A Real CAAD10 review
One review stated that the CAAD10 had "Excellent manners on the road with a feel that rivals mid-range carbon", I'm not sure what that writer considers "mid-range carbon"but if he's talking about road buzz and rear triangle comfort, sure the CAAD10 is not as comfortable past 30 mi as a carbon bike in a similar or higher price range. If we're considering race performance, then the CAAD10 is better than any carbon bike at it's price point and in my opinion even better than some more expensive carbon bikes in certain places. I felt that the bottom bracket stiffness was actually BETTER than most of the carbon fiber bikes I've ridden and I would say the handling is also on par. Aluminum bikes have their own springy ride quality that suits racers, the CAAD10 is definitely not a touring or century bike with it's 15.5 cm headtube and 73.5 degree seat tube angle and 73 degree headtube angle.
I also own an Aluminum Cannondale Flash 29er and it's interesting to see some of the same compliance creating features on the CAAD10 such as the ovalized "Delta" seat tube and a top tube that is flatter and wider at the seat cluster then squared off at the head tube for extra front triangle stiffness without minimizing knee clearance. The CAAD10 also shares the offset fork design of the fantastic all new 2012 SuperSix EVO, essentially the dropouts on the fork are offset backwards a couple mm to give the fork better handling characteristics without changing the overall wheel base of the bike. Below is a comparison of the CAAD10 vs 2012 SuperSix EVO vs 2012 SuperSix, notice that the CAAD10 and EVO share the great new fork design. Keep in mind these two forks don't share the massive 1.5 in lower bearing of the older SuperSix design, making them a more compliant yet equally stiff design.
No body wants to crash, but if you plan to race crits in 2012 and want a second bike that won't be as painful to lose in a crash, look no futher than the CAAD10 (The best aluminum road bike on the market). Pictured below is my personal CAAD10 equipted with Zipp SLC2 bars, 3T ARX-Team, HED Ardennes SL wheels, Speedplay Zero Stainless (because the Titanum model has a couple mm narrower q-factor), plastic Arundel bottle cages, and a John Cobb SHC170 saddle. All this comes in at 16.1 lbs.