CAAD - Canondale Advanced Aluminum Design

CAAD stands for Cannondale Advanced Aluminum Design. It's the umbrella under which all Cannondale aluminum technology sits, as well as the name of some of our coolest products, like CAAD12, Fat CAAD Advanced CAADX. The name has lot of history, and has become synonymous with high performance aluminum. Fitting for the brand that pioneered high-performance aluminum bicycles in the first place.

Flow Modeling

What It Is:

A revolutionary method of bicycle design developed by Cannondale engineers, combining their insight and experience with the interactive horsepower of big computing.

Why It Matters:

Allows engineers to quickly create and test hundreds of virtual tube profiles to determine the optimal shape for each frame tube.

In 2014, Cannondale engineers developed an innovative system and methodology for designing bike frames that has revolutionized the entire product creation process. It began with a relatively simple, yet brilliant idea that fundamentally turned the design process on its head. Rather than starting with a tube shape in mind and simply modifying its dimensions to fill our need, our engineers begin by identifying the all the real needs the tube must fulfill, and defining them digitally. Once those needs are defined, specially created CAD software is unleashed to create the tube that most efficiently fulfills those needs. The highly sophisticated software allows us to virtually create and test hundreds of different iterations of designs quickly and efficiently to determine the optimum configurations, improving areas otherwise overlooked by traditional design methods and unlocking the true hidden performance potential of the material. The results are incredibly efficient use of materials and organic, flowing tube shapes - free of crimps, indents or awkward transitions that affect strength or stiffness. The stunning new CAAD12, with its fluid lines, ultra-light brazed disc mounts (patent-pending) and unmatchable aluminum performance, is a direct product of this new Flow Modeling system.

Smartform Alloy Construction

What It Is:

The most advanced aluminum frame construction on the planet.

Why It Matters:

SmartForm construction allows Cannondale to make the lightest, best riding aluminum frames on the market.

By pairing three decades of accumulated aluminum construction experience with the advanced design capabilities of our Flow Modeling 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 which cause stress-risers. Unlike the putty-and-paint “smooth” welds of our competition, Cannondale’s legendary double-pass smooth welds create the strongest possible joints. Combined with our post-weld, heat-treat process that creates an true one-piece finished structure, and you’ve got simply the most advanced aluminum frames available anywhere

SMARTFORM C1 PREMIUM:
Our most obsessively advanced alloy contruction, for when every last gram matters. All the metal forming and welding tricks of our C1 construction, but made with 6069 aluminum 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 we can use less material for lighter weight while retaining exceptional stiffness and strength.

SMARTFORM C1:
Intensively engineered aluminum construction. C1 uses every technique in our arsenal to eliminate excess material and create truly optimized tube shapes. Hydroforming, swaging, mechancial shaping, forging, ultra refined taper butting and full double-pass smooth welds throughout all combine to create frames that are incredibly light and extremely stiff, with a ride-feel that could only come from Cannondale.

SMARTFORM C2:
Not every frame can be C1. It's simply too costly and labor intensive but, make no mistake, that passion for high-performance aluminum carries throughout our line. Our SmartForm C2 frames feature many of the sophisticated framebuilding techniques found on the unmatchable C1 frames. Refined butting, precisely controlled tube shapes and our exceptional double-pass welds combine to create frames that others would be proud to call their best. World class weights, great stiffness and that unmistakeable Cannondale ride-feel combine to deliver an incredible performance value.

SMARTFORM C3:
Not every frame can be C1. It's simply too costly and labor intensive but, make no mistake, that passion for high-performance aluminum carries throughout our line. Our SmartForm C2 frames feature many of the sophisticated framebuilding techniques found on the unmatchable C1 frames. Refined butting, precisely controlled tube shapes and our exceptional double-pass welds combine to create frames that others would be proud to call their best. World class weights, great stiffness and that unmistakeable Cannondale ride-feel combine to deliver an incredible performance value.

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