Cannondale Road Bike Range Review
Cannondale began life a little over four decades ago, initially working on producing bike bags and other accessories. It did not take long for this American firm to graduate into full cycle manufacture and it led the way in terms of frame material technology for a time, introducing alloy and carbon setups to the market at a time when these were uncommon. Now its high end road bikes continue to redefine expectations of what a performance cycle should offer and the range encompasses plenty of options to fit in with various budgetary limits.
Its Elite Road range of bikes begins with the SuperSix Evo family, the most basic of which features a full carbon frame and fork. You also get SRAM Red components, although on more expensive iterations you will also find Shimano Dura Ace and Ciamillo Zero G kit. If you need to go further faster then these road bikes are going to fit the bill.
Scaling things down a little are the standard SuperSix bikes, utilising components from the Ultegra and 105 groupsets. You still get a stuff, full carbon frame, with carbon-alloy hybrid forks to deliver a stiff, light setup which is a little easier on your wallet.
If you want to avoid the costs associated with a full carbon bike then the Cannondale CAAD10 range might be right up your street. Using high end alloy frame technology, many mistake the lightness and performance capabilities of these bikes for full carbon alternatives. This means that you can get out on the road and roll quickly and efficiently without breaking a sweat until you really put the power down.
For further alloy-based affordability the Cannondale CAAD8 family delivers 105, Tiagra and Sora components from Shimano along with a similarly weight-saving design to the costlier cousins from Cannondale. This is a great introduction to what the company is all about and will be perfect for people who are starting to get serious about road racing.
The Performance Road range of Cannondale bikes is comprised of the Synapse collection, subdivided in to alloy and carbon frame categories. These models are all about giving you comfort over long distances while still ensuring that you can enjoy blistering performance when you need to pull out all of the stops. A solid collection of Shimano components, ranging from Sora to Dura Ace and Ultegra, ensure consistency and reliability.
If you are a triathlete then the Cannondale Slice is going to be a surprisingly well priced carbon option which you can take training or racing as the situation requires. Excellent geometry which helps you make the most of your talents in a competitive situation combines with an overall attractive design that deserves some serious attention.
In the Cyclocross category of Cannondale’s roster of bikes you have your choice of the SuperX and the CAADX, with the former representing the pinnacle of the range while the latter is intended to help you save pennies while you still enjoy excellent performance on a variety of surfaces. Carbon and alloy frames are abundant, along with the usual choice of Shimano gear.