I am currently riding a CADD5 R600. I want to upgrade to a Six13 and start racing. Should I get the Team1 (Dura-Ace) or Team 2 (Ultegra)? Would my money be better spent on an additional set of racing wheels? Your input is appreciated.
I would personally rather have better wheels than Dura Ace over Ultegra, but the Team 1 will have better wheels. The only difference in DA and Ultegra componets is weight. If you have the money get the team 1, if it is an issue get the team 2, its still a VERY good bike.
I do ride my six13 and I really like it, but I think for the price the caad8 is a better value and possibly a better racing frame. And on the components the 105 works just as well as DA but weighs a little more and cost a whole lot less. Also, it makes me nervous racing my six13 all of the time because of how easil things can go wrong in a race. Last weekend in a crit a guy in front of me had his tire blow halfway through a turn and took out 3 other guys. He would have got me but I managed to bunny hop a 1 1/2 foot curb. I got luck or my new frame could have been toast
The top tube of the Six 13 is butted - all Six 13s start life as a modified CAAD 8. By that I mean the only modification is that the downtube and top tube (if applicable) have the cutout window already in place. The tubes are welded, aligned, sanded, heat treated. The appropriate section of the downtube and top tube (if applicable) are then cut off and replaced with carbon sections using a bladder. I don't know exactly how thin the tubing is, but sometimes dealers have laterally-halved frames to demonstrate tube butting.
My LBS has a cutaway CAAD7 I must have a look as my Six13 Pro died during an accident in a race yesterday and one of the tubing breaks was in the top tube about 10mm forward of where the weld finishes and I can hardly believe how thin the tubing is.
A forum community dedicated to Road Bike owners and enthusiasts. Come join the discussion about bike parts, components, deals, performance, modifications, classifieds, troubleshooting, maintenance, and more!