Cannondale CAADX Cyclocross Bike Review
The Cannondale CAADX range consists of cyclocross bikes that are intended to be versatile, adapting to a variety of road conditions and giving you the option to jump off the beaten path and onto the dirt without suddenly feeling out of your depth. While these cyclocross-oriented bikes are designed for those who want to get competitive, they can also prove useful for commuters who want something a bit more stable and multipurpose than your typical road racer.
Cannondale CAADX 6 Tiagra
The Cannondale CAADX 6 Tiagra is all about stability, despite the fact that it manages to deliver this through an optimised 6061 alloy frame which is also arranged with race-ready geometry. In order to achieve this Cannondale has elongated the head tube and slackened up the angle, putting the rider in a seated position which will be marginally more upright and thus more planted and comfortable.
This is matched by the Ultra X fork with carbon blades, providing the bike with excellent handling and added suppleness in order to reduce rider fatigue generated through impacts and vibrations from the surface below.
Lateral rigidity is important in bikes that are designed to race, but this can often result in a less comfortable ride that prohibits it from being convenient to use in non-competitive situations. However, by using hourglass seatstays on the Cannondale CAADX 6 Tiagra, you get extra vertical flexibility to counteract this while maintaining the overall stiffness of the ride. As such you can pedal efficiently and in comfort, which is an ideal combination.
You get an FSA Omega crank and bottom bracket, with Shimano Tiagra components completing the drivetrain setup for fast, seamless shifts. The Maddus DXR 6000 rims work well with Schwalbe Sammy Slick tyres in cyclocross events, letting you roll quickly on the tarmac and the flat sections while still keeping your bike in check when things get a little more slippery.
Tektro CR520 brakes are found at the front and rear, giving you adequate stopping power in most situations. The Cannondale C4 handlebar, stem and seatpost show that the manufacturer is confident in its own equipment and you also get the Cannondale Stage saddle mounted on steel rails.
This bike lets you experience the kind of ride and geometry found on more hardcore cyclocross bikes, but in a package that is more approachable for first time riders who are looking to build up some good experience before they attempt anything particularly competitive.
Cannondale CAADX 6 105
You get the same alloy frame and Ultra X fork on the Cannondale CAADX 6 105 as you do on its more affordable sibling. You also get the Shimano 105 groupset on the drivetrain, as you may have gathered from its inventive name.
The 105 components are a little lighter and more capable, thus making the bike a step in the right direction in terms of performance. The Maddux wheelset with Schwalbe tyres is back here, while the Tektro CR710 brakes operate smoothly and add little to the overall weight of the bike.
Rather than using C4 components, the seatpost, stem and handlebar come from the C3 range, while the Stage saddle is this time mounted on chromoly rails to further enhance the lightness of the bike when compared with its sibling.
Standard road bikes can be suitable for a number of situations, but you can find that as soon as you take them out of their comfort zone they cease to be anywhere near as useful. The Cannondale CAADX range addresses these issues, letting you enjoy stiff yet comfortable cyclocross bikes that are at home in a race or during a typical commute.
Cannondale CAADX Ultegra Cyclocross Bike Specifications
- Front Fork: Cannondale Ultra X disc, carbon blades
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 6700
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 6700
- Gears: 20
- Chainring: FSA Gossamer Pro, BB30, with 46/36T
- Cassette: Shimano 105 5700
- Shifters: Shimano Ultegra 6700
- Brakes: Cannondale MB700T Disc
- Wheels: Maddux GX 400 Disc
- Tyres: Schwalbe Sammy Slick, 700x35c