The Cannondale CAAD 8 is without a doubt one of the best ways to get into road racing. A recently redesigned frame provides a stable geometry very similar to that of the higher end race models the CAAD 10 and the SuperSix; a slightly longer headtube (+1.5mm) is the only difference from the CAAD 10 and allows for a little more comfort for those new to the sport yet not so much as to be positively sat up as with many 'sportive' bikes at this price point.
This then is the point of the CAAD 8, the bike has the flexibility to allow for an aggressive tuck making it perfect for breakaways whist the super stiff BB30 bottom bracket - the market leader in terms of stiffness and low weight - is responsive enough for an all out sprint. Asymmetric chainstays as found on the premium race frames beef up the drive side to better handle the transmission forces while the non-drive side is thinned down to save weight, this gives smooth acceleration. Cannondale's ‘SAVE’ features echo the design of the CAAD10, emulating that super-smooth ride so uncharacteristic of aluminium. The chain and seat stays are flat and broad to optimise power transfer whilst absorbing road buzz and helping to keep the wheel planted.
Aesthetically this bike is a stunner; smooth welds and an externally machined headtube reduces excess material to save weight and eliminate stress-risers for strength while the flowing tube profiles not only make this bike ride extremely well but lend to it a sense of care and attention that comes through in all aspects of this bike.
We cannot get enough of the CAAD 8 - as with all of Cannondale’s bikes it oozes a sheer quality and an incomparably thoughtful design, echoed by the lifetime warranty that Cannondale give on all their frames. A perfectly adequate steed to trade punches with much of the lower end carbon out there.
The CAAD 8 Tiagra features the BB30 bottom bracket and uses an FSA Omega Compact BB30 Chainset married to the future-proof Shimano 10 speed Tiagra groupset making this an excellent race ready package. Superb value, the CAAD 8 Tiagra is finished with Cannondale's lightweight C4 Aluminium oversized bar and stem and C4 seatpost with Schwalbe Lugano tyres to keep you stuck to the ground.