When it was introduced 3 years ago, the CAAD5 frame with its integrated headset and Slice Si fork commanded a £2K price tag. Now it comes for half that price, 105-equipped. Who needs more?
CAAD5 shares many of the innovative features perfected on the CAAD4 road frame - the Power Pyramid down tube, hourglass-shaped seatstays, machined bottom bracket shell, and butted and swaged chainstays.
But unlike the CAAD4, the CAAD5 has a unique, machined, oversized head tube for additional weight savings. CNC-machining the front-outer surface of the head tube shaves away non-essential material and unnecessary ounces. The resulting tube is essentially double-butted around two-thirds of its circumference, with its original wall intact along its anterior surface for added strength at the welds, and along its upper and lower edges where fork loads are concentrated.
The CAAD5 frame is fitted with an Si (System Integration) fork. The Slice Si Carbon fork dampens road vibration for a smoother, less tiring ride.
Sealed Cartridge Bearing System
The CAAD5 road frame and fork also save weight by eliminating a conventional headset. Instead, the CAAD5 system uses a pair of lightweight sealed cartridge bearings set into CNC-machined recesses within the frame's oversized head tube, eliminating hefty headset cups to save weight.
By integrating the frame design with key components, Cannondale have therefore been able to save weight without compromising the bike's overall strength and integrity.
Cannondale has come a long way in terms of rear-end damping - its vertically compliant, cutting down road vibrations and smoothing occasional potholes, while providing excellent response under power and very little lateral movement.
Cycling Weekly: CAAD5 review, 12/1/02.
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Slice Ultra Si carbon fibre.
Gipiemme Techno 4.24 wheels
|Tyres:||Continental Ultra 3000, 700 x 23c.|
Shimano 105 18-speed Dual Control shifters.
Shimano 105 rear / Tiagra front gears.
Shimano Sora chainset 39/53.
|Shimano sealed bottom bracket.|
|Shimano 12-25 cassette.|
Cannondale Theta brakes with Shimano 105 levers.
Cinelli Altera handlebars.
|Cannondale 3D forged stem.|
|Saddle:||Fi'zi:k Pavé saddle & Kalloy seatpost.|
48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 63 cm.