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    best cheap racing bike for the $? CAAD10 the best?

    I really love cycling and I have decided to start racing. Crashes seem fairly common and I would like to find an inexpensive but very responsive bike that I wont have to worry about. I am thinking that a CAAD10 may be very hard to beat. aggressive position, durable and I would feel fine getting a used one since it is aluminum. I wont be doing any climbing so I am not too worried if its 16 lbs vs 14 lbs bike. I am assuming I could add ultegra Di2 later and wont worry about drilling if needed.

    I may also try the Super six non evo....I would be a little concerned with buying a used carbon bike.

    I am also going to try a tarmac SL4 - one with old Ultegra Di2 lists for $4100 and I have some wheels could put on it. this would be a lot more than I want to spend but I love electric shift. this bike would rally have to blow the others away to buy. I seriously doubt I will go this route because I am interested in buying a frame and buliding it up part by part.

    any other obvious choices I am missing?
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    The CAAD is hard to beat.

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    Re: best cheap racing bike for the $? CAAD10 the best?

    CAAD10 really is tough to beat. I had a 60cm outfitted with sram red that weighed in at 15lb 9z. Not the lightest, but it was a great all arounder. I just sold it last week and miss it already.

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    Been hearing good things about the top 3 Allez models.

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    The CAAD10 is the best aluminum racing bike out there. You won't have to worry about competing against 14-lb bikes because the UCI minimum is 15 lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SauronHimself View Post
    The CAAD10 is the best aluminum racing bike out there. You won't have to worry about competing against 14-lb bikes because the UCI minimum is 15 lbs.
    Unless he is racing UCI races (unlikely) is pointless no one checks weight outside national championships.

    However the whole weight issue is silly past a point as most of us could make more improvements in other areas that would be more benefit than a few grams of bike weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32and3cross View Post
    Unless he is racing UCI races (unlikely) is pointless no one checks weight outside national championships.

    However the whole weight issue is silly past a point as most of us could make more improvements in other areas that would be more benefit than a few grams of bike weight.
    Agreed.
    However, I also agree w/ Sauron that the C-Dale is great bike. Those guys do wonders w/ Aluminum.
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    I've never had a cannondale, but I've had a few of the new Specialized e5 allezs, and they're great bikes if you don't mind a bit of a harsh ride. Same geometry as the tarmac.

    A buddy of mine just sold one with ultegra di2 on ebay and didn't get squat for it.

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    "Racing" usually means uci sanctioned events. Most people don't use the term racing if they are doing charity rides. Also Every hill climb I've been to they've weighed my bike.

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    I am going to do some cat5 crits. I dont want to wreck my dogma and be without my true love...also dont need to be the guy that shows up on a 13k bike with zero racing experience and gets destroyed by the entire field
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    You want a low costing racing bike because of crashes yet are thinking about later adding Di2 components...that makes no sense whatsoever!

    There are other bikes out there that will give you more for the money then Cannondale. Bikes like the Marin Stelvo for $1600 that comes with Ultegra, see: Marin Bikes Stelvio Ultegra Road Bike - Giantnerd®

    Bikes Direct has several great options for that price and all would have at least Ultegra components, but for some reason their low on stock on a lot of their bikes.

    Blue Axino Ex is a nice bike, bit more expensive but maybe you can find a 2012 on clearance. In fact I would try to find any bike your considering in a 2012 model for the closeout price.

    Kestrel Talon is a great bike too.

    If you want a bike that will hold up to most crashes Lynskey has their Silver Series Breakaway racing bike with mostly 105 components for just $2395, more then what you wanted to spend but the durability and comfort of titanium can't be beat, and would make a great frame to build on as needed, plus the only frame in you're going to find in that price range that was made in America; see: https://www.lynskeyperformance.com/s...imano-105.html

    The Cannondale isn't a bad bike, I just think you can get a better bike for the money if you look around a bit more.
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    [QUOTE=froze;4399684]You want a low costing racing bike because of crashes yet are thinking about later adding Di2 components...that makes no sense whatsoever!

    I love electronic shifting and I would not worry about 6770 getting damaged in a crash. if I bought a supersix and destroyed the frame I would just transfer all the components over to a new frame.
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    I race on a CAAD10 105, and so to a lot of other guys. It's a great tool for the job and it keeps my S3 out of harm's way. I also see a lot of Allez and Supersixes on the line.

    That said, it's hardly the only good choice. Find an affordable bike that fits you.
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    I just got a new 2012 caad 10 frame off ebay an I am really looking forward to building it up piece by piece. I will probably start with a used rival group and then move it to my CX bike when the wife coast is clear!
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    Just got my 2012 CAAD 10 off eBay last month. Running it with DA7800 and mavic ksyrium elite wheels... It looks great and rides even better. I had a cheap carbon frame previously and the CAAD 10 is far superior and costs less. Id recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable race frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fireform View Post
    I race on a CAAD10 105, and so to a lot of other guys. It's a great tool for the job and it keeps my S3 out of harm's way. I also see a lot of Allez and Supersixes on the line.

    That said, it's hardly the only good choice. Find an affordable bike that fits you.
    Fire,

    im looking at a CAAD10 5, CAAD10 3, and a Marin Stelvio Ultegra. Between the two CAADs do you think the $500 Ultegra upgrade is worth it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lovinglifetx View Post
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    im looking at a CAAD10 5, CAAD10 3, and a Marin Stelvio Ultegra. Between the two CAADs do you think the $500 Ultegra upgrade is worth it?
    For racing, I would definitely go with the 5. I haven't used the latest 105 group but from what I hear, it shifts very well.
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    I have a 2012 CAAD10 3 and absolutely love it. I don't race so couldn't give you any details from that perspective. I came to this forum for advice when I was ready to purchase (as most do), and I don't regret the purchase one bit. From an aesthetics standpoint, I LOVE! the decal design -- simple, elegant, and clean. I thought the Ultegra groupset was a bit clunky but I came from a DA 7800 groupset on my Six13 which runs like butter.

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    Ever since I've been on these boards, the Caad 10 has always been the most highly recommended bike here.
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    I'd like to add from personal experience that Di2 has impressive crash resilience. When that drunk driver pulled out in front of me I collided into him at 28mph, and the bike landed on its right side (the expensive side). However, the LBS who did the damage assessment said the shifting was unaffected.

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