Cannondale CAAD Optimo

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Cannondale CAAD Optimo. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

12 reasons to buy

  • Experts and owners agree Cannondale CAAD Optimo offers good value.
  • The CAAD Optimo series includes four builds, each with different gearing.
  • Testers say the alloy frame with SAVE micro-suspension and carbon fork dampen vibrations well, resulting in a “smooth,” “comfortable” ride.
  • Experts praise the handling as "stable" and "predictable."
  • Owners laud the bike's comfortable geometry, with an “ideal riding position.”
  • The rim brakes (Promax, Tektro) demonstrate ample stopping power in testing.
  • According to testers, the Optimo 1’s Shimano 105 gearing is great for steep climbs and fast descents.
  • The Vittoria Zaffiro and Zaffiro Pro tires perform well in tests, rolling fast, gripping well in corners, and demonstrating “decent durability.”
  • Owners appreciate the "appealing" colorways used across the four builds.
  • The bike has mounts for a rear pannier rack.
  • At around 20lb, the Optimo 1 is lighter than other road bikes in its price range.
  • All CAAD Optimo frames have a lifetime warranty.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A tester of the CAAD Optimo 4 complains the 2x8-speed gearing feels limiting on climbs.
  • Experts say fenders won’t fit with the 25mm stock tires and their vendor couldn’t find any fenders that fit.
  • According to one tester, the fork lacks clearance for 28mm tires.
  • The height range is limited, starting at 5’5”.

Bottom line

The Cannondale CAAD Optimo is a “race-worthy” entry-level aluminum road bike available in four builds. Experts praise the “fairly” low weight, speed, comfort, and stable handling, comparable to more expensive road bikes. However, the rim brakes, limited tire clearance, and narrow gearing of the Optimo 4 build may deter some buyers. Overall, the CAAD Optimo is deemed good value for beginner road cyclists.

Expert Reviews

77/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
Cycling Weekly

Cannondale CAAD Optimo 4 Review – An Entry-Level Racer for a Good Price

A value-oriented aluminum road bike with predictable handling on flat and level roads.

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Cannondale CAAD Optimo 1 Review

… the Optimo 1 is a great package that’s very easy to enjoy day to day.

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Cannondale CAAD Optimo 1 Review

A fine all-rounder that would make a great first fast road bike.

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User Ratings

95/100 based on 23 ratings
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