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Cannondale CAAD5 R600 + Upgrades

adrian_uk17adrian_uk17 Posts: 5
edited December 2012 in Road buying advice
Hi All,

I have got bitten by the bug after owning a trek district belt drive with drop bars for over a year now and covering 2000Miles.

I have just bought a CAAD5 R600 off ebay with lots of nice kit and looks like new:


Durace 7900 levers, rear mech, front crank and ultegra front mech

New wheels omega rims with tiagra hubs

New carbon seat post and new seat bontrager inform RXL

Do you think i have paid too much £550?

What else would be a worthwhile upgrade to this bike before i start doing some serious miledge?

Thanks all


  • Anyone got any thoughts?
  • unixnerdunixnerd Posts: 2,864
    I paid 400 for one of these three years ago with 105 and have slowly upgraded it to DA 7800. It's a great bike but a bit harsh if the road is bumpy. Unusually it has mudguard mounts front and back so mine now sports a pannier rack and full mudguards, it makes a superb light tourer.

    The quality of the frame is outstanding, you just can't see the welds - real craftsmanship. In its day that frame won a few Tour de France stages. It's a bike worth keeping and upgrading. Mine used to be my #1 bike but I spent a fortune on a Specialized Roubaix this summer. Now I keep the CAAD5 in Aberdeen and use it for rides after work during the week.

    If I were to do anything with yours I'd look at the wheels as I think those might be a bit on the heavy side. If you're a weight weenie there's a full carbon version of the fork that's about 250-300g lighter, normal one has an alloy steerer. Before I put the rack on mine weighed about 7.8kg but I've seen them go under 7kg. - Quality Binoculars at a Sensible Price.
    Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert 2012, Cannondale CAAD5,
    Marin Mount Vision (1997), Edinburgh Country tourer, 3 cats!
  • smidsysmidsy Posts: 5,273
    I got mine in January for £320 with mostly Ultegra (except chainset which is Tiagra and Shifters which were Tiagra).

    It had FSA bars, Cannondale C2 stem and seat post, Shimano RS20 wheels and Gatorskin tyres. A few marks (cable rub, rear stays bubbling near the drain holes) but fairly good overall.

    I have since put Ultegra Shifters and American Classic Aero 420 wheels on it and Cruds for winter.

    I have now also got a Basso which I am building as my best bike so the Dale is destined for winter trainer from now on.

    I have done 3500+ miles on it this year and its certainly a capable machine.
    Yellow is the new Black.
  • Hi guys thanks for the replies.

    It has got the front fork replaced with a Bianchi fork which i guess makes it a bit lighter.....

    Looks like i may have paid a little over the odds but wait and see when it turns up as to how good condition it is in, from the photos it looks immaculate.
  • smidsysmidsy Posts: 5,273
    Heres mine how it is now (minus the crud guards). ... hotostream
    Yellow is the new Black.
  • unixnerdunixnerd Posts: 2,864
    Those wheels really suit it. If I'm not mistaken that's the fork with the carbon steerer. - Quality Binoculars at a Sensible Price.
    Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert 2012, Cannondale CAAD5,
    Marin Mount Vision (1997), Edinburgh Country tourer, 3 cats!
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