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Bought a Cannondale CAAD 10 105

Old 09-06-14, 01:28 PM
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Bought a Cannondale CAAD 10 105

I've been the US for a month now (I'm from India), and school (Georgia Tech) has been very hectic and a ton of fun (doing research is awesome!). I visited the LBS 2 weeks back, when they got me sized, and told that they'll call when the sale starts (when the 2015 models are out). A week ago the LBS called to tell me the CAAD 10 2014 is now on sale, so I ordered the white one sized 56.

Before leaving India, I was sure I wanted a CAAD 10. I love their geometry (they are still the only big company who make road bikes with a straight top tube, unlike the curved or sloping monstrosities like Specialized and Trek. I've heard nothing but great things about the CAAD 10, and the unanimous opinion is that it's the best aluminium bike and is better than entry level carbon.





The LBS was awesome and had me fit perfectly. I also got Speedplay Zero pedals in green (chromoly)-

However, those are not my pedals, I ordered the light green ones, and they'll arrive next week, so they loaned me their Zero pedals till mine arrive.

The bike came with a 53/39 crankset, so they swapped it out for a 50/34 at my request, and I also asked them to replace the stock 11-28 cassette with a 12-27. The only time I have the balls to properly use the 11 is on a descent on closed roads, and hence isn't very useful. I'd rather use the extra gear to beef up the middle sprockets which get a lot more use. They gladly obliged.

I used Shimano SPD-SL pedals for the past year, and after any long ride, I felt a slight pain in my knee. I heard great things about Speedplay due to the 15 deg float which is adjustable, and decided to splurge since it might remove any pain (they cost double of Shimano pedals!). People claim they don't like the extra float, but I took to it very naturally and felt great after today's 42km ride! The double side entry is also awesome!

The derailer and shifters are 105, with an FSA crank and good Tektro brakes (better than the ****ty Tektros on my old Scott). I swaped out the brake pads to Koolstop Salmons on the front, and the harder, more long lasting Koolstop Blacks on the rear. I don't really use the rear brake much, so a tradeoff of performance for extra life makes sense. The front however, has top notch salmons.





I also bought a Garmin Edge 510 which I absolutely love. So much data- current elevation, total elevation gain, gradient of the current slope, etc along with the obvious speed, distance, cadence and HR. I previously used a Sigma with only speed, distance and cadence.



My Rudy Project helmet will still take 2 weeks to arrive ( you get a free helmet worth $150 if you buy a pair of glasses), so the bike shop (Atlanta Cycling) loaned me a C'dale helmet (and the pedals) for free till mine arrives. They are a great bunch of guys and really look after their customers. They are also incredibly knowledgeable about bike fits, and I haven't felt this comfortable on my bike in the past 2 years.

The ride back from the shop was incredible, and it made old Scott Speedster feel like heavy and painful (road buzz). The CAAD absorbs road vibrations brilliantly, so I hardly felt a thing despite going over some rough stretches (23mm tires with 110r/100f). It is so much lighter and much more responsive (I'll elaborate in a bit).

So me and a friend (he's Spanish) went for a ride today morning, and were discussing cycling, the Vuelta and how awesome Contador is. We were out of the city within 4 km and with minimal traffic. We then enetered a park area (great roads and completely shaded with trees all around) and it was very pleasant. We then saw a massive group of 20 riders starting out and decided to join them. The ride continued in this aweosme area- almost zero traffic, and natural beauty all around. Atlanta is a very hilly area and I've yet to see a flat road here. In this 42km ride, we climbed a total of 480m. The Speedplay Zeros were fantastic and after the ride my knees felt fine, despite the short aggressive climbing on the myriad hills.

At the start I was enthusiatic and wanted to stay with the front of the group, but in the middle I couldn't keep up and was dead (I was riding after 3 months). So me and my friend (he was still fine) stayed with the slower part of the group for 10km. Descending on this bike felt awesome and very easy, I was nailing corners and 50kph very comfortably ('d be shivering with fright doing that on my old bike). It responded beautifully and was a real pleasure to ride.
Sorry, I didn't take any pics, I was too immersed in the ride. Tomorrow is a 60 or 100km ride with the Georgia Tech cycling team, so I'm looking forward to that!

