Cannondale Trigger Carbon 1 XC Full Suspension

5/5 (2 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Frame: Trigger, 120/70mm
  • Crank: Sram S2210, BB30, 38/24 W/Guard
  • Bottom Bracket: Sram BB30
  • Shifters: Shimano XT, Ispec Mount
  • Chain: KMC X10SL

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Billfer a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2015

Strengths:    Very light
Fast and responsive
Dyad and selector switch
Magura brakes
Cannondale spec carbon bars

Weaknesses:    None-

Bottom Line:   
Waited a year and got the 2014 Trigger 29 Carbon 1 or "Team" Large. After riding a Lefty eq'd Flash 29 (hardtail) I sort of felt pigeon holed. knew I wanted full suspension but it had to have the Lefty. Cannondale's philosophy can easily price out most riders wanting a long travel Lefty. The improvement over the 100mm PBR is just insane. More stiffness; the plushness comes with break in but it will come! It's just a dialed machine. Setup including sag, controls, tire pressure took about an hour rack to trail. The Magura MT6 brakes are great. The rear suspension is indeed super stiff, silent and like the fork, mondo-plush. I found the Cannondale spec'd parts are great! The carbon bars dampen vibration and flex wonderfully, SI (system integration) rocks. All parts work together to give a totally dialed experience. As a heavier rider 220lbs I must have nailed the cranks 4 times solid on big rocks but alas no breaks. Have you priced a set of SLSI cranks? Smaller riders will be intimidated. The stem on this bike is 4'!! It's a tall bike that goes over everything. Unlike some manufacturers that pay others for RnD (forks) Cannondale does it all and the results speak for themselves. It's incredible given the amount of development work they do that they can price the bikes competitively. Some how they can and do! I will never ride a double stanchion design fork again. The rest are a compromise. Anyway in elevate mode the bike climbs really well, I was at Annadel SP in Sonoma over the weekend. The rockiest gnarled out climbs ever. I left the bike in flow mode the entire climb and only dropped the seat post on the descents. A couple times I left it in "elevate" during descent. Of course the 29 wheels dominate; even if it were a hardtail, 29ers stop at nothing. Can you hang on? As a person that has owned several Cannondales I always seem to find them priced less than the competition. When bike shopping I looked at the Santa Cruz Nomad $10k. The biggest difference between the cd

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scotty C. a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2013

Strengths:    Light for what it is (24.5lbs w/good tires), capable shorter travel all-mountain machine. Very versatile and snappy, fast on the trail. Forgiving.

Weaknesses:    cost, no 142x12 (although you can use a 135x10 DT Swiss, which is nearly as stiff. Racing Ralph 2.1's are too narrow for intended use.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike: why is it in the XC section? Hello? No wonder this the 1st review. Very plush, maybe OK for endurance racing and really rough courses, but this feels much more like a plush shorter travel do-everything bike than a race bike. I have it set up with a larger 2.35 up front, so about a 68.3 HTA. 130mm of travel.....sure, it is light, but definitely doesn't belong in the same category listing here as the Scalpel. Wicked fast, wicked fun on techy, black-diamond trails. Since it has a plush feel, but not as much travel as a 150/160mm all-mountain bike, it is best for the rider with higher-level skills if taken into really rough terrain. The upside of less travel and a responsive rear end is the bike is super snappy; tops in this category, and very playful. You won't find many rides lighter than this. Feels more planted than the Mojo SL, the BB feels lower. You can corner it more aggressively and not get bounced around in the rough stuff as much.

running a Trail King 2.2 in the rear (which has some clearance, not a ton, but has the highest volume of any 2.2 out there) and a Hans Dampf 2.35 up front. Wicked cornering machine. With these tires, it is basically a 650b (650b is 25mm larger than 26" in terms of tire diameter, so the larger volume tires would be the same as running 2.1's on a 650b).

Put this bike at the top of your list. If it said "Santa Cruz" on the top tube, they would be selling like hotcakes

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Favorite Trail:   anything in Fruita

Duration Product Used:   4 mos

Price Paid:    $7200.00

Purchased At:   bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Jekyll, Trek Fuel EX, Fuel EX29, Turner 5-spot, Turner Sultan, Trek Rumblefish, Ventana El Ciclon, Ventana El Rey

Bike Setup:   Stock, with upgraded cassette, Tires (noted above), and XTR shifters. Going to add a dropper post as well.

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