Product Review 2011 Cannondale CAAD 10 — Big Bear Road Ride

Today I rode the Cannondale CAAD 10 3-  Ultegra build and what follows is my review on this outstanding bike. The spec for the bike is good except the Mavic Aksium wheels. That is a really low level of wheel being paired up with an Ultegra component group.  I am also not a big fan of the Mavic Ksyrium family of wheels. I believe they are ride too harsh for the recreational or even avid cyclist. I would recommend they use a Shimano wheel like an RS-20 on the Ultegra build.  Cannondale uses the RS-80 wheelset (one of the best values and best performing wheels at any price point) on the Dura-Ace equipped bike.    But aside from the wheels this is one kick-ass bike. The best compliment I can give the bike is that you forget you are riding an Aluminum frame.  The CAAD 10 is so smooth you think you are riding a carbon bike.  Keep in mind tires and tire pressure make a significant improvement or detriment to your ride quality.  Riding 25 mm tires and lower pressure on high end tires can tame the harshness of just about any stiff riding frame.  Tires and wheels are by far the most important component combination to dial in your ride quality.

The ride today was almost 50 miles with 4,600 feet of gain.  The elevation gain came from one long hard climb from Lucerne Valley up Hwy 18.  The descent on the 18 to Lucerne Valley had a lot of switchbacks with very steep sections.  I was having so much fun descending I didn’t take pictures but there were caution signs of 11% and 16% grades.  The descent was a very good test of the handling characteristics of the CAAD 10.  New for 2011 is the 1.5″ bearing on the bottom of the head tube.  The bike tracks great into a hard corner.  Some of the caution signs were for 10 mph with extreme banking and I was going at least twice that speed.  Even though it was my first time on the CAAD 10 and my first time descending this mountain I had total confidence to ride the bike and test it’s limits.

Once the fun descent was over it was time to climb.  The bike was equipped with a compact crank 50/34  chainrings 12-25 cassette– and that was a good thing.  The grades were very steep.  The CAAD 10 climbed beautifully.  It was so stiff and yet very comfortable.  I was completely surprised and impressed with the CAAD 10.

In my opinion, the CAAD 10  puts lower end carbon bikes to shame and I dare say mid grade carbon bikes as well.  Additionally, I don’t know of any other Aluminum frame that can hold a candle to the CAAD 10.  I thoroughly enjoyed the bike.  I had lots of fun surging and sprinting on the CAAD 10!! And there you have it my review on the 2011 Cannondale CAAD 10.  Honestly, this bike is a great value at any price but the best value is the CAAD 10 4 with Rival.  Don’t get me wrong I love Shimano components however the Rival bike is well equipped and has a SRAM Force crankset.  The CAAD 10 4 is only $300 more than the Shimano 105 bike.  By the way, while I understand some of you might be nostalgic about having the “Handmade in the USA” logos on your bike — don’t!  The CAAD 10 version is the best CAAD model Cannondale has ever made!

On the Epictrain goodness scale I rate it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. (a perfect 5 would be awarded if the Mavic Aksium wheels were replaced with better wheels)

12 mile climb and 4,000 feet of gain

Murray Wasburn Global Product Marketing Manager giving Tech Presentation on CAAD 10

Untitled from Move Films on Vimeo.

171 thoughts on “Product Review 2011 Cannondale CAAD 10 — Big Bear Road Ride

    • You’re welcome and thank you for visiting my blog. The new Blk/Blk is one bitchin’ bike. There is a lot of work that goes into the finish on that bike. I don’t suspect that colorway will be around for too many years. Get one if you want it. If you are local come into Bike Religion in Newport Beach and test ride a CAAD 10!!


  1. Thanks for the ride report!

    This is the first unaffiliated review I’ve read so far and it seems you enjoyed the caad10 quite a bit. I’m considering doing a build with a 2010 CAAD9 over the winter, buy your review is making me question that. My concern with the 10 is that it won’t ride as smooth as the 9 with the new seat stays…what do you think?



  2. I just started really getting into rideing bikes this year. (i’m a novice) i weight 215lbs and ride in the city streets. my question is. Is the caad 10 to much bike for me? and if so what cannondale bike would you recommend for me. i presently own a raleigh m40 mountain bike i bought 12yrs ago. but my freinds own schwinn and trek road bikes and they leave me in the dust. PLEASE enlight me. im 42yrs old. thank you!!!

    • Hello Carlos,

      Thank you for reading my blog and making a comment. I think the CAAD 10 is a great bike for beginners AS WELL as pro cyclist. I think you will enjoy it tremendously. The 105 bike at $1479 is a great value but a little more will buy you a Rival. The Ultegra bike is really nice at $2149 but I would probably go carbon after that.


  3. George,

    Thanks for the write-up on the CAAD10. I have a 2010 CAAD9 that I’m very happy with but I am strongly considering doing their frame upgrade plan next year to snap up a CAAD10. I figured I’d wait the Winter and try to find & read as many reviews on the CAAD10 as I could find just in case the transfer to off-shore manufacturing created some negative quirks. However, everything I’ve read so far is very positive. I better start saving for that CAAD10 frame now… 🙂


  4. George, Great review of the CAAD 10. My question is about weight limit. I’m 215 lbs. and I’ve read early reviews about how the BB is cracking with heavier riders. Have you heard anything like this? I ride a CAAD 9 now and it’s the best aluminum bike I’ve ever ridden but I’m considering going to a CAAD10. What are your thoughts?

    • Sal,

      Thank you for reading my blog.

      I have not heard anything about CAAD10’s cracking. I think that is misinformation being passed around by haters 😉 At 215lbs you’re not that big of a rider. I would strongly encourage to buy the CAAD10. The headtube/fork combination is stiffer and sturdier for a bigger rider. The bottom bracket is stiffer and the bike is more comfortable. I really did enjoy the bike and you will too.


    • Hey Sal, I’m a big guy, considerably bigger than you my friend! I always email a manufacturer before I make a bike purchase, and Cannondale emailed me back saying there are no weight limits on their framesets. Bear in mind some components may have weight limits, but Cannondale frames and forks don’t.
      As a result I have ordered a CAAD10 Dura-Ace from my LBS.

  5. George,

    Are you aware at this point of any changes that Cannondale might make between the 2011 CAAD10 & the 2012 ? I want to upgrade from my CAAD9 in the Spring but will wait til Fall if there will be any significant changes to the frameset.



    • Joe,

      Thank you for reading my blog. The CAAD10 is the latest and greatest from Cannondale in Aluminum technology. They have done an enormous amount of R & D to make the CAAD10. It is an exceptional frame the way it is. It also takes a lot of money and time for a company to retool, hence they don’t do that every year.


  6. So you’re saying there’s little reason to wait for the 2012’s as they are likely to be unchanged from the 2011 model ?

    • Joe,

      I don’t know if I ever replied to your question. I don’t foresee any “significant” changes to the CAAD10 frame in 2012. Go for it! Although a little bird tells me the Super Six is going through another revision and may be unveiled by the Giro d’ Italia in May. Liquigas is an Italian team and will probably be riding the new frame in the Giro!


    • I’d say the only changes, (if any), for 2012 might be the colourways, but judging from the popularity of the CAAD10 I’d be mildly surprised if they make any changes, cosmetic or otherwise until at least 2013.

      • smokeysmoo,

        You are correct! It costs A LOT of money for companies to retool every year. Most bikes run at least 3 years or more before any changes are made.


  7. George

    I was looking at some bikes to upgrade, from my Jamis and was wondering if this bike is good enough for entry level racing or even if you can pull it off with the 105 group? Other bikes compared to this in Carbon I was looking at are the Trek 4.5 Madone 105 group all carbon, Cannondale Super Six 105 group all carbon and the Felt F5 105 all carbon its a very close call and dont know how the Caad will perform to those bikes, Im not worried about or getting laughed at riding alloy but just wondering what you thought. I heard from other reveiws that since they made such a light alloy bike that its thin and weak, Im not a big guy Im only 5’4 and my favorite thing to do is to climb hills out here in the ozark moutains and i was more intrested on the climbing of the bike? please help

    thanks Josh..

    • Hello Josh,

      Thank you for reading my blog. How did you come across it?

      The CAAD10 is very well suited for entry level racing. The frame is as high-end as you can get at any price point. It’s just a matter of components and wheels from the $1,499 price level to Dura-Ace equipped $3,199 bike. I can’t comment on the Trek but I can tell you that the SuperSix 5 is a very good value as is the Felt F5. You have to make a determination what you value in a frame. What are your standards of performance and your budget. No one is going to laugh at you riding a CAAD10 …if they know what they’re looking at.

      I can’t believe the BS that’s out there from people that don’t know what the heck they’re talking about. The CAAD10 was engineered to be stiffer and lighter. It was made out of different Aluminum to make the best Al frame Cannondale has ever made. It is stiffer than the CAAD9 and it was everyone’s darling frame. The CAAD9 was revered by everyone who reviewed it. So why would the CAAD10 be thin and weak?

      As a 5’4″ climber you will have nothing but great adventures and memories on the CAAD10! Go for it!


  8. Okay George,

    Thanks for the review and the follow up comments they have almost helped me make up my mind. I’m thinking of purchasing a frameset as I already own a force group sans bb30. My questions is…”What would your build up of a CAAD 10 be?”


    • Mike,

      Thank you for reading my blog. How did you come across it?

      If I was building a Cannondale CAAD 10 I would build it with at least Shimano 6700 Ultegra or Shimano Dura-Ace 7800. I’m not a big fan of the mechanical Dura-Ace 7900. I like the way 7800 shifts- it shifts nicer and with less effort. But honestly, buy the Ultegra level bike Cannondale CAAD 10 3. Then I would upgrade the wheels and the FSA SLK crankset– in that order. And you have a bitchin’ race bike for $2,000.


  9. George,

    I found your site by looking for a CAAD 10 review about three months ago. I have followed your adventures since.

