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Alloy Done Right: CaadX 105 Disc

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Alloy, when done right, has much to offer the ’cross or gravel rider, and Cannondale is widely regarded as the best alloy manufacturer in the world.

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Based on the legendary CAAD, the alloy CAADX is a race-proven ballistic missile aimed directly at the ’cross course.

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Slap some budget-minded Shimano 105 and Promax brakes on it and the lion’s share of that performance remains, at much less than half of a high-end carbon bike’s price tag. A quick upgrade to some race-ready wheels and the CAADX 105 Disc can compete at the highest level.

$1,570; cannondale.com