CAAD10 3 ULTEGRA

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The world's finest aluminum road racing machine.

SmartFormed 6069 Alloy Construction

A complex mix of hydroforming, mechanical shaping, taper-butting, double-pass smooth welding and heat treating, SmartForming is the most advanced aluminum construction in the world, for lighter, stronger frames.

Elite Race Geometry

Unlike much of the competition at these price points, the CAAD10 is a thoroughbred racer. Its geometry is virtually identical to our SuperSix EVO for razor-sharp cornering and aggressive race positioning.

SPEED SAVE Stays

The flattened shape and internal butting of the CAAD10's seat stays and chain stays allow them to flex vertically, but stay stiff laterally and torsionally. This lets the rear wheel track the ground, improving speed, cornering, grip and comfort.

Frame

CAAD10, Smartformed 6069 Alloy, SPEED SAVE, BB30

Fork

CAAD10, SPEED SAVE full carbon, 1-1/8" to 1-1/4" tapered steerer

Crank

FSA SL-K Light Carbon BB30, 50/34 (Option 53/39)

Bottom Bracket

FSA BB30

Shifters

Shimano Ultegra 6700

Cog Set

Shimano Ultegra 6700, 12-25, 10-speed

Chain

Shimano Ultegra 6700

Front Derailleur

Shimano Ultegra 6700

Rear Derailleur

Shimano Ultegra 6700

Rims

Mavic Aksium WTS

Hubs

Mavic Aksium WTS

Tires

Mavic Aksion, 700x23c, folding

Pedals

n/a

Brake

Shimano Ultegra 6700

Handlebar

Cannondale C3 Compact

Stem

Cannondale C2, 31.8, 6 deg.

Headset

CAAD10, 1-1/4" lower bearing, 25mm top cap

Spokes

Mavic Aksium WTS

Grips

NEW Cannondale Bar tape with gel, 2.5mm

Saddle

Prologo Scratch Pro T2.0

Seat Post

Cannondale C2, UD carbon, 27.2x300mm

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cannondaleCAAD10 3 ULTEGRA
 
4.5

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Pros

  • Handles well (14)
  • Lightweight (14)
  • Great components (12)
  • Attractive (10)
  • Comfortable (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road biking (14)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (16), Casual/ recreational (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    2012 Caad 10 3

    I have been more than impressed with this bike. As much as I wanted a carbon bike, I kept coming back to the CAAD10 due to the value and price-point. The bike is...Read complete review

    I have been more than impressed with this bike. As much as I wanted a carbon bike, I kept coming back to the CAAD10 due to the value and price-point. The bike is very stiff, and digging just a little deeper into the pedals, yields a noticable increase in speed when I'm riding with my regular group. The bike is light, climbs well and the handling is confidence-inspiring. I just may be a Cannondale rider for life after this initial experience. It is Aluminium, and it's a great ride, but you will feel some vibration and road awareness, but the peroformance out-weighs this, for my use.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great bike but...

    The CAAD 10 was my first Cannondale. I picked it up to dabble in crit racing and for hard, competitive rides. Ride quality, build quality, etc. seem great. The reason I've...Read complete review

    The CAAD 10 was my first Cannondale. I picked it up to dabble in crit racing and for hard, competitive rides. Ride quality, build quality, etc. seem great. The reason I've given this 2 stars is due to a chronically creaking bottom bracket. It's really unfortunate that I paid $2K for a bike that sounds like an old jalopy when I pedal hard out of the saddle. The creaking set in after 400 miles, and has persisted past 700 miles, even after my local bike shop/dealer tried to isolate it. My shop/dealer is one of the more reputable in the area as well and not a large scale shop that cuts corners on bike assembly. I suppose I'll spend the next several weeks trying to figure out what to do about the creak, but talk about frustrating spending a pretty penny for an aluminum race bike to deal with this. Buyer beware.
    if you are like me and are interested in getting a CAAD for racing rather than a carbon frame, you may want to look at picking up a used CAAD 9 with a threaded bottom bracket rather than a BB30. I wish Cannondale still made the CAAD 10 with the threaded BB!

