Cannondale CAADX Ultegra £1,699.99
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”