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Cannondale Caad 12

  • Model2017 Caad 12 Black Inc
  • Star Rating (4.5)
  • RRP $6999
  • Model2017 Caad 12 Ultegra
  • Star Rating (5)
  • RRP $3299
  • Model2017 Caad 12 105
  • Star Rating (4.5)
  • RRP $2499

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.




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At a glance

  • Riding typePerformance

  • Drive trainDura Ace

  • Gear ratiosSemi Compact

  • Frame buildAlloy Pro

At a glance

  • Riding typePerformance

  • Drive trainUltegra

  • Gear ratiosSemi Compact

  • Frame buildAlloy Pro

At a glance

  • Riding typePerformance

  • Drive train105

  • Gear ratiosSemi Compact

  • Frame buildAlloy Pro


SPECIFICATIONS


  • Frame CAAD12, SmartForm C1 Premium Alloy, SPEED SAVE, BB30a, Di2 Ready
  • Fork CAAD12, SPEED SAVE, BallisTec Hi-Mod full carbon, 1-1/8" to 1-1/4" steerer, integrated crown race.

  • Wheels Cannondale HollowGram Carbon
  • Hubs Cannondale HollowGram, sealed bearing, 18h (F), 24h (RR)
  • Tyres Schwalbe ONE, folding, 700x25c

  • Shifters Shimano Dura-Ace 9100
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace 9100
  • Front Derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace 9100, braze-on
  • Crank Cannondale HollowGram SiSL2, BB30a, w/ OPI SpideRing SL, 52/36
  • Cassette Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 11-28
  • Chain Shimano HG701, 11-speed
  • Bottom Bracket FSA BB30 Bearings

  • Saddle Fi'zi:k Arione R3 w/ K:ium Rails
  • Seatpost Cannondale SAVE Carbon, 25.4x350mm
  • Stem Cannondale C1 Ultralight, 2014 Alloy, 31.8, 6 deg. w/ integrated Garmin Mount
  • Brakeset Shimano Dura-Ace 9100
  • Grips Fi'zi:k Team
  • Frame CAAD12, SmartForm C1 Premium Alloy, SPEED SAVE, BB30a, Di2 Ready
  • Fork CAAD12, SPEED SAVE, BallisTec full carbon, 1-1/8" to 1-1/4" steerer, integrated crown race.

  • Wheels Mavic
  • Hubs Mavic Aksium Elite
  • Tyres Mavic Yksion Elite Guard, folding, WTS, 700x25c

  • Shifters Shimano Ultegra
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra
  • Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra, braze-on
  • Crank Cannondale HollowGram Si, BB30a, w/ OPI SpideRing, 52/36
  • Chain Shimano HG701, 11-speed
  • Bottom Bracket FSA BB30 Bearings

  • Saddle Fi'zi:k Arione R7 MG Rails
  • Seatpost Cannondale C2, UD Carbon, 25.4x300mm
  • Stem Cannondale C2, 7050 Alloy, 31.8, 6 deg.
  • Brakeset Shimano Ultegra
  • Grips Cannondale Bar Tape w/Gel, 2.5mm
  • Frame CAAD12, SmartForm C1 Premium Alloy, SPEED SAVE, BB30a, Di2 Ready
  • Fork CAAD12, SPEED SAVE, BallisTec full carbon, 1-1/8" to 1-1/4" steerer, integrated crown race.

  • Wheels Mavic
  • Hubs Mavic Aksium
  • Tyres Mavic Yksion Elite, folding, WTS, 700x25c

  • Shifters Shimano 105
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano 105
  • Front Derailleur Shimano 105, braze-on
  • Crank Cannondale Si, BB30a, FSA rings, 52/36
  • Chain Shimano HG601, 11-speed
  • Bottom Bracket FSA BB30 Bearings

  • Saddle Selle Royal Seta S1
  • Seatpost Cannondale C3, 6061 Alloy, 25.4x300mm
  • Stem Cannondale C3, 6061 Alloy, 31.8, 6 deg.
  • Brakeset Tektro R741, dual pivot, cartridge pad
  • Grips Cannondale Bar Tape w/Gel 2.5mm

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