Noel’s brand new Cannondale CAAD12 105 on test, now race-ready after a few hours of workshop time with yours truly. The bike’s been upgraded in a number of ways, the most important being the stunning and tubeless-ready Shimano Ultegra wheelset, shod with Michelin’s fast Pro4 Service Course rubber. Noel’s preferred handlebar/stem combo, pedals and bottle cages have followed him from his previous Wilier road bike plus we’ve made amendments to his gearing, swapping over from an 11/28 to 11/32 cassette with longer chain & medium caged 105 derailleur. Riding position, brakes and drivetrain have been rigorously tuned, and test-riding was a pleasure on this brisk November morning. I’ve always had a soft spot for ‘Dales and it’s easy to see why this was named 2016 Bike Of The Year in Cycling Plus…