Cannondale Trigger 29 Carbon 1- Review

Dec 30, 2013
by Mike Levy  
 
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REVIEWED
Cannondale
TRIGGER 29 Carbon 1

WORDS Mike Levy
PHOTOS Colin Meagher

With 130mm of rear wheel travel via a radical pull shock that can be dialled down to just 80mm with the push of a remote, and its single sided, carbon fiber Lefty fork, Cannondale's Trigger 29 Carbon 1 doesn't exactly blend into today's mid-travel bike market. Regardless of its on-trail manners, there's no doubt that its appearance is bound to be a polarizing factor among riders, and its $8,120 USD price tag will likely have the same effect as well. And while the entry point for the Trigger platform starts at a more reasonable $3,470 USD for the base model, there is no mistaking that the 29 Carbon 1 tested here is Cannondale's no-apologies entry into the most ruthless and competitive bike category out there. Is the bike's novel approach to suspension and frame design enough to have it rise to the top of an already impressive field of contenders?

Trigger Details

• Intended use: trail/all-mountain/enduro
• Wheel size: 29"
• Rear wheel travel: 80 - 130mm (via remote)
• Lefty SuperMax Carbon fork w/ 130mm of travel
• FOX DYAD RT2 pull shock
• Carbon fiber front and rear triangles
• SRAM XX1/XO1 drivetrain w/ Si cranks
• Mavic Crossmax ST 29 wheels
• Weight: 26.4 lb (lrg, w/o pedals)
• MSRP $8,120 USD


Different for Different's Sake?

The fact that there are some clear leaders in the world of mid-travel bikes, and also some clear duds, proves that assembling a dialled trail bike might be more difficult than convincing a bunch of fashion conscious riders to try out hip bags on their next ride. So, why would Cannondale make things even harder on themselves by taking such an unorthodox approach to the challenge? After all, the Trigger's Zero Pivot rear end, DYAD pull shock, and Lefty fork are sure to alienate the more closed minded of us out there, aren't they? ''We have always been an engineering-driven company, rather than a marketing driven company. If we see a way to improve something, we do it and worry about how to sell it later,'' Murray Washburn, Cannondale's Global Director of Product Marketing, explained to us. ''We are great at thinking about things differently and coming up with new, surprising ways to make bikes better, but we pretty much suck at telling people about it. This approach is both our biggest strength and our greatest weakness.'' Coming up with ideas that are new to the mountain bike world and then putting them into practice is one thing that Cannondale has done extensively throughout their existence but, as Washburn admits, it's also something that has surely cost them sales as well.

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  The 26.4 lb Trigger's carbon footprint is larger than most, with its front and rear triangles, rocker link, and single fork leg are all made out of carbon fiber.


A skeptical mind might assume that a single sided fork (isn't it a prong, then?) would never be up to the task, a valid concern if you're not familiar with the principles behind it, regardless of the car sitting outside of your house having all four of its wheels held on by one side, while others maintain that shocks should push, not pull.Yet both the Trigger and Jekyll platforms that make up Cannondale's 'OverMountain' range of do-it-all bikes employ their proprietary DYAD pull shocks that have been designed in conjunction with FOX. Cannondale clearly believes in both the Lefty concept - it's been around for many years now - as well as the idea of integrated, exclusive suspension components, but that strategy must offer advantages to the average rider for them to be accepted en masse because being different for different's sake isn't enough when the accepted norm performs to such a high level.


The Trigger's Suspension Explained

Lefty SuperMax Carbon PBR: Pull up to the trailhead with the Trigger and you'll no doubt have strangers wandering over to ask if you've forgotten the other side of your fork at home, something that gets old fast once you've spent a good amount of time on the bike. Jokes aside, there are some very sound theories behind the Lefty that, as we'll talk about more later on, allow it to be both more torsionally rigid and more active. The key to the fork's performance is its 36mm diameter square stanchion tube that rides on four strips of captured roller bearings, thereby letting the lower tube roll in and out of the 46mm carbon fiber upper tube rather than slide on bushings, all of which is a layout that offers enough strength and rigidity that Cannondale is able to go to a single-sided design. Remember, using a standard, round stanchion would allow the leg to spin around in the upper tube - a conventional fork's rigidity depends on its axle, fork arch, and there being a proper amount of material elsewhere, and while some of those still count for points with the Lefty, it's the fork's square stanchion tube that delivers the required stiffness. Each bearing strip is sandwiched in thin steel races to prevent the bearings from wearing into the aluminum leg as they roll, and the newer Lefty forks also utilize a round profile to the exposed lower section of the stanchion that allows Cannondale to use more traditional sealing system as opposed to their older setup that depended on a rubber boot to keep grime at bay. Another important update is the much lower profile top cap that won't interfere with the handlebar if a rider wants to install a shorter stem (we used a 60mm for the majority of our time on the bike), a blessing for anyone who plans to get a bit rowdy on the Trigger.

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  Aluminum crowns are bonded to the Lefty's 46mm carbon upper tube (left), and a smart fork bumper has been glued in place to protect both it and the frame. The design requires a proprietary hub from Mavic that is bolted onto the fork's large tapered axle (right).


The fork's air spring is adjusted via a Schrader valve at the bottom of the leg, while a large red dial atop the leg controls rebound speeds. The PB in PBR stands for push-button, a reference to the blue button at the center of the rebound dial (that's the R in PBR) that can be pushed to instantly add compression damping to the fork, although it is more of a ''soft lockout'' that still allows for some movement instead of a traditional lockout. All told, the 130mm travel Lefty weighs in around the same as many other high-end forks in the same travel bracket - 1850 grams/4.07lb - but remember that Cannondale says it's ''as stiff and strong as most dual-crown DH forks, yet lighter than most all-mountain forks,'' a hefty claim if we've ever heard one. Can it be true?


