Cycling Plus Road Disc Group Test
Verdict – 5 Stars “The result is a bike that just disappears underneath you on climbs or whenever you hit the gas coming out of corners, and begs you to go on the attack to rub that in at every opportunity. Handling is sharp and precise but that surefooted wheel and tyre connection meant it was never nervous however late we left braking or hard we leaned through tightening turns. We can’t think of a bike at this price that we’ve enjoyed as much.”
Group Test Winner – “There was one thing every tester agreed on. Cannondale’s CAAD12 is brilliant if you want a bike that lights up every part of every ride.”
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THE ALUMINIUM EXPERTS: After more than three decades of pioneering innovation, no one does aluminium like Cannondale. Nothing is lighter, stiffer and smoother than CAAD12’s SmartForm C1 Premium Construction.
SMOOTH OVERSIZED ALUMINIUM: CAAD12’s SPEED SAVE Micro-Suspension delivers a ride quality that most competing carbon bikes can’t match.
EXPLOSIVELY STIFF: With its oversized BB30a bottom bracket junction, asymmetric chainstays and flared Delta seattube,
CAAD12 is a sprinter’s dream.
POINT AND SHOOT HANDLING: With its stiff and smooth-riding frame and Elite Race geometry, CAAD12 handles like an F1 car. Designed for aspiring racers, fast club riders and just about anyone else looking for a high-performance alternative to carbon!
SMARTFORM ALLOY CONSTRUCTION™: The most advanced aluminium frame construction on the planet. SmartForm construction allows Cannondale to make the lightest, best riding aluminium frames on the market. By pairing three decades of accumulated aluminium construction experience with the advanced design capabilities of their CAAD Cannondale Advanced Aluminium Design) Flow Modelling Process, SmartForm techniques deliver incredibly precise wall thickness distribution and tube shapes, concentrating material exactly where needed to maximize stiffness and strength, while shaving every last extraneous gram from the structure. Internally, all butting is accomplished via smooth, tapered transitions to eliminate the abrupt changes in material thickness that cause stress-risers. Unlike the putty-and-paint “smooth” welds of the competition, Cannondale’s legendary double-pass smooth welds create the strongest possible joints. Combined with Cannondale’s post-weld, heat-treat process that creates a true one-piece finished structure, and you’ve got simply the most advanced aluminium frames available anywhere.
SMARTFORM C1 PREMIUM: Cannondale’s most obsessively advanced alloy construction, for when every last gram matters. All the metal forming and welding tricks of Cannondale’s C1 construction, but made with 6069 aluminium alloy, rather than 6061. With higher tensile strength and better elongation, 6069 is more expensive and harder to work with than 6061, but with it Cannondale can use less material for lighter weight while retaining exceptional stiffness and strength.
Flowing, organic shapes that yield lower weights (sub-1100 gram frame weights for both disc and non-disc) and radically improved compliance, while maintaining Cannondale’s trademark frame stiffness.
SPEED SAVE MICROSUSPENSION: CAAD12 delivers over 50% more compliance and comfort than CAAD10! CAAD12’s seat stays and chain stays have been completely redesigned to allow them to have even more vertical deflection, but stay stiff laterally and torsionally. This lets the rear wheel track the ground, improving speed, cornering, grip and comfort. The new 25.4mm seatpost and re-engineered seat tube offer significantly more seated comfort than CAAD10.
SPEED SAVE FORK: Rim Brake CAAD12 gets an all-new fork. Radical onepiece BallisTec carbon construction. Continuous, uncut carbon from tip of dropouts to top of steerer, 1-1/8″to 1-1/4″ tapered steerer with in-molded crown race. The Hi-MOD version weighs just 290 grams. 6.1% increase in lateral stiffness. 12.5% increase in compliance. The Disc Brake CAAD12 uses Cannmondale’s proven full carbon disc fork, with post mount.
BRAZE-ON DISC MOUNTS (PATENT PENDING): CAAD12’s minimalist flat-mount disc mounts are not only ultra light (the disc frame is actually a few grams lighter than the non-disc one!) but they are incredibly strong. They’re such an advantage that we patented the design!
ELITE RACE GEOMETRY: Unlike much of the competition at these price points, the CAAD12 is a thoroughbred racer. Its geometry is virtually identical to the range-topping SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD for razorsharp cornering and aggressive race positioning.
DELTA SEAT TUBE: For increased stiffness, the seat tube flares to a dramatically wide, ovalized section where it meets the BB.