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My CAAD10 Review

Old 01-09-11, 07:00 PM
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My CAAD10 Review

First day on the CAAD10..

Finally! I ordered a CAAD10 and SuperSix Hi-Mod in November, with the SuperSix coming in the last week of December and the CAAD10 this week. The reasoning behind getting both was that I had been racing on a Giant TCR Advanced and training on a TCR Advanced Aluminum and I like the idea of having one bike for training and one for racing that are identical with geometry/set-up. Not many bike manufactures have this option and I was originally looking at a Cervelo S1 and S3, but the S1 is no more and with the Cannondale’s, it seemed like I could get a lot more for my money.

Since the SuperSix came in first, I got to ride it for almost 2 weeks before the CAAD10 came in…the CAAD10 was going to have a lot to live up to. The SuperSix is an amazing bike, super light, so stiff with instant acceleration and it is a climbing fool, all while having a ride that is not punishing at all. I got the CAAD10 and the only set-up issue was getting a shorter headset cap to get the set-up numbers I needed. Today was the first ride and I did a flatish 2.5hr. ride, just to make sure all was good and to get initial impressions. My first impression was that I was on the SuperSix, very little difference in feel or handling. During the ride, I tried some jumps, a short tempo set and some tricky turns to see how it would do and the bike is impressive. If I were to nitpick at all, (which of course we are allowed to since this is the Internet) I would say the CAAD10 doesn’t have quite the initial snap the SuperSix does, but once up to speed, it almost felt like my TT bike, holding its speed with ease.

The bike also came with the new Shimano RS80 wheels and I tried them yesterday on the SuperSix before trying them today on the CAAD10. Very nice wheels, super stiff and fast rolling. The rim is also wide, a bit like the Zipp 101, where you don’t have to release the brake to get the wheels on/off. On both bikes, compared to the Williams 30s I normally ride, they accelerated slower, but once up to speed, held it very well.

The next step is to install the Hollowgram BB on the CAAD10 and swap over the SRM from the SuperSix to look at power numbers to see how the bike really compares. All in all, very impressive and I am very happy with my buying decision.

Ken
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Placebo.
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Glad you like the bikes. Cannondale makes some great race bikes at a great price.
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Placebo.
Maybe ... but a bit more interesting than just getting one new bike & raving, since the OP got two new bikes, and could have been disappointed with one, while loving the other. .......... or it's just double placebo.
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Placebo...maybe...but power numbers, new bike vs. old bike don't argue. New bike power numbers and more importantly speed, are better than the old bike, period.
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Originally Posted by khill View Post
First day on the CAAD10..


The bike also came with the new Shimano RS80 wheels and I tried them yesterday on the SuperSix before trying them today on the CAAD10. Very nice wheels, super stiff and fast rolling. The rim is also wide, a bit like the Zipp 101, where you don’t have to release the brake to get the wheels on/off. On both bikes, compared to the Williams 30s I normally ride, they accelerated slower, but once up to speed, held it very well.

The next step is to install the Hollowgram BB on the CAAD10 and swap over the SRM from the SuperSix to look at power numbers to see how the bike really compares. All in all, very impressive and I am very happy with my buying decision.

Ken
Hmmmmm....interesting. I can tell you that last year's Shimano RS80 wheels suck more than a Dyson vacuum.
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I have been comparing and debating for a while and have pretty much come down to 2 choices for a new bike.

A. Hi-mod 2 red
or
B. CAAD10 DA and be able to purchase a set of wheels with the savings

So beings as you own both, what would you recomend?
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Nice to see a comparison post, well put together Ken. I'm looking forward to our team bikes coming in and riding the CAAD10 in a few weeks. I want to find out how it compares to the CAAD9 I ride now.
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Originally Posted by Accordion View Post
Hmmmmm....interesting. I can tell you that last year's Shimano RS80 wheels suck more than a Dyson vacuum.
LOL...100% agreed. I also have a Dyson vacuum...
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Originally Posted by SMT2005 View Post
I have been comparing and debating for a while and have pretty much come down to 2 choices for a new bike.

