Bikes of the Bunch: Cannondale CAAD5, the anti-aero American hero – CyclingTips

On this version of Bikes of the Bunch, London-based mostly Jonathan Snell shares his recently constructed Cannondale CAAD5. This one-off construct merges trendy parts with a timeless aesthetic.
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On this version of Bikes of the Bunch, London-based mostly Jonathan Snell shares his recently constructed Cannondale CAAD5. This one-off construct merges trendy parts with a timeless aesthetic.

Seeing the method thOn the enterprise Goes (disc brakes, digital shifting, carbon everyfactor) and getting irritated On the know-how on my trendy road bike creating faults, I started Longing for one factor from simpler occasions. A great Little bit of evaluation led to this, A motorcycle I’ve dubbed the Anti-Aero American Hero. 

The physique is a 2001 Cannondale CAAD5 (handmade Inside the USA) that I acquired from an avid Cannondale collector. I had been watching CAAD5 physiques on eBay for yrs and yrs however they have been On A daily basis too small, too huge, too scratched, or not Inside The united kingdom. This one acquired here alongside out of the blue and was simply down the road, was The biggest measurement and was additionally the a lot-coveted black sparkle with the chrome logos. Swoon.

So clearly I hit ‘buy it now’ immediately After which waited anxiously To Take heed to again from The vendor to organise choosing it up. Wouldn’t It is as good As a Outcome of it seemed Inside The footage? Wouldn’t it truly be the proper measurement? Would I Be In a place To Search out parts To go well with the regulars of the time?

My nerves have been unfounded. Arriving On the pickup tackle given to me, I might see by way of the glass Inside the entrance door a Black Inc.-version Synapse and an unique Six13 with the carbon tubes bonded to the aluminium junctions, each with Enve wheels and ending package. I knew I used to be in protected palms! The vendor was A lovely man who had been amassing Cannondales for yrs and had A complete bike room Devoted to his assortment. We spent a good half hour discussing his bikes.

Upon inspecting the physique, it was immediately apparent that my preliminary intention of turning this bike Right into a winter beater using parts bin elements was going out the window. It was immaculate. It had fewer scratches than my two-yr-previous crit bike. The paint on the rear triangle had no indicators of The regular effervescent that stricken CAADs of this period. Seeds Of pricy shiny bits have been sown.

The physique begged for silver and chrome parts to match.

Making a theme

As a Outcome of the physique had chrome logos, I started wanting into polished or silver elements to match. This then turned USA-made polished elements to honour the physique. By right now’s regulars, such elements are area of curiosity upon area of curiosity in a world of carbon ending package and mass manufacturing. I additionally decided this bike Can be the antithesis of The trendy aero bike. Rim brakes, no carbon (Afacet from the fork, from a CAAD8 apparently,) mechanical shifting, no aero tube shaping. Pretty. 

My favourite elements on the bike are the Phil Wooden hubs and the White Industries crankset. I used to journey monitor bikes Throughout the roads of London and although I’ve purchased these bikes, I didn’t Want To overlook about them utterly. Phil Wooden hubs have been Completely the pinnacle of monitor bike bling, so The prospect To make the most of them right here appeared too good to miss. Additionally They’ve A lovely basic aesthetic that’s very completely different to most trendy hubs. The identical Could be said for the crankset – it simply goes so properly with The The rest of the construct.

Polished Phil Wooden elements match completely different parts of the construct. Sadly, matching Phil Wooden QR skewers have been out of inventory.

The bike was put collectively by my good friend Tris who works On the Pinarello retailer on Regent’s Street and the wheels have been constructed by my native wheel constructer, Stayer Cycles. Stayer Cycles is an superior agency doing good factors for biking – I extremely advocate checking them out.

It journeys absolutely superbly, so clear and with A lovely ping Everytime you get out of the saddle that solely metallic physiques can current. Bike geometry has modified fairly confacetrably Inside the 20 yrs since this physique was constructed, which Along facet my compulsive need to slam stems, Signifies that It is definitely not An prolonged-distance bike, however that’s not what it was constructed for.

It makes me smile Each time I Take A look at it And every journey brings that feeling of simply The simple pleasure of driving A motorcycle – nowright here to be, no teaching numbers to hit, simply pure escapism. 


– Frame: Cannondale CAAD5
– Headset: Chris King Dropset 2
– Wheelset: Phil Wooden Road Professional Hubs, Easton R90SL rims, Sapim CX-Ray spokes
– Shifting: SRAM Strain 22
– Crankset: White Industries R30, 52-36 chainrings
– Backside Bracket: White Industries English threaded
– Brake calipers: SRAM Strain 22
– Handlebar: Ritchey Classic EvoCurve
– Stem: Ritchey Classic
– Seatpost: Thomson Elite, straight
– Seat Clamp: Phil Wooden
– Bar Tape: Mash SF Contour Tape, Black and silver
– Tyres: Ritchey UCS Race Slick Tanwalls
– Saddle: Supplies Scoop Elite
– QR skewers: Hope (Making an try to get Phil Wooden when again in inventory)
– Pedals: Shimano Ultegra
– Bottle Cages: Arundel Stainless
– Pc mount: JRC Components
– Extras: Chubby Bobcat Sticker (Group Dream Group)


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