Cannondale CAAD10 3 Ultegra 2014
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High performance aluminium is back' say the folks at Canondale and after riding the CAAD10, I'd be inclined to agree. Canondale are experts at the aluminium road bike, producing favourites among those looking for a capable race machine without the price tag of a top-level carbon option. The CAAD 10 is the latest incarnation, available in various finishing kits. We put the Ultegra version through its paces.
Cannondale's tube design also plays a role in the strong performance of this aluminium frame, their classic large diameter creating much of the strength. The top tube is oval to quash lateral flex (it's slightly hourglass in profile too, helping to prevent any knee banging), providing a sharp and responsive feel.
The top tube leads out to widened seatstays. Apparently taking from the design of Cannondale's Flash hardtail mountain bike - a model that's intended to deliver plenty of comfort - the seatstays are narrow but widely spaced while the chainstays are assymetric with a more bulbous design. This all comes together to allow a little bit of vertical flex when you ride over bumps but minimal side to side movement. In other words, the back end provides the classic 'vertically compliant/laterally stiff' combo that most manufacturers are keen to shout about.