Can­non­dale CAADX Ul­te­gra £1,699.99

Cycling Weekly - - PROMOTIONAL FEATURE -

For cy­clo-cross rac­ing you need a bike that’s not only light and stiff but also one that has su­perla­tive sta­bil­ity and han­dling. The Can­non­dale CAADX Ul­te­gra has all bases cov­ered. The CAADX’S su­perlight Smart­form C2 al­loy con­struc­tion and tube shapes have been in­spired by Can­non­dale’s CAAD12 road ma­chine but to cre­ate the ul­ti­mate alu­minium cross bike it shares the same geom­e­try as the car­bon-framed Su­perx, Can­non­dale’s top-flight cy­clo-cross racer. This in­cor­po­rates Can­non­dale’s pro­pri­etary Out­front steer­ing geom­e­try. A com­bi­na­tion of slack­erthan-usual head an­gle and long 55mm fork rake pro­vides the CAADX with the sta­bil­ity to al­low you to en­joy as well as at­tack the tech­ni­cal de­scents with­out com­pro­mis­ing agility around the tight corners that a typ­i­cal cross race throws at you. With races last­ing an hour and a lap, it’s good to have a lit­tle bit of com­fort tuned in. The CAADX fea­tures strate­gi­cally shaped and flattened seat and chain­stays, what Can­non­dale calls SAVE mi­cro-sus­pen­sion. Aimed at ab­sorb­ing some of the shocks en­coun­tered when rac­ing hard, this helps you keep the power down for longer, with trac­tion and con­trol turned up to the max­i­mum. There are flat-mount brakes, de­signed in a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Shi­mano and Can­non­dale, to keep a low pro­file and for easy ad­just­ment. All mod­els, even the en­try-level one, get a full car­bon, thru-axle fork to keep the front end track­ing per­fectly through the tape.

“A slacker-than-usual head an­gle and long 55mm fork rake boost sta­bil­ity”

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