    Okay well I already have a sram force group that I am going to use.

    What wheels would you get?

    You think a force bb30…or drop the coin on a Cannondale Hologram SI crank?

    Steam, bars, seat-post?

    Ha! 20 questions I know if you have time.


    • Mike,

      Thank you for letting me know how you found my blog. I would like to find a wider audience. Would you mind spreading the word on my blog? Additionally, tell me what topics or things you would like to see.

      OK now to your questions. I am a HUGE fan of Shimano Wheels. The best value in their line up is the RS80 wheels. They have a carbon clincher rim (rumor has it that it is the Dura Ace rim) with Ultegra hub. LIght, stiff and incredible ride quality.

      If you’re after a ridiculously light crankset then buy the Cannondale SI crankset. If you are racing the bike I would leave or use Aluminum stems, bars and stems. Crashing sucks but crashing and not being able to finish the race because you broke a carbon bar REALLY sucks!

      Let me know if you need anything else.


  10. George,
    I know I found your site because I was googling reviews of the CAAD10. Now I’m a regular follower. If you want a wider audience you may want to do more product reviews.
    My Two Cents !

    Oxford, CT.
    Current CAAD9 owner
    Lusting after a CAAD10 🙂

    • Joe,

      Thank you for reading my blog and your comment.

      So you really think someone would read. believe and trust my product review? Gee I hope I live up to that 🙂 I really should be doing more product reviews. I get an enormous amount of free product to evaluate. My thing is I won’t really like to write up a negative review/ But I guess I can do it if the product really sucks 🙂


  11. Hi as with most of your readers I found your review very interesting and I like your enthusiasim in the way you answer questions. My question to you is this. I have had quadrupel by pass surgery,I am 52 and have taken up cycling to help me get fit and loss weight. I do wish to buy a new road bike as my old flying scot is now very, well old and from what I can see carbon seems to be the way to go.I am very impressed with the CAAD 10 and I am looking just to enjoy my cycling, so what would you choose The CAAD 10 Ultegra or the Synapse carbon 105 or even the super six 105.

    Thanks, Re born cyclist. Scott M

    The weather here in Scotland is wet cold and windy.

    • Scott,

      Thank you for reading my blog. And thank you for still being part of the living population 😀

      The CAAD10 is a great bike. At the lower component levels (Shimano 105, SRAM Rival) it appeals to beginners. At the higher component levels (Shimano Ultegra, and Shimano Dura-Ace) it appeals to the racers. The CAAD series and Super Six series of bikes share the same race geometry. I like the CAAD10 very much for a lot of reasons. If you are a seasoned rider and like a sporty bike then maybe the Super Six is for you. Alternatively, the Synapse is a taller headtube bike and built with a little more comfort in mind. The seat stays and chainstays have been optimized for rider comfort. You have a tough decision before you because all three are great bikes. Personally I don’t like tall headtubes so my choice would be the SuperSix for longer miles. It is also ripe for a wheel upgrade my choice Shimano RS80 or if you have the funds Shimano Dura-Ace C24 Carbon Clinchers– by far the best wheels I have ever ridden.

      I hope this helps. Feel free to ask more questions as they come up!


  12. Looking at a Cannondale CAAD10 3 Ultegra. When I see a Cannondale CAAD10 3 Ultegra Compact, is that in reference to the crank? Or is it the same thing? Thanks, -Les

    • Lester,

      Thank you for reading my blog.

      Cannondale offers most of their bikes with a Compact Crank 50/34 and a Standard Crank 53/39. The compact crank allows weaker riders, or climbers that like to spin high cadences, the ability to climb better with the 34T chainring. The common misconception is that the 50T big ring isn’t big enough and that a rider will “spin-out”. I find that 75% or more of beginning riders, and even intermediate level riders, don’t need a 53T chainring. A 53T chain ring and an 11T cog spun at 95 rpm translates to almost 36 mph. I doubt most riders are riding that fast on the flats — consistently. But then they argue that they will spin out on a descent — of course they will –most people will spin out of any gear going downhill.

      Compact cranksets make more sense for more people. I’m glad they have become more common and that the triple crankset has almost completely been eradicated from OEM specifications. Keep in mind that the Cannondale CAAD10 is BB30, hence the crankset will be FSA on the Ultegra level bike.


  13. Hi George,
    Are you a Cannondale dealer ? Can you order the anodized black model as a frameset only ? Some folks are telling me you can only order white(black trim) & red as framesets ?

  14. Hi,
    Thank you for the review of the CAAD10. I have a situation on my hands and am looking for some advice. I have an old 1997 CAAD3 R500T that I bought in 1997. It’s been a nice bike for me but it’s time to upgrade. I had planned on buying something new and keeping the old bike as a backup. Unfortunately I recently had one of those brain cramp moments with the bike on the roof rack and tried to drive into my garage. The steering has some stiffness in it now so clearly there was some damage to the steering tube. I’m still trying to figure out if it’s salvageable or not. Anyway, the local shop mentioned the Cannondale frame swap where I could get a CAAD10 frame if I trade in the old one. Sounds interesting but none of the components would fit the new frame so I’d have to build the bike from scratch which would probably be pretty expensive. Would you have any advice on how to proceed?
    Thank you!

    • Goose,

      Thank you for reading my blog.

      Sorry to hear about driving your bike into your garage. I can’t tell you the number of times I have heard that happening to people.

      Your LBS was talking about the Warranty exchange price program. It makes bike frames a little more affordable for people that already own a Cannondale. If your components are stock from 1997, my guess somethings need to get replaced. I don’t have the pricing sheets in front of me so I am not able to run the numbers of:

      option A– buy warranty exchange frameset and buy components separately .
      option B– Buy a complete bike

      I would probably opt for a new complete bike rather than trying to build up a frameset. Years ago it was common to “custom build” your bike but now buying a complete bike makes much more sense and it’s a much better value.


  15. Hi George,

    Looks like your CAAD10 review is continuing to attract a lot of readers. Good for you ! 🙂
    I rode with a guy today who was riding a Super Six Hi-Mod. His last bike was a CAAD9. He said the difference between the two frames performance-wise was dramatic. Of this I have no doubt however, at 48 I about at the point where I can get better by riding more rather than spending more. I am trying to find someone who can order a CAAD10 frameset in the slick anodized black they have out but am hearing alot of folks saying C-Dale is only offering red or white for frameset sales.

    Can you elaborate more on wheel recommendations ? My CAAD9 came with Akisiums which I swapped out for ROL Race SL’s which are a pretty good all around alu 30mm clincher for $550. At this point if I wanted better wheels would I be looking lighter or more aero ? Or both ? How much would I have to spend to get wheels significantly better than what I have ? I don’t race but do fast group ride & centuries of 100+ miles.



  16. George,

    Wondering if you had any concerns as to the production of the 10 being moved over seas. I read on another review that this is going to be catastrophic and i had to laugh knowing that most carbon frames aren’t actually manufactured here. but regardless i’m interested to hear you’re opinion. I found your blog while looking for reviews on the caad 10


    • Chris,

      Thank you for reading my blog.

      I have no concerns whatsoever about the CAAD 10 being manufactured overseas. While I admit I sometimes get melancholy about the loss of my CAAD 9 (I sold it last year), I am happy that they are using a different grade of Aluminum which is stiffer and lighter than the 7000 series they were using on the CAAD 9.

      As far as carbon goes the Far East manufactures the lion’s share of carbon frames. The quality is very high! Furthermore, it’s much more expensive to pay the American worker (2 weeks vacation, medical, dental, vision etc…) and source high grade carbon fiber and build the frame for the same costs as you can in Asia.


  17. Hello George,
    I am totally new to biking. I recently got into mountain biking with co-workers and some of them also do road biking. So I am as much as a novice as it gets.

    By the way I happened upon this blog looking for reviews of the CAAD10-3.

    I just missed getting a 2009 Cervelo S1 off of Craigslist. Luckily the guy was a great help in giving me some advice on bikes. Recommended that I look for an aluminum frame bike. I am 235 pounds and used carbon fiber may be a risky buy used. At this point I think I want a CAAD10-3 but am not sure if my first bike should be this high end for me. I also have no idea whether to get a compact or not. Yes I did read a previous post but am still a bit unsure of which to go with.

    Thanks for the help

    • Hello Joseph,

      Thank you for happening onto my blog. I really appreciate you taking the time to make a comment.

      The Cannondale CAAD10 3 is a great value at $2,000. I would totally get one if I could find space for it at my house 🙂 I owned a CAAD9 for almost three years. I don’t know of any other Aluminum bike I would own again save for the CAAD10.

      Compact vs Standard crankset – it really depends what part of the country you live in and the type of terrain you ride. If you are 235lbs and a new rider in a hilly area I would suggest the compact crankset. It enables you to climb hills a little easier. Conversely, if you live in Florida and ride in big packs then you might opt for the standard crankset. Either way don’t fret a crankset is an easy five minute job to replace ….it just takes a little money to buy the other one 😉 The point is, you can make changes to the stock bike very easily. Good luck and keep me posted on your progress.

      Please pass my blog along to your friends. And you should subscribe yourself 😉


  18. Hey George!
    just picked up and got fitted for my caad10 today. Now i just have to wait for it to stop snowing! Cant wait to ride.

  19. Hi George,

    Alas, I have a question… I’m a casual rider and wondering about 105 vs. Ultegra. Here in Toronto the price of a 105 is $1600 vs. $2200 for the Ultegra. Wondering if there is that much difference in i) performance and ii) weight. I’m sort of leaning towards the 105 and using the money to buy some RS80.

    Any thoughts?


    • Bryan,

      Thank you for reading my blog.

