With its category defying blend of agile, playful efficiency and fearless, roll-over-anything confidence, the Trigger 29 is so good at so many things, we almost don’t know how to define it. Part technical Enduro machine, part fast trail stomper, part mountain goat, and part monster truck, all rolled into one, the Trigger 29 defies easy categorization, so we’ll settle for this one…FUN.
The more laterally stiff a frame is, the better it responds to rider input. A stiffer bike pedals more efficiently and corners more precisely. On many bikes links, bearings and axles flex and rotate relative to each other, and these small factors all combine to negatively influence lateral stiffness. We solved this with our patented ECS-TC™ system.
The World’s Only True 2-in-1 Shock
DYAD’s unique dual-shock technology lets you transform your bike on the fly from long travel to short travel and back again, depending on your mood and whatever the trail is throwing your way. Where other bikes are forced to use one middle-of-the-road travel and geometry for both climbing and descending, DYAD doesn’t compromise. With its dual modes, Elevate and Flow, it delivers the right shock response and the right geometry at the right moment.
BallisTec is Cannondale's high-strength, high-stiffness carbon construction. It starts with a base structure composed of ultra-strong fibers originally created by the military for ballistic armoring, and high-strength, high-impact resins similar to what is used in the construction of carbon baseball bats. Ride-feel tuning and stiffness comes from precision addition of high and ultra-high modulus fibers and the result is some of lightest, stiffest and toughest frames out there.
The Bigger, Badder Lefty
Everything that makes our tried-and-true Lefty great is what makes SuperMax the best performing fork in its category. It’s lighter, stiffer, stronger, smoother and less maintenance than the competition. You simply can’t beat that.
One of the key functions of the DYAD rear shock is that it enables the rider to adapt the geometry of the bike on-the-fly for the best climbing or descending experience. We call this Attitude Adjust. In Elevate Mode, the geometry is steeper for a more efficient pedaling position and better front-end control on steep climbs. In Flow Mode, the geometry gets lower and slacker to attack aggressive descents.
How it works
Lurking inside the DYAD are two different shocks - one short travel (ELEVATE) and one long travel (FLOW) - which are activated by a handlebar switch.
In ELEVATE mode, the shock behaves like a short travel, XC-ish air shock.
The FLOW chamber is completely closed off and only the ELEVATE side of the shock is active.
- All oil is routed solely through ELEVATE damping circuits.
- Damping and Shock response is optimized for climbing and rolling terrain.
- Performance not compromised. High-speed, long travel damping is handling by separate circuit.
- Air spring volume is reduced / Spring rate gets very steep and progressive.
- This reduces travel for a snappy, efficient pedaling feel.
- Controls unwanted suspension movement via spring rate, rather than with extra compression damping like traditional shocks. This allows free and fluid movement through the first part of the stroke, for smoother, faster rolling and improved traction.
In FLOW mode, the shock behaves like a coil-spring DH shock.
The ELEVATE and FLOW air chambers are connected creating a large volume air spring and all oil is routed solely through FLOW damping circuits.
- Air spring volume is dramatically increased / Spring rate gets very linear and coil-spring-like.
- This increases travel for a fluid, supple feel and bigger hit capability.
- The linear-to-progressive spring rate gives a predictable, controlled feel, and prevents bottoming.
- All oil is routed solely through FLOW damping circuits.
- Since damping duties for other types of terrain are handled by the ELEVATE circuits, the FLOW circuits are optimized specifically around the needs of high speed, aggressive descending.
New Tune for 2015
The 2015 Dyad gets a redesigned Flow mode piston engineered to complement changes we’ve made to the SuperMax PBR Trail Damper. The new piston enables better oil flow for improved mid-to-high speed compression damping performance. This results in smoother, more supple mid to high speed performance. Like the SuperMax, these changes will be especially noticeable on small, sharp bumps, square edge hits and chatter/washboard bumps at speed.
Other updates for the 2015 DYAD
- Sag optimized at 30% instead of 40% resulting in more usable/positive travel and increased ride height for better pedal clearance.
- Significantly wider range of rebound damping adjustment, thanks to increased oil flow.
SuperMax is LIGHTER
Weighing in at a scant 1850 grams, the SuperMax 160 is lighter than any of its competitors but what truly sets it apart is its insane stiffness. With rigidity and strength that rivals downhill forks, no other Trail/All-Mountain fork steers as precisely, or descends as confidently as the SuperMax. The only thing bending here is your mind.
SuperMax is STRONGER
Gram for gram, SuperMax is the strongest fork in the world. They punch way above their weight class, going head to head in destructive testing with full-on freeride and DH forks. Cross-Country light meets DH tough.
SuperMax is STIFFER
SuperMax’s massively oversized inverted dual-crown design give it stiffness comparable to the burliest downhill forks, while weighing the same as some XC forks. Light weight efficiency with heavyweight control.
SuperMax is SMOOTHER
The heart of the SuperMax, Cannondale’s patented hybrid needle-bearing technology keeps the suspension moving freely, regardless of load. Even under the hardest braking, impact, and steering forces, the wheel is able to track the ground fluidly for maximum control.
New guts. Now even smoother.
SuperMax PBR Trail/Enduro Damper – The new 2015 damper features a new Wide Mouth Piston which increases oil flow, resulting in improved small bump sensitivity and high speed plushness. These improvements will be especially evident on mid to high speed small, sharp bumps and chatter/braking bump terrain. Low speed compression damping is maintained for optimal chassis stability and minimized pedal bob/brake dive.
SuperMax is LESS MAINTENANCE
The new sealed hybrid bearing system is so robust that it requires around half the regular maintenance of the competition. With its long service intervals and completely replaceable wear-parts, you'll spend less time and money servicing, and more time riding.
Wheel-Size-Specific Axle Offsets
Instead of relying on front suspension companies for off-the-shelf products, we’re able to tailor our forks specifically for each bike platform, creating the most optimized front end geometry and handling possible. SuperMax features wheel-size-specific axle offsets – 60mm on SuperMax 29 and 50mm on SuperMax 27.5, both 10mm longer than their competitors. This increased offset combined with OverMountain’s slack head angles offers the best combination of high speed stability and low speed agility and cornering. The effect is so significant that one magazine reviewer called the Trigger 29 with Supermax ""nothing short of revolutionary"".
Wide Flange Hub
The new SuperMax Lefty hub features wider flange spacing which allows increased spoke angle for a stronger, stiffer wheel.
(Enhanced Center Stiffness-Torsion Control)
Double Clamped 15mm Thru-axles
The ECS-TC system uses 15mm thru-axles for the key pivots. By placing axle bearings in-board and clamping the ends of the axle, the axle becomes a structural part of the link or swingarm. Tying the two sides of the link or swingarm together via the axle in this manner radically increases the system’s ability to resist twisting loads.
Collet Sleeve Bearing Preload
Rather than rely on spacers or washers to take up the space between the links and bearings like other systems, the ECS-TC system has an innovative collet-style preload system. Sitting between the clamp and the axle, the collet sleeves slide into place against the bearing, eliminating any play and allowing perfect centering of the link.
Double-Stacked Rear Dropout Pivot Bearings
At the rear dropout, where the wheel prevents the two pivots from being joined by an axle, we double-stack two bearings side by side in each pivot. This greatly increases the seat stays ability to instantly resist twisting loads, making for an incredibly solid feeling swingarm.