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Hi Everyone! This is my first post. I've truly enjoyed checking out all the helpful info on here.

I was wondering if anyone can give me any personal feedback on the ride of a 2006 613 with two carbon tubes versus the 2005 613 with three carbon tubes. I found a 2005 613 with Campi components (not Record, but I forgot the name - sorry, I'm not too familiar with Campi) and a FSA K-Force (not K-wing) handlebar for $2500. Wondering if I should wait for a 2006 model as I might get a better deal. I do a lot of century rides but am looking at doing some novice racing this year, thus the 613 over the Synapse. Thoughts are welcome as this is my first big bike purchase and I'm nervous! :)

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I have a 3 tube 613. Cannondale switched to the 2 tube design because of problems with the 3 tube design. I have had minor problems with mine but I have it sorted now, but if I had the choice to switch to a 2 tube design I would.

The 613 you saw was probably the Centaur equipped version. It is a pretty good deal.

http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/05/cusa/model-5RC2C.html

IMO, even though the 05 Saeco paint jobs are pretty, the 06 brushed aluminum scheme is a lot prettier.
 

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Thanks!

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I have a 3 tube 613. Cannondale switched to the 2 tube design because of problems with the 3 tube design. I have had minor problems with mine but I have it sorted now, but if I had the choice to switch to a 2 tube design I would.

The 613 you saw was probably the Centaur equipped version. It is a pretty good deal.

http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/05/cusa/model-5RC2C.html

IMO, even though the 05 Saeco paint jobs are pretty, the 06 brushed aluminum scheme is a lot prettier.
Thanks for that feedback! I hadn't read of any problems with the 3 tube design-this is a first I'm hearing of it. And yes, that's what it was: the Centaur-equipped version. I loved the ride of the 05 but I just worked out a great deal on a price for an 06 Team 1 Compact that i don't think I can pass up.

Thanks again and happy riding!
 

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bike porn opportunity!

go for the 2006 model. the two tubed one seemed snappier, yet sufficiently comfortable. here's a pic of mine, full dura-ace with hollowgram si cranks, zero gravity ti brakes, etc... it has my spinergy rev-x's on, but the ksyrium sl's are in the pic, resting against the purple pillow. it's set up on my kurt kinetic right now... winter indoor training! oh boy!
 

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There is a considerable difference in weight between the 2005 and the 2006 six 13 frames. This week I replaced my 2005 Six13 Team 60 cm frame (three carbon tubes) with a 2006 Six13 Team 58 cm frame (two carbon tubes) on a "warranty" exchange. The bare 2006 frame with nothing on it, weighed 2 pounds five ounces (1049 grams). The 2005 frame weighed 2 pounds, 15.5 ounces. Neither frame was weighed with forks and the weighing was done with an precise digital scale at my LBS. A difference in weight should be expected due to the smaller size, but I am surprised by the amount: 270 grams or 26% heavier.
When you hold one in your hand, a bike frame that weighs less than 2 1/2 lbs is astonishingly light.
 
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