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    5.0

    Good Bike

    By MDRoadie

    from Annapolis, MD

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

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          Comments about cannondale CAAD10 3 ULTEGRA:

          I bought my 2013 CAAD10 3 Ultegra in August 2013. Over the past year I have ridden it about 60 to 70 miles a week. I've also taken it on a few century rides.
          I spent a couple years riding a $700 beginner Fuji. Needless to say this bike was a major upgrade. From the first ride it felt light and agile.
          After a year of riding I still love this bike. The only thing I've changed was the rear cassette. I switched out the 12/25 or an 11/28. I use more gear for climbing than I ever use for going fast. Otherwise, all the stock parts are great.
          The only problem I had was a broken bottom bracket about 10 months in. It was covered under warranty. So no complaints.
          I expect to keep riding this bike for years and years. If you can get a deal like I did ($1,500) you can not go wrong.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          FAST.

          By N/A

          from San Francisco

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                Comments about cannondale CAAD10 3 ULTEGRA:

                The most notable aspect of the CAAD10 is how fast it accelerates for such little amount of effort. I also tried a Trek Domane with 105, a BMC Granfondo with ultegra, a BH speedzoom with 105, and a LOOK 566 with 105 and there were points where the LOOK and BH beat the CAAD10 but acceleration alone was enough to convince me. This thing is FAAASSST. (also comes with good parts for the price!) Weight is also great.
                However, i gave this review 4 stars because the top tube feels just a tad long at times (yes, i have been fitted), the paint is a bit boring (gets more boring with the 2014 lineup), and the design looks quite standard. BUT DONT LET ALL OF THIS DISCOURAGE YOU! Great bike over all!! Cannondale, if you are reading this, it would be a dream come true if you painted your future CAAD10's like your track bikes of the 90's or like the sr500's

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                outstanding bike

                By maryland rider

                from Bethesda, MD

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                      Comments about cannondale CAAD10 3 ULTEGRA:

                      Purchased this bike for quick 8 mile commute to work and for weekend long rides. Excluding the downsides of an aluminum bike (ride vs carbon) this bike has absolutely no weaknesses. The ultegra group on it is extremely light and responsive, and the bottom bracket/crank set really put power straight through allowing explosive bursts of acceleration. It also feels remarkably stable at high speeds, and will absorb bumps and small potholes relatively well. For the money you really cant go wrong, if you look at many competitors some will cheap out one way or another (Tektro or 105 brakes on an ultegra equipped bike) - cannondale really makes this set up very desirable and affordable.

                      Bottom line is, go test this one out you will not be disappointed.

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                      • No

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Light as a wisp

                      By Loco Loco

                      from Bay Area

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

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                            Comments about cannondale CAAD10 3 ULTEGRA:

                            This bike is awesome, i did an upgrade from a CAAD8 from a bike sale and boy oh boy did i make a good decision. Ultegra is the way to go. I would choose this bike over low end carbon bikes anytime.

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                            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Great bike but...

                            By Quinn

                            from Seattle, WA

                            About Me Competitive Cyclist

                            Verified Reviewer

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                                  Comments about cannondale CAAD10 3 ULTEGRA:

                                  The CAAD 10 was my first Cannondale. I picked it up to dabble in crit racing and for hard, competitive rides. Ride quality, build quality, etc. seem great. The reason I've given this 2 stars is due to a chronically creaking bottom bracket. It's really unfortunate that I paid $2K for a bike that sounds like an old jalopy when I pedal hard out of the saddle. The creaking set in after 400 miles, and has persisted past 700 miles, even after my local bike shop/dealer tried to isolate it. My shop/dealer is one of the more reputable in the area as well and not a large scale shop that cuts corners on bike assembly. I suppose I'll spend the next several weeks trying to figure out what to do about the creak, but talk about frustrating spending a pretty penny for an aluminum race bike to deal with this. Buyer beware.
                                  if you are like me and are interested in getting a CAAD for racing rather than a carbon frame, you may want to look at picking up a used CAAD 9 with a threaded bottom bracket rather than a BB30. I wish Cannondale still made the CAAD 10 with the threaded BB!

