Cannondale Launch New ‘Gateway’ Road Bike

Words by Cycles UK

on 02/08/2018 14:54:00

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Cannondale have launched a new range of entry level road bikes for 2019. Cannondale are calling the CAAD Optimo a ‘gateway bike’ that will get you ‘hooked on cycling’. With prices ranging from £649 to £999 Cannondale’s new bike will be a direct competitor for the likes of the Specialized Allez and Merida Scultura.

In 2018 Cannondale only had the comfort and commuting orientated Synapse bikes under £1000, meaning there was nothing for anyone wanting a more performance orientated road bike in this price bracket. With the new CAAD Optimo Cannondale have filled that hole.

Cannondale made their name building world class aluminium frames and their CAAD12 aluminium race bikes still regularly beat carbon bikes in head to head bike tests. The CAAD Optimo uses the same geometry and a lot of the same tech and ideas as the CAAD12 and Cannondale are selling it very much as the ‘little brother’ to the CAAD12. Cannondale say that the typical rider for a CAAD Optimo will be “aspiring road racers, performance oriented fitness riders, serious racers wanting a cost-conscious training bike”.

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There are going to be four models in the CAAD Optimo range. They all use the same aluminium frame and all come with a full carbon fork at the front.  They are:

  • CAAD Optimo Claris (8 speed) - £649
  • CAAD Optimo Sora (9 speed) - £749
  • CAAD Optimo Tiagra (10 Speed) - £899
  • CAAD Optimo 105 (11 speed) - £999

There is no women’s version of the CAAD Optimo for 2019 but the bikes are available in pretty wide size range from 48cm to 60cm. We are expecting the first shipments of these bikes to arrive in the UK in late September.