Cannondale’s CAAD10 is a strange bike. It doesn’t fit in with the rest of the bike industries ho-hum aluminum bikes. At a time when most bike manufacturers are building aluminum road bikes to the lowest possible price point, Cannondale is doing something they always have always done well. They built a bike that re-defines the boundaries of aluminum performance.
Cannondale was the first major manufacturer to use aluminum in bicycle frames. Their first bike the ST-500 led the bike industry into the fat-tube TIG welded aluminum era. Cannondale pioneered the first smooth welds, fat tubes, and heat-treated frames. They were embraced by riders around the world. The Cannondale aluminum expertise brought us into an era where we could have lightweight, durable, and stiffness all in the same package. The CAADs, the alloy series of race bikes from Cannondale, developed a cult-like following among racers.
The latest refinement of Cannondale’s alloy bikes is the CAAD10. It is an aggressive-geometry race bike with all the right stuff. On our Feedback alpine scale a size 54 men’s painted fame (with hardware) weighs in at 1310 grams (another 56 weighed an impressive 1260), and the tapered fork a mere 396 grams. A women’s size 51 frame weighs 1157 grams. Cannondale claims this is the lightest aluminum frame that anyone has ever made. In fact, most other company’s entry level carbon doesn’t even come close to touching the Cannondale’s weight. Since this bike costs less than anyone’s carbon offerings, you’ll have a little extra scratch to put towards upgrades if you want to get it lighter than stock. My build takes the CAAD10 down to a featherweight 15.5 pounds complete with pedals, cages, and computer.
The CAAD10 isn’t all about weight either. It’s the most comfortable aluminum bike I have ever ridden. The rear chainstay and seatstay are squished flat and the tubes are internally butted (thinner tube walls in the middle) a technology Cannondale calls “SAVE”. It allows the rear end of the bike to flex when the road gets rough. It’s the kind of bike you can ride all day and not feel fatigued when it’s time to quit.
Usually comfortable bikes lack the stiffness that makes them lively and snappy on the road. Not the CAAD10. Cannondale’s flat stays, ovalized seat tube, massively oversized downtube, and tapered fork all work together to created the perfect blend of lively out of the saddle performance. This bike sprints better than any bike I have ever ridden. It’s stiff, but it doesn’t beat you up.
The geometry of the CAAD10 is almost the same as Cannondale’s most elite carbon bike, the Supersix EVO. It’s aggressive, with a short head tube and snappy handling. This kind of bike demands aggressive riding. The harder you push it, the more it feels at home. Fitting a rider to the CAAD10 is easy, as Cannondale has 8 men’s sizes and 4 unique women’s sizes available.
We only have 6 riders here at Belgianwerkx, and we have access to hundreds of diffent bikes. Given the CAAD10’s impressive all around performance, it’s no surprise that
three FIVE of us made the CAAD10 our road bike.
Nicholas Moroder is the everyday face of Belgainwerkx. He has been wrenching on bikes for 10 years and is a Certified Retul University fitter. He’s the kind of guy who can tell you what tire is best for your wet rides, or what brake pads will make your rims last the longest. He manages the service, product , fitting, and day-to-day operation of the shop.