Cannondale CAADX Ultegra review

Cannondale’s alloy cyclocross bike range shares its geometry with the carbon SuperX so should offer great handling like its carbon sibling

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The CAADX provides a good entry into the world of cyclocross, without breaking the bank. With Cannondale’s race proven cyclocross geometry, it provides competent handling in tricky conditions. The Ultegra shifting and hydraulic braking provide good control too, although it would be nice to have internal cable routing to reduce the need for servicing. It’s a bike that could be built on to provide modern features like tubeless running, although features like the external cabling and quick release wheels mean that you’re likely to want to make a bike upgrade if you really catch the cyclocross bug.

Reasons to buy
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    Good off road agility

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    Flattened top tube for comfortable shouldering

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    Effective hydraulic braking

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    Versatile frame design

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Reasons to avoid
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    Non-tubeless tyres

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    External gear cable routing

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    A bit on the heavy side for racing

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Cannondale makes two cyclocross bike ranges, the CAADX and the SuperX. The carbon SuperX is designed for cyclocross racing and for 2018 comes only with single ring groupsets.

The alloy CAADX is more of an all-rounder, with two ring Shimano groupsets and features like a removable bridge so that you can fit a rear mudguard if you’re more interested in a ruggedised commuting bike or mixed terrain riding. Cannondale says it would make a great first cyclocross bike too, if you want to dip your toe in the water without too much of a commitment.

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