The Cannondale RZ One-Twenty range of full-suspension mountain bikes are built on solid foundations and can take a knock or two. For 2013, they appear to be in short supply in the UK but good things come to those that wait. Each bike’s aim is to act as an unobtrusive platform on which you can race, compete in marathon events or just ride for fun. The point is that the operation of the bike should be so competent that it becomes a seamless experience upon which you can rely.

Cannondale RZ One-Twenty 3

The base model RZ One-Twenty features a SmartFormed alloy frame with a geometry and structure which has been geared towards integration. This basically means that you can enjoy the strength and rigidity of an alloy frame with plenty of weight saving measures put in place to ensure that the bike is manageable over long distances.

The suspension setup is important on any bike such as this, so here you get the RockShox Recon Silver TK fork at the front and the X Fusion E1 RL at the rear, combining to give 120mm of progressive travel. In fact the custom designed single pivot arrangement means that while big hits can be dealt with slickly, pedalling efficiency is preserved thanks to multi-stage travel.

SRAM X5 components make up the drivetrain and this puts power through Maddux DC 3.0 rims combined with Schwalbe Rapid Rob tyres for grip and comfort. Avid Elixir 1 disc brakes with large rotors at the front and rear help you keep the bike under control, with the levers mounted on a Cannondale C3 rider handlebar.

Cannondale RZ One-Twenty 2

While Cannondale retains the same frame construction and geometry for this model, it swaps out the previously mentioned suspension setup in favour for something a little lighter and smoother.

There is a RockShox Recon Gold TK fork at the front with lockout and rebound adjust, while the rear shock is the RockShox Monarch RT. These are both a suitable step up in terms of price and performance.

Shimano SLX and XT drivetrain components are paired with Avid Elixir 3 brakes, while the SunRingle SR25 rims are sturdy and light when united with the same Rapid Rob tyres.

The Cannondale C3 seatpost gets a Stage 2 saddle from this manufacturer’s own factory for a light, comfortable seating position.

Cannondale RZ One-Twenty 1

The SmartFormed alloy frame of its siblings is still at the core of the Cannondale RZ One-Twenty 1, but this time the RockShox suspension kit has been ousted in favour of a Fox 32 Float RL fork and a Fox RP2 rear shock. You still get the 120mm of progressive travel, but its delivery is just that little bit more impressive and worthy of a high end full-sus mountain bike like this.

SRAM X7 and X9 components are found on the bike’s transmission, with Avid Elixir 5 hydraulic disc brakes also thrown into the mix. The SunRingle SR25 rims are back in action, but this time they are matched with Schwalbe Racing Ralph Performance tyres.

A lightweight Fi’zi:k Tundra 2 saddle is utilised, while the Cannondale C2 riser handlebar and C1 stem are light and make the bike handle well.

Cannondale RZ One-Twenty XLR 2

The top of the line XLR 2 model opts to maintain the alloy frame and Fox RP2 rear shock, but this time the front end looks quite different thanks to the Lefty Ultra XLR fork.

The drivetrain consists of Shimano XT and XTR components and the natural progression is made to the Avid Elixir 7 brakes to help define this bike as a real performance hound.

Each of these full travel bikes is more versatile than you might imagine, able to tackle technical terrain and descents just as well as climbs and sprints.

Cannondale RZ One-Twenty 1 2013 Specifications

  • Front Fork: RockShox Recon Gold TK 120mm travel
  • Rear Shock: RockShox Monarch RL
  • Front Derailleur: SRAM X5
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM X7
  • Gears: 30
  • Chainring: 44/32/22T
  • Cassette:
  • Shifters: SRAM X5
  • Brakes: Avid Elixir 3 180/160mm
  • Wheels: Maddux X320
  • Tyres: Schwalbe Rapid Rob 26×2.25

Model: Cannondale RZ One-Twenty
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