Cannondale CAAD10 Review
Cannondale has built the CAAD10 range of road bikes in order to prove that you do not necessarily have to invest in a carbon frame if you want high end, race ready performance. These models are based on a stiff, light frame and a good selection of components to help you remain competitive mile after mile.
Cannondale CAAD10 5 105
The most affordable option in this range is the CAAD 10 5 105, which features the SmartFormed 6069 alloy frame that can also be found at the core of its siblings. This is matched with a full carbon fork at the front, indicating that there are some areas in which a combination of two different materials can actually work harmoniously.
The Speed Save technology found dictating the arrangement of the frame and fork basically amounts to improved levels of comfort over equivalent bikes as well as stiffness that helps to deliver fast acceleration and consistent, speedy rolling. The frame and fork can soak up bumps and road vibration so that the rider does not get fatigued, while the stiff top tube and offset dropouts help to deliver the power to the wheels, converting your efforts into plenty of forward momentum.
As the name suggests, this iteration of the CAAD 10 comes with Shimano 105 components on the drive train and brakeset, which means that everything works together cohesively, with slick gear changes helping you to manage the bike without incident.
Shimano RS10 rims and hubs are matched with Schwalbe Lugano tyres that can keep up with the fast rolling nature of this road bike.
Cannondale CAAD10 3 Ultegra
Sharing the alloy frame and carbon fork setup with the 105, the Cannondale CAAD 10 3 Ultegra uses a selection of the Shimano Ultegra 6700 groupset on the shifters, chain, derailleur and brakes.
Mavic Aksium WTS Rims are wrapped in Mavic Askion tyres, while the Cannondale C3 stem and handlebar are light and suitable for this type of bike. The Cannondale C2 seat post integrates a little more carbon into the CAAD10 3 Ultegra, making it more comfortable over those long stints in the saddle, which is coincidentally created by Prologo.
Cannondale CAAD10 1 Dura Ace
The Cannondale CAAD 10 1 Dura Ace is the top model in the range and therefore the clear choice for anyone who has the most flexible budget. It retains the features which make its siblings so impressive; namely the alloy frame and full carbon fork with the Speed Save technology. However, there are a number of fresh components that keep things interesting.
The crank is the FSA SL-K Light Carbon, which helps to save a few grams on the total weight of the bike. Meanwhile the Shimano Dura Ace components on the drive train, along with the Ultegra-series chain and cog set, also help to improve the lightness of this model.
Shimano RS880 rims, spokes and hubs look as light as they feel, with Schwalbe Durano S tyres keeping you on the right track without putting up too much rolling resistance to inhibit your progress.
The Shimano Ultegra 6700 brakes make a return, while the Cannondale C2 Compact handlebar and C2 stem let this bike stand out from the crowd, in combination with the aforementioned carbon seat post.
If you want an alloy road bike that can rack up the miles at the same speed as a full carbon racer then the Cannondale CAAD 10 range will give you three compelling reasons to save your money without necessarily compromising when it comes to performance. While Cannondale of course deals in its own carbon bikes, it is a proponent of the idea that alloy frames, when properly manipulated, can be equally as capable.