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2003 Cannondale Optimo Saeco BB30

Frame:
2003 Cannondale Optimo CAAD 7 w/BB30 56 cm

Fork/Headset:
Enve Road 2.0/Campagnolo Record Hiddenset

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
SRAM RED 22 BB30 Exogram 130BCD/Standard BB30 Bearings

Pedals:
Look Keo Blade Ti Axle

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
10 speed SRAM/SRAM PG1090 - 11-25/KMC X10 SL

Derailleurs/Shifters:
SRAM Red Black Rear/SRAM Rival Front

Handlebars/Stem:
3T Rotundo Team 40cm/Thomson Elite X4 130mm +-10deg

Saddle/Seatpost:
Fizik Arione Carbon Rail /Thomson Elite 27.2mm X 240mm /Thomson Seatpost Collar

Brakes:
TRP Front/Sram Rival w/TRP/Red hardware rear (for the improved tyre clearance)/swisstop pads

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
2013 Fulcrum Racing 3

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
2013 Fulcrum Racing 3

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Rough
  2. Initial
  3. Training Bike
  4. "Parts Bin Build"
  5. Probably the most well-rounded build yet

Added by greasethecheese. Last updated about 5 years ago.

38 Comments

riceboy

riceboy says:

I love the paint job! Very nice build as well.

Posted about 7 years ago

RacsoKid

RacsoKid says:

I'm 5'11with a 32 inseam and I just got a 56cm caad5 r800. Hopefully its not to big. How tall are you?

Posted almost 8 years ago

greasethecheese

greasethecheese says:

yes they are, I loved both my Zipp (TB and SS) bars, they look good against Thomson stems when you remove the graphics with paint stripper.

Posted almost 9 years ago

Unclip

Unclip says:

sweet thanks!

Posted almost 9 years ago

greasethecheese

greasethecheese says:

aww cheers man

Posted almost 9 years ago

Unclip

Unclip says:

Are these the Zipp traditional bend in this picture?

Posted almost 9 years ago

Unclip

Unclip says:

I think this is one of the most beautiful machines I have seen. Well done :)

Posted almost 9 years ago

B96

B96 says:

Very cool Cannondale

Posted almost 9 years ago

brianchang32

brianchang32 says:

So clean!

Posted almost 9 years ago

mikezeegerman

mikezeegerman says:

How do you like the Planet X brakes vs the Sram Red?

Posted about 9 years ago

greasethecheese

greasethecheese says:

they certainly aren't as powerful as red and you should really get the SwissStop pads. The setup is a bit annoying, but for the price you wont find lighter brakes that look this cool.

Posted about 9 years ago

mikezeegerman

mikezeegerman says:

I have installed them before on a friends bike and he claims they are great (swiss stop yellows with Reynolds carbon rims), but i had my doubts. And yes, the cable stop is a PITA.

Posted about 9 years ago

greasethecheese

greasethecheese says:

yeah they do the job, but my other bikes use Sram Rival brakes and Sram Red brakes and there is just no comparison in power

Posted about 9 years ago

Gabrielism90

Gabrielism90 says:

Bravo! Bravo! Love the tan-side wall tires!
Way to slam that stem!

Posted about 9 years ago

UCF_Eric

UCF_Eric says:

What's the weight on this beautiful machine?

Posted about 9 years ago

greasethecheese

greasethecheese says:

I honestly have no clue, i'll get back to you when I get some scales though. Its respectable for a 10 year old frame with minimal carbon usage.

Posted about 9 years ago

greasethecheese

greasethecheese says:

it's going to get lighter though

Posted about 9 years ago

adrian13346

adrian13346 says:

Love this! I'm rebuilding my 98 Saeco with a Force group and the build is gonna be really similar. Seems like we both have great taste. You should check it out.

Posted about 9 years ago

greasethecheese

greasethecheese says:

damn, saw that bad boy on STS. Agreed, excellent taste, you need to source some CODA Magic cranks for that thing to stay true to the game

Posted about 9 years ago

quixoticle

quixoticle says:

I've been wanting to build this exact same bike, but with Record 10, for a while. Really fantastic job! Who says aluminum is passé?

