TRAIL SL 3

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msrp  $ 1100

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The affordable superbikes.

1.5" HEAD TUBE

The oversized 1.5" head tube increases front end stiffness for better steering and control.

ALL NEW FRAME

Completely redesigned for 2013, the Trail SL frames have a new lighter-weight frameset modeled after our high-end Flash frames, new lighter dropouts and more exaggerated SAVE features. Lighter, Stiffer and Smoother.

SMOOTH WELDS

Trademark double-pass smooth welds showcase Cannondale's aluminum frame mastery. Since we don't patch fill with putty and paint, our process eliminates the stress-risers and weak points found on traditionally welded frames, enabling us to build lighter, stronger frames everywhere in the line.

Frame

Trail SL, Optimized 6061 alloy, SAVE, 1.5" headtube

Fork

RockShox XC 30 TK, Coil, 100mm, Lockout, 1.5"

Crank

Shimano FC-M430-8, Octalink, 44/32/22

Bottom Bracket

Shimano BB-ES25, Octalink

Shifters

Shimano Acera

Cog Set

Sunrace M96, 11-34, 9-speed

Chain

Shimano HG53

Front Derailleur

Shimano Acera, 31.8 clamp

Rear Derailleur

Shimano Deore, shadow design, 9-speed

Rims

Maddux DC3.0 Double Wall w/eyelet, 28 hole front, 32 hole rear

Hubs

Cannondale C4 front and rear

Tires

Schwalbe Rapid Rob, 26x2.1

Pedals

FPD Platform

Brake

Shimano BR-M446, 160/160mm

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, 27.2x350MM (S,M) 400mm (L,X)

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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cannondaleTRAIL SL 3
 
4.3

(based on 8 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Handles well (6)
  • Attractive (5)
  • Comfortable (5)
  • Durable (5)
  • Lightweight (4)

Cons

  • Poor components (4)

Best Uses

  • Mountain biking (6)
  • Road biking (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (5), Casual/ recreational (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

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4.0

Great Mountain Bike

By ohyouknow86

from Montclair, CA

About Me Avid Cyclist

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    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 3:

        Very easy to take on downhills, as far as components, they are ok, many people think its the bike that is going to make you better, just train and you'll get better. Great and with availability to custom upgrade to 27.5"

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        xc trail

        By roadrunner

        from san diego

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          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 3:

              poor components needs upgrades

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              nice

              By max

              from norway

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Great Components
              • Handles Well
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mountain Biking
                • Road Biking

                Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 3:

                amazing just amazing....

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                trail sl3

                By roadkill

                from france

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Comfortable
                • Handles Well

                Cons

                • Poor Components
                • Shimano Again Why

                Best Uses

                • Commuting
                • Mountain Biking

                Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 3:

                bike needs more than a shimano groupset. there is better stuff out there.

                luckily you can change it.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                i bought a cake with a price of a donut

                By HaringBurat

                from bulacan, philippines

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Road Biking

                  Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 3:

                  everything is perfect! this is the best bike i ever had in my 20+ bike in 4 years

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  4.0

                  A bit of downhill here,a lot of xc there

                  By Davy Gonzales

                  from Palawan, PHILIPPINES

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Poor Components

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Road Biking

                  Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 3:

                  First mountain bike. A lot of miles on the dale. Did some downhill but i spend most of the time on and off road. Upgraded the crankset and FD to XT and changed the chain to KMC's 10sl. Fast accelerating and gets to top speed quickly. My fastest was 55kmh. I crashed the bike when attempting to lift the back wheel.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  close to perfect

                  By il biker

                  from Malta

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Comfortable
                  • Durable
                  • Handles Well

                  Cons

                  • Poor Components
                  • Slippery Tyres

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Road Biking
                  • Urban Biking

                  Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 3:

                  I use this bike for urban use that includes stairs and 1 to 1.5 foot pavements,,,,and for mild offroad speeding up to 20 to 30 mph.
                  It handles ok and frame is fairly rigid...
                  Tyres are a bit slippery and rear derailer tends to make some noises.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  The feeling of my fisrt cannondale cycle

                  By UONG HOANG LINH

                  from HA NOI,VIETNAMESE

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Poor Components

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Biking

                  Comments about cannondale TRAIL SL 3:

                  This is my first bike,as well as my first cannondale product.When I have bought this cannondale,and set up by myself. the felling have been lucky,proud,and so happy.And when my finished set up was midnight but I still got out and try to my newfriend. The fisrt feeling is comfortable, rather light weight and sporty...This is my good bike and the more plus to cannondale for ournewbebi!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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