2018 Cannondale CAAD12 | Range Review | Tredz Bikes

2018 Cannondale CAAD12 | Range Review | Tredz Bikes


This is the CAAD12 the most advanced
aluminium road bike that Cannondale has ever produced,
it’s available in rim and disc options and is truly a rival for the best carbon
bikes out there. The CAAD 12 is a true race bike with the same long and low
geometry you’d expect from Cannondale super 6 Evo.
Added to this, an incredibly lightweight for an aluminium bike, make this a really
versatile true all-rounder of a road bike. The CAAD 12 is available in both rim
and disc versions, both versions use a carbon fork and an all aluminium frame.
The aluminium frame itself, the CAAD part of the name stands for Cannondale
advanced aluminium design and this frame is truly a reflection of the best that Cannondale can do with aluminium. The frame is designed with Cannondales unique tube
flow modeling system, a computer-aided design package specifically for
aluminium, this is the sort of investment that most people only put into their
carbon bikes. It allows Cannondale to finely-tuned each tube to make it just
as light and as stiff or as compliant as they exactly want it to be, and rather than
starting with specific tube shapes it means thatCannondale are able to design
each tube shape from the ground up. When you look at the frame itself you’re
gonna see double path smooth welds, a specific Cannondale technique which
allows us to create a really strong, really lightweight aluminium structure.
The frame itself is only just over a thousand grams which for an aluminium
bike is pretty incredible, added to that the narrow 25.4 post and super thin
seats stays means that not only is it lightweight it’s also really smooth
riding for an aluminium bike. There are three CAAD12’s available
with rim brakes, ranging from Tiagra to Ultegra. There are also three disc
versions which range from 105 all the way up to the Dura Ace version. All the
models come with Cannondales own aluminium crank set. Cannondale have been
making cranks almost as long as they’ve been making bikes and their crank sets
are some of the best stiffness to weight ratios out there. Combine that with
their spider ring modular chain ring system and you get a super sleek super
lightweight really stiff bottom bracket junction, that goes really well with the
super stiff aluminium frame set. CAAD12’s feature a number of
different wheel sets, opening price point bikes feature Cannondale own wheel set
which has a sealed hub and a wide rim designed for the 25 mil tire. In the
middle of the range you’re gonna see more wheels from Mavic, a well
renowned aftermarket wheel set manufacturer, and then the top-end on the
Dura Ace bike you’re going to see Cannondales own hologram carbon disc wheel
set, this is amazing value for money at this price point and it’s going to bring
that aluminium frame to life with a responsive lightweight rim. All the bikes
come with a 25C tyre out of the box but there is clearance for a 28 on any
of the models. For the CAD 12 we tasked our engineers
with making the best possible aluminium frame that they could, and this is
exactly what they’ve done, with a weight that rivals most Carbon bikes, but if
your budget currently stretches to a carbon bike with 105 then you could
easily end up on an Ultegra equipped CAAD 12. The CAAD12 in this rim brake
version is a great bike for aspiring racers we all know that in the course of
CAT 3 & 4 Racing is going to be a few crashes and when you’re warming up in a
turbo trainer and when the bike goes in the boot of the car at the end you want
something reliable, and something that you know is gonna have the same
performance as a carbon bike with a bit less of the worry. In the disc brake
version the CAAD12 makes an excellent choice as a winter road bike, with
clearance for a 28 C tire and those all-weather performance of the discs,
plus the same geometry that you find on our race bikes such as a super 6 Evo, you
have a really great option for those winter riding conditions. Added to that
if you’re not sure about carbon or want to spend your money in a different way
the disc brake version to make a super quick weekend or sporty race bike