Zero Pivot: While there is quite a bit to talk about when it comes to the Trigger's rear suspension, the bike does use a somewhat traditional single pivot and rocker link arrangement to control its adjustable 80 - 130mm travel rear end. Instead of the rocker link pushing on the shock like you see elsewhere, however, it pulls up on it. Just as up front, Cannondale has gone with carbon fiber all around, with the entire rear end, including the rocker link, being manufactured with the same material. This has allowed them to forgo using a bearing pivot at the axle, with their 'Zero Pivot' flexing stays doing the work instead. Engineered flex is nothing new for Cannondale - the theory as been in use by them since 2002 - and it's one that they claim offers more lateral rigidity and less weight. ''It saves a significant chunk of weight, almost a quarter pound out of the swingarm and, thanks to ways we can control deflection via layup, it actually increases stiffness over a bearing system,'' Washburn told us. He also used the example of the wings of a large airliner, designed to flex huge amounts during flight, as the same theory applied on a much larger scale.

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  Rear wheel travel can be run at either 130mm or 80mm thanks to its trick FOX DYAD shock that is essentially two shocks combined into one.


FOX DYAD RT2 shock: The heart of the Trigger's suspension is its proprietary FOX DYAD RT2 pull shock which, while being quite complicated compared to a standard unit, is essentially two shocks combined into one. Proponents of the K.I.S.S. theory will be likely be shaking their head at the oil flow diagram of the DYAD shown to the right, but it is important to note that the pull shock's design is from the minds at FOX, not some unproven or lesser known suspension manufacturer. Regardless, it's an intricate piece of technology that acts as a short-travel shock with a small air volume when required, and a long-travel shock with a bigger volume when called upon, with both travel modes employing their own dedicated damping circuit that has been designed specifically for the travel. ''It utilizes two separate positive air chambers (one big and one small), a shared negative air chamber, and two independent damping circuits,'' explains Washburn.
''DYAD’s unique in that, rather than moving a damping piston through an oil bath like a traditional shock, the DYAD instead acts like an oil pump, pumping the oil from one side of the shock to the other through the one of the two dedicated damping circuits. Each of the positive air chambers has its own floating piston that separates the oil volume from the air, while the pull-shock piston serves as both the primary oil piston and the negative air spring piston. Oil flow is controlled by something called a spool valve, which moves up or down when you flip the handlebar mounted lever, opening and closing two different oil paths.''

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  Not only does the DYAD employ two different air springs, it also features different damping circuits that suit each one.


The other part of the the story is the shock's air spring, or springs rather. In 'FLOW' mode (130mm of travel) the two positive air chambers are connected to create a single high-volume air spring that Cannondale says is able to mimic how a coil feels. Changing to the 'ELEVATE' mode (80mm of travel) shuts off the passage connecting the two chambers, thereby creating a single small-volume air spring that significantly ramps up the bike's spring rate. Moving between the two travel modes also effects the bike's geometry, with a lower ride height and slacker head angle due to the extra sag in the FLOW mode, while a steeper head angle and higher bottom bracket height is on tap due to less sag when the ELEVATE mode has been selected.

Cannondale Trigger review test Photo by Colin Meagher
  The shock's FLOW and ELEVATE modes are selected via a smartly designed remote that can be run on either the left or right side of the handlebar.


All of the above is controlled with a handlebar remote that looks decidedly un-advanced in that it resembles a thumb shifter, although it has actually had a considerable amount of thought put into it. ''Having almost eaten shit when trying to activate an on-top-of-the-bar thumb lever to drop a seat post on a descent by having my hand slip off the front of the bar,'' Steve Extance, Cannondale's chief Headshok/Lefty engineer told us, ''I knew that it was important to maintain a decent grip on the bar when getting into FLOW mode, but activating ELEVATE mode is much more forgiving.'' Extance's old school looking lever allows for exactly that, with a button on the very end of the thumb lever that can be simply nudged with the side of your finger/knuckle in order to switch the Trigger back to its long-travel setting. There is also the DYAD shock's stiff spool valve return spring to keep in mind, something that can be easily overcome by using the leverage enhancing, thumb operated remote.


Specifications
Release Date 2014
Price $8120
Travel 80/130mm
Rear Shock FOX DYAD RT2 DUAL SHOCK, 130/80MM, W/REMOTE LEVER
Fork LEFTY SUPERMAX CARBON PBR 130 29, W/ HYBRID NEEDLE BEARING TECH, 60MM OFFSET
Headset CANNONDALE HEADSHOK SI
Cassette SRAM X01, 10-42, 11-SPEED
Crankarms CANNONDALE HOLLOWGRAM SI, BB30, XX1 30T
Bottom Bracket CANNONDALE PRESSFIT30, FSA BEARINGS
Rear Derailleur SRAM XX1
Chain SRAM XX1
Shifter Pods SRAM X01 11 SPEED
Handlebar CANNONDALE C1 RISER, CARBON, 740X15MM
Stem CANNONDALE C1, 1.5", 31.8, 5 DEG.
Grips CANNONDALE DUAL LOCKING GRIPS
Brakes MAGURA MT6
Wheelset MAVIC CROSSMAX ST 29
Tires SCHWALBE HANS DAMPF SNAKESKIN TRAILSTAR, 29X2.35", TUBELESS READY
Seat WTB VOLT NICRO SL
Seatpost ROCKSHOX REVERB STEALTH
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Riding the
Trigger




First impressions / setup: Say what you will about the appearance of its Lefty fork and unusual looking DYAD shock, but we're of the mind that Cannondale has assembled one hell of a good looking bike, although it's certainly bound to cause those not fond of its unconventional image to be a bit vocal about their feelings. We prefer to think of it as having uncommon beauty, however, much like how you might look at an attractive foreign model and think, ''yeah, I totally would.'' Well, we totally would with the Trigger.

