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I've narrowed my search down to these two bikes. I'm a beginning rider looking to get into the sport. Besides the personal feel of each bike, which I need to determine, are there any pros/cons of one bike over the other? Just to let you know, the R700 would be approximately $200 less than the 2100. Any other models you'd recommend checking out at this price point?

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I've narrowed my search down to these two bikes. I'm a beginning rider looking to get into the sport. Besides the personal feel of each bike, which I need to determine, are there any pros/cons of one bike over the other? Just to let you know, the R700 would be approximately $200 less than the 2100. Any other models you'd recommend checking out at this price point?

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It's up to you. The only pro or con depends on how it floats your boat and how well the bike handles for you. Both are high-quality bikes in their price-range. And, no, there are no quality or performance pros or cons to speak of.
 

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It depends on what you want to do. The R700 is as close to an out of the box race bike as I've seen. At least at that price point. I bought the R700 because it 1) climbs like a billy goat 2) weighed in at 18lbs stock 3) was at my fav LBS and 4) had the best paint. I have recently figured out that none of the above criteria were what I was really after. I find the C'dale uncomfortable after 25 or so miles. It is very stiff, unforgiving, responsive, and all of the other good stuff you want in a race rig. In other words, if you're looking to do centuries, look elsewhere. If you're looking to get into serious group riding, racing, or weight weenie-ing, the R700 is a great starting point.

BTW- The CAAD7 frame of the 05 R700 is the same frame as the 04 R5000. That's C'dale's top o' the line bike, so the frame is very worthy.
 
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