As carbon frames have gradually become the default choice for a
performance bike, aluminium is easily overlooked. Cannondale have
an impressive pedigree in alloy race bikes, and whilst their range
is now largely focused on carbon, we're glad to see the continuing
development of their classic CAAD framesets.
A good alu frame is a thing of beauty, and this elegantly
understated CAAD12 is the perfect example. Modern alloys, combined
with SmartForm technology, deliver a super clean frame that's as
light and as comfortable as the carbon competition (those skinny
seat stays make a real difference to the ride quality).
The standout here is Cannondale's own HollowGram Si crankset,
another modern classic. The spiderless design keeps things light
without compromising on stiffness, and lend it a minimalist look
that perfectly complements the silver/grey finish of the frame.
If you're looking for something that little bit different, but
without cutting corners on performance, the CAAD12 is well worth a
photos by Bence Bujaki