that even though the D/A components are lighter, they're not as durable as Ultegra or even 105. The bike I'm riding now has Shimano 600 components which have been bulletproof.
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AeroDog, why do you recommend the R4000 hands down?
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From what I have read on the forums, Dura Ace is just as durable as Ultegra. 1,000 miles is not a lot of miles. If that is truely the case, that bike is worth a closer look. Dura Ace was the standard 9 speed in 1999. But, why would someone buy a high-end r4000 in 1999, upgrade the wheels, and only put 1,000 miles on it thru 2005 ? It sounds low. Is there a way to validate the mileage ? I run Ultegra, and start replacing chains, cassettes, chainrings, brake pads, etc. around 5,000 miles or re-cycle components to my winter/commuter bike. When I price 9 speed Dura Ace components they tend to be 30-100% above Ultegra.
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R4000, its pure quality and a performer.
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I have a 2001 R400si, and my son has a 1999 r4000 Caad4. They are wonderful bikes. With only 1000 miles on the clock for the 4000, it is a hands on choice. DA components are light and responsive. I have over 4000 miles on my 4000 without any visible or noticeable wear.
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