For the most part of the last decade, carbon fibre has largely ruled the high-end road bike market. Prior to that, it was all about aluminium, and before that it was steel. But since the introduction of carbon fibre, many companies had forgotten about metal when it came to high-end road bikes, instead investing all of their time and resources in carbon. Not Cannondale however. While Cannondale has indeed been pushing down weight limits with the incredible SuperSix EVO frame, it has also been refining and evolving its iconic CAAD alloy road bike frames at the same time. New alloys and new construction techniques that allow for greater manipulation of tubing has meant that alloy frames such as the CAAD12 have closed the weight gap significantly over their carbon counterparts. In essence, the CAAD12 is the alloy version of the SuperSix EVO frame. It features the same race-oriented geometry, and an aggressive riding position that will suit criterium racers and those wanting a lean, mean sprinting machine.
Launched in 2016, the CAAD12 is the latest iteration in the venerable CAAD alloy road bike line. The new frame weighs just over a kilo, and it’s paired to a full-carbon fork that is shared with the SuperSix EVO models. Like the SuperSix EVO, the CAAD12 features a tapered head tube with integrated bearings, and a new wider BB30a bottom bracket shell. Joined together by a hugely oversized hollow downtube, the CAAD12 is designed to offer incredible chassis stiffness from front to back. Despite its responsive handling, the CAAD12 is smoother than its predecessors thanks to a skinnier 25.4mm SAVE carbon seatpost, which helps to encourage flex underneath the saddle. Slender seat stays also help to filter out road vibrations, making the CAAD12 a super smooth bike to ride. Cannondale has also spec’d 25c tyres for the CAAD12, which offer a little more comfort on rough backcountry bitumen roads, while increasing cornering grip too.
The new range starts at the CAAD12 105 model, which features Mavic wheels and an 11-speed Shimano 105 groupset, and goes all the way up to the flagship CAAD12 Black Inc model for those wanting the lightest package for their money. The CAAD12 frame is also availablein a disc option that comes with hydraulic disc brakes for smooth, powerful and consistent braking in all conditions.
Drive trainSRAM Force1
Gear ratios1x11 CX
Frame buildAlloy Pro
Gear ratiosSemi Compact
Frame buildAlloy Pro