TRAIL SL 29ER 4

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msrp  $ 1000

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Frame

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

Fork

SR Suntour XCR-LO-29, 80mm, lockout, 1.5" alloy steerer

Crank

Shimano FC-M391-8, 44/32/22

Bottom Bracket

Shimano BB-ES25, Octalink

Shifters

Shimano Acera, 31.8 clamp

Cog Set

Sunrace M96, 11-34, 9-speed

Chain

Shimano HG53

Front Derailleur

Shimano Acera, 31.8 clamp

Rear Derailleur

Shimano Alivio

Rims

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

Hubs

Cannondale C4 front and rear

Tires

WTB NINELINE, 29X2.0"

Pedals

FPD Platform

Brake

Cannondale Helix 6 Hydraulic Disc, 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 DUAL-DENSITY GRIP

Saddle

Cannondale Stage 3

Seat Post

Cannondale C3, 31.6 x 350 (M), 400 mm (L,X)

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cannondaleTRAIL SL 29ER 4
 
4.4

(based on 20 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Handles well (11)
  • Attractive (10)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Durable (8)
  • Comfortable (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (9)
    • Commuting (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (13), Avid cyclist (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (18)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great quality for the money!

    After a thorough break-in I have many things to say about this bike.
    1. It is a beautiful bike with the matte black and white lettering. The white pops off the black beautiful...Read complete review

    After a thorough break-in I have many things to say about this bike.
    1. It is a beautiful bike with the matte black and white lettering. The white pops off the black beautifully.
    2. I typically ride Wisconsin Kettle Moraine trails and for the amount of shifting I do I should have saved some more and bought the SL 1 or 2 for a better derailleur and a better fork. I haven't had any problems with the fork though, for a suntour it is holding up very well.
    3. As for the tires, I wish it would have come with a wider tire or perhaps one with a little more bite. I found myself sliding out a little bit in aggressive turning. Other than that the 29 inch tire rolls SO fast! What a difference compared to a 26"!

    My final verdict on this bike overall is how beautifully it looks and rides, the seat takes some getting used to but all seats do. The huge head tube is awesome to look at and makes other bikes that are a thousand dollars more look puny. I do think I'll end up replacing the derailleur and shock if they don't hold up but for now I'll let it be as is. BUY IT!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Poor quality

    I cycle mainly on paved/asphalt trails. I have only had this bike for 6 weeks and I have had constant issues with it. Build quilts is poor. I have had many of the...Read complete review

    I cycle mainly on paved/asphalt trails. I have only had this bike for 6 weeks and I have had constant issues with it. Build quilts is poor. I have had many of the screw heads rendered unusable even though I am using the correct tools. Had to replace the front brake rotor. I had difficulty adding a bottle holder - the easiest addition to any bike. The screws kept on cross-threading. I had had to have the brakes adjusted and repaired a number of times because of grinding and/or they just wouldn't engage properly. I am not happy with this bike and will probably never buy a cannondale again.

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    5.0

    This Bike is Hot

    By Roverdiscov

    from Somerset, NJ

    About Me Avid Cyclist

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          Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 4:

          I enjoy riding this bike on the trail,29er is a big factor climbing hills and jumping over logs etc.i would recommend this bike to anyone who enjoy the outdoors.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Super Bike

          By IM Redeemed

          from El Paso, TX

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                Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 4:

                First real mountain bike to ride the Rocky Mountains in the southwest. I love the way the bike handles in the rough terrain. Has made the experience of cycling exciting! I ride 3-4 times a week and have no complaints. You will not disappointed.

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                4.0

                29 beats 26 Anyday!

                By drjoen

                from West Des Moines, IA

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

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                      Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 4:

                      Great handling, easier and faster than my previous 26" mountain bike. Looking to upgrade the saddle with a WTB one, and the stock grips seem to slip so I will replace them with double-locking ones. Holds up well for my uses, which are unpaved trails or commuting when the ground is wet.

