Cannondale CAAD 12 2019 Ultegra review

Early days, only 280 kms ridden.

Swapped out the stock Fulcrum Sport wheels for the Fast Forward F6Rs off the now deceased TCR. This bike is part insurance replacement.

Examination of the frame shows it to be an object of thoughtful planning and beauty under an underwhelming paint job. Tapered top tube, sculpted down tube, flattened chain stays…..carbon seatpost, and, oh…..aluminium of course.

Geared with Cannondale’s OPI Spide Hollowgram 52/36 chainset and 12/30 cassette …should be perfect for North London and Hertfordshire’s short, sharp steep hills…and Regents Park flat track…..and my 60 year old legs.

First of all, the ride is surprisingly comfortable. Rigid, firm….but not a boneshaker….even with the stiff deep section wheelset.

The bike weighs in at around 8 kgs, but despite being slightly heavier than the TCR and Propel, it responds well to a punchy dig on the pedals, resulting in a real feeling of speed when quickly reaching speeds of over 40 km ph.

Although my climbing prowess is limited, times up various local climbs are on a par with previous attempts on the carbon bikes.

I am very impressed with this bike and am reassured by two things. If the frame suffers terminal accidental damage, it won’t cost the earth to replace, and it is comfortable enough for rides in excess of 100 kms…..longest ride so far 88 kms, but not a hint of discomfort…without it being a cushioned ride……that belongs to the Synapse which will be reviewed soon.




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