Cannondale CAAD8 2013 Tiagra Road Bike - £765 Evans Cycles
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Cannondale CAAD8 2013 Tiagra Road Bike - £765 Evans Cycles

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Found 8th Aug 2013
The Cannondale CAAD8 is a superb value for money road bike under £1000, ideal for beginners. This bike gets amazing reviews at £899 and has a good frame with Tiagra set.

Review of bike here:

road.cc/con…gra

Not sure you can get a better bike at £765

Specs:


Cannondale CAAD8 6 Tiagra 2013 Compact Road Bike. Cannondale Aluminium crafting and CAAD10 DNA in a class of its own. With someone’s all-important first road bike purchase, it’s the details that determine whether it gets ridden regularly or hung in the garage. With its lightest-in-class frame, more forgiving Heads-Up Race geometry, CAAD10-derived tubeshapes and unmistakable Cannondale ride-feel, the CAAD8 is designed to turn people into cyclists. The CAAD8 shares the proven race geometry of its more expensive brethren but with a slightly taller head tube (+1.5 mm) for a more relaxed riding position. Optimized chain stay and seat stay shaping provides lateral rigidity while providing vertical compliance for bump absorption and comfort with no loss in power transfer. A true smooth weld, rather than the sand, putty, and paint smooth welds found on other bikes, Cannondale’s trademark double-pass smooth weld technology eliminates the stress-risers and weak points found on traditionally welded frames, enabling us to build lighter, stronger frames.




The CAAD8 6 Tiagra features the CAAD8, Optimized 6061 Alloy SAVE frame, Cannondale Ultra fork with carbon blades, Shimano Tiagra front and rear derailleur and shifters as well as Maddux RS 3.0 rims, finished off with Schwalbe Lugano 700×23c tyres.



Frame:
CAAD8, Optimized 6061 Alloy, SAVE, BB30
Fork:
Cannondale Ultra, carbon blades, 1-1/8 inch
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Tiagra 4600, 31.8mm clamp
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Tiagra 4600
Number of Gears:
20
Shifters:
Shimano Tiagra 4600
Chainset:
FSA Omega BB30 chainset with 50×34 tooth chainrings
Chainrings:
50×34 tooth
Bottom Bracket:
FSA BB30
Cassette:
Shimano Tiagra 4600, 12-28, 10-speed
Chain:
KMC X10, 10-speed
Pedals:
Wellgo
Front Brake:
Cannondale C4, dual pivot, cartridge pad
Rear Brake:
Cannondale C4, dual pivot, cartridge pad
Brake Levers:
Shimano Tiagra 4600
Handlebars:
Cannondale C4 Compact
Stem:
Cannondale C4, 31.8mm, 6 degree
Headset:
Tange Seiki Integrated, 25mm top cap
Grips:
Cannondale Suede Bar Tape with gel, 2.5mm
Rims:
Maddux RS 3.0, 32 hole
Front Hub:
Cannondale C4
Rear Hub:
Cannondale C4
Spokes:
Stainless Steel, 15g
Front Tyre:
Schwalbe Lugano, 700×23c
Rear Tyre:
Schwalbe Lugano, 700×23c
Saddle:
Cannondale Stage Ergo with Steel Rails
Seatpost:
Cannondale C4 alloy, 27.2mmx300mm

45 Comments

Looks a seriously nice bike based on my 2 weeks riding experience. One for the future me thinks.

Is this going to be better than the Canyon Roadlite 6.0 @ £869? I've got a canyon full sus and I'm more than impressed with that, but I'm looking for my first road bike.

andyhackney

Is this going to be better than the Canyon Roadlite 6.0 @ £869? I've got … Is this going to be better than the Canyon Roadlite 6.0 @ £869? I've got a canyon full sus and I'm more than impressed with that, but I'm looking for my first road bike.



The Canyon spec is better with Shimano 105 groupset and decent Mavic Aksium wheels.

Original Poster

The Canyon looks good, not sure how it compares. The Cannondale has been rated as one of the best sub £1000 bikes and at £765 is a bargain IMO. it doesn't mean its for everyone, bikes are a personal choice. best thing is to go and try a couple you are interested in. The Canyon has the 105 set which is good, the Alu frame on the Cannondale is probably one of the best out there (due to their long experience in making Aluminium frames). Personally for the price of £765 I don't think there is a better road bike, especially if its your first.

Great buy. Superb frame and tiagra 4600 is essentially the ultegra range from a few years ago, runs beautifully!

Cracking deal! I ride a CAAD 10, and can confirm these Cannondale bikes are superb.