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                      2.0

                      Poor quality

                      By Richard

                      from Salt Lake City

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

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                            Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 4:

                            I cycle mainly on paved/asphalt trails. I have only had this bike for 6 weeks and I have had constant issues with it. Build quilts is poor. I have had many of the screw heads rendered unusable even though I am using the correct tools. Had to replace the front brake rotor. I had difficulty adding a bottle holder - the easiest addition to any bike. The screws kept on cross-threading. I had had to have the brakes adjusted and repaired a number of times because of grinding and/or they just wouldn't engage properly. I am not happy with this bike and will probably never buy a cannondale again.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            Awesome bike

                            By steve

                            from The Woodlands, Tx

                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

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                                  Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 4:

                                  I can not believe how smooth this bike rides. Took this bike to the Grand Canyon and it was awesome to ride. We went on road & off road down small walking paths this bike was perfectly balanced. Going down hill on some of the streets did put some stress on the break system. I did get the speed up to 40 mph going down hill and this bike hug the road like a champ. All I can say is AWESOME BIKE...

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent Bike !

                                  By AirBugzzy

                                  from Clinton, Ma

                                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

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                                        Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 4:

                                        this is a great bike !!!
                                        100% happy / satisfied with it
                                        it drives as good as it looks, if your thinking about getting one its worth it !
                                        CANNONDALE IS THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS

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                                        • No
                                         
                                        4.0

                                        Great Ride

                                        By nick

                                        from Germany

                                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

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                                              Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 4:

                                              This is my first mountain bike so this review may not be suited for the experienced. I have owned it about 3 months now without a complaint.

                                              I ride up and down Mountain biking trails located in Waldfischbach Germany. The bike moves very well up hill and very quickly downhill. It handles everything from brutal uphills and fast downhills. I even get the occasional jump in here and there without destroying it. All in all a great bike for a beginner like myself.

                                              I would deduct a star for the wheels and the front fork. The front fork and wheels is where this bike lacks. The front fork works but its an XCR so it is no powerhouse. Now I want more speed but the wheels seem to be able to only handle so much.

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                                              5.0

                                              Great bike for the novice rider

                                              By Greenway Fit

                                              from Springfield, Mo

                                              About Me Casual/ Recreational

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                                                    Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 4:

                                                    Great well made bike for the entry level recreational rider. Zero issues with the mechanics, the shifting is flawless, lock / adjustable shock is a must, and very comfortable over all. I did change out the grips but the seat is very comfortable. For the 40 something putting 100 plus miles a week to stay in shape, on or off road, been a great ride.

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                                                    • No
                                                     
                                                    4.0

                                                    some minor problems but overall satisfie

                                                    By mitch eisenstein

                                                    from stony brook, ny

                                                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

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                                                          Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 4:

                                                          I put hybrid tires on the bike to get used to it for regular street riding. I can always change out to the mountain bike tires when i am ready. it rides beautifully. shifting was spotty in first gear at first and I had the shifter adjusted, and now its fine. spokes may be loosening up as when i take tight turns i hear a grinding on my discs. there is also a slight grind even when just spinning the tire. looking carefully there is a flex on the wheel which translates the wheel from side to side during turns and cornering and i don't think that is something that is probably what is supposed to happen. but it just might be part of the break in period. i heard that the spokes breaking are an issue and is that related to them loosening up? maybe tightening the spokes fixes the translation problem. also needed a derailer adjustment but that worked out fine. brake levers had to be adjusted down to fit my hand grip, but that might just be from how the bike was assembled in the first place. the shifting is pretty intuitive. i have heard some negatives from trail riders, but i am not planning any heavy trail riding with this bike. the green color is beautiful. the pedals dont spin very well and that seems like a needless source of friction. but i was told that the pedals are sealed and thats the way they are. i put a mirror on it, strobes front and rear, a saddle pack with extra tube, co2 inflator, a lock, and a cannondale kick stand. its a beautiful bike. when adjusted right its smooth as silk. my only concern is the disc break grinding, the wheel lateral translation and what that is about. i will take it in for adjustment next week. overall i am pretty happy.

