Cannondale R1000 (CAAD7) question



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Marcin

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Hi,

I've purchesed a R1000 bike (60cm CAAD7 frame + ultegra). Bike looks realy sharp. But the thing that
worries me is frame durability. Candl. requires to check frame for any cracks, and says that the
life expectancy for this frame is 2 years (for competetive rider). All my previous bikes had steel
frames. I'm worried if I ever crash on it the frame is just going to brake. Even bike transportation
might be tricky. I ride 4k/year on average and looking for a bike that is going to last. Any
experiences/advices with CAAD7?

Regards Marcin
 
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Callistus Valer

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Any experiences/advices with CAAD7?
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beer can frames have to considered as disposable.
 
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Top Sirloin

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On 11 Feb 2004 06:05:53 -0800, [email protected] (Marcin) wrote:

>Hi,
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>I've purchesed a R1000 bike (60cm CAAD7 frame + ultegra). Bike looks realy sharp. But the thing
>that worries me is frame durability.

They don't offer the lifetime frame warranty anymore?

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B. Lafferty

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"Top Sirloin" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> On 11 Feb 2004 06:05:53 -0800, [email protected] (Marcin) wrote:
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> >Hi,
> >
> >I've purchesed a R1000 bike (60cm CAAD7 frame + ultegra). Bike looks realy sharp. But the thing
> >that worries me is frame durability.
>
> They don't offer the lifetime frame warranty anymore?

The warranty on the CAAD 7 appears to be lifetime--albeit, within the terms of the warranty. See:
http://www.cannondale.com/policies/bike_warr_policy.html

However, the CAAD7/Optimo supplement referred to by the poster would make me not buy a CAAD7. Then
again, I wouldn't but a frame made out of Ultra Foco either. It's always a balance between weight
and longevity when you are footing the bill for your own machine. The Cannondale supplement makes
this point very, very clearly. See: http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/tech/pdfs/115936.pdf
 
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Steve

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On 2/11/04 6:36 AM, in article
[email protected], "Callistus Valerius"
<[email protected]tmail.com> wrote:

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> Any experiences/advices with CAAD7?
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> beer can frames have to considered as disposable.
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>

So do "plastic" frames (carbon fiber)
 
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Top Sirloin

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On Wed, 11 Feb 2004 15:52:36 GMT, "B. Lafferty" <[email protected]> wrote:

>The warranty on the CAAD 7 appears to be lifetime--albeit, within the terms of the warranty. See:
>http://www.cannondale.com/policies/bike_warr_policy.html
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>However, the CAAD7/Optimo supplement referred to by the poster would make me not buy a CAAD7. Then
>again, I wouldn't but a frame made out of Ultra Foco either. It's always a balance between weight
>and longevity when you are footing the bill for your own machine. The Cannondale supplement makes
>this point very, very clearly. See: http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/tech/pdfs/115936.pdf

Wow. Makes me want to buy an OCLV just for the warranty, even if they are little fredly.

First we'll see how long I have to beat on my CAAD3 for it to fail. :)

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top half of caskets." -Tommy Bowen
 
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Charles Berista

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My friend has a caad7 .. he weighs about 190 ..the bike is more than rugged enough for him. I have a
caad6 .. his bike is lighter weight.

charlie
 
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Bill Marut

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thanks for the info. Chuck!

> My friend has a caad7 .. he weighs about 190 ..the bike is more than rugged enough for him. I have
> a caad6 .. his bike is lighter weight.
>
> charlie
 
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Mike Jacoubowsk

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> > beer can frames have to considered as disposable.
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> So do "plastic" frames (carbon fiber)

Many, if not most carbon frames are fairly easily repairable, and typically the cost of replacing a
tube in a carbon-fiber frame is similar to steel (which is not to say it's cheap, but still less
expensive than a new frame).

We don't yet know how light you can safely build a carbon-fiber frame, but that's not such a bad
thing. When I sell somebody a TREK OCLV, it comes without the dire warnings about lifespan that
apparently accompany other frames of similar weight but different material.

--Mike-- Chain Reaction Bicycles http://www.ChainReactionBicycles.com
 
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