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                                  • No

                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Best Bang for the Buck!

                                  By Wholesome

                                  from Hamilton, ON, Canada

                                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive Design
                                  • Great Components
                                  • Handles Well
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Commuting
                                    • Road Biking

                                    Comments about cannondale CAAD10 3 ULTEGRA:

                                    I bought a 2012 Caad10 Ultegra on March 1st. The weather hasn't been very good so far but I have logged over 200km on 3 rides. The bike accelerates like a dream, descends quickly and feels steady, and is very fun to climb with. The only thing I don't enjoy about this bike is the saddle, and that is solely a personal choice - I was experiencing numbness and had to swap it out with a saddle with an anatomical cutout.

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Incredible Bike!

                                    By Josh

                                    from Fullerton, CA

                                    About Me Avid Cyclist

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                                    Pros

                                    • Attractive Design
                                    • Comfortable
                                    • Durable
                                    • Great Components
                                    • Handles Well
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Commuting
                                      • Road Biking

                                      Comments about cannondale CAAD10 3 ULTEGRA:

                                      Commute is awesome on this bike! Feels great, moves when you want it to and handles like a dream. Weekend rides are phenomenal. Can keep pace with cars easily on city streets.

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                                      5.0

                                      Caad 10 Ultegra Love it.

                                      By JRBjazzman

                                      from Grand Rapids, Michigan

                                      About Me Avid Cyclist

                                      Pros

                                      • Attractive Design
                                      • Comfortable
                                      • Durable
                                      • Great Components
                                      • Handles Well
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Road Biking

                                        Comments about cannondale CAAD10 3 ULTEGRA:

                                        Love the way this bike handles, both climbing and getting up and off the saddle to hammer. I had a previous Cannondale and the frame is a nice improvement for comfort on the bumps but very responsive otherwise

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                                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        fantastic, smooth, and lightweight

                                        By Steve

                                        from Prevost, Quebec

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                                        Pros

                                        • Handles Well

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about cannondale CAAD10 3 ULTEGRA:

                                            read articles in various cycling mags, also have a carbon more expensive bike. what can I say it has a great frame. Bought in Laval, Quebec. Ride 6,500k year

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                                            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            4.0

                                            Bottom Bracket Blues

                                            By Bomijo

                                            from Sacramento, CA

                                            About Me Avid Cyclist

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                                            Pros

                                            • Attractive Design
                                            • Comfortable
                                            • Durable
                                            • Great Components
                                            • Handles Well
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                            • Repairs

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Road Biking

                                            Comments about cannondale CAAD10 3 ULTEGRA:

                                            For the most part I love this bike. It handels great! I got used to it in no time. I had switched from a 30 year old Bertoni, so this bike was quite a change for me.

                                            I am dissapointed that I've had to go back to the shop twice in the one month that I've owned my CAAD10 for repairs. Within the first week, the bearings in the bottom bracket were making a horrible grinding noise. Almost like they were not lubed at all. Upon Cannondale's advice, the shop mechanic removed the bearings, cleaned all the grease out and repacked them with Locktight. This took care of the problem for two more weeks. Today I had to take it in for the same problem. The mechanic completely replaced the bearings with a different brand. The mechanic believes that this will take care of the problem.

                                            So, bottom line, I do love the bike. However, if I have to go back again I will be wanting a replacement bike.

                                            I do recommend this bike. Just keep an eye on the bottom bracket and if you have any trouble, insist they replace them with a different brand.

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                                            5.0

                                            Best valued road bike on the market

                                            By Curt

                                            from New York, NY

                                            About Me Avid Cyclist

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                                            Pros

                                            • Attractive Design
                                            • Great Components
                                            • Handles Well
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Road Biking

                                              Comments about cannondale CAAD10 3 ULTEGRA:

                                              Fantastic bike for long-distance riding and racing.

                                              Out of the box, this is very quick and responsive ride that cannot be beat for the money. Top notch components including full Shimano Ultegtra.