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                                                          4.0

                                                          great bike!

                                                          By joelster

                                                          from tonawanda, ny

                                                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

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                                                          Pros

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

                                                          Cons

                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Commuting
                                                            • Mountain Biking

                                                            Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 4:

                                                            Amazing bike for the money. The brakes are incredible, and the component group is very good. The bike is gorgeous too. The only gripe I have is with the seat. That's something that is easily swapped to customize the bike.

                                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                                            • No
                                                             
                                                            5.0

                                                            Best biking experience!

                                                            By ming

                                                            from Zamboanga, Philippines

                                                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                                            Verified Reviewer

                                                            Pros

                                                            • Attractive Design
                                                            • Comfortable
                                                            • Handles Well
                                                            • Lightweight

                                                            Cons

                                                              Best Uses

                                                              • Commuting
                                                              • Road Biking

                                                              Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 4:

                                                              This is my first mountain bike and i love it!

                                                              • Was this a gift?:
                                                              • Yes
                                                               
                                                              4.0

                                                              Great quality for the money!

                                                              By RyGuy

                                                              from Waukesha, Wi

                                                              About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                                              Verified Reviewer

                                                              Pros

                                                              • Attractive Design
                                                              • Beautiful
                                                              • Durable
                                                              • Eye catcher
                                                              • Fast
                                                              • Handles Well
                                                              • Lightweight

                                                              Cons

                                                              • Poor Components
                                                              • Poor Wheel Choice

                                                              Best Uses

                                                              • Commuting
                                                              • Mountain Biking
                                                              • Singletrack
                                                              • Single Track

                                                              Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 4:

                                                              After a thorough break-in I have many things to say about this bike.
                                                              1. It is a beautiful bike with the matte black and white lettering. The white pops off the black beautifully.
                                                              2. I typically ride Wisconsin Kettle Moraine trails and for the amount of shifting I do I should have saved some more and bought the SL 1 or 2 for a better derailleur and a better fork. I haven't had any problems with the fork though, for a suntour it is holding up very well.
                                                              3. As for the tires, I wish it would have come with a wider tire or perhaps one with a little more bite. I found myself sliding out a little bit in aggressive turning. Other than that the 29 inch tire rolls SO fast! What a difference compared to a 26"!

                                                              My final verdict on this bike overall is how beautifully it looks and rides, the seat takes some getting used to but all seats do. The huge head tube is awesome to look at and makes other bikes that are a thousand dollars more look puny. I do think I'll end up replacing the derailleur and shock if they don't hold up but for now I'll let it be as is. BUY IT!

                                                              • Was this a gift?:
                                                              • No
                                                               
                                                              5.0

                                                              Best in class at this price point

                                                              By 29er Mike

                                                              from Calgary AB

                                                              About Me Commuter

                                                              Verified Reviewer

                                                              Pros

                                                              • Attractive Design
                                                              • Comfortable
                                                              • Handles Well
                                                              • Lightweight

                                                              Cons

                                                                Best Uses

                                                                • Commuting
                                                                • Mountain Biking

                                                                Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 4:

                                                                Looks bad to the bone. Best frame for the money means a sliiiight compromise on components. It's the right trade off for long term ownership though. Feels more expensive than it is.

                                                                • Was this a gift?:
                                                                • No

                                                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                                 
                                                                4.0

                                                                Sweet Ride!