While the bike's novel looks will have people staring, those who throw a leg over it will also likely remark that it has an equally large presence when in the saddle. We've been spending plenty of time aboard some ground hugging test bikes recently that have the Trigger feeling as if could easily ride over them and their pilot without much trouble - it feels a bit more like sitting on the roof of a sports car rather than deep in its driver seat. That sort of sensation doesn't often play out well in the heat of battle, but it's important to reserve judgement until wheels get put on dirt. As we find ourselves doing so often, a shorter 60mm stem and wider handlebar were bolted in place after the first few trail-dates, although we won't harp on about these changes as they don't seem out of place relative to the bike's 130mm of travel and expected use. Another thing that doesn't seem out of place in the slightest is the DYAD shock's clever ''thumb shifter'' remote. Slide it right up close to the grip and you'll find that it's extremely easy to push when you want to limit rear wheel travel to the 80mm ELEVATE setting, and even easier to operate when it comes time to pop back into the long travel FLOW mode - simply use the side of your pointer finger to hit the grey release button to do so. The operation feels natural enough that it makes us wonder what the hell everyone else is doing with their remotes.

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  Yes, both of those red dials adjust the DYAD's rebound speed: one for long-travel mode and one for short-travel mode. We settled on running the latter quite a bit slower than we first started out with.


There's no getting around the Trigger's involved suspension setup, a routine that is more complicated than you'll find of a more traditional bike. Cannondale supplies recommend pressure figures for both the Lefty fork and the DYAD shock, and although they said that we'd need to use their own high-pressure shock pump (supplied with the bike) to adjust the latter, we managed just fine with a standard pump while running it at the recommended pressure for our 170 pound weight. Trigger owners will also need to adjust rebound speeds for the 130mm and 80mm travel settings separately via the two clearly labelled red dials, and we ended up preferring a much slower return rate for the shorter mode (we'll explain why later in the review). Riding the bike a few times with the stock air pressures out back revealed that it felt just a touch harsh, as well as offering a higher ride height than we would prefer, so we dropped 10 PSI and ended up feeling much better about everything. After talking to Cannondale about it, they apparently agree and are planning on releasing a revised pressure chart for the bike. It was a different story up front, with us going up in pressure slightly, likely due to how unprepared we were for the Lefty's impossibly smooth and active stroke. The setup process certainly did take longer than what we're used to but technophiles will likely enjoy the exercise, and those less inclined are advised that it's well worth the effort.
bigquotesWe prefer to think of it as having uncommon beauty, much like how you look at an attractive foreign model and think, ''yeah, I totally would.'' Well, we totally would with the Trigger.


Climbing/acceleration: While many longer travel all-mountain machines seem to be excused of their so-so climbing abilities as long as they shine on the way back down, there really is no pardoning a 130mm travel bike that ascends poorly, is there? Thankfully, the Trigger doesn't need to justify any climbing deficiencies because it manages to get to the top of mountains quite efficiently, even without taking advantage of the travel-reducing ELEVATE mode. In fact, we nearly always left the bike's rear suspension set to full open when on any type of singletrack, smooth or rough, despite how quick and easy it is to use the clever DYAD remote. Glassy, featureless gravel road climbing might have been the only time that we felt the need to give the thumb lever a push, but that wasn't the case when it comes to the bike's Lefty fork that is so active, so eager to suck up the smallest of ripples in the ground, and therefore also so keen to move in its travel when out of the saddle. We've not often championed fork lock-outs, but out of the saddle efforts aboard the Trigger when on gravel roads or doubletrack are aided when you reach for that climbing aid.

If it sounds like we're complaining about a fork being too active, we should clarify that the pluses of such supple travel far outweigh the desire to reach for its firming push-button option, and that it really only became noticeable when throwing one's weight around in standing efforts. The feature does its job well, though, firming up the Lefty enough to silence its liquid-like movement but not so much that it can't mute the hole or rock that you didn't see coming.

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  While we didn't feel the need to activate the Trigger's 80mm travel ELEVATE mode that often, it's a nice feature to have if you're chasing personal bests.


Stiffening up the fork while simultaneously running the back end at 80mm transforms the Trigger into something close to a cross-country race rig (although the meaty Hans Dampf tires mask that somewhat), but we need to ask if the DYAD shock's multiple personalities make sense for the average rider. The answer will likely come down to how competitive you see yourself, and we're not just talking about racing in the truest sense of the word, but even if you like to make a habit of trying to out-sprint or drop your friends on climbs, or if you aren't ashamed in the slightest to go KOM hunting. If that sounds like you, then you'll likely make more use out of the DYAD's two functions than a rider who is simply happy to set their motor to idle when the ride starts to gain in elevation.



Technical riding: As we talked about earlier, the Trigger has a big feel to it compared to other 29ers of the same 'large' size designation, although Cannondale has been able to mask that to a great extent by creating handling that comes across sharper than the advertised 69° head angle figure would have you believe. It might feel as if the Trigger's rear end is still working its way through that last switchback, but the bike's on-the-nose steering will have you squaring up your line sooner than you think is possible, thereby allowing you to have the bike move through some pretty technical terrain at a good clip. Take a proactive approach - steer the bike with certainty rather than let it float where it wants to go - and you'll get through pretty much any slow speed brawls that a trail is going to throw at you. Ride reactive and off the back, though, and you simply won't be able to take advantage of the its traction and ability to punch and kick its way past the worst of the worst. And it's that take-charge attitude that will allow you to carry good momentum, which is key with the Trigger because its tall-ish feeling position translates to less confidence as the speeds dip lower and lower, forcing the rider to rely more on balance than the bike's own desire to stay upright. This is especially noticeable in the sort of moments when speeds drop close to zero and it's do or don't, with the don't part meaning a guaranteed get-off. Once we realized that, we pointed the Trigger through some hairball portions of trail while in Sedona without a second thought, but it wasn't until we gained that confidence that we felt comfortable doing so.

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  The Trigger doesn't like hesitation in such moments, and you might begin to feel a bit tall and exposed if you bumble along for too long.


