Cannondale CAAD8 Road Bike

4.57/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $1600.00

Product Description

  • Frame: CAAD8 S, double butted, 6061 alloy
  • Fork: Slice Ultra, carbon blades
  • Rims: Maddux DRX 4000
  • Hubs: Formula RB-51/52, 32 hole
  • Spokes: Stainless Steel

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Seb.

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2017

Strengths:    Cannondale Cadd 8 is what I have and I can say it is a lovely solid bicycle. The overall design is attractive with comfortable but race like geometry. I always look forward to riding it, and the Tiagra system is magnificent. I have done over 2000klms and my Cadd is just brilliant. I strongly recommend it. It is a great looking fast bicycle at a very reasonable price.

Weaknesses:    I wish Cannondale Cadd 8 came with better & lighter wheels. Stock wheels are really not up to the task. I found them heavy with too many spokes, and didn't hold true . I replaced them with Shimano Ultegra and the performance improved so much more.

Bottom Line:   
Cannondale Cadd 8 is more than an entry level bicycle. If you replace the wheels with lighter and stronger wheels the performance with increase instantly, and your effort and skills won't be held back due to heavy inferior stock wheels. However if your Cadd 8 is only for short distance and speed is not an issue, then the stock wheels will do without problem. But for me a great bicycle like Cadd 8 deserves a set of equally great wheels.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alan

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2016

Strengths:    Great frame

Weaknesses:    FSA bottom bracket, is absolutely rubbish.

Bottom Line:   
Nice bike spoilt by the bottom bracket. Why Cannondale persevere with this BB I do not know.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew Roberts a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2015

Strengths:    Ride and handling.

Weaknesses:    None to moan about.

Bottom Line:   
Bought as a budget bike having having my carbon one written off in an accident. Although I bought the bottom of the range Claris Verison, the ride quality offered here justifies a higher group set than even 105. So the bike will grow with you. I took the opportunity to purchase a better quality wheel set than stock and the level of performance went up a notch. The wheels in question bog standard shimano 501s. Back to the ride, hitting consistent personal bests on strava, even though it weighs 9.3kg. What more can I say.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by RedMG

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2012

Strengths:    Super handling. Great balance between comfort and speed. Very easy to get into the drops with a good riing position. I thought the package was good value for money.

Weaknesses:    Lugano tyres aren't the best and i've had a few punctures with them. Will likely upgrade them soon.

Bottom Line:   
I have the 2012 CAAD 8 105. Tested it against the Giant Defy 1, Merida Race Lite 904, Cannondale Synapse & Trek 2.1. Could have lived with all these bikes except the Merida, which had a vey harsh ride. In the end it came down to the CAAD 8 & the Trek 2.1, which i found very similar, but settled on the Cannondale due to its sharp handling and great looks.

Had the bike a couple of months now, and really like it. It is really easy to ride at speed or with more ease. The build quality is impressive and the only gripe i have is with the Schwalbe Lugano tyres, which have punctured too easily so i'll likely change them soon. 105 shifting works well and no compliants with the FSA crankset.

This bike has got the balance right between speed and comfort and I really feel at around £1,000 its great value for money.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ray a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: January 6, 2012

Strengths:    Very Stiff and responsive.
Comfortable to ride.
Handles well for a build designed for comfort.
Embossed paint work rather than decals look fantastic.
Excellent climber and very stable at high speeds.

Weaknesses:    The FSA Gossamer crank set with the BB30 bracket became very croaky after about 500kms but was solved by re-servicing and re-tourqing the BB.
The 50/34 T Chain rings with the 12/28 rear cluster aren't a great combo. When dropping to the bottom chain ring I find myself having to drop into a harder gear too often. I think a 36 T bottom chain ring would have worked better.
The Tektro brakes are a little to spongy for my liking.
Came with 46cm Handle bar width which would be to wide for most riders.

Bottom Line:   
I test rode a Giant Defy, Giant TCR, Malvern Star Oppy and the Cadd8 and found the Cadd8 to be the smoothest and most comfortable ride out of the 3. It descended beautifully and held lines well at speeds in excess of 70kmph.
The bike is very stiff and responsive and climbs hills effortlessly. The "SAVE" design chain and seat stays dampen a lot of vibration and shock from bad roads and I was still comfortable after 120kms on the bike. The over sized tubes look and feel great and add to the overall performance of the bike.

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Favorite Ride:   Endurance, Mountain Climbing

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   Lecister Cycles, Tas

Similar Products Used:   Giant Defy, Giant TCR, Malvern Star Oppy

Bike Setup:   105 Group set (front and rear derailleurs and shifters)
Aluminum Frame Optimized 6061
FSA Gossamer Crank set
BB30 Bottom Bracket
Carbon Ultra Forks
Maddux RS 3.0 wheel set with formula hubs

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