Cannondale’s Elite Road aluminum range now boasts the new CAAD 10 frame for 2011. It has taken the place of the old reliable CAAD 9 from the firm’s top of the line frames. The machine is in Dura-Ace with anodized black finish as well as in Red, Black and White. The three versions known as Dura-Ace, Ultegra and 105 are tagged at £2,499.00 for the Red, £1,899.99 for the White and £1,299.99 for the Black.
The new frame is the revolutionary version of the previous models. A massive and oversized down tube with constant diameter up to the head tube where it then spreads out to a tighter and stronger joint. It is now set in place of the conical down tube popularly known as the “Power Pyramid”. The Cannondale 2011 CAAD10 top tube is buffered to the rear making a laterally ovate junction at the seat tube merging the run of the straight seat stays. These are two features of the latest frame.
In addition, a flexible Oval-shaped chainstays give way for the rear wheel to assume vertical deflection over rugged terrain while the newly designed rear dropouts secure the stays to the wheel. There is also the 1 1/4” fork which has a lower bearing and redesigned dropouts making the entire frame complete, lighter, stronger and more durable suited for any version of the CAAD 10.