Cannondale Mountain Bikes
Cannondale did not start its life as a bike manufacturer but instead was founded in 1971 in order to produce cycling accessories designed for long distance tours. However, its work in bags and trailers eventually saw its American output switch to offering full cycles. While most of the manufacturing occurs in Taiwan, this high end pioneer retains its US roots and continues to innovate with alloy and carbon frames.
The Cannondale mountain bike range is made up of several distinct families, within which there are multiple variants on the same basic theme. It encompasses full suspension setups as well as hardtail mountain bikes, overmountain all-rounders and 29ers thrown in for good measure.
The Claymore range is part of its genre-defying overmountain selection, featuring alloy frames, Shimano XT components, Schwalbe tyres and Fox forks and shocks for a full suspension setup that can take almost anything which is thrown at it.
The over-mountain selection is expanded by the Jekyll range, which consists of two carbon and two alloy framed offerings. The same Fox shock setup can be found here, but this time you get Sram gearing, Avid Elixir brakes and a healthy dose of lightweight materials to keep the total weight low.
The RZ One-Twenty range continues the full-sus goodness with suspension from firms including Rock Shox and 120mm of travel across the alloy frames that are on offer. This family is a little more affordable than the full overmountain offerings, although you can still enjoy race-ready performance straight out of the box.
The Cannondale Scalpel range is comprised of some of the lightest full-sus bikes on the market at the moment. Using a healthy smattering of carbon frames and components from Shimano, DT Swiss and Avid, you can enjoy the kind of professional-grade quality that is befitting of a competitive racer.
For hardtail off-road thrills you can choose the Cannondale Flash family, which has both carbon and alloy options on tap. There are even 29ers on offer with big, momentum building rims and Schwalbe Racing Ralph Evo tyres in this range, so you can choose the model which suits you best.
The hardtail offerings from Cannondale are rounded out by the Trail SL family. These are some of the more affordable mountain bikes offered by this high end firm and so if you are on a budget you can get your hands on a desirable brand without having to pay through the nose. Excellent alloy frames, Shimano gearing, Promax brakes and plenty of character can be found onboard the Trail SL range.
Since the Trail SL family could represent your first encounter with a Cannondale bike, here is a quick look at the Trail SL 5. It features an optimised 6061 alloy frame, an RST Blaze fork with 100mm of travel, Shimano Altus and Acera components along with Schwalbe Rapid Rob tyres and Alex DC4.5 rims. You even get Promax CD 7.0 mechanical disc brakes to give you even more control while you are tearing it up off-road this year.