Cannondale Slice Carbon Triathlon Bike Review
The Cannondale Slice Carbon 105 is a surprisingly well priced time trial road bike that attempts to bring some professional levels of competency to a bike that is not out of the realms of affordability for a wider audience of riders.
The most important aspect of this type of bike is usually its frame, so the Cannondale Slice Carbon 105 is certainly going to be noteworthy for benefitting from its full carbon core with Aero Save technology. There is also a full carbon fork and plenty of other lightweight features which will catch the attention of any rider looking to shave a few seconds of their personal best or take out a bike that is suitable for competitive circumstances.
One of the frame’s key attributes is its aerodynamic design, with many elements fashioned in order to help riders push forward through air resistance and headwinds while simultaneously being able to keep the ride stable even as the bike is buffeted by side swiping gusts.
Stiffness is another essential part of any time trial bike and this is certainly an area in which the Cannondale Slice Carbon 105 delivers. The torsional rigidity of the frame allows you to pedal efficiently and accelerate quickly, which means that it is able to aid you during climbs while the aerodynamic nature of the frame gives you the edge during daring descents.
The FSA Gossamer Pro BB30 crank helps contribute to this easily attainable momentum, while Shimano 105 5700 components make up the rest of the drivetrain for an appropriately light and progressive transmission experience that suits a bike of this price range.
The Shimano RS10 wheelset and Schwalbe Lugano tyres may not be the lightest on the market, but you will not necessarily regret this fact because the bike is able to make up for it in terms of power and speed. In fact the tyres in particular are a good addition since they perform well in both the dry and the wet, which means drizzly training sessions need not be avoided for any reason. Shimano 105 5700 brakes round of the main components of the bike, doing a good job of giving you responsive control over its speed.
You get the Cannondale C3 base bar and FSA Tri Max Team clip-ons to create the handlebars for this model. Meanwhile a Cannondale C3 stem does a good job of keeping everything in check.
The Cannondale Slice Carbon Aero seatpost shares the aerodynamic attributes of the rest of the bike, while the Ergo Tri saddle is comfortable enough to encourage you on to achieve great things over long distances. In fact the comfort of the bike is worth noting independent of other features, because while the frame is famed for its rigidity, it is not without the kind of vertical compliance that will keep riders in a good place when it comes to comfort and not leave them fatigued by persistent road buzz.
Perhaps most noteworthy is the bike’s ability to operate effectively whether it is being used at relatively low cruising speeds or at full out, pulse-pounding paces found in competitions and certain sections of a run. While some bikes are better suited to either one or the other of these situations, the Cannondale Slice Carbon 105 is able to offer you consistent, unshakable performance during both.
This time trail bike is ultimately a cycle that manages to be deceptive in its looks. While from a distance it seems to be a hardcore speed machine designed for maximum aerodynamic performance, it actually manages to move outside of this category and also offer comfort and capabilities of the more subdued variety.
Cannondale Slice Carbon 105 Specifications
- Front Fork: Slice Aero, full carbon
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: Shimano 105 5700
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105 5700
- Gears: 20
- Chainring: 53/39T
- Cassette: Shimano Tiagra 4600, 12-28T, 10-speed
- Shifters: MicroShift bar-end
- Brakes: Tektro R580
- Wheels: Shimano RS-10
- Tyres: Schwalbe Lugano, 700x23c