The last generation of CAAD, Cannondale’s most popular aluminium frame series, CAAD10 has 1,050g frame. This is even lighter than some carbon frames on the market. Compared to 2012 edition, the 2013 frame hasn’t changed at all, but there are more build options available.
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The new 2013 Trek Madone series are coming with improvements to aerodynamics, weight and stiffness. 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7-series are OCLV carbon, while 2 series are alloy. The top of the line model, Trek Madone 7.9, at 40kph in a 10° crosswind, claiming to save 25 watts over the prior model (distance not specified). In addition to the aerodynamic improvements, frame weight has dropped down to 750 grams (7-series) (from 915g to 750g, a 165g savings). Compared to previous 7 series of Trek Madone, it cuts almost 200 grams from the frame and fork without diminishing ride quality or stiffness.
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Shimano’s high-end road groupset Dura-Ace will be 11 speed in 2013. The new version of the groupset is also lighter and stiffer.
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Cannondale’s high-end frameset SuperSix Evo now even lighter: the new Cannondale SuperSix Evo Nano frameset has a claimed weight of 645 grams. SuperSix frames are in Cannondale’s product family since 2006. The SuperSix Evo was launched last year. And for 2013, the new SuperSix, “Evo Nano” announced.
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Peter Sagan, the young Slovakian rider of team Liquigas-Cannondale has made a Tour de France debut this year, and won the sprinter’s green jersey. He used a custom-design Cannondale Evo while achieving this success.
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I went to Verona in 2009 for a one-day vacation. It was late March. Verona is the city of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”.
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