2012 cannondale caad10.

cannondale recently renovated their website, making it much more punchy and graphics based.  I was actually on there checking the caad10 geometry when I received a 404 web error, stating that the page I had requested had been removed.  even their error page was different…anyway, I proceeded to browse around a bit, and realized that the 2012 caad10’s were out.  here’s the run down on the pre-builds.

the geometry remains the same for 2012.  the differences are in the builds offered, and color schemes.  all frames utilize a bb30 bottom bracket, save chain and seat stays, delta seat tube, hydroformed aluminum tubing, tapered carbon fork, and all the tech from last year.

shimano 105: this was offered last year, so it comes as no surprise that then ‘entry’ level caad10 build would be 105, out the door for $1600usd.  the white frameset has black logo lettering with the liquigas-cannondale pro team color splashes of electric green and blue.  the shimano rs-10 wheelset has blue anodized nipples to match – it has an fsa gossamer pro, bb30 crankset.  cannondale provides their own c3 branded stem, compact drops, and carbon-wrapped aluminum seatpost, topped with a prologo kappa saddle.

shimano 105:  the second color scheme has the frameset in black with white logo lettering, and dark grey accents.  the wheelset nipples are silver – the build remains the same as the above.

sram rival:  it would seem fitting that cannondale would offer a (‘lower’ end) sram build with it’s framesets now, since their pro team is sponsored by sram.  this is the only sram build for the caad10 (the supersix evo is offered in sram red, with the regular supersix offered in sram apex and rival).  the build comes in at $2000 with the rival, fulcrum racing 7 wheelset and the same cannnondale c3 aluminum cockpit as the 105 pre-build.  the cranks are sram s500, bb30.  the paint scheme is reminiscent of the gulf oil race cars – pastel blue with black lettering and bright orange accents.  very lively!

sram rival:  the build also comes in a second color scheme.  raw, brushed aluminum with a glossy clearcoat, black lettering, a black painted carbon fork, with dark grey accents.  the last time cannondale did a raw caad frameset was with the caad8 optimo a couple years back.  I’m glad they’re bringing it back!  it’s easily my favorite out of the bunch.

shimano ultegra 6700:  the 6700 build uses an fsa sl-k light carbon crankset and mavic aksium wts wheels.  same cannondale c3 components and prologo saddle.  the frameset comes in white with black lettering, and what I’m calling ‘blood’ red accents.  the color scheme is very ‘dexter’, don’t you think?  the caad10 ultegra build is $2330.

shimano ultegra 6700:  the bike is also offered in the same black, white, and dark grey scheme as the shimano 105 build.  same componentry as the bike above with a grey and black sl-k crankset.

shimano dura-ace 7900:  the top-tier cannondale caad10 continues to use the previous year’s color scheme of matte black with gloss black logos.  the bike comes out to $3650 and comes with shimano rs80 wheels and a (baseline) fizik arione saddle.  oddly enough, the bike has ultegra 6700 brakes, chain, and cassette…the only things that are dura-ace 7900: shifters, front derailleur, and rear derailleur.

view complete specs on the 2012 cannondale caad10.

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