Cannondale CAAD 8 Claris reduced to £349.99 (2016 model) @ Rutland Cycling
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Cannondale CAAD 8 Claris reduced to £349.99 (2016 model) @ Rutland Cycling

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Found 11th Jun 2016
2016 model reduced from £599 to £399 at Rutland Cycling. Price elsewhere varies from £499-£599.

Also £30 off pedals when you buy the bike.

The 2016 Cannondale CAAD8 Claris 8 is a brilliant introduction to the world of road cycling with one of the best alloy frames. Cannondale’s CAAD8 frame combines high performance with comfort to get fitness goals achieved and big mileage logged.

A Claris groupset, carbon forks and a brilliant Cannondale aluminium frame; the CAAD8 Claris is a brilliant road racing bike and a great entry into the world of road cycling.

Edit 06/01/17 now reduced to £349.99
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Great choice if you're looking for something faster/sportier than your average entry level road bike, should definitely be able to get into some racing with this. Don't think it has rack mounts though, so maybe not the best choice for a commuter.
How do I know what size frame ? I'm 6 Ft tall
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mrtootough

How do I know what size frame ? I'm 6 Ft tall



Probably 56. What's your inside leg length?
rev6

Probably 56. What's your inside leg length?


No Idea. Goes to look for tape measure
rev6

Probably 56. What's your inside leg length?


Yes, I'd say so, remember it's always easier to make a bike bigger than smaller...I'm 6'2" and usually go for a 58/9 for a road bike (34" inside leg).
Edited by: "cycleman" 11th Jun 2016
The description "Claris groupset" is misleading because only the shifters and derailleurs are Shimano Claris. The other parts of the groupset (chainset, chainset, cassette, brakes) are all non-Shimano parts:

Chainset - FSA Vero, 50/34
Cassette - Sunrace 12-28, 8-speed
Chain - KMC Z89, 8-speed
Front Brake - Tektro R315, dual pivot
Rear Brake - Tektro R315, dual pivot

They may not be as good quality as Claris. In particular, the chainset is square taper, rather than the Claris' Octalink, which will mean it is less stiff. Also, the chainset cassette and chain may not be as optimised for Claris derailleurs as actual Claris parts. This is all not necessarily a problem for a relatively entry-level bike, but something potential purchasers should be aware of.
Cannondale aluminium frames are world renowned for their quality, ride performance and low-weight. The CAAD8 is no exception to this, and the aluminium frame at the centre of this bicycle is lightweight, fast and fun to ride, while the carbon fork helps to absorb vibration and provides a more comfortable, smoother ride.

Yes 20 years ago! X)
GAVINLEWISHUKD

Cannondale aluminium frames are world renowned for their quality, ride … Cannondale aluminium frames are world renowned for their quality, ride performance and low-weight. The CAAD8 is no exception to this, and the aluminium frame at the centre of this bicycle is lightweight, fast and fun to ride, while the carbon fork helps to absorb vibration and provides a more comfortable, smoother ride. Yes 20 years ago! X)



Still today I beleive.
GAVINLEWISHUKD

Cannondale aluminium frames are world renowned for their quality, ride … Cannondale aluminium frames are world renowned for their quality, ride performance and low-weight. The CAAD8 is no exception to this, and the aluminium frame at the centre of this bicycle is lightweight, fast and fun to ride, while the carbon fork helps to absorb vibration and provides a more comfortable, smoother ride. Yes 20 years ago! X)


Nope, still very well known to be the best frames for crit/road racing.

This is a pretty good price to be honest, you can always upgrade as you go.
GAVINLEWISHUKD

Cannondale aluminium frames are world renowned for their quality, ride … Cannondale aluminium frames are world renowned for their quality, ride performance and low-weight. The CAAD8 is no exception to this, and the aluminium frame at the centre of this bicycle is lightweight, fast and fun to ride, while the carbon fork helps to absorb vibration and provides a more comfortable, smoother ride. Yes 20 years ago! X)



Aluminium is coming back in for racing bikes ... carbon bikes might have a better ride but if you crash one, you can't easily tell how damaged the bike is where as aluminium will show the damage which is something the riders like to know.
The caad 8 is a great starter bike. I still have the 2012 tiagra model as my spare/winter bike.

Cannondale make truly awesome aluminium frames still today.
rev6

Still today I beleive.



