(aka: "Why your CAAD12 is heavy")
(aka: "Is it a Cannondale? A CAAD12? I can't tell, they need more logos")
I recently took delivery of a 2016 CAAD12 105, rim brake version, in the Black/Grey paint scheme.
This was the first time in many, many, many years in which I purchased an actual complete build "off the shelf". The intention with this purchase was, always, to strip it down and get rid of what I don't want (basically everything except for the frame, fork, and a few small parts). I figured while I am in the process I might as well weigh everything as thoroughly as possible and make a thread about it.
A few reasons:
1. The CAAD series is super popular, and with Cannondale's marketing push it will be a big seller among first time riders. Inevitably they'll wonder why the f- their bike is so heavy. They'll search on Google (or Bing, or Yahoo, or whatever) and end up here. Welcome.
2. We frequently get questions from CAAD users about the weight of components, you can point them to this thread.
3. Each part will be labeled as clearly as possible, with photo embedded (not attached) so anyone on the internet can search for "[part] + weight" and find a picture of the item on a scale. If they're smart they'll come back to this thread and see context, but we can't expect that from everyone.
Anyway, I'll break this down into three posts:
The first (this one) has the totals, the list, and the bigger concerns - frame, fork.
The second will go through the drivetrain and wheels.
The third will go through the contact points and miscellanea.
Here's the bike, as delivered. No adjustments were made, no fitting done. It has been ridden 0 (zero) inches. Pedals were never installed (and not included).
I put it on a hanging scale and got a weight hovering at 18.06lbs measured from one of those imprecise hanging scales, as delivered.
To be frank, I think this is quite disappointing. In 2005 I bought a Bianchi Virata (STEEL with Carbon rear triangle!) and it weighed 18lbs. This is marketed as the "Aluminati" and touted as being X% lighter, blah blah blah. Really? Come on Cannondale.
Also, I can't wait to get rid of the atrocity graphics, warranty be damned.
Is it a Cannondale? Is it a CAAD12? "I don't know, maybe we need another logo on here somewhere... I think we have a few spare areas where we can fit in another one" is probably what the marketing & graphics department thought. Maybe their goals are to appeal to 12 year olds, and not humans with reasonable, thoughtful brains in their heads. CAAD12 is written 5 times. Cannondale is written 4 times. Then there's a bunch of the "tech" slogans... SpeedSave, BB30, ThinLine Tech, SI, blah blah blah. Seriously, like a person is mid-ride thinking "god damn that bike is so much better because of that ThinLine Technology!" or a rider looks down at their top tube and thinks "Phew! I can ride with confidence because I'm riding with that awesome SI technology" ? Thankfully they left the side of the top tube blank, only so they can accommodate their team sales with 'custom graphics' for the shop or team (example: Helen's Santa Monica and/or La Grange, InCycle, etc:. )
So let's get on to the weights. The scale was calibrated to "Handbook 44" NTEP requirements prior to session. Where necessary, such as a rubber band, box or paper towel, the scale was tared to the item in question.
CAAD12 Frame, 54, 1142.7g, black/grey paintThe frame is 1054.1g bare.
CAAD12 Fork, 339.4g, painted, 230mm steerer "CAAD12, SPEED SAVE, BallisTec full carbon, 1-1/8" to 1-1/4" steerer, integrated crown race" The fork is 325.4g bare.
Shimano HG600-11, 11-speed Chain, 108links: 247.2g
Shimano 105 5800 Cassette, 105 11-28 with locking, 273g
Shimano 105 5800 rear derailleur, 228.6g
Shimano 105 5800 front derailleur, braze-on, 88.7g
Shimano 105 5800 Shifters, 490.5g
Brake cable, steel, 27.0 g
Shift cable, steel, 26.6 g
Jagwire LEX housing, brake, 65.1g
Jagwire LEX housing, shift, 43.8g
Internal Shift wire liner, 1.9g
Crankset, Si cranks with FSA 52/36 110BCD chainrings, bolts and washers, 739.3g
Retaining clips, 3.8g
FSA BB30 Bearings, 46.1g
Bearing Shield, 1.4g
Tektro R741 Brakes, complete front & rear, 319.8g
Frame protectors, .8g
Front derailleur in-line cable adjuster, 3.4g
Cannondale frame inner cable routing caps, 1.3g
Mavic Aksium Front, 842.7g
Mavic Aksium Rear, 981.3g
Schwalbe Lugano, pair, 611.7g
Kenda Tubes, pair, 193.7g
Mavic Skewers (Aksium? Standard?), 124g
Cannondale C3 Handlebar, 6061 Alloy, 42cm ctc top, 43cm ctc at ends, 319.5g
Cannondale C3 Stem, 6061 Alloy, 31.8mm, 6 deg, 100mm, 114.6g, bolts are steel
Cannondale Bar Tape w/Gel 2.5mm, 74.4g
Handlebar end caps, pair, 29.5g
Expander, Cannondale, 50.0g
Headset TopCap, 25mm cone, 29.0g
Headset (Tange Seiki) w/o cone, 50.6g
Spacers, carbon ultra light style, 12k finish, 8.4g
Seatpost clamp 28.6mm, bolt is steel, 12.7g,
Seatpost, Cannondale C3, 6061 Alloy, 25.4x300mm, bolts are steel, 298.5g
Saddle SelleRoyal Seta S1, steel rails, 253.4g
Bottle Cage bolts, 4x, 11.2g, steel (no bottle cages provided on delivery)
As installed from delivery:
ElectricalTape, 5.6g (at end of handlebar grip tape) + 6.5g (underneath handlebar grip tape)
Pie Plate, 20.6g
Reflector, seatpost, 18.9g
Reflector, wheels, 62.0g
2016 Cannondale CAAD12 size 54 in Black/Grey
2016 CAAD12 Carbon Fork, SPEED SAVE, BallisTec full carbon, 1-1/8" to 1-1/4" steerer, integrated crown race