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Cannondale Caad Optimo

  • Model2017 Caad Optimo 105
  • Star Rating (5)
  • RRP $1899
  • Model2017 Caad Optimo Tiagra
  • Star Rating (3.5)
  • RRP $1649
  • Model2017 Caad Optimo Sora
  • Star Rating (4)
  • RRP $1379

A brand new model in the Cannondale road bike range, the CAAD Optimo has been introduced as a more accessible version of the highly regarded CAAD12. It features exactly the same geometry, so you can enjoy the same sharp handling and race-inspired performance of the CAAD12 and SuperSix EVO models, but at a price that makes it an ideal starting block for new riders to the sport of road cycling. In terms of price, the CAAD Optimo sits alongside Cannondale’s Synapse Alloy. So which one is the best? The Synapse is Cannondale’s endurance roadbike, so it features a longer wheelbase for more stable handling, and an upright riding position thanks to a taller head tube and a shorter top tube. It’s the cruiser of the two, and is more comfortable for longer distance riding. The CAAD Optimo on the other hand is lighter overall and it offers a sportier feel, with a more stretched out riding position.

Despite its lower price point, the CAAD Optimo draws much of its ride quality from the top-end CAAD12 race bike. It features a tapered head tube, with internal headset bearings mating up with the carbon fork. There are also oversized BB30 bearings inside the frames bottom bracket, which allows for a larger 30mm crank spindle that is both stiffer and lighter than a traditional 24mm spindle. Just like the CAAD12, the CAAD Optimo features highly manipulated alloy tubes that vary their thickness throughout the length of the tube to help reduce weight, while also soaking up more vibrations. Combined with wider 25c tyres, the CAAD Optimo offers a surprisingly smooth ride for an alloy road bike. However, you can fit up to 28c tyres if you want more traction and more comfort again, which makes the CAAD Optimo an ideal candidate for a winter training bike. On that note, you can even fit mudguards to the CAAD Optimo frame.

The CAAD Optimo range all utilise the same lightweight alloy frame and carbon fork, and offer you the choice of Shimano Sora, Tiagra or 105 groupsets.




Reviews from bike beagles

At a glance

  • Riding typePerformance

  • Drive train105

  • Gear ratiosCompact

  • Frame buildAlloy Basic

At a glance

  • Riding typePerformance

  • Drive trainTiagra

  • Gear ratiosSemi Compact

  • Frame buildAlloy Basic

At a glance

  • Riding typePerformance

  • Drive trainSora

  • Gear ratiosCompact

  • Frame buildAlloy Basic


SPECIFICATIONS


  • Frame CAAD Optimo, SmartForm C2 Alloy, SAVE
  • Fork Cannondale Ultra, Carbon blades, 1-1/8" to 1-1/4" steerer

  • Wheels Cannondale RS 2.0,
  • Hubs Formula, RB-56 front, RB-5711 rear
  • Tyres Schwalbe Lugano, 700x25c

  • Shifters Shimano 105
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano 105
  • Front Derailleur Shimano 105, 31.8 clamp
  • Crank FSA Gossamer, 50/34
  • Cassette Shimano 105, 11-28, 11-speed
  • Chain Shimano HG601, 11-speed
  • Bottom Bracket FSA cartridge

  • Saddle Cannondale Stage Ergo w/ Crmo Rails
  • Seatpost Cannondale C3, Alloy, 27.2x300mm
  • Stem Cannondale C3, 6061 Alloy, 31.8, 6 deg.
  • Brakeset Tektro R741, dual pivot, cartridge pad
  • Grips Cannondale Bar Tape w/Gel, 2.5mm
  • Frame CAAD Optimo, SmartForm C2 Alloy, SAVE
  • Fork Cannondale Ultra, Carbon blades, 1-1/8" to 1-1/4" steerer

  • Wheels Cannondale RS 3.0
  • Hubs Formula, RB-56 front, RB-5711 rear
  • Tyres Schwalbe Lugano, 700x25c

  • Shifters Shimano Tiagra
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
  • Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra, 31.8 clamp
  • Crank FSA Omega, 50/34
  • Cassette Shimano HG500, 11-28, 10-speed
  • Chain FSA CN-910, 10-speed
  • Bottom Bracket FSA Cartridge

  • Saddle Cannondale Stage Ergo
  • Seatpost Cannondale C4, Alloy, 27.2mmx300mm
  • Stem Cannondale C4, 31.8, 6 deg.
  • Brakeset Cannondale C4, dual pivot, cartridge pad
  • Grips Cannondale Bar Tape w/Gel, 2.5mm
  • Frame CAAD Optimo, SmartForm C2 Alloy, SAVE
  • Fork Cannondale Ultra, Carbon blades, 1-1/8" to 1-1/4" steerer

  • Wheels Vannondale RS 3.0
  • Hubs Alloy, sealed, loose ball bearings, QR, 28h
  • Tyres Schwalbe Lugano, 700x25c

  • Shifters Shimano Sora
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano Sora
  • Front Derailleur Shimano Sora, 31.8 clamp
  • Crank FSA Vero 50/34
  • Cassette Shimano HG50, 12-27, 9-speed
  • Chain KMC Z99, 9-speed
  • Bottom Bracket FSA 68mm BSA

  • Saddle Cannondale Stage Ergo
  • Seatpost Cannondale C4, Alloy, 27.2mmx300mm
  • Stem Cannondale C4, 31.8, 6 deg.
  • Brakeset Cannondale C4, dual pivot, cartridge pad
  • Grips Cannondale Bar Tape w/Gel, 2.5mm

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