Cannondale CAAD10 105 2011 Women's Road Bike

Cannondale has achieved an impressive feat with the CAAD10 105 women’s road bike. Whilst most cycling enthusiasts will want to find carbon framed models, this bike sticks with alloy for its backbone but still manages to keep the weight down and the stiffness up to levels that exceed many of the carbon based offerings. It is difficult to find an aspect of this bike, which has not been carefully considered and cleverly designed to provide excellent performance. Shimano has supplied most of the components, which are not from Cannondale itself, so there is a central cohesion that holds the whole set up together so well. For a women’s road bike which does not compromise it is worth giving the CAAD10 105 a look.

Cannondale CAAD10 105 Overview

Cannondale claims that the alloy frame used on the CAAD10 105 is amongst the most advanced of its kind on the planet. Superlatives aside, it is an undeniable success when it comes to weight and this lightness does not come at the expense of comfort because the manufacturer has sensibly included a full carbon fork on the front to soak up vibrations. If you have ridden carbon frame bikes in the past then Cannondale really wants to prove that alloy can be just as good as this more expensive material, provided it is correctly implemented. The price point of the Cannondale CAAD10 105 is appropriate for its prowess and might be considered to be good value, as a carbon equivalent of this cycle would be several times the price in many instances.

Although this bike is aimed at women who are serious about road cycling it does not emphasise its female target audience with its design of simple white coupled with flashes of green. This is great for women who do not want to be judged on the look of their bike. The overall quality of the bike is clear once you get close, with the whole thing seemingly assembled without seams or messy welding to get in the way of your enjoyment.

Cannondale CAAD10 105 Specifications

  • Frame: CAAD10 Alloy, BB30
  • Front Fork: Full Carbon
  • Rear Shock:
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano 105, braze-on
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105
  • Number of Gears: 20
  • Shifters: Shimano 105
  • Chainset: FSA Gossamer Pro
  • Chainrings: 34 / 50 tooth
  • Bottom Bracket: FSA BB30
  • Cassette: Shimano 105, 12-27 tooth
  • Chain: Shimano 105
  • Pedals: Not included
  • Front Brake: Shimano 105
  • Rear Brake: Shimano 105
  • Brake Levers: Shimano 105
  • Handlebars: Cannondale C3 Compact
  • Stem: Cannondale C2, 31.8mm
  • Headset: CAAD10, 1 1/8″ – 1 1/4″
  • Grips:
  • Rims: Shimano RS10
  • Front Hub: Shimano RS10
  • Rear Hub: Shimano RS10
  • Front Spokes:
  • Rear Spokes:
  • Front Tyre: Schwalbe Lugano, folding, 700x23C
  • Rear Tyre: Schwalbe Lugano, folding, 700x23C
  • Tubes:
  • Saddle: Prologo Kappa
  • Seatpost: Cannondale C3, Carbon Wrap, 27.2mm, 300mm
  • Seat Binder:
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