A. Hi-mod 2 red
or
B. CAAD10 DA and be able to purchase a set of wheels with the savings


So beings as you own both, what would you recomend?
Tough choice...I would say if you are racing, go with the Hi Mod, if not the CAAD10. Either way, you can't go wrong.
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Originally Posted by Accordion View Post
Hmmmmm....interesting. I can tell you that last year's Shimano RS80 wheels suck more than a Dyson vacuum.
Yep that's what tipped me off. Placebo.
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where did you get a shorter headset cap? i would like to get on for one of my bikes but have had a hard time finding one with out buying the whole upper part of the headset
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Originally Posted by M_FactorX19 View Post
where did you get a shorter headset cap? i would like to get on for one of my bikes but have had a hard time finding one with out buying the whole upper part of the headset
LBS had a spare one that worked perfectly.
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UPDATE:

I weighed it today with a set of Williams 38C-Tubulars and with pedals it was 15.8

I also have been riding it with my normal training Wheels, Williams 30s and I continue to set some of the best power and speed numbers I have ever done. Very Happy!
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I am glad the OP is happy, but I have to say I had a different experience. I love my CAAD10, do not get me wrong, but I had the pleasure of riding my friends 2010 HI-MOD DA for a weekend last July. I put over 200 miles on it in basically 2 1/2 rides (I rode my own bike to the shop to pick it up; hence the half of ride comment). I found the HI-MOD to be a climber's dream (like me) as it went up with such ease. The first full day I put over 100 miles and only stopped because I got bored and no one wanted to ride ... I felt physically fine.

My CAAD10 is almost a complete match except I have Mavic rims laced to DA7900 hubs instead of Ksyrium SL Premiums on the HI-MOD. I feel the CAAD10 is the alloy version (and when I say alloy it is a Cannondale alloy meaning it is equal to and better to many low- and mid-level carbon fiber bikes). The CAAD10 is not as snappy, and I notice I need more effort climbing (may be wheels but I suspect it is more). Descending, I feel equally comfortable and confident. I have two 70-mile plus rides on the CAAD10, and I feel it physically on the rough roads (broken pavement; packed dirt; etc) but the bike is surprisingly comfortable. I am very happy going with the CAAD10.

@M_FACTORX19 ... I bought a Cane Creek I-3 short stack to replace the 25mm conical headset that came with my CAAD10. It can be had for $20 or so.
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Originally Posted by ahumblecycler View Post
I am glad the OP is happy, but I have to say I had a different experience. I love my CAAD10, do not get me wrong, but I had the pleasure of riding my friends 2010 HI-MOD DA for a weekend last July. I put over 200 miles on it in basically 2 1/2 rides (I rode my own bike to the shop to pick it up; hence the half of ride comment). I found the HI-MOD to be a climber's dream (like me) as it went up with such ease. The first full day I put over 100 miles and only stopped because I got bored and no one wanted to ride ... I felt physically fine.

My CAAD10 is almost a complete match except I have Mavic rims laced to DA7900 hubs instead of Ksyrium SL Premiums on the HI-MOD. I feel the CAAD10 is the alloy version (and when I say alloy it is a Cannondale alloy meaning it is equal to and better to many low- and mid-level carbon fiber bikes). The CAAD10 is not as snappy, and I notice I need more effort climbing (may be wheels but I suspect it is more). Descending, I feel equally comfortable and confident. I have two 70-mile plus rides on the CAAD10, and I feel it physically on the rough roads (broken pavement; packed dirt; etc) but the bike is surprisingly comfortable. I am very happy going with the CAAD10.

@M_FACTORX19 ... I bought a Cane Creek I-3 short stack to replace the 25mm conical headset that came with my CAAD10. It can be had for $20 or so.
There is no doubt, my SuperSix Hi Mod is a better climber, I have crushed all my climbing times with it. The CAAD10 however, is producing better times and watts than the SS on the flats.
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Here ya go....
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Im getting close to ordering the caad 10-5(105) or caad 10-4(rival)
$300 more to get Rival,Ive heard its about 500 grams lighter ,any here think its worth it?
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Originally Posted by khill View Post
Here ya go....
Never cared much about what a bike looks like but there is something about that flat black rat rod look that does it for me
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@khill - go with whatever that works; glad both bikes make you smile!

Enjoy the ride and be safe!
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