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Cannondale Trail SL 29er 1 Bike - 2013

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Fast and fun, the Cannondale Trail SL 29er 1 hardtail mountain bike offers a lightweight and agile frame along with a well-rounded component package for excellent cross-country performance.

  • Light 6061 aluminum Trail SL 29er frame features a relaxed geometry for a stable, predictable ride; oversize 1.5 in. headtube improves strength, stiffness and handling
  • Rear stays are shaped to enhance comfort and handling by damping vibration and lessening the impacts of bumps
  • RockShox Recon Gold TK 29 suspension fork delivers 80mm of smooth, responsive travel and features easy lockout and rebound adjustment for customizing the ride
  • Shimano drivetrain features snappy Deore trigger shifters and front derailleur as well as XT rear derailleur to make quick work of shifting through the 30 gear combinations
  • Shimano hydraulic disc brakes make use of a 180mm rotor up front and 160mm rotor in the back to ensure powerful, responsive braking no matter the trail conditions
  • Burly Maddux DC3.0 rims are wrapped with WTB Nine Line tires, which offer a small block tread for speedy cross-country performance
  • Platform pedals accept most types of shoes
  • Specs on the Cannondale Trail SL 29er 1 hardtail mountain bike are subject to change

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Cannondale Trail SL 29er 1 Bike - 2013 Specs
Best use
Mountain biking
Mountain bike
6061 aluminum
Front suspension
RockShox Recon Gold TK 29, 80mm travel with lockout
FSA Comet, 42/32/24
Shimano Deore
Shimano Deore
Shimano XT
Shimano HG62-10, 11-36, 10-speed
Disc brake
Shimano BR-M505 hydraulic disc
Shimano BR-M505
Maddux DC3.0 29er
Shimano HB-RM66, 32h
Shimano FH-RM66, 32h
29 inches
WTB Nine Line, 29x2.0
Riser bar
Cannondale C3
Cannondale C4
Cannondale C3
Cannondale Stage 3
FPD Platform
Tange Custom
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Rear derailleur
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Cannondale Trail SL 29er 1 Bike - 2013

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Cannondale Trail SL 29er 1 Bike - 2013is rated4.3333out of5by3.
Rated4out of5byfromDecent mid-entry mountain bikeI've used this bike mainly on the XC trails around Seattle. It handles all the green/blue runs at Duthie Hill just fine. The fork could use a bit more travel, as it has just 80 mm and should have 100 mm, but it does alright. I really started having some doubts about going for a hardtail when I took this bike to the McKenzie River Trail, but for now, I'm attributing that to my lack of skill and experience. Overall, it shifts easily, pedals easily (thank you Shimano Deore!), seems durable, has good brakes, and provides a relatively smooth ride on XC trails. If you want to start bombing down a mountain, this probably isn't your bike. But if you just want to go have some fun on some trails that have flow, this one will do just fine.
Date published: 2013-09-08
Rated5out of5byfromSweet RideAll the good reviews I read in mountain biking mags are correct. You can pay more for a bike but not get this kind of ride. This bike does great on the single tracks, rough terrain, hill climbs, ect. I am very please and highly recommend this bike to anyone who is serious about hitting the trails. I broke it in a Duthie Park and I can't wait to go back and play in the bumps, corners and the mud.
Date published: 2013-05-27
Rated4out of5byfromBest Value For The MoneyI ride trails a lot. Typically 3-5 times a week and more when I commute. This bike is a great all-around trail bike. It climbs well, handles well, feels responsive and decends like a 29er should - fast! The Trail SL 1 needs nothing. Buy it. Ride it. Clean it. Repeat steps 2 and 3. If you're a beginner, this is the bike to get serious with. You'll become a better rider, faster. It's got great components and is suprisingly light compared to my old Cannondale Trail SL4. I expected to hate the saddle as I have with every other bike I ever owned. (I prefer WTB saddles.) But for some reason, the included Cannondale saddle works for me on this bike. The fork is an entry level shock but a decent enough kit. I just went through the exercise of test-riding over a dozen full suspension bikes and almost bought one before buying this. You will not be dissapointed. You can spend more but you won't get more bike for the money.
Date published: 2013-04-08

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