That pointy feeling handling mentioned above is also present when climbing technical walls, with the Trigger a force to be reckoned with when rider skill makes the difference between success and failure - the bike really does allow a committed and technically gifted rider to get up some serious pitches. We're putting this fact down to two points: there is oodles and oodles of traction on tap; and that sharp and exacting steering allows you to take full advantage of all of it. We also find ourselves backtracking with our thoughts a bit at this point in the review, because although the Trigger feels a touch limousine-long at some moments, it also comes across as feeling as nimble as anything when a bit of dancing is required to get up and over something. In fact, it was the only bike out of twenty top-end machines on hand that managed to scramble up one particularly tricky bit of trail that we began referring to as the ''waterfall'' due to the short trail only offering a one-way ticket down and not back up. Those tacky Schwalbe Hans Dampf tires certainly help matters at such times, allowing you to depend on them a bit more than you might with a less aggressive tire that can't claw up steps and loose dirt in the same way. We gravitated towards a much slower rebound speed for the DYAD's short travel mode as well, something that is possible thanks to the separate rebound control for each setting. This seemed to help keep the bike glued to the ground, further enhancing its abilities.
bigquotesIf there's one thing to take away here it's that the Trigger might feel tall and long at first, but it is far more capable than we originally gave it credit for. Actually, it has become one of our favourite technical ascenders once we realized how it wants to be ridden, and we're betting that many other riders will feel the same once they've given it a good amount of time on the trail. Although it's not a bike that one feels immediately at home on, it will reward riders that take the time to learn how to get the most out of it.



Downhill: The 130mm travel Trigger was certainly one of the most anticipated test bikes in recent memory, something that was largely due to the bike's radical suspension that had everyone asking questions. How can the Lefty compare to the best from FOX and RockShox? Will its DYAD shock perform when pushing hard on Sedona's ultra rocky trails? How will the Zero Pivot design hold up? The Trigger certainly had some answering to do, and three weeks of saddle time in Sedona was able to tell us a lot about the unconventional bike, with the most notable talking points coming courtesy of the Lefty. Here's the thing: it is so torsionally rigid that it makes other forks of similar travel feel as if they've gone back to quick release axles and 28mm stanchion tubes. That sort of rigidity goes beyond the common descriptors that we'd usually insert at this point, and contributes to a direct front end feel that simply has no peers when talking about trail bikes. There is more, though, because the Lefty's roller bearing design offers a ride that is ridiculously supple and active at all points in its travel. This is especially noticeable when hard on the brakes, either into a corner or over rough ground, with the fork able to absorb chop like no other. It does feel as if it could use some added low-speed compression damping to help hold it up, though, but this suspicion might simply be down to us not being used to the ultra active stroke. An external low-speed compression adjustment would be great addition to the fork, thereby giving us another tool to dial-in our preferred setup, but we settled on bumping up the fork's air spring a touch above the recommended setting and ended up being happy with its performance from there.

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  What rocks? The Lefty fork is an absolute beast when it comes to erasing impacts.


And what of that crazy shock out back? Well, it turns out that it feels very much like any inline, air sprung shock of similar stroke, and we mean that in a good way. The Trigger's back end doesn't feel overly forgiving, especially when compared to what is happening up front, but it is surely par for the course when talking about the performance of 130mm travel bikes. We're talking mainly about smaller impacts that had us wishing for a slightly more tolerant stroke from the DYAD, with it feeling a touch harsh on compression despite us settling on running a bit less air than Cannondale recommends. It was surprisingly invisible everywhere else, though, and it wasn't long past the initial setup stages that we completely forgot we had anything unusual under us.

The Trigger is a bike that took more setup time than we've come to expect relative to today's set-and-forget rigs, but the bike absolutely rails once you've nailed your setup. For us, that meant a slightly stiffer spring rate up front, combined with a slightly softer spring rate out back that allowed the bike to ride a touch lower and handle exactly how we were looking for. The Lefty's excellent capabilities, along with the grippy tires and swap to a shorter stem and wider handlebar, left us with total confidence in the Trigger's front end. Lean on it hard and it'll be there for you, with no pushing or washing out, something that we certainly can't say about the other bikes that we rode on Sedona's sometimes sandy trails, and also a trait that was greatly appreciated as the speeds picked up. Don't expect downhill bike-like performance, obviously, but it plainly makes other front ends feel a bit wishy washy about whether they're going to do as you ask. Factor in the bike's big footprint and you have a machine that can be railed harder than the very large majority of other 130mm platforms out there, although it is also a bike that seemed to want to stay closer to the ground than some of the competition. Playful it might not be, but it will get you from point A to B in a hell of a hurry.

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  The Trigger tracks like no other trail bike that we've ever ridden, something that gives it an air of invincibility when charging hard.



Technical Report

• The Trigger's Magura MT6 brakes proved to be quite polarizing among those who spent time on the bike. On one hand, they offer a degree of modulation and control that many other brake manufacturers can only dream of, a trait that makes them a good choice for anyone who often rides in loose or wet conditions. The flip side to that is that they felt down on power compared to those aforementioned stoppers, enough so that we had to adjust our riding style accordingly. All is not lost, though, as the high-end MT6's, with their 'Carbotecture SL' master cylinder, can be hopped up by simply swapping out the stock organic brake pads for a set of aftermarket sintered units. Trust us when we say that you won't regret doing so.

• If you've read any of our reviews of bikes that come stock with Schwalbe's Hans Dampf tires you'll know that we're big fans of the ultra-predictable rubber that seems to be able to excel nearly anywhere. Fortunately, the folks at Cannondale also feel the same, choosing to spec the Trigger with the gucci version of the German brand's best tire. Entering the applicable marketing names here that might cause some eye rolling - Snakeskin (additional sidewall protection), TrailStar (multiple rubber compound tread), and Tubeless Ready - but the bottom line is that these are among the best tires that money can buy, and the fact that they shine on terrain that varies from the loam, slick roots, and wet trails of our B.C. home to the rocky and marbly trails found in Sedona, Arizona, proves this point. They're not perfect, though, as they seem to have the lifespan similar to that of a fruit fly. Performance isn't free, is it?

