Cannondale Touring Ultimate

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  • Model2017 Touring Ultimate Ultegra
  • Star Rating (5)
  • RRP $3599

When you want to go long and explore paths unknown, then you’re going to need a dedicated touring bike. Unlike a mountain bike or a road bike, a touring bike is designed with a specific upright riding position that offers comfort for riding multiple days, weeks or even months in a row. A touring frame is also equipped to carry heavy loads. That means sufficient mounting points for bolting on pannier racks and such, but it also means using heavier gauge tubing and much stronger wheels to handle the extra weight that you’ll be loading up with to see you through to the end of your next adventure. Because of its specific design, a touring bike isn’t so good for off-road mountain biking, and it’s not the best tool of choice for racing on the road. So look elsewhere if those are your intentions. But if you want a tough and versatile mile-muncher for riding compact dirt tracks and bitumen roads off into the sunset, then something like the Cannondale Touring bike is your ticket to two-wheeled freedom.

Despite it’s focus on strength and durability, the Touring frame from Cannondale features up-to-date technologies that deliver a high quality finish that’s built to go the long haul. The Touring frame is crafted from shapely alloy tubing, which keeps the weight down over heavier steel frames. There are mounting points for mudguards, pannier racks and multiple water bottle cages, so you can load up the bike with whatever gear you need. To slow down that extra mass you’ll be porting, powerful disc brakes help to control your speed, while also allowing you to make use of your brakes even if your wheel gets a buckle in it. For those days where you find you’re riding under rain clouds the entire time, you’ll be thankful for the sealed cartridge bearings in the headset, bottom bracket and hubs, which help to keep the crud outside, and the grease inside. All the cables run externally for ease of maintenance, and there’s a replaceable derailleur hanger that acts as a failsafe breakaway should you accidentally get a stick jammed in your spokes. Because anything can happen out on tour, and you need to be able to make repairs easily and quickly to continue on your journey.

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At a glance

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    Riding typeEndurance

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    Drive trainUltegra

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    Gear ratiosCompact

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    Frame buildAlloy Pro


  • Frame Touring, SmartFormed 6061 Alloy, SAVE, BSA
  • Fork Touring, full alloy, 1-1/8", fender and mid-blade mounts

  • Wheels Maddux DC3.0 Disc, double wall, 32-hole, welded
  • Tyres Schwalbe MARATHON PLUS SmartGuard 650x40c (48-51) / 700x40c (54-61)

  • Shifters Shimano R685 hydraulic disc
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra 6800
  • Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra 6800
  • Crank Shimano Ultegra 6800, BSA, 50/34
  • Cassette Shimano Ultegra 6800, 11-32, 11-speed
  • Chain KMC X11, 11-speed, Anti-rust
  • Bottom Bracket Shimano Hollowtech

  • Saddle Fabric Scoop Elite
  • Seatpost Cannondale C3, 6061 Alloy, 27.2x300mm (48-52), 350mm (54-61)
  • Handlebar Cannondale C3 Touring Bar , 76mm reach, 126mm drop, 12 degree flare
  • Stem Cannondale C3, 6061 Alloy, 31.8, 12 deg.
  • Brakeset Shimano RS785 hydraulic disc, metal pad with fin, 160/160mm


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