Although I didn’t set out to buy the Cannondale CAADX, the tragic (and annoying) theft of my Saracen Tenet led to a case of desperate online shopping. When I bought this bike, I had only been cycling for a handful of months, and still wasn’t ready to commit to spending a lot of money on a bike. Luckily, for a mere £549, I was able to get what I believe to be one of the best entry-level bikes on the market.
For starters, it doesn’t look like a cheap bike. Disc brakes, a sleek design and 32 cross tires, make it look a strong bike, that can be taken through the works before showing any sign of wear. I wacked on some thinner road tyres a few months later, and it worked as good on the road as it did off.
The Sora group set works flawlessly, which when you’re only a few months into cycling is more than good enough. The 11-28 cassette and 50-34 chain ring are easy enough to spin on grass and other off road terrains, and transition well onto the road for your journey home.
One of the key things I was looking for as a new rider was most definitely comfort. Being a female cyclist, I often find seats painfully uncomfortable, and frames too big, but for ordering online this was an unbelievably good find. The Cannondale CAADX saddle may not be the sleekest in design or light, but it is very comfortable, which for me was enough. The frame was a tiny bit too large, but the reach wasn’t too far nor was it too far off the ground.
It’s not the lightest frame in the world, but then again cross bikes aren’t designed to be feathers that float across the sky.
Disc Brakes for the win
The defining feature of the Cannondale CAADX, has got to be its disc brakes. Although only mechanical and not hydraulic, I found them to be flawless. I could go through leaves, mud and torrential rain, and my brakes would still work as if I was riding on a flat, dry road.
Extremely comfortable, disc brakes I can’t fault and very good value for money, there is not one reason that I wouldn’t recommend the Cannondale CAADX as an entry level bike for a new/ developing rider.