      I like the way you think. I would do exactly what you’re thinking. The 105 group is nice enough for casual rider. The RS80 wheels are FANTASTIC! In my opinion wheels are much more important than components. But hey what do I know? 😉


  20. Hi George, was wanting some advice on the caad 10 and by reading your blog you seem to be authority on the subject. I’m 5 foot 7 with a 30 inch inside leg and am unsure of the correct frame size for me. I’m unable to get to my local dealer so have had to rely on advice over the phone. I’ve been told I’m in-between sizes, either a 52 or 54 cm. Would be interested in your opinion on this! Many thanks and looking forward to hearing from you. Cheers, Scottish Stephen.
    Ps… enjoy looking at your site

    • Hello Stepen,

      Inseam measurement is an archaic way to measure yourself for a bike. The top tube is significantly more important than inseam. Please measure BOTH and measure them in Centimeters — who uses inches when sizing a bike — NO ONE lol! So unless you have a very short inseam you should be concentrating on you torso measurement and how it relates to the top tube of the bike you want to buy. Without seeing your body proportions I will hazard a guess that you should be riding a 52cm and NOT a 54cm.

      Red-Eyed Vireo

      • Hey thanks for the advice George… will take it on board and hopefully be riding that caad 10 soon. Happy riding from Scotland

  21. I bought the Beserker green Ultegra Caad 10 compact. I used to own a trek 1.2 and made the upgrade. I live in New York City, and the bike cost 2100 dollars. When I asked Joe, at Syds bike shop, if I could swap out wheels he said the bike comes as a package. I cannot trade in the wheels. [PS never go to SYDS bike shop, they were horrible. Even after I spent 2100 dollars on the bike they pushed me out on the floor model, which I returned the next day because it had different parts, and then got a new one out of box, which they wouldn’t let me watch them build, so I’m assuming] You sound like you work in a bike shop. Is it possible to swap out the wheels on a new bike? And just pay for an upgrade? Or does the bike come as a package? Because I can’t trust those guys. That being said, I’m riding fifty miles a day, not planning on racing, and am wondering if the wheels make that big of a difference. And here is another question I have. Why is it that even though I’m on a 2000 dollar bike, am 30 years old, in moderately good shape, that a delivery guy with a pizza in a bike basket can still ride by me on the street? Will I ever be faster then them?

    • Eric,

      Congrats on your new Cannondale CAAD10. Did your decision in buying the bike have anything do to with this blog post?

      Eric- the reality is the floor model is a new bike. Every bike in our store is available for a test ride. We limit the test rides to around the block (about a mile). Unfortunately, our shop, most shops, can’t have a demo fleet and then every bike in every size in a box waiting to be built to order for a customer. You should not expect a different bike to be built for you nor should you expect that a bike shop would order another bike just to satisfy your “I want a new bike not the floor model”.

      I manage a bike shop and I will tell you our policy on swaps. If the item is branded for example at the lower lever the stems, handlebars or seatposts are branded Cannondale, Felt…, then you keep those items. If they are aftermarket such as 3T, FSA or the like then you will receive 50% credit for the items towards the new component. If I happen to have a branded stem, bar, seatpost and so on, for some odd reason I will swap it. Labor is charged for things that are not fitting related. For example, someone wants a compact crank not standard or a different cassette then labor is charged.

      So for the wheels if I retail the wheels in the store then I would give you 50% towards your wheel upgrade. Keep in mind I also don’t want to have 20 sets of Mavic Aksium wheels in the store since I don’t like them in the first place. Your wheels will be the biggest upgrade towards reducing the weight of your bike but most important they are very important in providing better ride quality.

      In regards to the pizza boy he’s working on his tip the faster he gets that pizza piping hot to the customer the bigger his tip 😉 Eric, it’s not about the bike it’s about Ganas!

      Red-Eyed Vireo

  22. I am from Australia and visit the USA – MD – Silver Spring on occassions – Where can I get a great deal on a CAAD 10 – Ultegra from

    • Silvio,

      Come to Southern California and I’ll take care of you 😉 Otherwise get the zip code of the city you are visiting and use Cannondale’s dealer locator.

      While we are on the subject of pricing. You should expect to pay full MSRP. It boggles my mind why people expect to haggle on the price of a new bike. The cycling industry runs on the leanest profit margin of just about any industry in the retail environment. By the time you consider, shipping and handling, mechanics labor costs to assemble the bike, sales person expertise to advise you on the correct bike for your application, the expertise in choosing the correct size, the expertise of fitting you correctly to the correct size bike, then the mechanic’s prep for final delivery (computer install, bottle cages, black not white bar tape….) and the one year free service with your new bike I can’t imagine a customer should have the nerve to ask for a “great deal”. Pay full MSRP and support your local bike shop. end rant :p

      Red-Eyed Vireo

      • “It boggles my mind why people expect to haggle on the price of a new bike. The cycling industry runs on the leanest profit margin …”

        People expect to haggle on a new bike because of the near 50% or more sales that customers see at the end of the season as shops are clearing the way for next year’s model. Keep in mind that Cannondale isn’t investing in the U.S. Economy or U.S. workforce by having their bikes built in Taiwan, so it should be no surprise that the U.S. consumer wants to stretch their dollar as far as possible, given that a fair amount of their purchasing dollar isn’t being reinvested and ending up in their paycheck — it’s being shipped overseas. I personally never expect to pay MSRP, and I don’t. If a bike shop only sells at MSRP, then another bike shop is getting my business. End rant.

        On a separate note, thank you very much for the extremely helpful commentary in your blog. The time and passion that you put into this sport is obvious, and I appreciate all the information that you’ve taken the time to share with the cycling community here.

    • Rich,

      Thank you for reading my blog.

      I have never really been a fan of FSA cranksets. It is a known fact that Shimano chains shift very well with Shimano cranksets. I prefer a Shimano Crankset whether it be Ultegra or Dura-Ace nothing shifts better in my opinion. Well except electronic Dura-Ace Di2. 😉


  23. George,
    Well, its been a few weeks since I brought my Caad10-3 Ultegra home and I thought I’d give a quick update! Due to weather here in Utah I’ve only been able to put about 150 miles on it so far. Regardless, I am blown away by both the ride quality and the quickness/ responsiveness of this bike. This is my second serious roadie. My first was a 2006 Felt F2c Dura Ace, and I dare say the CAAD10 feels perhaps better and definitely snappier than the former. Granted I am no Professional cat 1,2,or3 rider, I am loving the CAAD10 so far. I must give a shout out to White Pine Touring in Park City, UT for selling this bike at 150 dollars below MSRP. I picked it up for only 1999.00 and got fit at no extra charge. they are amazingly knowledgable and friendly at this shop and I hope if any readers are looking at picking up a Cannondale in Utah, you consider making the trip to White Pine Touring. I also just purchased a set of Mavic K10’s which will make this bike a great race machine for a rider of my level. For now though, I’ll stick to the Aksium’s for some training time 🙂 Hope this was helpful for some of you who are interested in the CAAD10 and thank you George. Your review helped me feel sound in my decision to buy an aluminum bike, And Im so happy i did.

    Enjoy the ride,

    -Chris M
    Simply Mac Racing
    Park City, UT

    • Steve,

      Thank you for reading my blog. I would most certainly recommend the Synapse 105 AND the CAAD 10 105 for a first time rider. You just have to decide whether you want a taller head tube (Synapse) or race geometry (CAAD 10 or SuperSix). You have to evaluate what you think will be your riding style or your application for the bike. Generally speaking, the CAAD is a great bike to race on. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do other things with it too. The Synapse is a little taller in the headtube and is usually for people that don’t race. But either bike can be raced or either bike can be used for centuries. Sorry if I didn’t give you anything solid to go from. But they are both great bikes and you should try them both before you buy.


  24. Hi George,

    A buddy of mine just bought the Tarmac SL3 Expert for $3700.

    He is absolutely gushing over the bike coming off of an older Specialized alu frame. I have also spoken to a few riders who went from CAAD9 to SuperSix Hi-Mod and they also said the difference was dramatic.

    My question is, would it be worth it to upgrade from my CAAD9 to a CAAD10 performance-wise ? Or should I save up for a Tarmac like my friends ? It’s a big jump money-wise to go from a CAAD10 to anything in carbon.

    • Joseph,

      While the CAAD10 is a great upgrade from the CAAD9, I will tell you that the SuperSix Hi-Mod is a significant upgrade. Your question is more about money than upgrading. If you have the money then upgrade to carbon and then if you have more money then buy the Hi-Mod. But please don’t buy a Specialized!


  25. …as a followup to my earlier question. The SuperSix Hi-Mod frameset is about 3 times the cost of the CAAD10. What are you getting for all that extra money ? Part of me says dig deep and get the Super, another part of me says I could just upgrade my CAAD9 to a CAAD10 and have $$ leftover to bling it out….

    Thanks again George…


    • Joe,

      In my opinion, the most important think to focus on is your frame-after that your wheels. If it were me I would buy the SuperSix Hi-Mod. I prefer to ride carbon frames for my type of riding. You need to decide for yourself what type of riding you do and then decide what budget you have to fill that need. The increase in price is proportional to the ride quality, lightness and stiffness of the frame.


  26. Hi George,

    I currently own a Cervelo S1 that I use to race crits. I’m considering the CAAD 10 as replacement, would there be much of difference between the two? Should I stick with the S1 ?

    • Rich,

      Thank you for reading my blog. You have one of my other favorite Aluminum bikes. I was a sucker for the anodized black version that they only did one or two years. The Cervelo S1 is a fantastic bike. It isn’t just great for Crits but for longer rides as well. You do realize that was a Pro-Tour bike for the CSC team? I don’t know that I would replace your S1 with the CAAD10. It is certainly a different ride and I’d say the CAAD10 might be a little stiffer. But if you’re not a big rider it may not make much of a difference. I say stick with the S1 but test ride a CAAD10 and decide that for yourself.


  27. Hey George, great review! I’ve just bought a caad9 , I’ve tested the caad10 over and over and I felt the 9 was stiffer faster and more fun. Is this in my head? The 10 was more comfy!

    • Lamar,

      Thank you for reading my blog.

