2017 Cannondale CAAD 3
Fatbike with racing soul!
A full-traction, multi-terrain adventure vehicle with super fat tires, low Q-factor and a light rigid fork. The FatCAAD is a more nimble, agile, high performance approach to fat biking. Fat bikes don’t have to be slow and cumbersome, the Fat CAAD was made to rip no matter what the season. Thanks to their Si cranksets and offset spiders, Cannondale was able to keep the chainstays to just 456 mm for surprisingly agile handling, even with room for big 4.8″ tires.
Cannondale tweaked all the angles and infused from their XC learning to create a super nimble, speed craving machine.
Cannondales CAAD heritage shines again in the SmartFormed frame of the Fat CAAD. Incredibly light, stiff and smooth riding, the Fat CAAD is a testament to Cannondale’s decades of aluminum crafting expertise.
With their huge, grippy contact patch and heavy rotational mass, fat bike tires don’t really like to turn, especially at slower speeds. To overcome that tendency, most fatbikes have pretty steep head angles, which works, but also can make the bikes more nervous and twitchy at speed. Fat CAAD takes a totally different approach. The Fat CAAD2 features a relatively slack head angle for high speed stability and pairs it with forks that have up to 15 mm more rake (offset) than other forks, to reduce the “trail” measurement for exceptional slow-speed agility.
Thanks to the System Integrated components, the Fat CAAD has the lowest Q-Factor in the game (198 mm for 1x, 204 mm for 2x), which is up to 2.5 cm narrower than other 4.8″ tire compatible bikes! The 120 mm BB30XL bottom bracket and custom offset chainrings on the Si cranksets allow them to move the crankarms further in without affecting chain clearance, so it feels like riding a bike, not a horse.
Shimano Deore 2×10-speed shifting components underline the standards of this bike, provide a wide gear range and guarantee highest precision and durability. The stiff Cannondale Si crankset in connection with the BB30XL bottom bracket does not waste a single watt.
Proven mechanic Tektro Novela disc brakes enable a powerful and save brake performance in all conditions. A strong wheelset with Cannondale rims forgives even tough line choices and are prepared for tubeless setup.