TRAIL SL 29ER 2

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msrp  $ 1330

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Frame

Trail SL 29'er, Optimized 6061 alloy, SAVE, 1.5" headtube

Fork

RockShox Recon Silver TK 29, 80 mm, Solo Air, lockout, rebound, 1.5"

Crank

SRAM S800 3.1, 44/33/22

Bottom Bracket

SRAM Powerspline w/alloy cups

Shifters

SRAM X5

Cog Set

SRAM PG 1030, 11-36, 10-speed

Chain

KMC X10

Front Derailleur

SRAM X5, 31.8 clamp

Rear Derailleur

SRAM X5, 10-speed

Rims

Maddux DC3.0 29'er, Double Wall w/eyelet, 32 hole

Hubs

Formula CDH20 front, Formula CDH22 rear

Tires

WTB NINELINE, 29X2.0"

Pedals

FPD Platform

Brake

Avid Elixir 1, 180/160 mm

Handlebar

Cannondale C3, 680x20, 6061 double-butted alloy

Stem

Cannondale C4, 1.5", 31.8, 7 degree

Headset

Tange Custom 1.5"

Spokes

Stainless Steel, 15g Black

Grips

CANNONDALE LOCKING GRIPS

Saddle

Cannondale Stage 3

Seat Post

Cannondale C3, 27.2 x 350 (M), 400 mm (L,X)

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cannondaleTRAIL SL 29ER 2
 
4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (8)
  • Handles well (7)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Durable (6)
  • Great components (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (7)
    • Commuting (3)
    • Road biking (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (5), Casual/ recreational (5), Commuter (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (12)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Bike

    I tested out many other bikes in this price range of all brands and this was by far the best one for the price. Nice Rockshox Recon fork, Avid Elixir 1 hydraulic brakes work ...Read complete review

    I tested out many other bikes in this price range of all brands and this was by far the best one for the price. Nice Rockshox Recon fork, Avid Elixir 1 hydraulic brakes work well and no problems at all so far. Frame is very nice and the 2013 is lighter than the other aluminum frames of the same category. Tires are slim and lightweight. Of all the bikes I have ridden so far while testing them out, this one can easily keep up with much more high priced bikes and feels and handles very well. Get out and ride it for yourself and you'll know what I mean.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Paper tiger

    First ride, I did an established paved bike route about 18 miles.towards the end of my ride I came off a curb,locked up the front brakes.the impact took the rim out of round.the ride...Read complete review

    First ride, I did an established paved bike route about 18 miles.towards the end of my ride I came off a curb,locked up the front brakes.the impact took the rim out of round.the ride netted me a trip to the bike doctor to true up my brand new rim..I bought this bike in or to have the capability to handle some "urban riding" I did not expect that from a tough mountain bike..

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    5.0

    WHAT A RIDE!

    By Matt

    from Madison, WI

    About Me Avid Cyclist

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          Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 2:

          I ride this bike frequently and on some very challenging terrain in both Oregon and Wisconsin. I first tried it as a rental while staying in resort town nestled just below the Cascade Range in central Oregon. The trails there are fast, winding and technical but my TRAIL SL 29ER 2 rose to the occasion. The larger wheels make excellent contact even through the loosest of surfaces, the fork and brakes are responsive, and the lightweight frame makes climbing significantly easier than it is on my full suspension. I haven't had this much fun on a bike (especially one less than $2000) in a very long time. I highly recommend this bike to anyone looking for an affordable bike that rides like the highest of high end models.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Powerful & Light

          By phantomrocker

          from Fort Hood, TX

          About Me Commuter

          Verified Reviewer

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                Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 2:

                I use the bike here in Texas in the unforgiving heat & high demand for punctuality here in the military. It is smooth & reduces some time of my daily commutes. Absolutely no complaints at all, although I plan on changing out the crank, bottom bracket,chain, shifters and derailleurs & may go tubeless in a while with this.
                Bike is very, very light & when you get it to going it goes!

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                • No
                 
                4.0

                Almost Amazing

                By Tim the baker.

                from Ft. Stewart GA

                About Me Commuter

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                      Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 2:

                      I use my Trail for Commuting to work everyday (I live 7 miles from my job). I fell in love with this bike after my first test ride. It handles a lot better than I expected since it's been 2 years since I've bee on a 29er. I purchased mine mid May, the only problem I've had is that one of my rear spokes gave out, but Cannondale sent me a new wheel without any problems after the 2nd failed repair. But besides that it's a amazing bike, I just wish I would've waited to get it in the other color. I just wish it came with a lefty lol.

