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Cannondale CAAD13 Range Review

Cannondale CAAD13 Review

Price:

£1,599.99 - £4,799.99

Finance from:

£66.67/month (0% APR)

Average Customer Rating:
  • Advanced alloy frame
  • True road race geometry
  • Disc and rim brake versions
  • Only one colour option for most models
  • Wheel Sensor only on some models
  • Fewer models than the CAAD12

Discipline:

Road race

Usage:

Racing and training

Weight:

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The CAAD13 offers great value for those that want performance on a budget

Updated: 29th August 2019

Overview

Taking their alloy frame building prowess to the next level, the CAAD13 is Cannondale’s most advanced aluminium bike. True race machines, these bikes have the same geometry as the Super Six EVO with a ride quality to rival carbon. In this Cannondale CAAD 13 review, we take a look at all the models in the range, all with the same high-quality alloy frame.

There are CAAD13s with disc brakes as well as traditional rim brake models. The Women’s versions are available in smaller frame sizes with female-friendly components. These bikes maintain the same spirit as the very popular CAAD12, but the improved aerodynamics and smoother ride quality give the CAAD13 a significant performance advantage.

Cannondale CAAD13

Frame

The ultimate alloy race machine

With modern design features inspired by the top of the line carbon race bikes, the CAAD13 offers exceptional performance. Just like the SuperSix EVO, these bikes feature highly truncated airfoil tube shapes. These shapes are the same weight as round tubes, they are just as strong too but offer much better aero performance. The lowered stays further improve the aero credentials of this bike. This frame reduces drag by up to 30% so you can save precious Watts as you chase your next performance goal. The geometry of the CAAD13 is also very similar to the EVO.

Cannondale design each tube shape from the ground up using Cannondale’s unique Tube Flow Modelling System. This means that each tube is as rigid or as compliant as the designers want it to be, resulting in a refined ride that is both stiff and smooth-rolling. Together with the lowered seat stays and full BallisTec carbon fork, this makes the CAAD13 much smoother than previous high-end alloy bikes. Double pass smooth welds mean that the frame is lightweight and strong as well as offering a sleek look.

CAAD stands for Cannondale Advanced Aluminium Design while 13 is the atomic number for aluminium. Cannondale is well known for its high-quality aluminium frames and this bike represents the very best that Cannondale has to offer in this material.

The new CAAD13 is the closest to the ride experience of carbon from an aluminium frame that I’ve yet experienced. Road.cc

Cannondale CAAD13 Geometry(Click to expand)

Size

44

48

51

54

56

58

60

62

Seat Tube Length (cm)

40.4

44.2

48.1

51.9

54

56.2

58.3

60.4

Top Tube Horizontal (cm)

51

52

53

54.6

56.2

57.8

59.4

61.1

Head Tube Angle

70.9°

71.2°

71.2°

71.2°

73°

73°

73°

73°

Seat Tube Angle

74.5°

74.3°

74.1°

73.7°

73.3°

72.9°

72.5°

72.1°

Standover (cm)

68.6

72.3

75.3

79

80.5

82.9

84.8

86.8

Head Tube Length (cm)

9.4

11.4

13

15.4

16.4

18.8

20.9

23

Wheelbase (cm)

97.6

98.5

99.2

99.4

100

100.5

101.6

102.8

Front Centre (cm)

58.1

58.9

59.8

61.1

59.4

60.7

61.8

63

Chainstay Length (cm)

40.8

40.8

40.8

40.8

40.8

40.8

40.8

40.8

Bottom Bracket Drop (cm)

7.9

7.4

7.4

7.2

7.2

6.9

6.9

6.9

Bottom Bracket Height (cm)

26.3

26.8

26.8

27.1

27.1

27.3

27.3

27.3

Fork Rake (cm)

5.5

5.5

5.5

5.5

4.5

4.5

4.5

4.5

Trail (cm)

60.2

58.3

58.3

58.3

75.5

75.5

57.5

57.5

Stack (cm)

50.2

52

53.5

55.5

57.5

59.5

61.5

63.5

Reach (cm)

37

37.4

37.8

38.4

38.9

39.5

40

40.6

Read our Road Bike Geometry Explained guide for more information on MTB geometry. 


Cannondale CAAD13 frame Shimano 105 with Cannondale SI chainset

Groupset

Shimano 105 to SRAM eTap AXS

this is top-of-the-line performance at a value price
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There are five unisex bikes and two women’s specific bikes in the CAAD13 range. Cannondale name their models after the groupset and the range starts with Shimano 105 then moves up to Ultegra. All these bikes have an 11-30t 11-speed rear cassette. The Ultegra bikes (and Unisex 105 rim brake model) get slightly bigger gears though with a semi-compact 52/36t semi-compact chainset. The chainsets on these bikes are Cannondale’s own but the rest of the drivetrain and brakes are a part of the named groupset. The CAAD13 105s are fitted with a 50/34t compact chainset for easier pedalling. All these models are available in disc and non-disc brake versions.

At the top of the range, the CAAD 13 Force eTap AXS highlights the latest in wireless electronic drivetrain technology. With a 10-33t rear cassette, this bike gives you more low range climbing gears without losing any of the top-end speed. The AXS model is also fitted with Cannondale's integrated wheel sensor so you can take advantage of all the great features in the Cannondale App.

Cannondale CAAD13 wheels

Wheels

Fulcrum & Cannondale

The CAAD13s roll on either Fulcrum or Cannondale wheels with Vittoria tyres. The Ultegra bikes all get the rim or disc brake versions of the quality Fulcrum Racing 600 wheelset. The 105 rim brake bikes also get Fulcrum Racing wheels, this time the more affordable 900s. The 105 Disc bike has Cannondale’s own RD 2.0 rims laced to reliable formula hubs.

The top-of-the-range Force eTap AXS bike rolls on Cannondale’s HollowGram 45 KNOT carbon wheels. These are true high-performance wheels that slice through the air with the best of them. This bike has slightly wider 28c tyres that work especially well with HollowGram wheels. The other bikes in the range get 25c tyres but there is clearance for up to 30c tyres on the disc models.

Out on the road the CAAD13 is quite simply stunning, it’s hard to believe that a metal bike like this can ride quite so well.
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Cannondale CAAD13

Best for

Riding, racing and winter training

With a weight and ride quality that rivals most carbon bikes, but with the added durability of an alloy frame, the Cannondale CAAD13 will stand up to the thrills and spills of road racing making it an ideal privateer race bike.

For the money the equipment levels are much higher than you’ll find on a carbon-framed bike, so the CAAD13 offers great value for those that want performance on a budget. With their consistent all-weather braking power and durable wheels, the CAAD13 Disc bikes, are ideal for winter cycling and will make great training bikes as well as a perfect steed for weekend cycling and sportives.

Cannondale CAAD13 tyre clearance Cannondale CAAD13 fraem detail
Cannondale CAAD13 brake lever detail Cannondale CAAD13 105 brakes
Cannondale CAAD13 stem and bar detail Cannondale CAAD13 headtube frame detail showing double pass welds

Cannondale CAAD13 range models

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