Cannondale caad 8 sizing
I’m looking to get a caad 8 from the bike to work scheme as my first road bike. My employer only allows you to buy a bike from one online retailer so trying out the bike for sizing is not going to happen. Can any caad8 owners tell me how they size up? I’m 5,10″ so come in between a 56cm and a 58cm if I go by there sizing guide.
ThanksPosted 4 years agoversesSubscriber
I’m 5’11” with a 32″ inside leg and have a 56cm 2011 CAAD8.
When I first got it I felt quite stretched out on it and wondered if I should have gone for the 54cm, but I was new to road bikes.
Once I got used to it it felt like a good fit.
The only thing I changed was to roll the bars “upwards” a little. I toyed with getting a shorter stem for a while, but now I’m used to the position I’m glad I didn’t.Posted 4 years agoCragMember
5’10” here with 31″ inside leg on a 54cm here. Stem could do with being a little longer but otherwise good fit. 58cm will be mahoosive for you.
Not that I’m condoning it, but have you got an Evans or similar close to you? I slung a leg over a 56cm and it was like a garden gate.Posted 4 years ago
Head tube determines how low you can place the bars. It’s actually about reach rather than VTT, which is distance from BB axle to head tube. Saddle rails compensate for seat tube angle to some extent (about 2 degrees), as can an inline seatpost.
Hence a 54 with a 120 stem isn’t so different from a 56 with a 100 stem, except the bars won’t go as low on a 56, there will be less weight over the front wheel for stability and steering will be quicker with the shorter stem.Posted 4 years agoadam5555Subscriber
Thanks for all the replies.
Thank god I asked here instead of going with the websites sizing guide. If i was to be super accurate with my height id say 5,10″.1/2 with a pretty normal 31-32 inseam.
By all your responses it sounds like id be suited for a 54 but on the upper limit of its size. Would you say it would be better to go smaller and size up interms of stem length and spacers?
Does it make a difference in terms of what type of riding id be doing i.e larger size for more sportive type headtube or smaller size for more head down short blasts?
TiRed im based in the North East (Berwick upon Tweed). Would love to try one for size and id be open to paying for a proper fitting if anyone knows of anywhere in Newcastle or Edinburgh.Posted 4 years agomarkwsfMember
I’m 6’1″, 33-34″ inside leg and after trying a 54,56 and 58 bought a 56 recently which felt the most right after sitting on in a shop / quick rides around the block. It did feel a little stretched on the first couple of rides, but now I’ve moved my saddle back a bit it (counter-intuitively) feels right now.
I recall that the Cannondale website indicated that I was more suited to a 58, but that felt plain wrong to sit on in the flesh. This is my first road bike in years though, so it’s hard to know the difference between what is wrong and what is just different…Posted 4 years ago
Unfortunately, I’m a long way down south near London! Well the bike is – I’m in Edinburgh today. You are the same height and inside leg as me. So…
I’d recommend a 54 and a 120mm stem. Since it is a first road bike, you don’t need to slam the stem… and the bike comes with about 2cm of spacers.
FWIW, our height is at the threshold for Cannondale, Giant and a few others. You could fit either size, but the smaller bike will feel more lively underneath you – and it is a road bike.Posted 4 years agostoneyMember
Yes i`d say yiou need a 54cm.
I have close ties with my LBC and one of which they sell are Cannondale`s. Now from what i can gather from the shop floor is that you need to size down by 1 for a C.D compared to others…..
They also sell trek`s (which i have in a 56) but the equivilent C.D would be a 54. i know this as i allmost bought one for my missus (who normally is a 54) but she would have had to have a 52 in the C.D.
So, as the others have suggested ( and i
m 510″ but have a 33″ inseem) you`ll need a 54. You can alter ther reach a little with a different stem, a local shop should do this with the sale.
Hope this helps….. 🙂Posted 4 years ago
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