Less than a month after unveiling it’s overhauled [SuperSix EVO], American aluminium experts Cannondale have announced the latest iteration of its venerable aluminium road bike, the CAAD13. Sharing the same geometry and frame shape as its carbon-framed sibling, as well as a host of upgrades over its predecessors, join us as we take you through seven things to know about the lighter, faster, and smoother Cannondale CAAD13.
The Aluminati, Evolved
Standing for Cannondale Advanced Aluminium Design, the CAAD series of road bikes from Cannondale has attracted a cult following since its introduction to the pro peloton in the ’90s. For 2020, the CAAD13 makes use of an all-new 6069 aluminium frame that Cannondale dubs C1 smart aluminium. This new frame is said to improve on the strengths of its predecessors, a series that has long been regarded as one of the best value road bikes on the market.
Aero Tweaks and Stiffness Gains
The CAAD13 follows the SuperSix EVO’s lead in incorporating truncated airfoil frame tube shapes. These new frame shapes are said to reduce aerodynamic drag by up to 30% compared to the traditional rounded tubing found on its predecessors. Additionally, the new frame shape is said to weigh exactly the same as the outgoing CAAD12 (Rim: 1098g, Disc: 1094g Size 56) while also increasing overall stiffness.
Whilst it’s claimed to be stiffer, Cannondale claims the CAAD13 is also more complaint that ever. This is largely thanks to the dropped chainstays on the tweaked frame design, an all-new KNØT seatpost and an updated full carbon fork. The KNØT seatpost is said to provide more bump-absorbing compliance than the previous generation SAVE seatpost, while the full carbon fork is manufactured from Cannondale’s own BallisTec carbon fibre which is claimed to reduce vibrations and increase comfort.
Looking at the geometry charts, and as was the case with its predecessor, the CAAD13 mirrors the fit of the new generation SuperSix EVO. This is means that the fit is slightly more relaxed than the CAAD12, with a slightly higher stack and shorter reach figures. So whilst the traditional horizontal top tube and classic silhouette are a thing of the past, the new frame shape aids in the overall ride quality offered, which is a decent trade-off as far as we’re concerned.
Disc or Rim
Whilst some traditionalist will cringe at the move to a sloping top tube, the fact that rim-brakes are still offered will at least appease those against the disc brake movement. For disc-equipped models, the CAAD13 now scores proper thru-axles, which by design are a major improvement over the quick release levers used on its predecessor. Rim brake models also move to a direct-mount calliper, which offers room for wider rubber (more on that below), increased braking performance and modulation.
Space for Wide Rubber
Tyre clearance has been increased across the board, with disc-equipped models now said to handle tyres up to 30mm wide, whilst rim brake models will confidently swallow rubber 28mm wide. This brings it on par with much of its carbon-framed road bike competition. Additionally, both rim and disc-equipped models now feature dedicated fender mounts too, sure to be appreciated by those using the bike in wetter climates.
Pricing and Availability
The Cannondale CAAD13 is available at selected Cannondale retailers right now. Check with your nearest bike store for local availability.
The UK CAAD13 range includes;
- CAAD13 Disc Force eTap AXS: £4,800
SmartForm C1 aluminium frame, BallicTec full-carbon fork, SRAM Force eTap AXS 12-speed groupset, HollowGram KNØT 45SL carbon wheelset, HollowGram KNØT carbon handlebar, HollowGram KNØT alloy stem, HollowGram KNØT 27 carbon seatpost, Cannondale Connect wheel sensor, Vittoria Rubino Pro 28c tyres.
- CAAD13 Ultegra: £1,900
SmartForm C1 aluminium frame, BallicTec full-carbon fork, Shimano Ultegra R8000 groupset, Fulcrum Racing 500 wheelset, Cannondale 3 alloy handlebar, Cannondale 3 alloy stem, HollowGram KNØT 27 alloy seatpost, Vittoria Rubino Pro 28c tyres.
SmartForm C1 aluminium frame, BallicTec full-carbon fork, Shimano 105 R7020 disc brake groupset, Formula RD 2.0 wheelset, Cannondale 3 alloy handlebar, Cannondale 3 alloy stem, HollowGram KNØT 27 alloy seatpost, Vittoria Rubino Pro 28c tyres.
There's also an Ultegra Disc model, a Disc 105 women's model and a 105 rim brake model available in both men's and women's versions.
With the new model hitting shop floors, right now is a great time to score yourself a bargain on previous model CAAD12 framesets and complete bikes. Browse the wide range of deals for sale right here, at BikeExchange.