Cannondale CAADX Disc Ultegra review£1,499.99

Cyclocross bike with disc brakes

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Cannondale’s cyclocross history shows through with the CAADX Disc Ultegra, with the curved carbon blades of the UltraX fork carving precisely through hairpins as we switched line mid-corner. The 175mm cranks and stiff BB30 bottom bracket also make the most of meagre efforts. 

Although not the lightest wheels, the Formula hubs have large disc side flanges to counteract braking stress and stiffen the wheels. Mated to a smaller 140mm rear disc rotor and the more common 160mm front, there was braking force to spare, steep descents were dispatched nonchalantly, and at 9.67kg (21.32lb) the CAADX isn’t a hindrance to carry. 

Schwalbe’s Sammy Slick tyres were surprisingly good in the mixed conditions, and very fast, the central diamond tread gripping tenaciously, the knobbly edges proving sufficient in the loose stuff. 

Settling into an almost perfect position on the shallow drop bar, in under a lap we found a rhythm with the Cannondale. Finding the sweet spot of the Bengal brakes, our cornering speed increased as we balanced weight and grip to give greater exit speed and close in on our race quarry. 

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The CAADX Disc Ultegra proved to be a rounded and cultured bike, whose sublime handling, fine spec and thoughtful touches won us over. It should give great service for years, and disc brakes only improve it.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK,
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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