- Argh! which caadx to get?
This is doing my nut a bit.
2018 Caadx 105 SE
2019 Caadx 105 (~£200 more)
I much prefer looks of the frame on the 2018 version but the spec isn’t as good – the 2019 now has a full carbon steerer and the new 105 hydraulic discs. The wheels/tyres aren’t tubeless as with the 2018 SE version though.
Would I notice much difference? I would go for the 2019 in a flash if they had the same frame color (the 2019 paint job is a bit suss in green/flouro)
What to doooo?Posted 8 months agotpbikerMember
Agreed, the wheels that come with them are rubbish and you would feel far more performance improvement by getting the cheaper version and spending the extra on wheels if your budget is set
If not then go for the new one as it has hydros. Wouldn’t be bothered about the full carbon steerer given its never going to be a particularly lightweight bike but it’s nice to have anywayPosted 8 months ago
Yeah 54cm is my size. I’ve seen that one thanks. I can get the SE version for only £40 more though so I think it would make sense to get that as its only a little extra.
This might come down to the paint job. I’d love hydro’s and the newer 105 levers/mechs but I don’t think I can stomach that green/fluro combo!
CheersPosted 8 months agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Hydros are expensive aftermarket so prob best to get the 2019 and upgrade the wheelset as and when. Can also lay a rim strip down on those stock wheels and see how tubeless behaves, I know some people ride them tubeless no prob.
Colour is far from the worst fluoro effort I’ve seen – looks OK IMHO.Posted 8 months agorjmccann101Subscriber
I had a look at the 2019 CAADX with the 105 hydro brakes in my local bike shop last Monday, as supplied it’s not a light bike, we put it on the scales and it came in at just under 23lbs without pedals for a 54cm. However I though the colour was fine in real life and most of the fat is in the wheel set and if I was to get one a 2nd set of light weight wheels would be needed.Posted 8 months ago13thfloormonkMember
Depends on your commute, I’m still using rim brakes on both my commuters as I can’t stand the noise that wet discs make, but then most of my commute is open roads and cycle paths.
If you treat your commute like Death Race 3000 in the city centre then yeah, I guess better brakes might be important.Posted 8 months agokcrMember
Commuting is tough on a bike, and hydraulic brakes will beat cables hands down in terms of easy setup and maintenance. Self adjusting and no cables to pick up gunk and get sticky over time.
If you are commuting, I’d have thought green/fluoro would be a plus point anyway.. My commuting frame came in a choice of colours, so I picked the one I thought was most lurid!Posted 8 months ago
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