Cannondale CAADX 105

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21.3, 22.2 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Cannondale CAADX 105. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

11 reasons to buy

  • The CAADX 105 is available in five sizes, suiting a wide range of riders.
  • Smooth tubing and quality paint give the CAADX 105 an immaculate appearance, according to both experts and users.
  • Compared to other cyclocross bikes, the CAADX 105 does not have as aggressive geometry. The bike offers riders a stance that is comfortable for long commutes and endurance gravel racing.
  • The CAADX 105 is capable of tackling singletrack, with a rigid frame, responsive brakes and agile drop bars.
  • The WTB Riddlers and Schwalbe CX Comp tires are excellent all-around riding tires. They are semi-slick and suitable for racing cyclocross, gravel biking and commuting.
  • The CAADX 105’s wide range of gears is ideal for climbing steep dirt roads, on gravel rides.
  • The CAADX 105 is lightweight, making it easy to carry over obstacles.
  • Experts agree the Shimano 105 groupset allows for smooth shifting.
  • The carbon fork and rear triangle micro-suspension cushion one’s ride on rough terrain.
  • The CAADX 105 has space for two water bottles.
  • The CAADX 105 SE has mechanical disc brakes, which are ideal for touring, as they are easier to maintain.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Experts and users both found the wheels surprisingly heavy for the build, on the CAADX 105.
  • The Cannondale CAADX 105 SE does not have rear rack mounts.
  • The bike may struggle to keep up to speed on group road rides.
  • The quick-release wheels are more prone to disc rub than a thru-axle wheel setup.
  • There are no crank arm power meter options for Cannondale’s Si model 48/32 crankset, that comes on the CAADX 105 SE.

Bottom line

Cannondale’s CAADX 105 is a bike of many uses. Originally designed as a cyclocross race bike, riders have found the CAADX 105 greatly capable of crushing gravel and commuting. The geometry is relaxed enough to take on longer distances. Features such as mechanical disc brakes on the CAADX 105 SE offer one the potential to tour on it. This bike may not keep up with road bikes, but it is a great all-around off-road adventure race bike and daily commuter.

Expert Reviews

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Heezy BIkes
Level 1 expert

Cannondale CAADX 105 SE 2018 – Longterm Review – See Why I Got Rid of It!

Level 1 expert

Considering all the problems I had, unfortunately even though I love the looks of this bike, I am fed up with it.

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Ride Cycle Spin
Level 1 expert

Product Review: 2019 Cannondale CAADX 105 SE

Level 1 expert

I plan to continue to use this bike for my all-around adventures. It’s a great bike for rides that include some gravel/dirt roads, some pavement, rail trails and even some singletrack (that isn’t too gnarly).

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User Ratings

92/100 based on 16 ratings
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    81%
  • 4 star
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Rankings

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#38 Best Commuter - City
Top 50%
#12 Best Cyclocross
Bottom 20%
#24 Best Gravel - Adventure
Bottom 40%
#8 Best Touring
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#6 Best Cannondale Bike
Bottom 40%
#82 Best of All Bikes
Bottom 50%

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