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Anyone ridden this bike? I have a CAAD 8 R5000 and love it and i can get a super good deal on the Capo (around $400). What do you think about the bike for those who have ridden it?
 

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Anyone ridden this bike? I have a CAAD 8 R5000 and love it and i can get a super good deal on the Capo (around $400). What do you think about the bike for those who have ridden it?
I have not ridden one but have looked at one locally and it seems nice. For that price, you won't do better for a built up fixie. Components spec will be the same or slightly nicer than a mail order/internet track bike and the frame/fork will be way nicer.

Make sure you take care of your family first(recalling some threads from the lounge) but if you buy the bike and have the time come on down to Major Taylor some time.:thumbsup:

I think you'll find some actual rider opinions if you check in the Fixed Gear/Singlespeed board...
 

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Family is always first...But this will be my commuter/training bike for the time being because if something happens to this its $400(which is a grad present along with my laptop). Where as if something happened to my race bike it would be 3000 dollars...BTW this bike weighs 19 pounds 2 ounces as of 6:15 today.
 

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The only limitations I can think of in terms of commuting is the lack of rack mounts and it may not have the clearance to run tires wider the 25mm. Of course, if this isn't important to you I say go for it.

Like I said, it will be better than a bikes direct, performance, randall scott bike for 400 bones and you could probably ebay the frameset for pretty close to what you paid for the whole bike down the road if you wanted.
 

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Actually i think those maxxis tires are 25c so thats good. Then rack isnt super important. i work at a bike shop so all i need to carry is a towel, t-shirt, and shorts.
 

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I have the major taylor version which, in my view, was the best track bike they ever built. I put brakes on it and cane creek levers with an FSA bar and commuted on it with a 42 x 16 an it is a great bike. Cannondale is, again, in my view, the absolute best bike for a fixed gear as it's so stiff and thus so efficient. This version doesn't have all the dura ace like the major taylor, but I am sure you will be fine.
 

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Dura ace is for my race bike...actually i'll prolly do some junior races on this because the gearing isnt much different.
 

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Fixies just have a head start, aesthetically, or is it just me, but I think, all else being equal, they just look better than their conventional counterparts. Yeah, I know, the cognescenti will jump on this.
 

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I've got this bike and I love it

I paid more that $400 for it but I still love it.

You can enjoy it as shipped or upgrade it over time.

The crank is pretty low end. The weight comes from the wheels, they are really heavy.

If you're going to run it fixed you should make sure you've order the cog in advance. It comes with the freewheel only.

I've got and 18t on mine and I like it.

Best of luck.
 

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Fixies just have a head start, aesthetically, or is it just me, but I think, all else being equal, they just look better than their conventional counterparts. Yeah, I know, the cognescenti will jump on this.
Lack of derailleur just gives it simplicity. You can always use an internal hub if you want the same look with gears.
 

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It weighs 19 pounds 2 ounces with the heavy platform pedals.

But i took it home this weekend and rode a good 75 miles on it and i love it. Absolutely love it. Only problem i have is the 48 x 18 gearing is not nearly hard enough. I can spin out on flat ground without any problems. I also commuted and i just love it. Nothing bad to say about it.

I'm ordering it in a few weeks.
 

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I had this bike in black (they call it BBQ color) and it was great, the wheelset is heavy but durable and the crank and BB are cheap but i'd have paid 400$ just for the frame. The frame iself weighs in at just under 3 lbs for the size 56. I wound up upgrading the parts over time until ony the frame was left, good bike... well worth 400$ (I paid full price for mine).
 
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