                                              Frame is very snappy, although the ride can be harsh due to the inherent stiffness of aluminum.

                                              Only complaint is that the wheels are a bit heavy, but this is upgrade.

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                                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              4.0

                                              Fav ride ever!

                                              By Workitoff

                                              from Barwon Heads, Australia

                                              About Me Avid Cyclist

                                              Pros

                                              • Handles Well
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Stiff Light And Fast

                                              Cons

                                              • Ordinary Design

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Road Biking

                                              Comments about cannondale CAAD10 3 ULTEGRA:

                                              Ride to keep fit and this machine is better than my last carbon bike! Fits well.
                                              Love the ride and the aluminimium isn't that much harsher as the carbon ride. Great value for money.

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                                              • No

                                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              My First Race Bike — Lots of room to gro

                                              By Drew

                                              from Fort Wayne, IN

                                              About Me Avid Cyclist

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                                              Pros

                                              • Attractive Design
                                              • Comfortable
                                              • Durable
                                              • Great Components
                                              • Handles Well
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Crits
                                                • Road Biking

                                                Comments about cannondale CAAD10 3 ULTEGRA:

                                                I'm nuts about this. I've been riding a cyclocross commuter bike for years and just got into road races this year and needed a bike built for speed. I was looking at a lot of entry level carbon bikes (like a Scott CR1 with the 105 group). All incredible bikes, but I really wanted a nicer group set than 105 or Apex, but on a carbon bike that put into bigger $$$.

                                                Then I saw this bike (I have the 2012). Wow — looks great, the ride was phenomenal. So agile and snappy, when you stand up and mash it the things just GOES. It's as light as any carbon bike in the same range and the Ultegra group is rock solid. I definitely feel more chatter form rough pavement that my steel bike would soak up, but it's not harsh.

                                                Great bike. It's my first race-purposed bike purchase, but I feel like I'll have it with me for years to come. Really, there's nothing entry level about it. The group, the geometry — it's built for speed. There's lots of room to grow on this, while I feel I might have grown out of a carbon bike in the same price range.

                                                Good work Cannondale

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                                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                5.0

                                                Superb value

                                                By Skydeuce

                                                from Laurel, MD

                                                About Me Avid Cyclist

                                                Verified Reviewer

                                                Pros

                                                • Comfortable
                                                • Great Components
                                                • Handles Well
                                                • Lightweight

                                                Cons

                                                • Bb Bearings Failed Quick

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Road Biking

                                                Comments about cannondale CAAD10 3 ULTEGRA:

                                                I was drawn to this bike after trying out several other brands and carbon frames. The price point with the components makes this a winner over an entry level carbon with lesser kit. This was an upgrade from a 25 year old Bianchi, and the difference is phenomenal. It transfers power well, the frame is stiff but not jittery, and it is very light. I put 50-100 miles a week on it, with lots of steep climbs and fast descents. This bike puts a grin on your face!

                                                I did swap the saddle for one I was used to. I also had a problem with the BB30 bearings from the factory - they started to squeak and grind in the first month of riding. Have your shop make sure they are installed correctly and lubed well before you take delivery. My local shop replaced them under warranty and no issues now.

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                                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                5.0

                                                Great performance and value

                                                By Robert

                                                from Frisco, TX

                                                About Me Avid Cyclist

                                                Pros

                                                • Comfortable
                                                • Lightweight

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Road Biking

                                                  Comments about cannondale CAAD10 3 ULTEGRA:

                                                  Like many others I found the CAAD 10 3 Ultegra was the perfect balance of performance and price. Getting the aluminum frame (a very good aluminum frame) allowed me to get into a better set of components. The ride is lively but not harsh. I've ridden 800+ miles on it.

                                                  The saddle is definitely personal preference - I'm OK with it but I can see others not liking it.