You won't get a better bike for this money.

cannondale pretty fugly imo..

id go for the canyon, plus it even looks to have 105 cranks which is a bonus.. but then id probs go for the carbon ultegra planet X at £999 as well...
Edited by: "N1K0LAI_DAN7E" 8th Aug 2013

Someone clueless will say this is too expensive for a bike, it will happen. There are no brakes powerful enough to stop this thread crashing in to some stupidity along the way.

fishmaster

Someone clueless will say this is too expensive for a bike, it will … Someone clueless will say this is too expensive for a bike, it will happen. There are no brakes powerful enough to stop this thread crashing in to some stupidity along the way.

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I recommend this bike for my housemate. He got this same model built up with 105 but paid close to £1000 so this is a great deal. Caad 10 is the best alu frame out there bar none and the Caad 8 is very similar except a slightly more relaxed geometry so a perfect entry bike if you want to get serious into cycing. I have the top spec Supersix from a couple of years ago and its my favourite bike Cannondales rule!

Il take 6 !

in ugly white? No chance to sell it to me.

Apologies if I sound stupid, but I don't really know much about bikes but have been thinking about getting a decent one and would just like some advice if possible. A couple years ago I bought this

amazon.co.uk/Vit…ike

Obviously a complete joke compared to the bike on the deal, but could someone tell me what the major differences would be riding this bike to my one? Is it just a whole lot easier to ride, or is there much else? I'm not trying to criticize more expensive bikes at all, I just genuinely want to know if I need a much better bike for my usage!

Cheers

but is it worth the extra £420 for the caad10?

Good find, this may actually sway me into riding to work ;-)

masif1

Good find, this may actually sway me into riding to work ;-)



Don't sway too much else some mad car driver will hit you...

Original Poster

federalex

but is it worth the extra £420 for the caad10?



The CAAD10 is a superb bike, yes its worth £1100. Its always worth paying whatever you can afford. You can also get the Trek Medane 3.5 for £1500 at the min which is arguably the best Carbon bike under £2000. You can keep going I suppose.

In terms of a bike at this price point - this is a deal! I have seen the bike up close and its a lovely looking bike - the white, blue and green look very good IMO.

Original Poster

zaid89

Apologies if I sound stupid, but I don't really know much about bikes but … Apologies if I sound stupid, but I don't really know much about bikes but have been thinking about getting a decent one and would just like some advice if possible. A couple years ago I bought this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vittesse-Mens-Sprint-Road-Bike/dp/B0070VZRDC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376008761&sr=8-1&keywords=road+bikeObviously a complete joke compared to the bike on the deal, but could someone tell me what the major differences would be riding this bike to my one? Is it just a whole lot easier to ride, or is there much else? I'm not trying to criticize more expensive bikes at all, I just genuinely want to know if I need a much better bike for my usage!Cheers



In terms of spec and build quality there is no comparison - you get what you pay for - well actually the Cannondale is easily worth £1000 in terms of what you get. What will you notice? The ride will be much better, handling and accelerations. The bike will be much lighter and genuinely be a joy to ride. Riding will be easier - you will waste less energy than on a very cheap bike. As the bike has better build quality it should last longer and be more reliable. Choosing the right bike is very much down to the individual and how it feels to that person.

Remember about £30 top cashbook also

Clanky Bridges

Remember about £30 top cashback also

It's worth looking at biker-boarder.de, I saved close to £1,000 on a SuperSix Ultegra.

How does this compare to the Boardman Road bike below, which is regularly reduced to £799? Is it just personal preference?
halfords.com/web…710

stufai

How does this compare to the Boardman Road bike below, which is regularly … How does this compare to the Boardman Road bike below, which is regularly reduced to £799? Is it just personal preference?http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_789209_langId_-1_categoryId_165710



The Boardman has 105, which is a step up from the CAAD8's Tiagra. The Boardman also has a better set of wheels and internal cable routing.

The Boardman is a better bike on paper, but then you would expect that considering it goes close to the £1k mark.

steve01980

The Boardman has 105, which is a step up from the CAAD8's Tiagra. The … The Boardman has 105, which is a step up from the CAAD8's Tiagra. The Boardman also has a better set of wheels and internal cable routing.The Boardman is a better bike on paper, but then you would expect that considering it goes close to the £1k mark.



Excellent - thanks!

I think I'll have to wait until my firm's C2W scheme reopens, but good to know.

federalex

but is it worth the extra £420 for the caad10?



Probably not, sure it's a slightly racier, lighter and tweaked frame, but unless you're going to get upgradeitis and start throwing money at it (and id warrant that if that happened youd start looking at carbon frames) at it I'd get the caad8, and a better pair of wheels, that way you'd have the originals for winter.
I've a caad9 with 105, and I love these cannondale alloy frames.

stufai

Excellent - thanks!I think I'll have to wait until my firm's C2W scheme … Excellent - thanks!I think I'll have to wait until my firm's C2W scheme reopens, but good to know.