Posted about 9 years ago

greasethecheese

greasethecheese says:

the old CAAD's certainly have the potential to be really sweet builds at a relatively low cost, I guess I was just lucky enough to find this frame NOS at my LBS in just my size.

Posted about 9 years ago

sonomike

sonomike says:

Slammed. Long and low. Refreshing with all the 80mm stems and risers you usually see here. 10 years later and it smokes most everything new.

Posted about 9 years ago

Ewwyou

Ewwyou says:

Fucking beastly. Everything about it, well done!

Posted about 9 years ago

Zeb_pepperoni

Zeb_pepperoni says:

oh man, just needs a 'legalize my cannondale jersey' and we can call it a day. Hows it ride with the enve fork?

Posted about 9 years ago

greasethecheese

greasethecheese says:

This frame is NOS and came with the full carbon Time/Cannondale fork with the red carbon weave. It looked amazing but it was quite flexy at the dropouts. After switching to the Enve I cant go back, I really only have praise for it, I cant imagine anything I would change about it, its smooth enough and super stiff and looks extremely purposeful. I love it so much I am going to put one on my CAAD5 crit bike which currently runs the old Time/Cannondale fork

Posted about 9 years ago

Zeb_pepperoni

Zeb_pepperoni says:

Where did you find this frame NOS?! this is the kind of thing i drool over. Thanks for sharing

Posted about 9 years ago

greasethecheese

greasethecheese says:

Just at a the local bike shop over here in australia

Posted about 9 years ago

greasethecheese

greasethecheese says:

it has actually just been sitting on a wall in the clear view of customers for like 10 years, so was my CAAD5 and my other CAAD7 commuter bike. People really just don't seem to take aluminium as a serious frame material anymore, and instead look at some entry level piece of plastic crap

Posted about 9 years ago

Zeb_pepperoni

Zeb_pepperoni says:

My local shop has a bunch of vintage caads on the wall too, but they refuse to sell them to me haha. And i definitely agree, cannondale has broken the UCI weight limit since it started, and with some of the things theyre doing with tube shape and carbon works these days, they ride just as well as many carbon bikes. I love my caad10 and it makes me happy everytime i realize ive paid a couple thousand dollars less than the other racers here in hawaii. Now if only it said made in the USA like the vintage frames ;)

Posted about 9 years ago

Zeb_pepperoni

Zeb_pepperoni says:

forks*

Posted about 9 years ago

joserheo

joserheo says:

This is too awesome! I thought BB30 was initiated in '06? I guess I was wrong

Posted about 9 years ago

greasethecheese

greasethecheese says:

nah man, it came on the scene with the short lived CAAD6 ( http://www.mikecotty.co.uk/Review.asp?O... ) but the CAAD7 was the first bike to use the "Optimo" aluminium from Alcoa, so its a tad lighter and stiffer(apparently)

Posted about 9 years ago

joserheo

joserheo says:

oh good to know ! thanks

Posted about 9 years ago

arelyt

arelyt says:

wow, this thing is beautiful!

Posted about 9 years ago

dietrootbeer

dietrootbeer says:

So nice. One of my favorite bikes on pedalroom. Doing a respray on my Masi Coltello and the color is going to be similar to this, Great build!

Posted about 9 years ago

greasethecheese

greasethecheese says:

this one is a strange colour. It's not actually paint, more just a red clear coat over the raw aluminium, so in the sunlight it just pops and turns to candy red.

Posted about 9 years ago

mktng

mktng says:

older caad's liked to show the raw alu under a thin layer of paint. was a good way to shed a few grams too :P

Posted about 9 years ago

mikezeegerman

mikezeegerman says:

Love this bike! Used to have one myself. I wish I'd never sold it.

Posted about 9 years ago

fredspreme

fredspreme says:

this is sick! favorited

Posted about 9 years ago

mktng

mktng says:

what a machine. CAAD's are probably my all time favorite framset. You have it built up just perfectly!

Posted about 9 years ago