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  A set of creaky cranks were sorted out with some fresh grease, while braking power can be upped substantially with a swap to sintered pads.


• With a UST certified bead and sealed rim bed, we love how the Trigger's Mavic Crossmax ST 29 wheelset can be tubeless'd easier than installing standard tires and tubes on some other wheelsets on the market. And while their burly looking rims and Zircal bladed spokes makes them appear to be a touch portly (even with their low spoke count) the 1620 gram weight for the set is extremely light this side of carbon rims, with even more weight saved by the ability to forgo rim strips and tubes. Having praised them, we certainly could do without the rear wheel's bearing preload ring backing off multiple times during testing, even if it was more of an annoyance that could be sorted out quickly rather than a serious issue.

• With its remote controlled DYAD shock and RockShox Reverb seat post, the Trigger could easily sport a rat's nest of cables like found on some other bikes with more than the usual on the handlebar. That isn't the case, though, with Cannondale using external but smartly routed cables that blend into the frame's lines so well that it would be easy to make the mistake from a distance of thinking it has internal routing all around. Its Reverb Stealth does use internal housing, of course, which goes a long way towards the sleek look, and sturdy hose guides on the underside of the down tube hold lines for the rear brake and shift, and the Reverb seat post.

• The XX1 and X01 single ring drivetrain components aren't anything out of the ordinary for a bike in the Trigger's chic price range, but the aluminum HollowGram Si cranks most certainly are. Cannondale says that the hollow forged arms sport an impressive stiffness to weight ratio, but we couldn't discern that while on a 130mm travel bike with 2.35" tires. They also emitted quite the creaking noise right out of the box, a reasonably annoying thing on a bike that costs $8,120 USD, but also something that we were able to fix by sliding them out and applying new grease and fresh Loc-Tite where required.



Pinkbike's take:
bigquotesMountain bikers aren't the most open minded bunch when it comes to out of the box thinking, a fact that that is going to go against the Trigger, a bike that doesn't exactly toe the line when it comes to accepted norms. That's a bit of a shame, because Cannondale is doing some impressive things here. Those with more liberal views (and deep pockets) will be getting a machine that, while having its own drawbacks like any bike, really does offer some performance advantages, especially when talking suspension. There's no doubt that Trigger owners are guaranteed some funny looks at the trailhead, but then they're also guaranteed some big smiles of their own.- Mike Levy


www.cannondale.com

227 Comments

  • + 75
 Remember when fanny packs were cool? Pepperidge Farms remembers
  • + 9
 I'd love to try a lefty fork out.....in England around the peak district I see so many cannondale riders with lefty forks they must be good with the amount of people using them....yes so they look weird but it's a tried and tested fork. It's the big wheel I'm not fussed with but great review pinkbike.
  • + 4
 In all seriousness, what fanny pack is that? I was unware that mountain bikers wearing fanny packs was a thing. I'm always interested in new ways to carry gear on the trail.
  • - 12
 Lefty forks looks like they cheaped out on a manitou dorado and only got half.
  • + 19
 @kzuma - It's the new Dakine bag. I'm happy with mine so far, although it would be perfect if it had a bottle sleeve on one side instead of one of the side pockets. I use mine nearly every ride, and it holds: two tubes, two CO2s and an inflator, two tire levers, a Blackburn Mammoth Mountain pump, FOX digital shock pump, patch kit and tire boot, a few zip-ties, folding Leatherman tool, mini tool with a chain tool, derailleur hanger, a shift cable, and two bars and two gels. There's enough room for my phone, wallet and keys as well. More spacious than it looks.
  • - 25
 Pinkbike just posted the two most hideous things in the mtb industry I've seen in a while: The Cannondale Trigger 29 Carbon 1 and the MET Full-Face Helmet.
  • - 11
 Fanny packs are cool again actually... Camelbak's lumbar reservoir packs in particular.
  • + 4
 Check out the Delany from Camelbak if you're looking for something super slim and light. Works very well.
  • - 12
 no.
  • - 7
 Fannypacks - It sounds as gay as it looks. It might be functional, but I'd never wear one.
  • + 13
 Half shells with goggles and fanny packs for 2014! Enduro specific fashion.
  • + 12
 The most useful part of this bike must be the "Attitude adjust" knob. That will provably become a best seller, PB should have one as complementary for its users..
  • + 13
 If you don't care about what's fashionable and trendy and think for yourself, and especially if you live somewhere hot then a "fanny" or hip bag is tits! My back sweats like crazy with a full pack....I bought a hip bag with a reservoir on eBay for $20!! It has plenty of room and the bladder is big enough for all day...I don't get water dripping on me as I ride(bugs me), if I need a tool, snack, etc. I just spin the bag around rather than take off a pack. My back is cooler, I'm more comfortable and i concentrate on my riding---that's what is key! My shirt doesn't always match my shorts, or shoes...or helmet, so I'm not super concerned with impressing the fellas on the trail with my gear...I'll let my riding do that and enjoy my day Smile
As far as the bike goes...seems like too many gimmicks as Cannondale always has been, but then again...they must work for some people! It's good to have brands thinking outside the norm, even if it isn't always pretty or cool.
  • + 1
 I have a Camelbak Delaney and use it for running, skating, and biking. It's incredibly minimalist (one water bottle, my phone and a multitool, and two stretch pockets meant to hold gel flasks that I use for kleenex and snacks and balaclava/sweatband), and I'd like to get something a tad bit larger. Any recommendations?
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 @TomBasic - Check out the FlashFlo LR from Camelbak. It has a water reservoir and enough room to pack for a solid ride: www.pinkbike.com/news/CamelBak-FlashFlo-LR-Hip-Bag-Reviewed-2013.html
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 Thanks Mike. I honestly hate reservoirs. I've been doing more in-town riding, where I have access to water fountains, hence taking a bottle, only, works for me. What all these bladder manufacturers need to do (ARE YOU LISTENING?) is fuse the seams such that when the bladder is empty it still retains an open shape like a normal bottle, not flat like an envelope.
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 Could not agree more. I quit reading this article when I saw the price, only read that far based on curiosity only... And skipped straight to the comments.
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 I actually think it looks cool.........But its a 29er so........meh'
  • + 0
 Haha....remember when Lefty reviews were cool...Fox does... Signed Progression!!!♣
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 STOP REVIEWING THINGS NO ONE CAN AFFORD!
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 Stop whining about things YOU cannot afford but OTHERS can. Does it impact your life? No. Move on. If it does, you need a new life.
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 I prefer a camelbac because it provides a little bit of cushion for my back when I tuck and roll, it's amazing how much 100ml of liquid helps in a fall. I'll don't mind sweating a little extra for that.
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 I would happily take the fannypack over this piece of junk cannondale we have here
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 Ironically my first cannondale labeled product was one of their fanny packs, still own the thing.
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 It's not a fanny pack... It's obviously an enduro pack.
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 You can slap the word "enduro" onto anything for marketing but its still in the category of fanny packs.
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 i likes my forks like i likes my bitches... with 2 legs! Nawwww... just kidding. i'd still get with a one-legged chick too.
  • + 1
 Man the lefty is BUTTER smooth. It makes the smoothest of specialty coated high end forks feel choppy and department store. If you can deal with it's limited travel, it does not get better.
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 Respect to cannondale they like to challenge the status quo, and in my book do it well, I'd love to see a return of the headshok on some of their hardtails to. I like the fact they are designing all of the bike, not just the frame. And since they dropped the v design of the 90's I think they always look great to.
  • - 2
 Having ridden it, I can tell you a CCDBA CS and Bos fork still blow these gimmicks out of the water.
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 Just a bout anything is better than the ongoing C. gimmick tragedy. 13kg is heavy but still means limited durability. Light Hans Dampf suck. Not enough travel on the rear end. This is 2014 and this bike is a joke. The Lefty sucks, if it had an external scissor link, then maybe it would work properly. Pull dampers are still not good. Engineer Peter Denk lost the plot or is at the wrong corp.
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 Great, neg repped again for not buying into someone's marketing talk. Why feature a fork that has no benefits over a proper single crown fork but does use it's own steerer size and needs a specific hub? Why that R2D2 shock when a CCDB is proven to work and can be used on any frame?

