Cannondale's long history of crafting cutting-edge aluminium road chassis will continue into 2011 with the introduction of an all-new CAAD10 that sheds 200g from the current CAAD9 for an impressive estimated bare frame weight of 1,050g (2.31lb).
As expected, tube shaping is more advanced than on the CAAD9 for better stiffness in certain directions but more tuned flex in others. The giant hydroformed down tube flares vertically at the head tube, the broad top tube sports a new squared-off oval profile, the seat tube is flattened and ovalised below the front derailleur clamp, and the chain- and seatstays boast SAVE shaping borrowed from the Synapse carbon bikes for improved comfort.
There's also a newly tapered 1-1/8 to 1-1/4in head tube up front, which surrounds a similarly fresh all-carbon fork that Cannondale VP of research and development Chris Peck says is as strong as the company's earlier 1-1/8 to 1-1/2in models. Capping things off is Cannondale's trademark BB30 oversized bottom bracket shell.
Cannondale will offer four CAAD10 models for 2011 – all in either double or triple-chainring variants – with the top-end CAAD10 1 Dura-Ace (US$3,199) coming equipped with a Shimano Ultegra 6700/Dura-Ace 7900 mix, Shimano RS-80 clinchers and FSA SL-K carbon cranks.
Shimano Ultegra-equipped models will come in at $2,149, there's a SRAM Rival option for $1,799, and finally a more entry-level Shimano 105 option at $1,499. We also expect a bare frameset option that should appeal to privateer racers and DIYers looking to build their own setup.
Regardless of which option you choose, we're thrilled to see Cannondale stick to their aluminum roots as the CAAD10 should present a high performance, high value option for riders who prefer metallic frames or can't afford the company's higher-end carbon offerings. We're slated to receive an early sample for a full long-term review, so stay tuned for a full ride report in the near future.
Cannondale have gone carbon on their new SuperX cyclo-cross model, though, which sheds a whopping 450g from the current CAAD9 'cross platform for a total claimed frameset weight of just 1,400g (3.09lb). Tube shapes are derived from both Cannondale's existing 'cross bikes and the groundbreaking Flash carbon mountain bike, including the unusually broad seat cluster, pinched SAVE seat- and chainstays, and the flared lower seat tube.
As on the CAAD10 road bike, the new SuperX also features a tapered 1-1/8 to 1-1/4in front end, with a new full-carbon 'cross fork to go along with it. Other details include a BB30 bottom bracket, a flattened top tube underside for easier shouldering and barrier runs, a custom seat-collar-mounted housing stop for the rear brake, Cannondale's 'BallisTec' high-impact carbon technology for long-term durability in the rough-and-tumble world of 'cross, and six sizes ranging from 44-58cm.
None of the new bikes will come with disc mounts as the UCI's recent rule changes apparently came too late in the development cycle – but we're guessing we'll see them in 2012. Cannondale will offer two carbon SuperX models for 2011 plus up to four alloy models depending on location based on the current CAAD9 'cross platforms.
The top-end SuperX Red (US$7,499) will come with a SRAM Red transmission, Cannondale's own Hollowgram SL crank (with 'cross-specific 46/36T rings) and Zipp 303 Cyclocross carbon tubulars for a total claimed weight of just 6.59kg (14.52lb) without pedals).
Racers on a more realistic budget can instead opt for the SuperX Rival variant ($3,749), which trades in SRAM Rival components and Mavic Ksyrium Equipe clinchers for a still-light total claimed weight of 7.57kg (16.7lb). Aluminium CAADX models with come with either SRAM Rival or Shimano Ultegra, 105 or Tiagra builds, with total prices ranging from $1,179 to $1,919.