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Cannondale is an International bicycle brand considered to be one of the best in the industry. This American manufacturer of bicycles are known for revolutionary design, technology and engineering in all their bicycles with a varied range of models for all kinds of riders and surfaces. The Optimo series is the beginning of their race-road bicycles at affordable prices. We got the opportunity to test ride the CAAD Optimo (105) (2018) and here is what we thought.
Weight: 10 kgs
The Optimo 105 comes with Cannondale’s CAAD frame. CAAD standing for Cannondale Advanced Aluminium Design. This Road Bicycle has a strong and a rounded downtube and smoothly welded edges which brings the strength to places where its more needed. The top tube starts out as a big, stiff, almost square tube, but flattens right down on its way to the seat tube for vertical compliance. The stays are similarly elaborate, with cross-sections that vary continuously along their length. Like most Cannondale bicycles, the FSA bottom bracket uses bearings that press directly into the frame. The ride geometry is a bit aggressive and perfect for racing and long distance rides. The carbon fork was bladed and definitely helped shave off weight of the whole bicycle.
The Cannondale CAAD Optimo (105) (2018) which I test rode came in an Ash Grey primary colour with Orange and Black as the secondary colours for graphics, logo and text. The gloss paint job was shining and enhanced the colours immensely. The colours blended well and the graphics were minimal which gave an elegant outlook to the overall design.
The Optimo 105 2018 comes with a full Shimano 105 drivetrain . This means that the front derailleur is a Shimano 105 2-Speed, and the rear derailleur is a Shimano 105 11-Speed. Shimano 105 2 x 11 paddle shifters control the gear system. This combination of the 105 drivetrain family translates to smooth shifting, and at no point will you be found wanting for an extra gear. You will find that the gear system does all the hard work and gives you the necessary response for quick accelerations and climbs.
Tektro’s R741 dual pivot caliper brakes control the stopping power on this Cannondale road bicycle. The brand has taken a step down by going with Tektro rather than a Shimano 105 brake set or a mechanical disc. This has been done to keep the price at check. Nevertheless these brakes did perform well on fast rides on flat tarmacs, proving safe and balanced.
The Cannondale C3 butted drop handlebar was ideal in width, giving the rider a comfortable riding posture at the top bar, hoods and drops.
The Optimo 105 comes with RS 2.0 Alloy wheels mounted with fast rolling 700x25C Schwalbe Lugano tires. The 25mm tire width is a bit wider than the commonly used 23mm tires on most road bicycles at this price. This extra width helped during fast turns and the occasional rough patches on tarmacs.
The Cannondale Stage Ergo Saddle was ergonomically designed with the perfect width and length to give the rider comfort during fast and long rides.
This road bicycle’s Alloy frame is engineered to perfection with smoothly welded edges and is paired along with a carbon fork, which keeps the bicycle’s weight at just 10 kgs. The Shimano 105 2 x 11-Speed gears was fast and seamless in shifting. Priced at Rs.99,100(as on 22nd March 2019) the Cannondale CAAD Optimo (105) (2018) is ideal for anyone looking to buy a road bicycle to foray into road racing and also fitness rides.
Prices are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.