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                                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                                   
                                                  5.0

                                                  cant be beat

                                                  By scott the shredder

                                                  from asbury park, NJ

                                                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                                                  Verified Reviewer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Attractive Design
                                                  • Comfortable
                                                  • Durable
                                                  • Great Components
                                                  • Handles Well
                                                  • Lightweight

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Road Biking

                                                    Comments about cannondale CAAD10 3 ULTEGRA:

                                                    I put 2,000 miles on my '12 CAAD 10 Ultegra and loved every one of them. For the pricetag, The performance of this bike simply cannot be matched. look no further folks. Keep in mind that this is an aluminum bike and despite the smoothness that the "SAVE" tube shapes provide, it does not ride like a carbon bike. that being said, who cares? If you want a super platform to ride agressivly on for a phenominal price, look no further than the CAAD 10.

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                                                    4.0

                                                    My new favorite bike

                                                    By William C.

                                                    from South Bend, IN

                                                    About Me Avid Cyclist

                                                    Verified Reviewer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Attractive Design
                                                    • Comfortable
                                                    • Durable
                                                    • Great Components
                                                    • Handles Well
                                                    • Lightweight

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Road Biking

                                                      Comments about cannondale CAAD10 3 ULTEGRA:

                                                      I've had my CAAD 10 for about two months now and I ride it whenever I get the chance. The day after I got it I did a century ride on it and it rides great! Much faster than my last bike and much more responsive. I personally have no negative comments to say about it. I can't wait for next season to come around so I can have more riding time on it!

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                                                      4.0

                                                      I love my CAAD 10!

                                                      By Adam H.

                                                      from Woodbridge, CT

                                                      About Me Avid Cyclist

                                                      Verified Reviewer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Great Components
                                                      • Handles Well
                                                      • Lightweight

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Road Biking

                                                        Comments about cannondale CAAD10 3 ULTEGRA:

                                                        This bike takes turns smoothly, has great feel, wonderful uphill and downhill with fast coasting.

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                                                        • No

                                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                                         
                                                        4.0

                                                        Best of all 5 of my Cannondales

                                                        By Bicycleptic

                                                        from Wichita, Kansas

                                                        About Me Avid Cyclist

                                                        Verified Reviewer

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Attractive Design
                                                        • Comfortable
                                                        • Durable
                                                        • Great Components
                                                        • Handles Well
                                                        • Lightweight

                                                        Cons

                                                        • Uncomfortable

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Road Biking

                                                        Comments about cannondale CAAD10 3 ULTEGRA:

                                                        I have owned this bike for 7 weeks now and have over 700 miles on it. I use this bike for my long road rides and training rides out of the city. I have other bicycles I use for commuting because I can ride 2-3 mph faster on the CAAD10 and do not feel safe riding it with city traffic.

                                                        This bike is a bargain for the price. With Ultegra components and the Mavic rims and hubs it is hard to beat. The only drawbacks I could see is that you have to be prepared to replace the tires and the seat before you even take delivery. Cannondale has went the same direction as any other manufacturer and puts on low grade tires and a seat that should be on a bike half the price of a CAAD10. The seat that came on the bike was pure torture to ride more then 10 miles on.

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                                                        • No

                                                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                                         
                                                        4.0

                                                        2012 Caad 10 3

                                                        By Jakeh

                                                        from Atlanta, GA

                                                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Attractive Design
                                                        • Durable
                                                        • Fast
                                                        • Great Components
                                                        • Handles Well
                                                        • Lightweight
                                                        • Stable
                                                        • Stiff

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Criterium
                                                          • Fondos
                                                          • Group Rides
                                                          • Road Biking

                                                          Comments about cannondale CAAD10 3 ULTEGRA:

                                                          I have been more than impressed with this bike. As much as I wanted a carbon bike, I kept coming back to the CAAD10 due to the value and price-point. The bike is very stiff, and digging just a little deeper into the pedals, yields a noticable increase in speed when I'm riding with my regular group. The bike is light, climbs well and the handling is confidence-inspiring. I just may be a Cannondale rider for life after this initial experience. It is Aluminium, and it's a great ride, but you will feel some vibration and road awareness, but the peroformance out-weighs this, for my use.

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                                                          • No

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