BeeBee30 wrote:They could replace some of the tubes with carbon
I think you are onto something. I remember reading someone who "had an inside" to Cannondale mention that for the next gen CAAD they would go even thinner alum walls and then use carbon fiber to help reinforce the inside. I don't see that happening as that would increase the complexity and cost for making a CAAD frame. Plus, carbon wrapped aluminum parts aren't really any lighter than just a full alu part. Just can't see Cannondale mixing carbon with alu again. Especially not on the CAAD line.
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Smoother welding? Definitely. Specialized has up'd the game with their S-Works Allez
BB? It wouldn't be that much of a loss of face should Cannondale move towards PF30 instead of BB30, but they'll probably stick with the BB30 just because.
One area where Cannondale could have a large benefit is a new carbon fork for the CAAD. The current fork weighs ~400g. They should be able to include a fork that weighs closer to 350g without too large of a hassle.
While it's not a CAAD thing, I'm still pretty surprised Cannondale hasn't introduced an aero road bike yet. Virtually every other manufacturer has one, and no matter how awesome the supersix may be, it's definitely market share they're losing out on...
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So far stages has SRAM, shimano, and Cannondale; it wouldn't surprise me if they were already trying to figure out if this is possible with the CAAD, seeing as how the caad can't be innovated much more and stages can only work on aluminum.
turndownwhip wrote:They need to pay attention to what specialized did with the Smart Welds...that is next level
Came to say precisely this.
Prend, the weld per se isn't of a higher quality finish on the Allez (in fact, the idea was that you did not need to be an expert welder to be able to construct it). Rather the way Smart Weld works is such that is allows for a cleaner and stronger finish.
Had a CAAD, regret ever selling it. Wish my circumstances were such that I could have an Allez.
Very keen to see the next step Cannondale take with the CAAD.
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