Cannondale is an American bicycle brand and is one of the world’s leading names in the industry. Cannondale has consistently brought to India a wide range of bicycles every year. We got the opportunity to test ride the Cannondale CAAD 12 105 (2019) and here is what we thought.
Weight: 8.5 kgs
The Cannondale CAAD 12 105 (2019) is built on a lightweight Alloy frame. CAAD stands for Cannondale Advanced Aluminium Design. In this frame there are SmartForm, SPEED SAVE, and a Delta seat tube technologies used. SmartForm describes the hydroforming process used to shape the 6069 alloy tubes. The SPEED SAVE concept makes the seat, and chainstays of the CAAD12 flatter in profile which helps increase strength while keeping the weight in check. The geometry is race specific with a bit of aggressiveness giving optimum performance for the rider. The BallisTec carbon fork is bladed which decreases the weight even more in the front half of the bicycle.
The CAAD 12 105 2019 which I test rode came in a full Orange primary colour on the frame with Black as the secondary colour. The gloss finish paint job was bright and shining. This shade of Orange is termed as Acid Red by Cannondale. The overall design was simple yet and elegant. The internal cable routing saves the cables and makes the bicycle look neat.
As in the name of this bicycle this CAAD 12 (2019) comes with a full Shimano 105 drivetrain. The front derailleur is a Shimano 105 2-Speed, and the rear derailleur is a Shimano 105 11-Speed. Shimano 105 2x11 paddle shifters control the gear system. This combination of the 105 drivetrain provides smooth shifting and is ideal for sprints and climbs.
The braking set up for the CAAD 12 105 (2019) is the Shimano 105 road caliper brakes. The full 105 brake set up has a strong yet sleek build and a deep dual pivot system. The dual pivot caliper allowed for consistent lever feel and generated excellent stopping power coupled with the soft compound pads with easy bolt on Allen key pad fixings to forged Aluminium arms. This improved braking quality allows the rider to ride with greater confidence on steep descents and quick turns.
The C3 Compact drop handlebar on the CAAD 12 105 (2019) offers a superb strength-to-weight ratio for uncompromised performance and exceptional comfort. This handlebar comes with little drop and reach and it has also got a modern, ergonomic shape for an excellent shoulder position.
The CAAD 12 105 (2019) rolls on a pair of Vittoria Zaffiro Pro 700x25c slick tires. These tires use a single compound which provides good grip during testing. These tires have a light tread pattern at the edge which helps in traction in wet roads and on turns as well. The Prologo Nago saddle has an ergonomic design with the perfect amount of padding making it ideal for racing and long distance rides.
This road bicycle is proof that an Alloy frame can be used for racing. Cannondale’s CAAD technology makes the bicycle weigh a mere 8.5 kgs, which makes it as light as most carbon bicycles in the market. The Shimano 105 gear setup and brakes make this bicycle performance focused. Priced at Rs.1,52,250 (as on 29th July 2019) the Cannondale CAAD 12 105 (2019) is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy a road bicycle for racing, fitness and long distance rides.
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