Boardman bikes are also exceptionally well made. My friend has one, the welds are so smooth I honestly thought it was carbon.

zaid89

Apologies if I sound stupid, but I don't really know much about bikes but … Apologies if I sound stupid, but I don't really know much about bikes but have been thinking about getting a decent one and would just like some advice if possible. A couple years ago I bought this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vittesse-Mens-Sprint-Road-Bike/dp/B0070VZRDC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376008761&sr=8-1&keywords=road+bikeObviously a complete joke compared to the bike on the deal, but could someone tell me what the major differences would be riding this bike to my one? Is it just a whole lot easier to ride, or is there much else? I'm not trying to criticize more expensive bikes at all, I just genuinely want to know if I need a much better bike for my usage!Cheers

Since 90 odd% of us ride bikes for fitness at least partially then your bike will be BETTER than the one on this thread. If you need to cycle 30 miles a day or you want to race spend the dosh. Ive got a 20 year old racer and being overtaken climbing a hill by somebody on carbon fibre 7kg bike makes me smug , im the one burning more calories per minute !

Tiagra that good !



really ?? seems unlikely , ultegra is the second string down from dura ace !



Remember Cannondale made their name on alloy frames !

i was 'given' the original one ,the 2.4 , back in '95 ??

it was a total revelation over the steel i had at the time - the accelaration was unreal


then i bought a carbon framed look ,since i guessed it would do comfort as well as accelaration


didnt quite work out that way

fishmaster

Someone clueless will say this is too expensive for a bike, it will … Someone clueless will say this is too expensive for a bike, it will happen. There are no brakes powerful enough to stop this thread crashing in to some stupidity along the way.



But it's ok for people like you who think its fine to post on the cheaper bike threads stupid things like spend a grand and get something decent?

kramer2088

Since 90 odd% of us ride bikes for fitness at least partially then your … Since 90 odd% of us ride bikes for fitness at least partially then your bike will be BETTER than the one on this thread. If you need to cycle 30 miles a day or you want to race spend the dosh. Ive got a 20 year old racer and being overtaken climbing a hill by somebody on carbon fibre 7kg bike makes me smug , im the one burning more calories per minute !



you might not be burnign more calories per mintue peddling at a slow cadence...

is like saying a person walking is burning more calories than a person running

higher cadence, intensity, resistance will burn yoru calories faster pm, jsut because you will have it on resistance due to poorer quality equipment does not mean it will be compensating for the areas another person is out performing you in

nice attempt at justification though
Edited by: "N1K0LAI_DAN7E" 9th Aug 2013

Is road biking so boring that all you talk about is the specs?

steve01980

Boardman bikes are also exceptionally well made. My friend has one, the … Boardman bikes are also exceptionally well made. My friend has one, the welds are so smooth I honestly thought it was carbon.



Yeah, robot welders in Taiwan are pretty good these days. You really get a feel of craftsmanship.

M1LFHunter

Is road biking so boring that all you talk about is the specs?



I thought you were a roadie too?

down to £637.50?

Gutted - got the Sora about 2 months ago for £629. Although that was through cycle to work so got a good 52% of that price..

M1LFHunter

Is road biking so boring that all you talk about is the specs?



Is your life so boring that all you do is go around using the same useless comment on road bike threads?

zaid89

Apologies if I sound stupid, but I don't really know much about bikes but … Apologies if I sound stupid, but I don't really know much about bikes but have been thinking about getting a decent one and would just like some advice if possible. A couple years ago I bought this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vittesse-Mens-Sprint-Road-Bike/dp/B0070VZRDC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376008761&sr=8-1&keywords=road+bikeObviously a complete joke compared to the bike on the deal, but could someone tell me what the major differences would be riding this bike to my one? Is it just a whole lot easier to ride, or is there much else? I'm not trying to criticize more expensive bikes at all, I just genuinely want to know if I need a much better bike for my usage!Cheers



Quite simply it's the spec, or quality of the components.

The bike you mentioned has steel forks, rotational shifters and is spec'd with Shimano Tourney components.

The Cannondale has Carbon forks, and Shimano Tiagra components (it goes Tourney -> Sora -> Tiagra -> 105 -> Ultegra)

If you're happy with your bike, then there is no need to upgrade, but if you'd rather something different then this is good value for money.

I'd try a test ride in Halfords or your local bike shop so you can see the difference for yourself.

buddn07

Quite simply it's the spec, or quality of the components. The bike you … Quite simply it's the spec, or quality of the components. The bike you mentioned has steel forks, rotational shifters and is spec'd with Shimano Tourney components.I'd try a test ride in Halfords or your local bike shop so you can see the difference for yourself.



higher quality components are lighter, smoother and should be more durable (although this depends on how well you look after your bike, including small things like wiping chain with rag and degreaser after every ride).

buddn07's advice regarding test riding bikes at your local bike shop is spot on. you're best testing the difference yourself to see if you think it's worthwhile.

A recent deal gave details of how to achieve...I think a 24% discount at Halfords...if this was applied to a Boardman purchase then it would provide a really decent bike at a more than decent price.
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