All of this costs loads of money to develop and is a pain in the ass when buying a new frame. Don't we have enough standards in MTB? Aren't bikes expensive enough already?
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 The guy from Cannondale says right in there ''We have always been an engineering-driven company, rather than a marketing driven company. If we see a way to improve something, we do it and worry about how to sell it later.'' I also think Cannondale has helped push the envelope by developing some of their own components. I believe they developed the first external crank/bb and when most of the rest of the industry caught onto that they had already came up with BB30, which between the 2 is now on every single mtn bike today. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it's a gimmick, it's just something new that they are bringing to the table. If it doesn't catch on than it is a learning experience for the whole industry and will just lead to better products down the road.

You don't have to buy this stuff. Im right there with you I don't want to be on the leading edge of developing tech, I want something that is normal and reliable. In fact Im not interested in the Cane Creek suspension because for me it's a little too far "out there" and doesn't use some of the standardized stuff that I like. If everyone was like us we would be stuck riding some boring old bikes. I don't ever see myself buying a single thing from cannondale, but throughout the history of mountain biking I think cannondale has been one of the most interesting and exciting companies out there
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 While the DYAD doesn't offer the same outright performance on rough downhills as a CCDB, you have to remember that not everyone is looking for that. This is a 130mm travel bike that is likely going to be ridden hard, but not by a rider who is looking to use it to smash DH bike-like times on their rough downhill race track. The DYAD performs on par with a Float, but offers some pretty neat versatility should someone been looking for that. The fork, while requiring its own hub, most certainly offers some advantages over a more traditional 130mm travel fork. It obviously isn't going to be for everyone, and a Pike or 2014 FOX CTD fork offers more damper control, but the Lefty is good enough to warrant being a bit different. And it needing a scissor link is just absurd - it is more torsionally rigid than pretty much anything else out there.
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 If it's on par with a Float the CCDBA CS will be better on climbs as well AND will be usable when buying a new frame. Why pay loads of money for something that's less practical and above all, offers no benefist in performance?

Same goes for the Lefty, if you admit a Pike (which, again, can go on any bike and is super easy to service) performs better, why bother with the Lefty?

Cannondale should realise the 90's are over.
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 Then don't buy it and quit spewing your propaganda, please. Lots of people have positive things to say about this fork. Everything's subjective. At least appreciate that someone is trying to be innovative.
  • + 24
 You can't compare the two... One is a fork with 150mm of travel, the other has 20mm less. But if you must, the Lefty is far more torsionally rigid, as well as much more active, than the Pike. The Lefty also has an easily reached lock-out button, and is more XC oriented than the Pike. But the Pike's Charger damper offers much more control. The two forks are different enough that there is more than enough room for both of them, and you'd be a bit silly to be putting a Pike on the front of the Trigger. I think you're forgetting that not everyone is looking for ultimate DH performance. The same can be said of the DYAD. Whether or not you agree with or would use the feature, a standard Float or CCDB can't be quickly dropped down in its stroke to adjust travel. Again, it sounds like something you'd never use, but some will.
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 The first "external" crank/bb depends on how you interpret the concept...

Bullseye Components had the first patented welded tubular arm to crank arm cranks with one arm slipping over the splined ends of the spindle, and sliding into a cartridge bearing bottom bracket whose cups threaded into the frame. Shimano couldn't release their external hollowtech system until the Bullseye patent expired. Bullseye's bearings however largely sat inside the width of the BB shell of the frame and the spindle diameter was about 17mm so same as most square taper high-end BB used with cartridge bearings. Tioga and Grove had variations on the design also. Grove in particular used the triangular lobed spindle end that E-13/Hive would end up copying decades later.

