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    Question 2000 vs 5000 dollars for bike

    If you rode a Cannondale R1000 vs a Cannondle R5000 how much difference in time would there be in a 100 mile ride thru hills. I know it's a vague question but does the better bike make it that much faster?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrnp
    If you rode a Cannondale R1000 vs a Cannondle R5000 how much difference in time would there be in a 100 mile ride thru hills. I know it's a vague question but does the better bike make it that much faster?
    Me? None. and...No.

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    No way dude

    I had a R5000 ans had to get rid of it after a century ride. It was a grat bike, but for me it was not an all day bike. I felt every bump, rock, etc.
    I sold my C'dale and spent $5k on a sweet custom Ti/CF bike. I will never go back.

    If you are set on getting a Cannondale and are willing to spend that kind of scratch, may as well check out the 6-13 and the Synapse. Your body will thank you for it after 100 miles.

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    I don't understand the question.

    The price difference between the R1000 and R5000 is about $500 and the component difference essentially is Ultegra vs. Dura-Ace - wheels and frame are the same. The R5000 would thus be a little lighter, but not so much as to make it noticeably faster.

    But your title suggests a difference between spending $2000 and $5000 on a bicycle, which would offer huge differences, particularly in frames and wheels.

    As to the ride quality, I have to agree with the post above, the Six-13 is sweet and comfy on long rides.

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    If you want comfy, get a bike with 700x32 wheels

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    None!

    The two are basically the same. The difference in time would not be more tham 1 minute on a 100 mile ride if there even was a difference. Its about the rider not the bike at that point. If you had a "good" day on the heavy bike you could be faster than an average day on the lighter bike. Its like saying " If I leave my tool pouch off how much faster will I be?"
    Life is short...Enjoy the Ride!!

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    sheesh

    IMO this belongs in the beginners forum. its a bike, not a race car. it goes as fast as you pedal it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrnp
    If you rode a Cannondale R1000 vs a Cannondle R5000 how much difference in time would there be in a 100 mile ride thru hills. I know it's a vague question but does the better bike make it that much faster?
    Bottomline, aside from TT bikes, you can't buy speed. The extra money gets you a lighter bike (2-3 lbs maybe) and perhaps some tricker carbon parts. The difference is small.

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    Amen!

    Quote Originally Posted by Einstruzende
    If you want comfy, get a bike with 700x32 wheels
    700X28 if you're 150-180 lbs. 700 X 32 for big guys. Inflate tires to 90 psig.

    You can get a $600 bike that will perform more than 99.5% as well as that $5000 bike. If a 2 or 3 seconds per mile doesn't matter to you, then the expensive bike is just a status symbol.
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