Aluminum made Cannondale in the ’80s and it has remained on the menu ever since. Although the CAAD lineup doesn’t have superstarts like Mario Cipollini and Cadel Evans cruising around on them in the WorldTour anymore, the aluminum frame has an almost cult-like following. The CAAD lineup is in need of some updates though. Namely disc brakes, thru axles, wider tire clearance and the aero shaping which has become ubiquitous at this point. The one thing that is known for sure is that rim and disc brake models of the CAAD 13 will be coming as the UCI List of Approved Frames has them listed.
Here’s the leak:
The biggest change compared to the outgoing CAAD 12 is the lowered seatstays. The CAAD series has always had very classic lines, the seatstay change is a move towards more aerodynamic designs like the BMC Teammachine and Specialized Allez Sprint. Another aero feature that stands out is the aerodynamic D shaped SAVE seatpost.
The CAAD 13 pictured appears to be the disc model with front and rear 12mm thru axles which would bring the Cannondale alloy line up to date with its competition.
More details are sure to be released neared the Tour de France in July.