      It is a known fact that the Aluminum used and the way the CAAD10 was constructed made it stiffer than the CAAD9. The engineers tested and tested it over and over again to make sure it was stiffer and more comfortable than the CAAD9. So yes it’s in your head :p but the good news you rode both bikes and you are happy with a Cannondale in the end!


  28. Hi, ive just bought a CAAD 10 105 and ive gotta say its awesome! Anyone dithering about buying one, well dont! My last bike, Fuji Roubaix had Ultegra groupset but it wasnt in the same league as the CAAD 10 105. Its a pleasure to ride, even on the pot hole ridden UK roads.

    • Tim,

      Thank you for reading my blog.

      CONGRATS! I am happy to hear that a CAAD10 works for you. Spread the word and thank you for coming back to my blog and telling my readers about your great experience with the Cannondale CAAD10.


  29. Hi George,

    great review! I was trying to decide between a 3 different bikes, and was having a real hard time picking one since i don’t know much about road bikes, and it was going to be my 1st road bike. luckily i found your review, it was very helpful and convinced me to pick the a CAAD10 5 105. i love the frame and i think it would be very worthy of upgrades later on.
    My bike just arrived at the LBS today. 🙂 i will be picking it up tomorrow! I’m very excited to go for my 1st ride. i’ll tell you how it goes!


    • Donny,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m so happy for you. The CAAD10 IS worthy of upgrades. I had my CAAD10 built with 7800 Dura-Ace, and a Power Tap wheelset when I owned it. Check back in when you have had a chance to put some miles on the bike and let us know how it’s going.


  30. Cheers! Thanks for the great blog entry. I’m a new proud owner of a CAAD10 4. Its an incredible bike, so responsive and quick. I wasn’t really looking to race crits, just looking for a great all around road bike that can do sprint triathlons and longer rides. I tried the Synapse and the CAAD10 side by side, and just fell in love with the way the CAAD10 felt. I’m looking forward to putting a lot of miles on the bike.

    Thanks so much!

    • B,

      You’re quite welcome. I am happy for you. The CAAD10 4 is really the best value in the line up. Great job picking it out. Let us know how you go on the bike over the next few months.


  31. George,

    I find your review and replies to others very enlightening. It’s good to see that someone cares to take the time for this.

    I have a 2001 Lemond Zurich that has been upgraded to 7800 (shifters, derailleurs, crankset, and wheels-7850cl). The drivetrain is probably about 3 years old with approximately 6k miles on it. I have kept it clean, and it shifts just like it did when I first got it. I love the steel frame, but it does not have that snap for climbing and sprinting that I have felt on the newer frames. So, I’m going to test ride the CAAD10 5 today, as that is all they have on hand. But I will be using my wheels. I plan on selling the Lemond. Would it be wise to sell the Dura Ace drivetrain with it, or would you swap it to the CAAD10? If I do that, can I get a frameset alone at a good cost savings, or should I strip and sell the drivetrain from the complete bike? I often wonder what kind of life I have left in the Dura Ace. I have ridden other drivetrains, and the 7800 is just above everything else in my opinion. I have not raced the 7800, so it has not been abused.
    Thanks so much for your time.

    • Chuck,

      Thank you for reading my blog and taking the time to make a comment on it.

      I would definitely keep the 7800 Dura Ace group. It shifts far better than any of the new Shimano (105, Ultegra and even the Dura-Ace) You can get a frameset only. You have plenty of life left in your 7800. A CAAD10 and your 7800 will give you plenty of snap and pop. But for my money if your Steel frame is in good condition KEEP IT. Because chances are you will want to ride it again. It has happened to me many times. I always go back to my custom Steel Serotta.


  32. I just ordered the CAAD10 4. The brakes are SRAM, but I don’t think they are Rival. Do you think the brakes that come on this build are adequate, or should I consider upgrading to Rival?
    I enjoyed your review, and the test ride I took was absolutely excellent. Hoping to be riding it this saturday with the group!



    • Chuck,

      Thank you for reading my blog. Congrats on the new member of your family. The CAAD 10 4, in my opinion, is the best value in Cannondale’s Aluminum line-up. Please report back when you’ve had a few rides.


  33. Hi Geroge congrats on your blog, its been really helpful to me on buying a cannondale caad 10.
    The thing is that im in love with the caad 10 1 great black finish but cant afford it; is it possible to get only black frame with the caad 10 3 or 4 specifications ?
    The other advice i wanted to get is regarding sram rival and shimano ultegra components, which one would you recomend since im a 3 times in a week bike climber.

    After buying my bike im following your advice in upgrading to shimano rs 80 wheels.

    Cheers from Colombia.

    • Nicolas,

      Thank you for reading my blog. I appreciate you taking the time to post a comment as well. It lifted my spirits when I saw you were from Colombia. My parents were from Barranquilla.

      As far as I know the Black on Black frame is only available on the CAAD 1. It is a very expensive finish and they can only recuperate the expenses on the CAAD 1. For the value I would get the SRAM Rival kit on the CAAD 4. I prefer Shimano components personally, but the CAAD 4 comes with the SRAM Force crankset which is one level up than the Rival shifters and der. Either group would be fine for climbing three or seven days a week. Tell me about some of the mountain climbs you do. For example, I’m interested in length and average grade, and elevation at the summit. What area of the country do you live? What are some of your favorite climbs?

      And yes buying a set of Shimano RS80’s will elevate your CAAD 10 to another level.

      Please pass along my blog to your friends in Colombia.


  34. Hey George thanks for all the attention helping me decide which bike to buy ( I have a total of 2500 dollars would you recomend anything else would appreciate ?) and im really thinking of the CAAD 10 4 with the upgrades (RS 80 wheels and some SRAM rival components ) as my final desition.

    Well George i live in Bogota where a lot of cyclist fans take the following routes.

    The most Popular is ¨La vuelta a la Sabana¨ the trip around the sabana, which is a 60 miles ride starting from 8300 ft and the summit is almost at the end at 9800 ft, the landsacapes are awesome.

    The other route is ¨El rosal¨an almost flat ride with a steep finish at the end with a 9500 ft as the summit point and then back.

    As traininig a lot of people take ¨El alto de las arepas ¨ the arepas height, with a summit of 9900 ft where you pass by Alto the patios then cross the town of La calera to the finish point and then back to Bogota.

    Other routes taken are small towns near Bogota or Tunja where climbs are regular due to the Andes land formation.

    Will get the technical info from a friend that has a Garmin 310 on his bike.

    Again thanks for your help George.

  35. I cracked a supersix on 2/19/11 and I am replacing the frame with a caad10. I decided to do this since the impact of my crash should not crack a frame. However the ultralight frames like the supersix on on the cutting edge and cannot handle crashes well. I will leave another note after I get to ride my caad10 with details of how it compares for racing, normal riding and gravel roads. It comes in on 5/3/11. I am putting all the same parts from the supersix on the caad10: dura ace, hollowgram crank, Hed wheels, etc. Also anyone who wants to have more fun on their cannondale needs to get some Hed wheels.

    • David,

      Thank you for you comment. Don’t you know you’re not supposed to crash your carbon frame 😉

      You hit the nail on the head– the downside of Ultralight frames is they don’t fair well in crashes. Most times if you crash while riding alone your frame will survive. But if you like to race, a crash involving more riders than just yourself puts your bike at risk of not coming up damaged. Hard metal parts, like cranksets, pedals and even your own handlebar can crack your Ultralight carbon frame in a crash.

      Let us know what you think of the CAAD 10. I still think it is the best bike for racing and other things as well. And yes Aero wheels are FUN!


    • I am impressed with the CAAD10. It seems stiffer than the supersix, I am still evaluating the cornering on the CAAD 10. The difference on general road riding between the supersix and CAAD10 is that the CAAD10 lets you feel the road surface better and the Supersix muffles the road surface. I also feel that I can ride the CAAD10 over rough surfaces without being worried I will break it. The Supersix cracked when it landed upside down on the seat. There was no impact with the other riders. While the Supersix is a tad bit lighter, climbs and corners well, I will give the tougher bike the CAAD10 my vote.

  36. Sir, Please help.

    I am looking for a road bike. I will be very honest here. I never thought over looking at a Cannondale, as no one mentioned them always (Giant, trek, and specialized)… I happened to stumble upon your website (Bookmarked)

    I use to ride eons ago, KHS (classic and turbo), Peugeot.

    I really really hope you can answer the question as i read a million threads, posted several places and got the same answer (contact the maker)

    Question: I weigh 203 now, and I am trimming down nicely to a firm 185-195lbs. Will a carbon frame and mid level wheels hold up?

    Again I dont think I have the power to really flex the frames or BB. But No where, i mean no where can i find a weight limit or recommended weight for frames or wheels. Im sure this is due to warranty and legal issues.

    By the way.. After seeing this bike CAAD 10-3 its now sitting number 2 on list. Number 1 might get bumped as its a carbon frame.

    PS: If this bike is Made in the USA: then it just moved up to number 1, not to offend anyone… Served 20 in Army. Rockin the Stars and Bars.

    • Aaron,

      Thank you for stumbling onto my blog. I appreciate you taking the time to make a comment. At the bottom of each page you will find an option to subscribe to my blog.

      You won’t find weight limits on bikes because there really aren’t any. You only weigh 203 lbs and you are trimming down to 185-195 lbs. There are much bigger riders out there riding every day. Also lighter riders than you can put an enormous amount of stress on a frame and wheels for that matter. It’s not the weight that breaks things it’s the amount of snap, the amount of instant power or force that breaks bicycle parts. Consider this analogy, you can’t push a nail into a 2 x 4 but if you strike it, it begins to travel through the wood. The same applies to bicycle components. Big heavy riders lumbering down the road might not effect the frame as much as a rider like Thor Hoshvod who weighs about 180 lbs but has a monster sprint.

