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Cannondale Six13 R5000

Cannondale Six13 R5000     Photo: Carlos Serrao

CANNONDALE SIX13 R5000
$4,400
THE PITCH » The snap and crackle of Cannondale's Tour-proven Optimo aluminum frame tempered with chatter-nixing carbon
YOUR MONEY BUYS... A world-beating racer. Cannondale's innovations in aluminum construction have helped the American company grow into one of the world's most respected builders, so you have to assume that they wouldn't make a foray into carbon without good reason. Ultrarigid aluminum in the lugs (frame joints), head tube, bottom bracket, and seatstays delivers Cannondale's signature liveliness, while carbon tubing elsewhere makes this 15.5-pound rig the company's fastest and lightest bike yet.
THE RIGHT BIKE FOR YOU? Remember: This is a full-fledged racing bike, not a boardwalk cruiser. If your goal is to be at the front of the pack for races and club rides, it will get you there without shaking your bones out of alignment. You won't find a stiffer bottom bracket; the bike shoots forward with every turn of the cranks. And when you're hammering the flats or breaking the sound barrier on descents, the Six13's (the name refers to the atomic numbers of carbon and aluminum) carbon tubing takes the edge off high-frequency vibrations, leaving you fresh for the final sprint. 800-245-3872, www.cannondale.com

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