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    CAAD 3 R500 worth it?

    Cannondale R500 CAAD 3

    I'm a noob looking for a faster bike. Other than fit, what else should I be looking for and what is this bike worth? Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,
    Fullhouz

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    That bike is worth NO MORE than $300...TOPS. It does ride nice though!
    2007 Cannondale SystemSix1 - Full Dura Ace; Campagnolo Shamal Ultra SOLD

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    Thanks. $300 tops. I got two questions: I understand the CAAD 3 rides like a buck wagon from the forum comments I've seen. Honestly, I got a big ass; 6'2" and 260 LBS! Will this bike still ride stuff with me on it?

    Are the components good, bad or ugly (add any value)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fullhouz View Post
    Thanks. $300 tops. I got two questions: I understand the CAAD 3 rides like a buck wagon from the forum comments I've seen. Honestly, I got a big ass; 6'2" and 260 LBS! Will this bike still ride stuff with me on it?

    Are the components good, bad or ugly (add any value)?
    That bike has top-shelf components, for its given time period. Invest in a saddle suited for your own frame and get the bike component fitting done by a reputable shop. Enjoy!
    2007 Cannondale SystemSix1 - Full Dura Ace; Campagnolo Shamal Ultra SOLD

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    I ride a caad3 r400, the same as the 500 except down tube shifters and aluminum fork, 60cm. Great bike, good components. Handles amazingly with negligible flex in the frame. I am amazed almost every time i take it out. It is stiff though. I haven't ridden any modern aluminum bikes, so I can't say if it is stiffer than any other. I am trying to adjust this aspect of the bike though. See my post regarding upgrades for the caad3.

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    1. They don't ride like a 'buck wagon'.
    2. It will easily support your weight.
    3. They last a long time.
    4. 105 is good enough assuming it's tuned.

    Here is mine, I bought it in 1997. Recently put a new group and new wheels on it. I have rode a lot of carbon...Honestly I like good ole alloys better. This bike has seen many centuries, hills, dirt roads, grass, rain, 2 auto accidents, you name it.

    With the 1900 gram wheels it barely touches 17 lbs.

    Buy it, go buy a ultegra take-off kit, if the fork is toast replace fork. Ride the snot out of it. Very cool color.


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    Thank you, your input is very much appreciated.

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