      A carbon frame or an Aluminum frame will hold up just fine. Wheels on the other hand do have weight limits but only on the ultralight climbing wheels and carbon fiber aero wheels. Pedals such as Speedplay Titanium have a 185 lbs weight limit. Most of these limits are meant for safety. I have seen riders ride equipment that they shouldn’t be riding without incident. I personally would never recommend you go outside a manufaturer’s recommended weight limit.

      The CAAD 10 is now manufactured in Taiwan. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. But honestly, the best carbon bikes in the world come from Taiwan. They really make exceptional products. Cannondale now manufactures their Aluminum bikes in Taiwan as well. If you want “Made in the USA” then buy a CAAD 9. But the CAAD 10 is a much better bike! I personally would rather ride the best equipment than limit myself because I want to ride US made bicycle frames, wheels or components. Just remember while seeking to buy a US made frame your components will either be Japanese (Shimano), Italian although a lot is done in Asia (Campagnolo) or Taiwanese (SRAM).

      George Vargas
      Former United States Marine Staff Sargent (E-6)

      • Sir, Thank you for that speedy reply.

        Put simply your God like. Not a god, but God like.

        Thank you again.

  37. Hi George – I currently own a Synapse (alloy) 105. Great bike. But after reading your review and comments, I’m seriously thinking of getting a CAAD10 4 as my second bike. What are your thoughts on 105 vs Rival? Thanks!

    p.s. Just out of curiosity, why don’t you like Specialized?

    • Kevin,

      Thank you for reading my blog.

      I like both 105 and Rival. I have always been a Shimano person but Rival is an incredible value especially on a Cannondale 4 build where they give you the Force crankset. Either group will last a long time with great performance but the 4 series builds from Cannondale will give you better value.

      I’m not sure I specifically said I didn’t like Specialized. I think they make great bikes as well. I have never sold Specialized or Trek in any of the stores I have worked in. I personally like brands that are a little smaller with a little more character.


  38. Hi again George,

    I went and test rode the CAAD10 today and bought one on the spot. Great ride and handling! I tested the 105 but ordered the 4 with Rival. With any luck I’ll be riding it by next week. I’ll let you know how it goes – thanks again for the review!

      • Hi George – Your review was indeed very helpful. I also read one on that was very informative, and Road Bike Action magazine also recently reviewed the CAAD10. Most everyone seems to be in agreement that this is a great bike and also a great value.



        p.s. To answer your question, I live in Vermont, where there’s not a lot of flat spots. I look forward to climbing a lot of hills on the new C’dale 🙂

  39. I’m collecting my CAAD10 Dura-Ace in 2 days, 05/14/11.
    I’m more excited about this bike than any other I’ve ever bought.
    I cannot wait to get out on it and experience all the good things I’ve read so far.
    I live in the UK, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for decent weather this coming weekend.
    PS: Great blog George, found it while researcing the CAAD10 via Google.

  40. Well I picked the CAAD10 up yesterday, and I have to say, the black on black is simply stunning.
    I just need the weather to come good now so I can get out properly. I managed a quick 20 miles this morning and I am seriously impressed, but the wind was blowing and it kept raining so that didn’t help, but it’s prefectly clear to me that all the excellent things I’ve read about the CAAD10 are true.
    You have to buy one of these bikes!

    • Piotr,

      Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to make a comment. You will be happy with you Cannondale CAAD 10 5! Please subscribe to my blog if you wish to keep abreast of my adventures.


      • Hey, I’ve already subscribed, and I’ve already had my first ride on my brand new CAAD 10. Compared to my Kona Jake it’s blazingly fast. Unfortunately the weather here (Bergen, Norway) is very bad now, so I can’t take it on a longer ride. I’m looking forward to that, though, so once it stops raining…


    • Hi, i also have a CAAD10 105 and its brilliant! I had Ultegra on my previous bike (Fuji RC) and to be honest there is hardly a jot of difference… the CAAD10 is far better! 105 may be a tad heavier but the frame is that light anyway it won’t be noticeable. Enjoy the bike…if it stops raining!

  41. Hi George – took my first ride on the new CAAD10 4 yesterday and it’s just a great bike. Very responsive and that Force crank is fantastic. Seems at least as comfortable as my Synapse, and that’s a cushy ride. And I love the simple white/black/blue color scheme. I would highly recommend this bike to anyone – thanks again for your great review.


  42. Hi all, just came across this by accident. I ride a 2010 CAAD 9 5 and I’m looking to make my first major upgrade – wheels. I’m 165lbs, average 200 km per week on primarily rolling hills. Would you guys go for the Rol Race SL’s or the 2011 Mavic Kyrsium Elite’s? Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks Dan

    • Dan,

      Sorry for the late response but I have been training twice a day and working 9 hours in between. I also had my laptop in for service. I don’t know the Rol wheels but I trust the Shimano RS 80’s. I would ride Shimano before Rol.


  43. Hi George – I want to re-write my last comment as I have now read through your entire blog string (which I enjoyed BTW).

    I have put about 4000km on my 2010 CAAD9 5 which I purchased last year – absolutely love the bike although thinking it’s time for an upgrade and everything I read points to wheels. I was originally thinking 2011 Mavic Kyrsium Elites (as my last post suggested) although in researching I also came across Rol Race SL’s which seem to have great reviews. After now reading through your blog, it appears you are not a fan of the Mavics and suggest the Shimano’s. My questions are, will a wheel upgrade truly be a noticeable upgrade (in other words, worth the money) and I also wanted to get your thoughts on the Shimano RS80’s you favor compared to the two wheelsets I was considering. RS80’s are in the same price point.

    As you probably already know, stock on my 2010 CAAD9 are RS10’s which is what I will be upgrading.

    A bit about me – 165 lbs, Toronto area, weekend rider mostly in groups, 80km – 100km per ride on rolling hills with an avg of about 26-28 km/h, early 40’s.

    Enjoyed your comments thoroughly and as a result of your comments, I have now added the RS80’s to my list of wheelsets under considration – thanks for making the decision more difficult … lol.

    Thanks in advance and hope my questions don’t stear too far from your blog topic.


    • Dan,

      The wheels are the most significant upgrade you can ever make to your bike…besides a power meter. Not everyone needs/wants/can afford a power meter but everyone needs wheels 😉 So you are definitely on the right track. The decision is not difficult to me. It is clear which wheel I would ride. I currently ride the Shimano Dura-Ace Tubeless. And I also have a set of Shimano Dura-Ace C-24 Carbon Clinchers. Both of those wheels are the best wheels I have ever ridden!! Considering your weight and riding time those wheels will last you a LONG time.


  44. Hi George,

    I recently got a 2010 caad9-6, but for some reason my lbs put me on a 54cm (I’m 165 cm tall, with 62 cm torso and 77cm inseam). The bike is pretty much new, but the lbs wont exchange it for a smaller frame. WOuld it be better to apply to the frame exchange program (an upgrade to a caad10) or sell it and buy the complete bike? (I don’t know how much an upgrade will cost using the exchange program, and the lbs is not being very helpful). Thaks

    • Victor,

      How long have you had the bike? How much mileage (wear and tear) have you put on the bike? What part of the world are you living in? The LBS is responsible for selling you the correct size bike. You should be able to exchange the bike for the correct size bike. I would even go so far as to call Cannondale HQ and file a complaint with the LBS. As a store manager, if I would ever sell someone the wrong size bike I would take it back and exchange it for the proper bike to make the customer happy.

      Please let me know how it goes.


      • Hi George,
        Just an update, my LBS didn’t took the bike back, but they help me selling it at a good price, and gave me a good discount for a new caad10. The owner apologize for the bad experience, and we settle things with a couple of beers.

  45. Hi George,

    Are you getting any word on the 2012 Cannondale road bikes other than the Evo ? I am curious as to what color schemes will be available for the CAAD10’s. Specifically I’d love to see the anodized black become available for frameset only orders….

    Keep up the good work !

    Oxford, CT.

    • Joe,

      I will be attending Dealer Camp in Park City UT next week. It is being billed as another Interbike show. I will sit down with the Cannondale people to order our 2012 product. I will know then if the Black frame will be available as a frameset. Keep your fingers crossed …


  46. Great website.
    Do you know when the 2012 CAAD 10-3 are coming out, and what if any changes are being made to them.

    • Craig,

      Sorry for the delay in responding. I will get more information in the coming weeks. The big push for Cannondale right now is the new SuperSix Evo. They are trying to bring up production and delivery of that bike to full strength. I’ll keep you posted.


  47. Hey George

    Well done on such an easy site to use and is beautifully set-up. Some info on 2012 Caad 10… or at least the Dura Ace Model. Just being released here in Melbourne, Australia and after missing out on the 2011 model; Cannondale Oz plamed off the first 2012 bike off the boat to me! Trust me 6 days of riding and yeah i still know how LUCKY it was!!! Changes are all upgrades from last year, front derailleur is now Dura Ace… gold in my books, ultegra brakes are now black… blends in better, and one of the best changes are the schwalbe ultremo r.1 tyres! Fast bike made even faster! Available here in big bad ozzie in anodized only for the Dura Ace model. Other models are three weeks away and even most LBS’s don’t know the changes for the other models. In my words the best race/go fast machine for the price (no change in oz) there is!
    Keep up the fantastic work, your blog and some test rides cemented the decision.


    • Bill,

      Thank you for reading my blog and taking the time to make a comment. I believe the CAAD 10 is a strong enough bike for your rider weight. However, as you have already been experiencing it isn’t so much the frame but the wheels. My guess is that you should look at finding a customer wheel builder in your local area. I would begin with a good quality 36H rim and 36H hub and laced in a 2 cross or possibly 3 cross pattern. For rim choices look at Mavic and Velocity for hubs Phil Wood or Chris King. Please let me know how it goes.


      • Hey George,
        My lbs had a wheel build with 12 gage spoke 32 spokes and it has fixed the problem. I am down to 295 pounds and still riding the trek 7500.
        Do you still recommend the CAAD10 as I still want to get into a road bike?