Magic Motorcycle (which cannondale eventually bought out), founded by a guy named Alex Pong had one of the first massively oversized hollow alloy arm and spindle cranksets with external bearings but they used a seperate bottom bracket / left arm / right arm arrangement with the arms bolting to the ends of the splined
spindle. Think Octalink/ISIS setups for more modern and successful versions of the idea.

Sweet Parts had the first hollow steel (and very lightweight / very strong) crank/bb set where the BB spindle was splined but cut in the center and welded to both left and right arms, and the bearings were large and completely external to the frame shell. You put the spindles in on the left and right and then a bolt and long allen wrench inside the hollow spindle ends bolted the two halves together. A set of tubular heat-treated CrMo arms and spindle, AND the bottom bracket was about 450 grams (no rings/ring bolts). As I recall the BB spindle diameter was 24mm.
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 You can, I assume the Pike isn't better only because it has more travel but because the damping is better thus making it a more logical decision to spec a similar but shorter fork (like the Revs). As for the damper, you'd want to drop the DYAD down to 80mm in order to have it bob less, which is something you can achieve as well by altering the damping, which in case of the CC is efficient enough.

Point is Cannondale chooses to tackle challenges differently, which is something I respect but only if it offers real world benefits and I honestly believe they could build a better handling, more practical and cheaper bike by using existing top level components.

Muzak - Propaganda? I thought only wheel size involved politics? Why bother reading the comments section if you can't handle (constructive) criticism? Or PB altogether - they might even give a bad review..
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 The Revelation is a very different fork compared to the Pike. Different chassis, different air spring, and completely different damper - they aren't even related. Having spent countless hours on both a Rev and a Lefty, I would choose the Lefty as its design offers some real advantages. Now, if there was a 130mm travel Pike available in the aftermarket, I would pick it simply because its damper is next level, extra rigidity and suppleness of the Lefty be dammed. To sum it up: at 130mm, the Lefty is a better fork than the Revelation.

Re. the DYAD, it isn't just the shock's ability to limit suspension movement, it completely changes the Trigger's geometry. The Cane Creek, as good as it is, doesn't have the same sort of effect.

I still stand by my opinion that for a rider looking at a 130mm travel XC-ish bike, the Trigger is a great option, and it is the Lefty and DYAD that make it so. There is a good chance (but not always) that the rider who is looking at the Trigger isn't the kind of person who feels they need a Pike or a CCDB.
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 Always think of availably of unusual parts just like DYAD and even to an extent CCDB. Living where i do only i see only a handful of riders use CCDB and DYAD Systems and when stuff goes wrong they are usually 2 weeks without a rear shock as it has to be sent off (trust me cannon dale Australia is not at all the best to deal with) cause bike shops these days can not keep on top with the latest system offerings (which is fair enough when only ~1% of mtb riders use them). On the other hand, replacing something on a Fox RP23 or a RS Pike is easy and can be done in a day as the spare parts are on hand. The same is for spokes and wheels - i was tossing up between Stans Race Golds or Crankbros Cobalt wheels for my XC rig and went the stans as i knew that if i was at a race, small town riding etc. I know i will be usually able to get a spoke on the same day if i was to break one. just my two cents.
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 I should have used a better term: hidden agenda. You don't seem to comprehend that just because this bike does not suit you, it wouldn't be perfect for what I ride, for example. You keep comparing apples to oranges. Currently, I ride mostly XC due to proximity factor. There are really only 2 trails near me that have any sort of AM terrain. This bike is everything I didn't know I needed. My 2013 lefty has been exceptional now for ~1,000 miles and I don't understand your strong resentment toward it. Gimmick? Really? If you're riding a pike, this bike is probably not for you anyway.
  • + 2
 If this bike had a shorter wheelbase, I'd probably be all over the alum version (not made of money here). I'd still like to demo this bike.
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 ''We have always been an engineering-driven company, rather than a marketing driven company. If we see a way to improve something, we do it and worry about how to sell it later'' that was straight from a marketing guy who thinks different is better !! I know the engineers are squirming just thinking of what they will be asked to designed... I mean how could the lefty be better in any sense ? everything is cramped in one leg and that stanchion has to handle a LOT of torque\compression...etc how long do you think it will last ?? It will never be as active as any other fork with two stanchions no matter what ppl say, it just doesn't make sense! Granted its different but its not a great design, its basically making compromises that you don't have to do on a bike... And that pull shock ?? lol a vacuum is the worst possible way to provide damping...I wont get into the details but creating\controlling\maintaining a vacuum sucks literaly. Props to the engineers for making this shit work, shows how much FOX and Cdale have crazy engineering teams ! but spare me the marketing pschychobable bullsh*t
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 ^^ Lefty's have been around for +10 years. They have stood the test of time and become the fork of choice for many XC riders. This bike is not made for big air and big drops. It's a 29er after all. Having said that, I abuse the living hell out of my lefty on limestone/rocky trails and it's awesome. It tracks exactly where you want it to. Truly point & shoot. Its lighter and very easy to do the basic services on it, contrary to what people will tell you.Those of you who are DH and aggressive AM riders or freeriders, are missing the point on lefty's.
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 I am not missing the point, Leftys have to be ''overengineered'' to overcome a problem that doesn't exist, those forks cannot be on par with standard forks, if they last just as long, they will more expensive due to design and manufacturing... Its a good idea but take that carbon fork vs a SID on whatever else is in its range and it will be outperformed somewhere...just consider this: make a hollow square out of aluminum or steel or carbon...etc then test its strength, torsional stiffness...etc now make a round hollow tube to have the exact same stiffness and all I guarantee you the round shape will use less material... that's basic very basic, plus edges concentrate strain so you do not want edges...but whatever the marketing guys say something else so it must be true !
  • + 12
 I'm replying to this only because it's so stupid I actually can't ignore it.
You have OBVIOUSLY never seen or ridden a lefty.
The internals do not have any harsh square edges. The inner shaft has rounded "edges" to avoid the weakness you are describing.
It is absolutely stiffer and more plush than traditional forks. It just is. The stiffness is a fact, so please quit arguing. The plushness is also widely agreed upon by everyone who has ridden one.

