I've admired the CAAD since my first CAAD4 back in the 80's. Now I have a CAAD9 as my second road bike. Initially thought of as my backup but I find I ride it quite often. I owned a lot of carbon bikes(Cervelo, Trek, Scott, Giant) but something about the CAAD9 that I enjoy.. one of the biggest reasons is probably it's price. I thought prices were crazy for high end bikes a few years ago.. now it's just insane. Anyhow here's the details to my CAAD9 that currently weighs in at 15.9lbs or 7.2kg.
Goal is 15.5 but still durable. To get there, I have in mind a new crankset, stem and possibly seatpost. Sram red black crankset might be what I will choose as it's light and reliable.
I totally agree with you on having a light bike that's durable.
I just got my bike to 7215 grams/15.90 lbs.
When I do eventually go carbon, it'll be an EVO because it's proving to be what
it claims it is. And, I like the fact that it's compared to aluminum in strength.
I don't know if you notice from my build sheet, but all my contact points are carbon.
Stem, bar, steerer, pedals, seat post and saddle (rails/body). It makes a difference.
It allows the frame to be as stiff as it wants to be and the bits keep me insulated
from the road, but not alienated from it. Honestly, it's going to take "a lot of bike"
to impress me after this one.
I can see you lose an easy 50g with a stem swap (3T maybe) for $100.
If you went with a set of Planet-X CNC Ultralight brakes, another 75g
can be found for about $150. That's an easy 125g right there.
That should put you at 15.65lbs easy.