Well judging by the response they still are! X)

Maybe I'm just getting old but they are not leaps and bounds better than they once were.
I am a slightly fat person who wants a (first) road bike for a nine mile route to work. Would this be better than the Triban 540 from Decathlon? Thanks in advance.
Umibenokafuka1

I am a slightly fat person who wants a (first) road bike for a nine mile … I am a slightly fat person who wants a (first) road bike for a nine mile route to work. Would this be better than the Triban 540 from Decathlon? Thanks in advance.



Frame is better, sure. Decathlon don't usually ship great setup bikes unless you live close to a store.
Umibenokafuka1

I am a slightly fat person who wants a (first) road bike for a nine mile … I am a slightly fat person who wants a (first) road bike for a nine mile route to work. Would this be better than the Triban 540 from Decathlon? Thanks in advance.



You may find that you aren't slightly fat after a few weeks doing your nine mile route to work
Have been wanting to get into cycling for a while, but don't know too much about it. I'm about 5ft11, so what size frame should I be looking at getting?. Also, am I correct in thinking this doesn't come with pedals, and if so, is there a recommendation on what I should be looking at?.
Saint_Seymour

Have been wanting to get into cycling for a while, but don't know too … Have been wanting to get into cycling for a while, but don't know too much about it. I'm about 5ft11, so what size frame should I be looking at getting?. Also, am I correct in thinking this doesn't come with pedals, and if so, is there a recommendation on what I should be looking at?.

I'm the same height as you , and 32 inside leg and ride a Caad 8 56 frame. If you are shorter in the leg, I would go for a 54cm. It doesnt come with pedals, Shimano m520 pedals are a great pedal for beginners.
Saint_Seymour

Have been wanting to get into cycling for a while, but don't know too … Have been wanting to get into cycling for a while, but don't know too much about it. I'm about 5ft11, so what size frame should I be looking at getting?. Also, am I correct in thinking this doesn't come with pedals, and if so, is there a recommendation on what I should be looking at?.



56. 54 probably has toe overlap, which you don't want.
eurovnik

The description "Claris groupset" is misleading because only the shifters … The description "Claris groupset" is misleading because only the shifters and derailleurs are Shimano Claris. The other parts of the groupset (chainset, chainset, cassette, brakes) are all non-Shimano parts: Chainset - FSA Vero, 50/34Cassette - Sunrace 12-28, 8-speedChain - KMC Z89, 8-speedFront Brake - Tektro R315, dual pivotRear Brake - Tektro R315, dual pivotThey may not be as good quality as Claris. In particular, the chainset is square taper, rather than the Claris' Octalink, which will mean it is less stiff. Also, the chainset cassette and chain may not be as optimised for Claris derailleurs as actual Claris parts. This is all not necessarily a problem for a relatively entry-level bike, but something potential purchasers should be aware of.



Fair comment about its not all being Claris, but nowt wrong with square taper, perhaps the most reliable and easiest bottom bracket chainset to deal with.

My biggest concern on none Shimano parts would be the brake calipers, some can be awful squidy and soft feeling. Cheap metals and poor design.

Still it should function as a great bike, and the chainset could be an easy upgrade and no daft BB30/whatever new standard to worry about.
GAVINLEWISHUKD

Well judging by the response they still are! X)Maybe I'm just getting old … Well judging by the response they still are! X)Maybe I'm just getting old but they are not leaps and bounds better than they once were.



I ride a Caad10 (Alu) its faster than 99% of the Carbon bikes I ride with

Edited by: "mattrixdesign2" 11th Jun 2016
rev6

56. 54 probably has toe overlap, which you don't want.



The only time it bothers me is when I'm trying to balance (and losing it) when stationary at traffic lights.
Any other time I'm either slowing down so coasting or if accelerating stood up where there is no issue.
Saint_Seymour

Have been wanting to get into cycling for a while, but don't know too … Have been wanting to get into cycling for a while, but don't know too much about it. I'm about 5ft11, so what size frame should I be looking at getting?. Also, am I correct in thinking this doesn't come with pedals, and if so, is there a recommendation on what I should be looking at?.



I reckon 56cm, I am about 5' 9'' and ride a 54cm, you could be some where between the two. I find my 54 "bigger" than my previous 54cm.

Description states "Pedals - Wellgo w/ Clip and Strap" - but they will be low quality.

