Old-school is still cool! While carbon has become the matériel du jour, Cannondale continues to update and improve its CAAD range of aluminium bikes (CAAD stands for ‘Cannondale Advanced Aluminium Design’).
First appearing as far back as 1983, these race-winning machines were immortalised by Italian superstar Mario Cipollini in the days of Cannondale Saeco, when Cannondale were widely considered the ‘aluminiumati’.
To give you an idea of just how awesome the modern CAADs are, when former Cannondale Pro rider Charles Keey was given free range to pick any bike he wanted, he opted for the CAAD10, saying, “It’s the best bike I’ve ever ridden.” So, with 30 years of heritage and an already impressive offering, the CAAD12 represents the latest iteration of a proud history for Cannondale.
Thanks to the CAAD12’s cutting-edge tube designs and top-secret Tube Flow Modelling welding techniques, engineers were able to dramatically improve stiffness and reduce weight, while simultaneously enhancing compliance by incorporating their Speed Save Technology. Throw in an all-new full-carbon fork, clearance for up to 28C tyres (25C come standard) as well as a pair of Shimano’s R685 disc brakes, and you end up with a ride experience that’s hard to beat, even when compared to carbon. Best of all, with the Shimano 105 Disc build costing R28 000, the CAAD12’s ride quality is also great value.
Price: R39 000