Oh, I forgot to mention an important point- other than better roads and fewer cars, riding in the US is so much better than riding in India because of the mental peace. In India, my mind was on hyper alert, looking for potholes, trying to figure whether the car will cut me off and the constant sound of cars which grates away at my psyche, in addition to the polluted air, which leaves my face black after a 4 hour ride... Here it's so peaceful, green, the air is clean and drivers are predictable and more respectful of cyclists. I didn't feel mentally exhausted at all after this ride, though the legs hurt since I hadn't ridden for 3 months and I was over-reaching.
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Old 09-06-14, 01:53 PM
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Congrats! Sounds like it's the perfect bike for you and the lbs is really taking care of you. I picked up a CAAD 10 4 last week and have over 100 miles on it already.
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Old 09-06-14, 02:20 PM
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Nice ride. I better get off the computer before I start shopping for a CAAD10...
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Old 09-06-14, 02:50 PM
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Thats a sharp looking bike! I agree, probably one of the best aluminium bikes you can get. Great write up, enjoy!!!
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Old 09-06-14, 03:21 PM
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Congrats on the CAAD10! I've got a 2013. Its a great bike.
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Nice bike. Hope to see you around on the roads.

There are plenty of group rides and events, and plenty of roads frequented by cyclists.
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Great bike. Interesting that one of the things that drew me, as well, to the CAAD 10 was the non-sloping top tube. I didn't know very much about bikes at the time but dumb luck got me into a really nice one. Look forward to the day you can replace the tires. I found the Schwalbes to want to lock up and skid (rear) under hard braking.
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Great bike. Interesting that one of the things that drew me, as well, to the CAAD 10 was the non-sloping top tube. I didn't know very much about bikes at the time but dumb luck got me into a really nice one. Look forward to the day you can replace the tires. I found the Schwalbes to want to lock up and skid (rear) under hard braking.
I have 25mm Michelin Pro 4 SCs on the way from the UK. It should arrive in 3-4 days.
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Nice bike.
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I have 25mm Michelin Pro 4 SCs on the way from the UK.
Good choice. Many here, including myself, really like the newer Michelins.
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Glad to hear that you have an accommodating LBS. Service seems to have quite a different meaning at some shops.

Lots of Caad love on BF.
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Originally Posted by on the path View Post
Great bike. Interesting that one of the things that drew me, as well, to the CAAD 10 was the non-sloping top tube. I didn't know very much about bikes at the time but dumb luck got me into a really nice one. Look forward to the day you can replace the tires. I found the Schwalbes to want to lock up and skid (rear) under hard braking.
Agreed, the schwalbe tires suck horribly. Gatorskins are going on mine next pay day
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Nice bike and welcome to the club! I have a 2013 Caad10 and just have nothing bad to say about it other than I want another one, maybe the new Black Inc. with Sram Red and Hydraulic Disc Brakes? Anyway, great looking bike now get out there and ride it!
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Congrat's, great ride, enjoy the new bike.

I have a little over 1,900 miles on my 2013 Cannondale CAAD10 5. Very happy with it.

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Congrats, welcome to the CAAD Family.
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Originally Posted by ConGrUenCy View Post
My Rudy Project helmet will still take 2 weeks to arrive ( you get a free helmet worth $150 if you buy a pair of glasses), so the bike shop (Atlanta Cycling) loaned me a C'dale helmet (and the pedals) for free till mine arrives. They are a great bunch of guys and really look after their customers. They are also incredibly knowledgeable about bike fits, and I haven't felt this comfortable on my bike in the past 2 years.
Tell me more about this deal?


Enjoy the bike, I have the same and love it. Everything you say about the handling and road feel is true; I rented a Kuota Kharma in France 2 weeks ago, and could really feel the back end moving around on some of the descents. Back home on my CAAD now, and my butt is locked to the ground on even the bumpiest, trickiest descents.

But really, as others have said, ditch the Schwalbes ASAP. And the saddle from mine is gathering dust in the garage to think about what it did after the pain it inflicted on me on my first few rides; get one with a cutout, your boys will thank you.

But above all, enjoy the heck out of it.
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Enjoy the bike, I have the same and love it. Everything you say about the handling and road feel is true; I rented a Kuota Kharma in France 2 weeks ago, and could really feel the back end moving around on some of the descents. Back home on my CAAD now, and my butt is locked to the ground on even the bumpiest, trickiest descents.

But really, as others have said, ditch the Schwalbes ASAP. And the saddle from mine is gathering dust in the garage to think about what it did after the pain it inflicted on me on my first few rides; get one with a cutout, your boys will thank you.

But above all, enjoy the heck out of it.
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