Cannondale CAADX bikes have become our best selling cross-style bikes because our customers recognise them as really good value for the money. Actually, you’ll rephrase that description as ‘staggeringly good value’ when you check out the new 2017 models, in our shops already.
What’s new for 2017?
- Every CAADX bike is built on a SmartFormed C2 aluminium alloy frame, already proven on the 2016 Cannondale CAAD12 – Cycling Plus magazine’s Road Bike of the Year.
- At just over a kilo, the butted C2 alloy frame rides like the best carbon in terms of its light weight and its smooth, fast ride.
- Every CAADX bike now shares the same progressive geometry pioneered on Cannondale’s ‘Boss of Cross’ SuperX.
- Cannondale’s new Ultra X fork combines shock damping with a tapered alloy steerer for precise handling.
- The fork’s longer OutFront rake positions the front wheel further forward and offers drama-free stability, whether on technical cyclocross courses or potholed streets, while maintaining the quick handling you look for in a road bike.
- The rear disc caliper’s new flat mount improves both the brake’s performance and its aesthetics.
- Every CAADX can take mudguards and a rack, but in a subtle way, thanks to the seatstay mount being removable and the fork mounts being hidden so you can preserve the frame’s clean, good looks.
What remains the same for 2017?
- 700×33 / 700×35 tyres will convince you that wide tyres on a road bike make perfect sense. Here’s a good article on this.
- If you’ve only ridden flatbar mountain bikes or hybrids, a CAADX bike’s compact handlebars is a comfortable introduction to the benefits of drop bars (the comfort and efficiency of multiple riding positions) thanks to the shorter distance between bar tops and drops.
- Versatility – equally at home on a 5 mile commute, a 10 mile cyclocross race or a 100 mile sportive, you can understand why Cannondale call the CAADX their ‘race on Sunday, commute on Monday’ all-round adventure machine.
- Every CAADX model is identified by its principle component group.
- The CAADX Tiagra offers all the new CAADX features listed above yet still comes in at under a grand (£949).
- The CAADX 105 with 2×11 drivetrain and best-buy TRP Spyre cable-operated disc brakes is £1,099.
- The CAADX Apex 1 combines the benefits of a SRAM 1×11 drivetrain with the unbeatable modulation and power of hydraulic disc brakes to make it, at £1,399, already a strong contender for 2017’s Bike of the Year award.