                                                                By Jonnylaughs

                                                                from San Diego, CA

                                                                About Me Commuter

                                                                Verified Reviewer

                                                                Pros

                                                                • Attractive Design
                                                                • Durable
                                                                • Great Components
                                                                • Handles Well

                                                                Cons

                                                                • Heavy

                                                                Best Uses

                                                                • Commuting

                                                                Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 4:

                                                                I bought this bike to use on my 20 mile round trip commute to work in San Diego, CA. This town is quite hilly in places, and there are some doozies between the house and where I work. Having the ability to lock out the front fork quickly is a huge plus for working these big hills. Road conditions here are not the greatest, so I really wanted that front fork shock and was willing to pay the weight dividend for the better ride. Great decision!

                                                                The disc brakes are a super great feature as well and come in quite handy when dodging inattentive motorists and when flying down the hills.

                                                                So far I have no complaints about any of the components although I did trade out the factory seat and grips for aftermarket ones before I even rode the bike.

                                                                It's a great performing bike, and it's a head-turner, too. I've gotten several compliments from strangers and friends alike on how cool it looks.

                                                                Pick one up, you won't be sorry!

                                                                • Was this a gift?:
                                                                • No

                                                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                                 
                                                                5.0

                                                                great bike

                                                                By jordan62906

                                                                from new york,ny

                                                                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                                                Pros

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

                                                                Cons

                                                                  Best Uses

                                                                  • Commuting
                                                                  • Mountain Biking

                                                                  Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 4:

                                                                  this is a great bike should cost more but i'm not complaining it rides and looks great i love it

                                                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                                                  • No

                                                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                                   
                                                                  5.0

                                                                  Amazing

                                                                  By J the Cookie Monster

                                                                  from Downingtown, PA

                                                                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                                                                  Pros

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

                                                                  Cons

                                                                    Best Uses

                                                                    • Mountain Biking

                                                                    Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 4:

                                                                    This bike is easy to handle, comfortable, everything is perfect.

                                                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                                                    • Yes

                                                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                                     
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK

                                                                    By RIDE NOW

                                                                    from LONGILSND NEW YORK

                                                                    About Me Avid Cyclist

                                                                    Verified Reviewer

                                                                    Pros

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

                                                                    Cons

                                                                      Best Uses

                                                                      • Commuting
                                                                      • Mountain Biking

                                                                      Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 4:

                                                                      GREAT OVERALL BIKE

                                                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                                                      • No

                                                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                                       
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      Great bike!

                                                                      By KLUBBSOUND

                                                                      from CAGUAS, PR

                                                                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                                                      Verified Reviewer

                                                                      Pros

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

                                                                      Cons

                                                                      • Uncomfortable

                                                                      Best Uses

                                                                      • Mountain Biking
                                                                      • Road Biking

                                                                      Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 4:

                                                                      Everything is great about the bicycle, light weight, awesome look, superior components, durable, seat is a litter bit uncomfortable.

                                                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                                                      • No

                                                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                                                       
                                                                      4.0

                                                                      Extremely Fun to Ride!

                                                                      By Buddhakai

                                                                      from Denver, CO

                                                                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                                                      Verified Reviewer

                                                                      Pros

                                                                      • Comfortable
                                                                      • Design
                                                                      • Great Components
                                                                      • Handles Well
                                                                      • Super Lightweight

                                                                      Cons

                                                                        Best Uses

                                                                        • Mountain Biking

                                                                        Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 4:

                                                                        Perfect upgrade for a recreational mountain biker like myself. Had a Cannondale F400 before this, and I love it until my front shock died on me. This one's so much nicer!!!

                                                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                                                        • No

                                                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                                         
                                                                        4.0

                                                                        Great bike for the buck!

                                                                        By XtremeBroham

                                                                        from SoTexas

                                                                        About Me Avid Cyclist

                                                                        Pros

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

                                                                        Cons

                                                                        • Skewers

                                                                        Best Uses

                                                                        • Mountain Biking
                                                                        • Trail riding

                                                                        Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 29ER 4:

                                                                        The only thing the bike needed was some upgraded skewers to keep the 29" wheels attached.

                                                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                                                        • No

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