  48. George,
    I am looking at buying a CAAD10 4 Rival, but I am unsure of whether to get the 53/39 or compact 50/34 crank option. I read your comments that most riders see more benefit from the compact crank. I currently ride an old ’80’s Concord with a 50 sprocket in the front, and a 14 cog being the smallest. I find myself consistently in the top/smallest gear on flat surfaces with a decent cadence, so I fear not having enough room for growth on the new bike. Also, the crank arms are 170mm (I ride a 63cm frame, as I am 6’4″), and I should see a bit more torque with a longer crank that will come with the new bike. So with more power transfer and less weight/friction of the new bike, I am leaning toward the larger 53 crankset. What do you think? I am having a hard time finding a bike to try in my area, as most dealers don’t stock 63cm frame bikes.

  49. Hi George,
    Love your site and love this discussion thread! Tons of helpful information.

    I’m looking at buying a new Cannondale road bike and I was curious for your opinion between the CAAD10 1 Dura Ace and the SuperSix 3 Ultegra. They are almost identically priced.

    Both bikes share many of the same components (SL-K crank, handlebars, stems, Ultegra cogs/chain/brakes, etc.) and the forks seem pretty similar. Component-wise, the big difference seems to be the wheel set: the CAAD10 1 comes with RS80 wheels vs. Ksyrium Equippes on the SuperSix 3.

    I test rode both bikes and liked them both. I didn’t notice as big of a difference between the carbon and aluminum frames as I thought I would, but then again, my test rides were measured in minutes, not hours. The Dura Ace shifters seemed a little smoother, but again, not a huge difference (and some of that could have been the placebo effect).

    I’ll be doing more long hilly rides than crit races, which seems to favor the carbon frame, but I liked the overall package of the CAAD10 bike and couldn’t see anything there that I would need to upgrade for quite awhile.

    So, for about the same price, do you have a recommendation of one over the other? I don’t think I’d go wrong with either one, but it’s a lot tougher decision than I thought it would be, which really surprises me. And it speaks volumes about how good the CAAD10 really is, as I thought the carbon SuperSix would be the obvious choice until I rode them both.

    Thanks, and keep up the great work!

    • Jeff,

      You are in the same predicament that a lot of riders I have worked with here in my store. Honestly, if you can’t tell the difference then ride what you felt is more suited for you needs. I love the CAAD10 and would probably own one if I had the space. However, the longer the ride gets the more you will appreciate having a carbon frame. Additionally, the wheels on the SuperSix 3 can be switched out. The RS-80 wheels is an awesome wheelset and will make you carbon bike ride just a bit better than the Mavic Equipe wheelset. Ultimately, you will end up with a great bike if you are choosing from this short list.


  50. Hi George,

    Really enjoyed the read. I was thinking about getting a 2012 CAAD10 5 (team replica color *drool*) and my other option is a Marinoni Delta with a complete Campagnolo Veloce group. Since I don’t know too much about Marinonis or Campagnolo’s, would you be able to shed some light? The bike salesperson said that they are around the Shimano 105 level but better built. Not sure if he’s being honest, or being a salesperson.


    • David,

      Thank you for reading my blog and taking the time to make a comment.

      I had to google Marinoni because I had never heard of it. In my opinion, the Cannondale CAAD10 is a superior Aluminum frame than just about anything else out there…especially sub $2,000. I am also not a big fan of Campagnolo components. They are just not my cup of tea. Campy is nice stuff and it is well made. I just have never had a craving for a Campy equipped bike. If you can ride both bikes do so. Then make your decision. There will always be divided camps for people who like Campagnolo, Shimano, SRAM and at some point in the near future FSA.


  51. George,

    I mainly ride my bike to commute to work these days (10 miles to, 10 miles back). I am 42 and have a bunch of kids. at the end of October, I was hit by a car on my way home and I am now doing physical therapy to help a bulging disc get back in line. Thankfully the pain is only intermitent and not a constant thing. also, I have great folks at helping sort things out with the insurance company. Anyhow, the insurance company is going to be replacing my bendt up bike (Cannondale Caad7/Optimo with all Ultegra components) with a replacement.

    My question is Caad10 with rival or Caadx105 with the formula/Muddex wheels swapped out for Ksyrium elite wheels . Most of my riding will be on the road commuting to/from work (20 miles a day, usually 3-4 times a week). the Caad 10 seems pretty sexy, if you will. but the CaadX seems like it would be a lot of fun. I like an agressive posture and I wonder if i would be able to acheive that with the CAADX and a longer stem/lower bars; and i keep hearing I am not going to have the comfort in the caadx that I would have in the caad10 for the road riding. Can you comment on why the caadx will be less comfortable. then i saw the Fuji Cross pro with basically the same geometry as the Caad10 and it seems enticing, especially at $1250 with rival component.comments?? Suggestions?? I would love it id the caadx just were a little more “aggressve” and less “weekend rider”. I love Cannondales, so I am torn.

    • Hello Chris,

      Thank you for reading my blog and taking the time to post a comment.

      Sorry to hear about your accident and the nagging back injury.

      You pose an interesting question. The only limitations I see in lowering the bars on the CAADX is the that front brake cable guide. You will have the same limitation on any CX frame. As far as comfort the CX wheel wells will allow nice fat tires (28’s or 32 slicks) If you love Cannondales then you’re not torn 😉

      By the way how did you find my blog? Send friends please…

      george vargas
      Furnace Creek 508 Hall of Fame

  52. Hi George, great review, and certainly a great discussion that has followed! So I need to think about trading bikes for a couple of reasons, firstly because my current bike (2007 Orbea Onix) needs to be repaired, and I’m not convinced that it’s worth the money. Second, I am riding with much more aggressive folks now, and may race. That said, the CAAD10 is on my short list. Just for fun, could you contrast the difference that I might expect between my current bike and the CAAD10 in terms of performance? I do that myself, but it’s too cold for test riding right now where I live!

    The second dilemma to work through is SuperSix vs. CAAD10. I am leaning towards the CAAD10 since I may race, most of my rides are less than 4 hours (and are hard group rides or training rides), and I’m a bigger rider (175 lbs) that likes to put out watts (320 FTP). Let’s say that I didn’t race, would I still be making the right choice with the CAAD10 in your opinion thinking about this solely from the standpoint of best frame for the application?


    P.S. I found your blog by Googling 2013 CAAS10 – go figure! Glad that I stumbled across it!

    • Hello Matt,

      I have never ridden an Orbea Onix so my advice comes from the perspective of having ridden the CAAD9 and the CAAD 10. I owned a CAAD 9 and thought it was an amazing machine. But then I rode the CAAD10 and found it to be a superb riding Aluminum frame.

      The CAAD10 is an excellent frame for racing and for rides over 4 hours as well. It’s also cheaper to replace if you were to crash it. But the SuperSix is no slouch whatsoever. I think in the long run you will be happier with the SuperSix since you are coming off of a carbon frame in the Orbea Onix. The SuperSix is being used by the CAT 1-2, team that my shop is sponsoring and they are very happy with the BB stiffness and the smooth ride.

      Now throw in the variable of “Let’s say that I didn’t race…” then it becomes clearer to me that the SuperSix frame should be at the top of your short list.

      BTW– nice FTP 😉

      Please tell your friends about my blog and click thru the logos for some exciting Ultra Cycling events.

      George “Red Eyed Vireo” Vargas
      Furnace Creek 508 Hall of Fame

  53. Great blog George, just back from charity ride in Thailand, 800km in 8 days & now have the bug, so the new bike will be a CAAD 10 RIVAL as first choice & your blog helped me make up my mind. Thanks Den, Sydney Aust

  54. Thanks for your excellent review and information about the CAAD10, George. When researching bikes in December 2011 I found your review. Your review, coupled with a number of similar and equally effusive reviews–and rave reviews from my LBS–helped me decide on the CAAD10. I’ve now been on my 2012 CAAD10 (Rival) for 200 miles and I’m in full agreement that it’s an amazing bike. I got the raw aluminum; no one will ever mistake this bike for carbon! I, like others who’ve posted here, had been on prior CAAD frames but I’d given up on aluminum because of the comfort to be found in other materials. My go-to bike the last four years has been a steel Bianchi (Campy mix), and I’m amazed by the comfort of the CAAD10 relative to my super-comfortable Bianchi steel. The ride quality is definitely improved over the prior CAADs. Plus, I now enjoy a 10 pound weight advantage with the C-Dale. I’m a 44 year old recreational rider who has had a dozen bikes over the last 22 years and I’ve never felt as if I’ve received more bang for my buck than with this CAAD10. So, thanks for your excellent review–in my opinion it’s dead-on; this frame is great. BTW, I don’t recall exactly how I found your review but I was using search terms that included all of the other bikes I was considering (e.g. CAAD10 vs Roubaix, CAAD10 vs Impulso, CAAD10 vs SuperSix).

  55. It’s Been 9 months since I stumbled upon this site. Today I bought a CAAD 10-5, Very happy. I couldn’t do the blue colored frame, Rival. Test rode a lot of bikes the past few days.. Tarmac, Cervelo s2, Guru RL, Felt F and Z, Trek Madone 4.5, 4.7… This bike is perfect for me, Lots of money saved, as this is my first bike in ages. Tires and wheels might not be the best but until they break, pop no need to replace ’em.

    This bike was a reward for hard work:
    257LBS 19 FEB 2011
    187LBS 1 MAR 2012

    Again thank you George, great blog, really switched me on to Cannondale.

    Now its time to go old school (minus the down tube shifters) …. up Baseline hill and out to Oak Glen


  56. I live in New Hampshire. I am a guy who is in trouble with his wife because of my stable of bikes. I do have a problem..::)) I am a triathlete, sometime cross racer, and more and more of a roadie every year. I’m 54 yrs old, fit and 6’1″ 193 lbs so not a spry climber. My 2 road bikes are bling…a 2011 Wiler Superleggera with Lightweight wheels and Di2 ($15,000 bike) and a 2009 Colnago EPS with DA 7900 and Edge 65s ($11,000). I also have a Cannondale SuperX carbon crossbike with carbon zipp 303 cyclocross wheels that I put some old kyseriums on as a winter trainer. A custom fit GURU tri bike with Firecrest 808 tubular front/Zipp Sub 9 rear disk.

