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Cannondale CAAD8 2013

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You don’t have to spend a bulk of money to ride a high-performance road bike. Cannondale’s award-winning CAAD (Cannondale Advanced Aluminum Design) series of road bikes (since 1983) still offers best price/performance ratio.
You’re mountain biker, and want to buy a road bike as a second bike. Or you’re a youngster who want to start cycling with fastest fashion. Or for some other reason… You want to buy a road bike, but don’t want to spend thousands of dollars.

Then Cannondale CAAD8 may be your best choice. Cannondale have always been renowned for their fat-tubed and smoothly welded aluminium frames, and the CAAD 8 was, until a few years ago, the Cannondale’s top-end race offering.

CAAD8 is built of a lesser quality aluminum than the CAAD10, and the tubes are not hydroformed, mechanically shaped. But the bike looks and rides almost as well as its more expensive counterpart, CAAD10. The frame geometry is virtually the same: this means you can get a time-tested (CAAD series of road bikes appeared in the grand tours like Tour de France and Giro d’Italia in the first half of 2000’s), race-worthy bike for surprisingly little money.

I personally rode a Cannondale CAAD8 2006 for 4 years, and I loved the bike much. I even enter my country’s (Turkey) national road championship with it (finished 12th in 30+), and the bike performed very well in the race. I used the bike in some other races too, and I always satisfied with the bike’s performance. So if anyone ask me which low-price road bike is best to buy, I always suggest a Cannondale CAAD series bike, currently CAAD 8 or CAAD 10.

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Cannondale CAAD8 5 105
Cannondale CAAD8 5 105

I would recommend that you to stay away from Shimano Sora, because it is a 9-speed system. If you want to upgrade your gear system partially in the future, you will have to change the whole gear system. But Tiagra and 105 are both 10-speed systems. For example, you can upgrade only the rear derailleur to Ultegra or Dura-Ace, because they’re 10-speed systems too (Dura-Ace 2013 is 11-speed).

All three default configurations of CAAD8 is good for your everyday rides, training rides or even 100-mile weekend rides. With better wheels and a 53/39 crank, you can enter local crits or even bigger races. CAAD8 is race-proven.

Cannondale CAAD8 5 105 Specifications

Frame

CAAD8, Optimized 6061 Alloy, SAVE, BB30

Fork

Cannondale Ultra, carbon blades, 1-1/8″

Rims

Maddux RS 3.0 Speed, 32 hole

Hubs

Formula, RB-51 front, RB-52 rear

Spokes

Stainless Steel, 15g

Tires

Schwalbe Lugano, 700x23c

Pedals

Wellgo

Crank

FSA Gossamer, BB30, 50/34 (crank option: 50/39/30)

Bottom Bracket

FSA BB30

Chain

KMC X10, 10-speed

Rear Cogs

Shimano Tiagra 4600, 12-28, 10-speed

Front Derailleur

Shimano 105 5700, 31.8mm clamp

Rear Derailleur

Shimano 105 5700

Shifters

Shimano 105 5700

Handlebar

Cannondale C3 Compact

Grips

Cannondale Suede Bar Tape w/ gel, 2.5mm

Stem

Cannondale C3, 31.8mm, 6 deg.

Headset

Tange Seiki Integrated, 25mm top cap

Brakes

Tektro R540, dual pivot, cartridge pad

Brake Levers

Shimano 105

Saddle

Cannondale Stage Ergo w/ Crmo Rails

Seat post

Cannondale C3, carbon wrap, 27.2x300mm

Sizes

48, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61cm

Cannondale CAAD8 6 Tiagra Specifications

Frame

CAAD8, Optimized 6061 Alloy, SAVE, BB30

Fork

Cannondale Ultra, carbon blades, 1-1/8″

Rims

Maddux RS 3.0, 32 hole

Hubs

Cannondale C4

Spokes

Stainless Steel, 15g

Tires

Schwalbe Lugano, 700x23c

Pedals

Wellgo

Crank

FSA Omega BB30, 50/34 or 50/39/30

Bottom Bracket

FSA BB30

Chain

KMC X10, 10-speed

Rear Cogs

Shimano Tiagra 4600, 12-28, 10-speed

Front Derailleur

Shimano Tiagra 4600, 31.8mm clamp

Rear Derailleur

Shimano Tiagra 4600

Shifters

Shimano Tiagra 4600

Handlebar

Cannondale C4 Compact

Grips

Cannondale Suede Bar Tape w/ gel, 2.5mm

Stem

Cannondale C4, 31.8mm, 6 deg.

Headset

Tange Seiki Integrated, 25mm top cap

Brakes

Cannondale C4, dual pivot, cartridge pad

Brake Levers

Shimano Tiagra

Saddle

Cannondale Stage Ergo w/ Steel Rails

Seat post

Cannondale C4 alloy, 27.2mmx300mm

Sizes

48, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61cm

Cannondale CAAD8 7 Sora Specifications

Frame

CAAD8, Optimized 6061 Alloy

Fork

Cannondale Ultra, carbon blades, 1-1/8”

Rims

Maddux RS 3.0, 32 hole

Hubs

Cannondale C4

Spokes

Stainless Steel, 15g

Tires

Schwalbe Lugano, 700x23c

Pedals

Wellgo

Crank

FSA Vero, 50/34

Bottom Bracket

FSA

Chain

KMC 9-speed

Rear Cogs

SRAM PG-950, 12-26, 9-speed

Front Derailleur

Shimano Sora, 31.8mm clamp

Rear Derailleur

Shimano Sora

Shifters

Shimano Sora

Handlebar

Cannondale C4 Compact

Grips

Cannondale Suede bar tape w/gel, 2.5mm

Stem

Cannondale C4, 31.8mm, 6 deg.

Headset

Tange Seiki Integrated, 25mm top cap

Brakes

Cannondale C4, dual pivot, cartridge pad

Brake Levers

Shimano Sora

Saddle

Cannondale Stage Ergo w/ Steel Rails

Seat post

Cannondale C4 alloy, 27.2mmx300mm

Sizes

48, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61cm

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Cannondale CAAD8 5 105
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I am riding my Cannondale CAAD8 in Turkey National Championships ’10.
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I’m riding my Cannondale CAAD8 2006.
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