I would go down the Shimano SPD route, as they are cheap to purchase and the cleats on the shoes are "recessed" so no duck walks. You can even get super easy in/out ones, the look clunky but my Mrs likes them. They really are easy to use.
mattrixdesign2

I ride a Caad10 (Alu) its faster than 99% of the Carbon bikes I ride with … I ride a Caad10 (Alu) its faster than 99% of the Carbon bikes I ride with



My mate Nathan rides a steel bike and is a fair bit faster than many of our group. He does cheat and bike to work everyday.
Thanks very much for the help. Placed my order and managed to get the Shimano m520 pedals for a penny!. I had a look around for some gear but most of what I wanted seemed to be sold out or unavailable...is there anywhere recommended for clothing, not the jerseys and such, but more casual, did quite like the look of the "2015 TROY LEE DESIGNS CONNECT SHORTS CONCRETE GREY"
Trying to charge £79 for delivery to Norn Iron - Will Griggs is on fire !!
GAVINLEWISHUKD

My mate Nathan rides a steel bike and is a fair bit faster than many of … My mate Nathan rides a steel bike and is a fair bit faster than many of our group. He does cheat and bike to work everyday.



Lol, someone did beat me on a base model Carrera up a local steep climb, it's the rider over the bike, be it steel, alu, carbon, ti or bamboo.
Get this bike, stick the 105 11 speed groupset on for sub-£300 and you have a cracking machine!
Great value entry bike with a decent frame
Saint_Seymour

Thanks very much for the help. Placed my order and managed to get the … Thanks very much for the help. Placed my order and managed to get the Shimano m520 pedals for a penny!. I had a look around for some gear but most of what I wanted seemed to be sold out or unavailable...is there anywhere recommended for clothing, not the jerseys and such, but more casual, did quite like the look of the "2015 TROY LEE DESIGNS CONNECT SHORTS CONCRETE GREY"



Pedals were a bargain! For kit I would recommend a trip to your local Decathlon, various budgets, you can try stuff on and it's good value and great customer service.

You will learn to love tight lycra. ;-)

Edited by: "mattrixdesign2" 11th Jun 2016
mattrixdesign2

You will learn to love tight lycra. ;-)



Yep, it happens to us all, although the first ride out is always the worst!!!
I'd go for the MEKK from Wiggle rather than this. Cheaper and better spec, but each to their own.
Umibenokafuka1

I am a slightly fat person who wants a (first) road bike for a nine mile … I am a slightly fat person who wants a (first) road bike for a nine mile route to work. Would this be better than the Triban 540 from Decathlon? Thanks in advance.



Congratulations on making the first step to cycling to work. You'll feel better for it and be doing your bit for the environment too. Everyday I cycle by the traffic queueing up for miles and it never it fails to cheer me up.

I ride a Trek hybrid which I find work best for me in terms of the work commute. Plus the now obligatory front/back lights and cameras.

Best of luck and remember to always assume the car driver hasn't seen you. Defensive cycling is the best way to stay alive.
mrtootough

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If you use the 3.3% topcashback then do not use this code as it disqualfies the cashback...well it did for me but fortunately it was only a £70 purchase.
This is a great deal IMO!

I have the 2010 CAAD8 (with mostly 105 gear except the crank) and it's been an excellent commuter the last few years. It's a very lightweight frame for the money. It is a road frame so there is no mudguard eyelets but I have found SKS Raceblade Longs to be just fine.
Umibenokafuka1

I am a slightly fat person who wants a (first) road bike for a nine mile … I am a slightly fat person who wants a (first) road bike for a nine mile route to work. Would this be better than the Triban 540 from Decathlon? Thanks in advance.



For a trip of nine miles it wont make much difference - but in either case the Triban 540 is miles ahead of this. Good luck in the commute
youknowwho

For a trip of nine miles it wont make much difference - but in either … For a trip of nine miles it wont make much difference - but in either case the Triban 540 is miles ahead of this. Good luck in the commute



​Thanks for the reply - do you mind if I ask what features make the Triban better? Is it do with frame, brakes or something else?
Umibenokafuka1

​Thanks for the reply - do you mind if I ask what features make the T … ​Thanks for the reply - do you mind if I ask what features make the Triban better? Is it do with frame, brakes or something else?



It certainly won't be the frame if anything.
I have Triban 540 and the frame is relaxed geometry. So it's more comfortable than Cannodale Caad one which is a bit agressive riding position. The groupset is great. The Mavic wheels is great as well.
This bike is now £50 cheaper, with most sizes still available.
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