Cannondale CAAD Optimo 4 review - an entry-level racer for a good price

A value-oriented aluminum road bike with predictable handling on flat and level roads

Cannondale Caad Optimo 4
(Image credit: Greg Kaplan)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Cannondale CAAD Optimo 4 is a good value and behaves much like an expensive road bike does, with the caveat that it’s not an agile climber.

Reasons to buy
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    Good value

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    Stable, predictable handling

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    Reliable components

Reasons to avoid
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    No sizes for riders taller than six feet

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    Not enough gearing range

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Although the new Cannondale Lab71 bikes look stunning when ridden in the mountains of the Tour de France, the five-digit price tag is higher than the peak of the Col du Tourmalet. But you don’t have to spend a massive chunk of change to get good value road bike.

The Cannondale CAAD Optimo 4, with an aluminum frame and carbon fork, leans on all the lessons the American bike maker learned since launching the CAAD line of road bikes in 1997. The Optimo 4 is an entry level aluminum road bike that offers a good value for those making their first foray into drop bar bikes without committing thousands of dollars up front.

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Greg has been on and around bikes since his early teens. He got his start when tubulars and freewheels were still a thing, while working at local bike shops, and dabbling in the Philadelphia racing scene. Greg still geeks-out on bikes, cycling gear, apparel, and accessories as much now, as when he first discovered the sport. Greg has been on staff at VeloNews and Bicycling, and also was a contributor at