Cannondale CAAD10

Bike of the Week - 2nd Edition. Cannondale CAAD10.

By Noa Deutsch 2 min read
Cannondale CAAD10

This is the 2nd installment of the 'Bike of the Week' feature. For a bit more about the background behind this, as well as to see the 1st installment, click below.

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This weeks bike is an aluminum favorite - The one and only Cannondale CAAD10!

Cannondale was a pioneer in aluminum bike design (they started using alloy in the early 80’s) and for those of you who are unaware, CAAD stands for Cannondale Advanced Aluminum Design.

I was in my mid-late teens when the first CAAD road bike was released in 1997. Until that point, they were mostly known for their MTB’s and the CAAD3 was the bike that turned the roadies heads, mine included. I had a few friends who rode them, and if I didn’t have sponsored bike deals at the time (Trek and then Specialized), I probably would have ridden one too. The team Saeco red bikes with the yellow logo were all the rage in the late 90’s!

Some say that the CAAD series bikes have a cult-like following... 27 years later, they are now in their 10th generation (CAAD13) and I have clients who rode CAAD bikes before (or still do) and claim that they were/are their favorite bikes (especially those who have the rim brake version, with the classic looking geometry).

This particular CAAD10 frame is circa 2015 or so, with some newer Ultegra mechanical components added at a later date. As you can see, this bike does not have handlebar tape, because we changed the shifter position and the tape needed a refresh! Side note - It is quite common for me to see bikes without handlebar tape, especially if it is a brand new bike. I specifically ask that the shop waits on the tape until after the fit has been done.

Have you ridden, or do you currently ride, a CAAD series bike? Or another aluminum bike?