What Its Like To Ride the Cannondale CAAD 10

As probably the lightest available aluminum framed bike today, the Cannondale CAAD 10 has its detractors.  No bike that light in aluminum could ever ride well over the long haul, they say.  Or, well, its all fine until you take in longevity of the design.  There's just no shot the bike will be able to last.

But let's take that first issue: the ride.  With the 56cm bikes weighing in at or just below 16 pounds, it's hard to imagine that the frame doesn't give more than it should.  But that's not the case at all; instead offering up a very robust and firm ride with every pedal stroke.

I suggest that this is not altogether anything at all but the geometry of the bike, especially the seat stay. Cannon ale designed the CAAD 10 with a stay that is closer in to center of the bike to firm up the ride. I would say this is also to strengthen the frame as a whole as well, giving us our longevity.

A good road bike needs to be able to give when necessary, and the CAAD 10 has built in design elements for this purpose. By using internal butting in the stays, the company makes the bike less jarring on your local rides that might include some horrible road conditions.

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2015 Cannondale CAAD10 Frame Size: 56cm
2015 Cannondale CAAD10 Frame Size: 56cm
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2014 Cannondale CAAD10 Ultgera Road Bike 56cm
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Cannondale Caad 10 56cm Excellent Condition! Force 22 SI Crank
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2011 CAAD 10 Ultegra - 54
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We cant go too far without noticing that the bike's seat is probably the next item that makes the 10 a joy to ride. The Prologo Kappa Evo is a soft rounded seat with a slightly dugout channel. While other seats give more pressure release in the channel, the Evo instead reduces pressure from underneath by eliminating the materials most seats use to support the rider. While riders will immediately notice the lack of vertical material in the rear of the seat, the comfortable feeling will stay with you for quite some time.

The only downside I can see is the C3 handlebar. Like most companies, the posts and handlebars tend to be mass produced elements. And while the C3 is a good handlebar, we can do better. Lots of C3's actually end up on the auction sites where 10 owners have parted with them quickly.

For the purposes of this review, I focused solely on the 105 edition. I would skip the Rival if you don't particularly care for 105, and go straight to Ultegra. There is basically no difference in 105 and Rival, with the latter costing a bit more. Ultegra or SRAM Force would be the way to go if you need better comps for racing. There is also a Black edition, but I don't see the need for this one at all unless you just have the money to spend and want it.

I hope this review of the CAAD 10 has been helpful to you. Let me know in the comments your own experiences with this fantastic aluminum machine.

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