Bicycling (South Africa) - - Fetish - R20 000 CAN­NON­DALE.CO.ZA – JM

TThe en­gi­neers at Can­non­dale are mas­ters of alu­minium. Their race-fo­cused CAAD 12 is the stuff of le­gend – lighter, stiffer and smoother than many car­bon bikes.

The CAAD Optimo ben­e­fits from all the brainy stuff that went into mak­ing the CAAD 12: the ge­om­e­try is the same, and it has the same flex zones in the seat stays and chain­stays to ab­sorb shock and vi­bra­tion. The only dif­fer­ence is the frame ma­te­rial: slightly heav­ier SmartForm C2 alu­minium as op­posed to C1.

It’s a blast of a bike that weighs a measly 8.8kg – a per­fect up­grade for a begin­ner rider who wants to ride fur­ther and longer. The 2x11 Shi­mano 105 driv­e­train has plenty of range, it shifts crisply, and it’s re­li­able. At R20k, it’s the prici­est bike in this sec­tion – but con­sid­er­ing what you get, it’s money well spent.

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