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                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Exceptional Bike

                      By Rodney G

                      from Copley, Ohio

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                            Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 2:

                            Picked up the Trail SL 29er 2 to ride on the Cuyahoga Valley towpath trail, 22 miles from Akron to Cleveland. This bike is a beast, smooth braking and handling. Cannondale is the best!

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            Very nice bike

                            By Kevin

                            from Buffalo NY

                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

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                                  Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 2:

                                  I ride single track trails the bike handles great love it. I did upgraded the pedals and the seat is next. Shifting works great and the breaks are the Bomb.Great Bike !!!!!!

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                                  • No
                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Fantastic bike

                                  By RCarlos

                                  from Brazil

                                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive Design
                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Durable
                                  • Great Components

                                  Cons

                                  • Handles Poorly

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Mountain Biking
                                  • Road Biking

                                  Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 2:

                                  good bike

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No
                                   
                                  5.0

                                  nice ridding

                                  By tonymi

                                  from Anaco Venezuela

                                  About Me Commuter

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive Design
                                  • Great Components
                                  • Handles Well
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Seat Uncomfortable

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Mountain Biking
                                  • Road Biking

                                  Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 2:

                                  Excelent ridding on mountain and urban roads as well!!!!!!

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No
                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Love this 29er!!

                                  By Dave V.

                                  from Dallas, Tx

                                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive Design
                                  • Blue Color Looks Great
                                  • Durable
                                  • Great Components
                                  • Handles Well
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Uncomfortable

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Commuting
                                  • Mountain Biking

                                  Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 2:

                                  I bought this SL2 about two months ago at my local shop. The blue color looks sick! This bike is very smooth and is a great bike for beginners like myself. It rolls over roots and rocks very smooth b/c of the 29" tires and the fork. Yes the pedals are cheap and the seat is bot the best but those are easy and cheap replacements. I love when the weekends get here so I can take this out to my local trails and go ride! A+ in my book....

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No
                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Too much !!!

                                  By RCarlos

                                  from Brazil

                                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive Design
                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Durable
                                  • Great Components
                                  • Handles Well
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 2:

                                      excellent bike !!

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • Yes
                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Great Bike!!!

                                      By Lazybird01

                                      from Dallas, Tx

                                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                      Pros

                                      • Attractive Design
                                      • Durable
                                      • Great Components
                                      • Handles Well
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • The Blue Color Is Clean

                                      Cons

                                      • Could Have Better Tires
                                      • Uncomfortable

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Commuting
                                      • Mountain Biking

                                      Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 2:

                                      I feel in love with this bike. I got the blue color at my LBS and have had it for about 2 months now. So far I am in LOVE with this bike! The only thing I don't like is the seat gets to you after a long ride and the brakes make a little noise but other than that, this bike is a beast!

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No
                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Great to be Back

                                      By Jonnaburner

                                      from RVA

                                      About Me Avid Cyclist

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attractive Design
                                      • Comfortable
                                      • Durable
                                      • Great Components
                                      • Handles Well
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Mountain Biking

                                        Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 2:

                                        Didn't ride for 10 years. Got back in the saddle with this sweet 29er and I can not kill it-trust me I tried and so did it. Many spills due to my lack of ability to clip-out! Just ordered fatter tires to handle RVA trails better and I am psyched for the next ride-tomorrow! Going to take this baby to Xterra in June.

                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No

                                        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        3.0

                                        Paper tiger

                                        By Jim H

                                        from Richland ,wa

                                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                        Verified Reviewer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attractive Design
                                        • Handles Well
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Commuting
                                          • Mountain Biking
                                          • Road Biking

                                          Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 2:

                                          First ride, I did an established paved bike route about 18 miles.towards the end of my ride I came off a curb,locked up the front brakes.the impact took the rim out of round.the ride netted me a trip to the bike doctor to true up my brand new rim..I bought this bike in or to have the capability to handle some "urban riding" I did not expect that from a tough mountain bike..

                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No

                                          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Great Bike

                                          By Kyle

                                          from Rome, Ga

                                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                          Verified Reviewer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attractive Design
                                          • Comfortable
                                          • Durable
                                          • Handles Well
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Mountain Biking

                                            Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 2:

                                            I tested out many other bikes in this price range of all brands and this was by far the best one for the price. Nice Rockshox Recon fork, Avid Elixir 1 hydraulic brakes work well and no problems at all so far. Frame is very nice and the 2013 is lighter than the other aluminum frames of the same category. Tires are slim and lightweight. Of all the bikes I have ridden so far while testing them out, this one can easily keep up with much more high priced bikes and feels and handles very well. Get out and ride it for yourself and you'll know what I mean.

                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                            • No

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