    I tell you all this not to brag but to tell you that what I have a real jones for is the new 2102 all stealth black Caad 10 with DA. Why? Because of everything I’ve read, how badass it looks and the fact that several of the local race teams and 2 of my riding buddies are all on them for this year. I want one! So my dealer just got me one. I am trying to justify it as a climbing bike, race bike, and well……a bike to ride when I don’t want to put my 2 bling Italian stallions in danger…
    Working with the dealer to upgrade crank to Cannondale Hollowgram compact (all black), mavic R-SYS SLR (annodized black), SMP Glider black saddle, Pro Vibe 7S allow bar, Pro Vibe OS carbon/alloy stem. I guess the point here is that I love the exotic stuff, have been fortunate to be able to afford it………..but love Cannondale and want this bike…..hoping I don’t lose interest in those
    others ::)))) Everybody raves about their Caad10.

  57. What are the differences between difference between the 2011 CAAD 10 and 2012 CAAD 10 in terms of tech specs? Has the frame changed? I want to purchase a 2012 Cadd10 105 but I saw a internet offering for the 2011 modelmformhalf the price

    • Hello Jeff,
      There is absolutely no difference in the frame of the CAAAD 10 not even a change in the spec of the components. Just color schemes so if you can pick up a 2011 CAAD 10 at half price then please pick it up it is a fantastic bike.


      • They did change some of the components (crankset, wheels) on the 2012 CAAD10 4. I have the 2011 4 and it’s just a great bike, and still seems to be one of the best buys out there, even at regular retail prices.

        • Kevin,

          You’re absolutely correct on the CAD 10 4 they got rid of what I thought was one of the best upgrades in the business you had Rival group and a Force crankset you no longer have that on the CAAD 10 4.

          Thank you for catching that Kevin and thank you for reading my blog.


          • Thank you for this blog…one of the best on the web. New Question: I am trying to find a 2011
            CAAD 10. I have used all traditional methods Ebay, Craig’s List , Google search. Any other ideas out there. I keep getting sites from bike shops in Singapore. But that makes me nervous. I realize that Cannondale is now made in Asia. HELP. I test road the 2012 CAAD 10 yesterday and I felt “one with the bike” pure bliss! I am struggling to find $ for NEW.

            • Jeff,

              I picked up the 2012 CAAD 10 5 @ Austin Tri Cycle (good store) they had quite a few in there, and Can get you any C-Dale in about 2 days. I Didnt care for the 10-4 paint colors, just couldnt do it. That said I love the 10-5, its one of the few things I look forward to everyday. Shes a sexy little beast. George thank you for switching me on to a great bike. Love that bike.


          • I agree, George. The Shimano RS10 wheels are nothing special, but the Force crank was a major upgrade, and the bike was a relative steal at $1699. Glad I got it when I did – I’m not crazy about either of the new CAAD10 4 paint schemes. Anyway, I always enjoy reading this blog, thanks again.

  58. Just happened across this great review and all the valuable follow-up comments. I’m considering replacing my 2003 Giant OCR 1 with a CAAD 10 3 — I’m impressed by the value of the CAAD and also not sure I want to go to full carbon. Though it looks like I should give the CAAD 10 4 a serious look as well.
    Ron in San Diego

  59. Hello George,

    It’s by luck i chance upon such an amazing blog and I’m glad I spent a good while reading through the solid review, comments, questions and answers here.

    I’m searching high and low browsing through websites for a good bike which can last for a good while. Since it’s my first road bike, it’s such a dilemma to choose from hundreds and hundreds of bike. I came across a C’dale distributor sometime last week and immediately laid my eyes on the CAAD10 4. Shop’s manager was kind enough to come to me, do a sizing test and let me had a good 10 minutes of test ride on the 50cm frame. It was such a joy to ride it and immediately fell for it. It was the last piece left since it’s mainly sold out everywhere.

    Now, it will cost me S$2700(Singapore’s currency) which is approximately USD$2150 after discount. It’s still within my budget but looking at the amount, i could get a few carbon bikes with 105 components. Could you give me some professional advices on the pros and cons of a low/mid teir carbon bike vs the C`dale CAAD10?

    PS: I really love the CAAD10 4, just playing safe as a first time buyer. Your professional advice would greatly help me decide! I’ll spread the word of your amazing blog to all my mates.


  60. Hi George,

    I currently have a 2006 Cannondale six 13 with dura ace componants, but only Mavic Krysium equipe wheels, which seem really flexy under power when im out the saddle pushing hard…. I bought it 2 years ago off a friend as my first road bike and still like it( I have mtb for over 15 years) As i am a regular rider mainly doing between 20 and 40 miles a ride 2 – 3 times a week, will I notice much an improvement if I buy the caad 10 ultegra( seen a clearence bike at £1200.00) and put a set of mavic elites on it?? A couple of my riding friends have super sixs and one now has an Evo, but im not ready to spend that sort of cash yet….


    • Hello Dan,

      If you haven’t purchased a bike yet you should contact me. Supersix’s are on sale for a limited time only. SuperSix 6 with Apex down from $2,200 to $1,799 and the SuperSix 5 with Shimano 105 down from $2,500 to $1,999. I need to know more about the condition of your 2006 bike and Dura-Ace components (7800 series?) before making a recommendation. However, at these prices the SuperSix is a steal!


  61. hi thanks for the really good review , was a choice between Focus cayo, Ribble Stealth or caad most of the guys I ride with have said to go with carbon but after reading your review I have finally made my mind up and ordered a caad 10

    • Kelvyn,

      Thank you for reading my blog and taking the time to make a comment. I’m glad you bought a Cannondale. In the long run Cannondale takes care of it’s customers better than most manufactures. Have you received your bike yet? What do you think of it?

      george “red eyed vireo” vargas
      Furnace Creek 508 Hall of Fame

  62. Well, another bites the dust, just put deposit down on Caad 10 Ultegra, not in small part due to our blog – great read.
    Got a great deal here in Newcastle Oz AU$2,200.
    George, any advice on upgrades, read some reviews saying the cable housing for the STI shifters was not the best – is this picking hairs?
    Wheels – still recommending RS80″S.
    Thanks mate. Keep up the good work – when are you organising the world first CAAD 10 reunion cycle fest?

    • Laurence,

      Thank you for reading my blog and taking the time to make a comment. You bought a great bike and with a few upgrades it will be even better. Yes Shimano housing is better, and Shimano also has PTFE cables that are slicker going through the housing. Shimano RS80 wheels are the best wheel I know of for $900 USD.

      Ha Ha I would love to go to Oz and ride a CAAD 10 love fest ride lol?

      george “red eyed vireo” vargas
      Furnace Creek 508 Hall of Fame

  63. Hi George,
    Enjoy the blog, this was by far the most helpful information I found on the CAAD 10

    I am buying my first road bike, just had a few questions….. My short list of bikes that have caught my eye are: Cannondale CAAD 10 Ultegra, Felt F6 and Cannondale Synapse Carbon 6

    1. Better top of the line Alu frame or low end Carbon? Is all Carbon created equal?
    2. Better a Alu frame with Ultegra components or Carbon frame with 105 components?

    I live in NYC, most of my riding will be for fitness and longer rides out to Montauk or up the Palisades/Hudson river

    Thanks for the advice and all the effort you put into this blog!!

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  65. Great review and all of the advice and answers provided to all of the questions has been great to read too. I’ve been contemplating a new bike for a while now and the CAAD10 5 was one of a handful I was considering and now I really want to get on one to demo. The answer to this question will hopefully be in the test ride, but right now I’m on an ’03 Lemond Arrivee (Ti frame), Ultegra equipped. Curiously, in your opinion, would changing to CAAD10 be an upgrade, lateral move, or downgrade in overall bike quality. The Lemond is the only road bike I’ve owned so it’s hard to know how good it is. I like it but am curious where technology has taken things in 9 years. Is titanium even used much anymore? Thanks in advance for any input.


    • Hello Cory,

      In my opinion, your Ti bike would be a nicer ride than an Aluminum bike. A carbon bike would definitely be an upgrade from your almost 10 year old Ti frame. I currently ride a Cannondale SuperSix EVO frame. It is truly amazing. The frame was just 700 grams! An unbelievable weight and yet it is really smooth ride and ridiculously stiff when you get up out of the saddle to climb or sprint. Go take a SuperSix EVO for a test ride and see for yourself.

      george “Red Eyed Vireo” vargas
      Furnace Creek 508 Hall of Fame

  66. George, perhaps this is a silly exercise, but I’m considering getting a CAAD10 frame and building it to high level, Dura-Ace or Campy Record, nice wheels, etc. But, the big question is, will the bike be better than my current 2007 System Six? I do love my System Six, but I’m feeling its time for something new. I want responsiveness, but not harshness. I want to be able to ride the bike for 100 miles on the weekends and blast it with the club during the week. Several have said I’ll be disappointed with CAAD10 since my frame of reference is the preeminent System Six. Your thoughts?

    Thanks much,

    Shawn Q

    • Hello Shawn,

      Thank you for your email. You can tell what the manufacturer thinks of their frame design and engineering by the way the spec their stock models. The CAAD 10 is available from Cannondale with a Dura-Ace group and that’s justification enough for me to build it up anyway you want 😉 When I had my CAAD 9 I built it up with Dura-Ace 7800 which was the highest group available from Shimano at the time. I personally would ride a CAAD 10 above a SystemSix.

      george “Red Eyed Vireo” vargas
      Furnace Creek 508 Hall of Fame

  67. Hi George-

    Your blog is a pleasure to read. Well done! Question if you have a chance: I currently ride a 2009 Six Carbon 6 with 105 components and FSA Omega cranks. I actually like the bike a lot, except for in the hills, and lately my riding buddies have upgraded to higher end bikes like the Tarmac SL4 with SRAM Red, Super SIx Hi Mod, and others. I’m already 45 pounds heavier than the next heaviest guy, so needless to say when we hit the hills I am working twice as hard as they are with my 23 pound bike (on the flats I am still in the front!). I am going to keep my Six for solo training rides, including the hills, but I am going to buy myself an “equalizer” bike for fun with the group (a little revenge) and for triathlons. I’ve narrowed it down to 3 bikes, the SuperSix Evo with SRAM Red ($5500), the CAAD 10 with Dura Ace ($3600), and the Scott Foil 20 ($3200). I rode the Evo and the CAAD10 back to back over and over again last night, and found the Evo to be far more comfortable, but not as “connected” to the road as the CAAD10. The Evo also felt…weird when I was out of the saddle, can’t put my finger on it, where the CAAD was sweet.

    My question for you is, am I crazy to buy a CAAD10 if I could buy the Evo? Money’s not the issue; I want to hammer it out on the flats and the hills when I ride with groups, and when I race in triathlons. I want this to be my FAST bike. If you know anything about the Foil, be curious to hear your thoughts too. Thanks in advance!

    • Hello Eric,

      Thank you for reading my blog and taking the time to leave a comment. You have an interesting question. Let’s see if I can break it down for you.

      1. Your 2009 Six Carbon 6 is older technology. The bike model was discontinued because it really didn’t have a solid place in the line-up. It was surrounded by CAAD9 on one end and above it the SuperSix models. It’s geometry was had a taller headtube than the CAAD9 but not as tall as a Synapse. It was 1.5 cm taller than the CAAD9 but 1.5cm lower than the Synapse. The stock builds Cannondale placed on it were not of the highest level.

      2. The CAAD10 is a very capable bike at the Dura-Ace level. Great wheels, great frame and good components make the Dura-Ace level bike a steal. I would own one but sadly I have too many bikes. 😉

      3. The SuperSix EVO with Red for $5,500 is a great bargain. If you consider the frame sells for $3,499. For $2K more you get a Red group and good wheels.

      4. You outweigh the all the riders in your group my 45lbs.

      Based on what I can interpret from your post you want a fast bike for both group riding and triathlons. I don’t really know how you can do both with the same bike unless you are looking at aero frames like the Scott Foil or the Cervelo S5. My suspicion is that the EVO was too light and felt a little squirrelly out of the saddle. You might get used to that. The CAAD10 is a great bike and being Aluminum probably felt more stable and more grounded that the ultra light EVO.

      You can’t go wrong with either the EVO or the CAAD10 Dura-Ace bike. And you might consider moving to an aero frame like a Cervelo S5 or a Scott Foil for the road/tri double duty bike.

      george “Red Eyed Vireo” vargas
      Furnace Creek 508 Hall of Fame

      • George-

        Thanks for responding so quickly! I didn’t mean to make you red-eyed, figured you’d get to it eventually. You are fast!

        Your response was very informative, also more than I expected. This was very helpful. For example, I didn’t know why my 2009 was phased out. Now it makes perfect sense.

        I think I have a better understanding of my situation now. Seems like both the Evo and CAAD 10 are great bikes, and I should probably decide more on what feels better to me than “carbon” vs “aluminum”, etc., between the two. Two fairly different riding bikes in one regard, but both will climb well and be pretty fast.

        I was surprised that you felt I wouldn’t get a “fast” bike out of either of those when compared to an aero frame. I appreciate the candor! I think I will be making a decision very shortly that’s either getting one bike to pretty much do it all – either the Evo or CAAD – or keeping the 2009 and getting the aero for the fast (er) rides.

        Thanks again!!


  68. George,

    I’m a 51 year old male rider (5’11”, 210 lbs) with lower back issues (herniated disc at L3-4 and another disk herniation at T12-L1), with that said I’ve given my 2009 Giant TCR to my 21 year old son and am looking at the Canondale Synapse Carb 3 because of the SAVE technology which should reduce the jarring on my lower back. Now that I’ve read your blog on the CAAD 10 3 I wonder if I should be also considering it since it also has the SAVE system. I guess it comes down to aluminum vs. carbon (cost aside). Which bike in your mind would be better for the old back????

  69. Thank you for posting this blog. I’m a new cyclist and purchased a CAAD10 3 after reading your review. It’s a great bike and I’m working hard to get my fitness level up so that I can take full advantage of it!

  70. Good day! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after reading through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back often!

  71. Very informative blog – several of the posts have been questions I had in mind. That is a questionable back, and age! Last post shows July 14 2012, is it still active?

  72. Hi George-

    Thanks again for the info. I ended up going with the Evo Super Six with SRAM Red. It was a close call between that and the Dura Ace CAAD-10, but the thing that sealed it for me was a ride on a bumpy section of nearby road on the CAAD-10. It was just too jarring for me. It’s a shame, because I loved the CAAD-10 in every other way. But no regrets, I absolutely love the Evo. It soaks up the same section of pavement so well that the bumps are barely noticeable. It’s about the same in the hills as the CAAD-10, and for all out speed I’d say they’re about even too. Being my first expensive road bike, I wondered what $5500 would really get you, but now I know. Best way I can explain it is that no matter how tough a ride is, the bike never works against you, it works with you. It responds to whatever you can put into it. I may come home with my butt kicked from 40 miles in the hills, but I never come home with my butt kicked BY the Evo. Anyway, thanks again for helping me decide!

  73. Hi George, this is an awesome blog. The number of responses speak for itself.

    Today I just bought my 2012 Caad10 3 Ultegra. (After literally scouring every Cannondale dealer within 500 km of me, I live in Toronto, seems to be a big shortage of 2012 Caad10s now). Emmedietly after leaving the LBS I took it out on a 70 km ride on the Toronto lakeshore. I dont have words to describe my experience, I’ll put into the word EPIC! Its my first road bike so naturally its a big shift from mountain bikes Ive been riding all my life but something tells me the Caad10 is a very different animal, a very avid and fast animal that makes the guy riding it highly unworthy of it (thats me ofcourse). I will try to earn that in the many years I will probably ride this bike. I think this is pretty much the best purchase I ever did with anything. I feel no regret for the moderately massive cash flow that just came out of my wallet. I think its just pure WIN.

    Btw, a big part of convincing me to buy this bike was from your blog. I googled “Caad10 review” and this blog comes up as one of the options in the first page. Hope that helps you with your blog.

    Also I wanted to ask a question regarding the wheels. You mentioned that the wheels would be better if it were replaced with rs-80s. How much do they cost? I dont have a significant disposable budget usually (lets say $200-$300). What other alternative wheel set would you suggest in that price range?
    I apologize if you have answered this question in some way or the other already.

    Thank you so much for your time,


  74. Hi, just stumbled upon your blog looking for reviews on the caad9 and caad 10. I am looking to upgrade from my original schwinn 354 aluminum. I had the bike from new and did some club racing back in the 90s. I recently got back into cycling after over a decade. I have been upgrading the bike to my current body and getting some performance upgrades as well. I have done axsium race wheels, 10 speed cassette, sram crank, and some other minor stuff. I am looking at the cannondale aluminum stuff. I owned a cannondale in the past as well but sold it because I didn’t ride anymore and that was the only bike that was worth something. I am looking to upgrade now, and my LBS has new instock a caad9 rival with fsa carbon crank, carbon seat post, and marginal wheels (I think lower end shimano). They want $1200 for the caad 9 so it seems like a sweet deal. I am also looking at the 2013 caad 10 with similar groupo for 1799. They are both my size (54) and I am gonna be test riding them soon. I find that I still enjoy my old schwinn, and like to go fast. I so shorter rides during the week, then try to squeeze in a 70+ mile ride on the weekend. I am 3 months back into cycling, and love the way it makes me feel. My questions are: Is the caad9 to good a deal to pass up? Is the caad10 worth the extra $500? I can’t wait to test ride, and maybe that will answer both my questions. Just wondering what you thought, being you rode both, and owned a 9.

    By the way love your write up, and I just hope that I am not too late on this blog to get an answer. Thanks for the info!

  75. I realize I’m a little late discovering your post about the CAAD10, but I’ve enjoyed reading all of the responses about the bike. I was curious what you would sell, or expect to pay for either a 2012, or a 2013 CAAD10 5 105 at this current time? My LBS has one for roughly $1550, I’m just not sure what the cycle is for bikes. (…should I be waiting for a 2014..?) Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • Trudeljb,

      Thank you for reading my blog and taking the time to make a comment

      It is the 2013 season at the time of this writing. You can expect to pay about 20-30% off MSRP on 2012 models. I am a little out of the loop on Cannondale MSRP pricing but I think $1550 sounds a bit high. Shop around some bike shops still have left over product.

      I hope this helps.

      george “Red Eyed Vireo” vargas
      Furnace Creek 508 Hall of Fame

    • Hey trudeljb, for your reference I bought my 2012 Caad10 3 Ultegra for $1800 off my LBS. However that was after I negotiated it down from $2100 because the 2013s were already coming out. I do remember the 105s being about $1550 ish. But now the 2012 105s if there are any left should be lower than that.

      Hope that helps,

  76. Great blog from what I’ve read so far. I’m Sol from
    Biloxi, United States and I am so glad to have seen this blog.

    Actually, I’d really like to get in contact with you. Perhaps we could exchange emails?

  77. Hi George,

    Great Blog & love this article on the CAAD10. I just wanted to know if you have any long term issues with the bike after riding it for a while? I have just put an order in for a 2014 CAAD10 3 Ultegra in Black. Just wanted to see i you had any issues with Bottom Brackets or love the bike as much as when this blog was written?

    Keep it up.

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