Far from "overengineered" it DOESN'T need a 2nd side, doesn't need a 20mm thru-axle, and doesn't need an arch to brace against flex. It doesn't have bushings which wear and suffer from stiction, etc.

You need to spend less time thinking and more time learning... The only way it will be outperformed is in the number of silly adjustments available on everyone else's damper in an attempt to make the fork feel as plush as a Lefty.

Seriously, re-read your first comment about cramping everything in that leg... it's FINE. People are STILL riding 10+ year old Leftys, meanwhile the inferior bushing design on "traditional" forks has worn out the stanchions and they leak oil everywhere, flex like crazy and suck just as bad as they did when new.

Ride one, come back, join the conversation when you've worked on them, ridden them, and ridden their competition.
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 Amen Although to put this argument at bay, i think there should be an independent stiffness and weight test video comparing a few forks from Fox, Rock Shox, Cannondale, Magura, Manitou, X fusion etc. Would be really interesting. Plus we get to see stuff break. Win win really.
  • + 1
 Basic engineering simulation show that 36mm hexagon beam (Lefty) with same weight as 35mm round beam (Pike) has about 5 times greater moment of inertia.
Also: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WlRqcAQr2w.
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 The amusing part to me is that on the site supposedly that's DH oriented, people are trying to argue that single-crown forks are going to be better than a dual-crown fork, especially an inverted one that doesn't need a brace and can't twist like any other inverted fork can as the actual tube structure sliding together isn't round and isn't supported by simple bushings (which are the cheapest technology for this sort of application and people whine here like crazy when they're used in frame pivots but love them in forks..hello hypocrisy).
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 Muzak - Hidden agenda? So I'm an undercover troll paid by Kona to slag off Cannondale? Let's call it voicing an opinion, which is what this site is for.

Mike Levy - They might as well have used the 140mm Pike. As for the DYAD, why would you want to change the geometry for pedalling efficiency if altering the damping does the trick as well?
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 idi-amin, I don't think this bike is for you Big Grin

You seem to want to make it something it isn't . Mike said it best "There is a good chance (but not always) that the rider who is looking at the Trigger isn't the kind of person who feels they need a Pike or a CCDB".

The change in geometry is massively appealing to those who like to climb, especially extended steep pitches where you want to get over the front more. A bike with that kind of geometry as stock (i.e. an XC race bike) will climb beautifully but be compromised descending and vice versa for the climbing of a slack "trail" bike. It isn't just about the damping although this is nice to vary too.

The Lefty discussion has been put to bed by others (rizetech summarises why the design is as it is nicely) and deeeight makes one of the best comments to sum it up! The Lefty has everything most people look for in a hard riding fork for a fraction of the weight... but it is different and the average MTBer is scared of change Wink It is a 130mm XC/ "trail" fork not a 160mm FR fork!

The appeal of the whole package is probably for an XC rider looking for a bike for the longer trips in higher mountains that have descents just outside their comfort zone. It isn't designed as a bike park shredder and props to Mike for writing a balanced review appreciating the intentions of the design and the limitations for various types of riders
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 In B4 'Leftys are weak'. We get it. They aren't normal. But they're rather good if you actually bother to ride one.
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 It's cursed by the "ugly but f*ckable" syndrome.
Just as much fun to ride as the next fork - as long as you don't look down or get caught on it!..
  • + 14
 How dare you Big Grin Leftys are the sexiest thing ever! Less is more Wink
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 No doubt that this a great bike, but my OCD just won't let me overcome the looks of a lefty.
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 Aww look at the cute little stancion guard on that lefty. Please let me buy half a fork for $8,000.
  • + 2
 Anyone that says lefties are as good as any other fork has never opened one up.
  • + 2
 And fixing flats without removing the wheel is a larger timesaver than you'd believe
  • + 5
 Ive ridden old leftys and they put me in awe of how stiff and smooth they are. No worries when your behind a lefty
  • + 1
 are lefty forks actually any good? i owned a Cannondale f-400 which is the worst bike ever created by man, it had a mono shock, so i lost all faith in Cannondale. so has Cannondale redeammed themselves?
  • + 1
 Leftys and fattys have been good if you get the higher end models. Not sure about the lower end, but they are great as far as i tried.
  • + 1
 From my point of view that picture that says "Riding the Trigger" looks like a ballsy move for any bike and I'd say its safe to say that if the test rider is confident enough to plunge that steep the bike and fork must have SOME merits.
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 Damn you Lefty...how am I supposed to bar spin? Smile
  • + 1
 CG used to X-up it on dirt jump tracks.
  • + 1
 well for one, on a 130mm 29er you're not supposed to... lol
  • + 29
 Says who, if I want to barspin a 29er, hell I'm gonna barspin that god damn 29er
  • + 2
 I barspin all my bikes.
Then came my downhill rig with a boxer, so I sold the boxer for a totem and barspin again Smile
  • + 1
 same here.
I did the switch from lefty to revelation. No tech issues with revelation )
  • + 3
 Chuck Norris can barspin a lefty
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 I would be looking forward to these bike reviews a whole lot more if PB was going to rank the bikes at some point, or at least give a star-rating like some other review magazines do. Of course every bike is different--for different riders, different disciplines, blah, blah, blah--but when the conclusion of the review is something like: "if you're a hard-charging AM rider who may enter an enduro race or two, this bike could be for you...." That is totally unhelpful for 95% of people looking to buy a bike.

PB: please do some kind of rating system, or a "editor's choice" or "PB writers' choice" type of thing. You're in the middle of reviewing 20 or so bikes, so please come to some conclusions other than "every bike is different". For the record, I appreciate the work you do and know that I am reading it for free...
  • + 1
 I agree to a certain extent but PB usually do a good job of pointing out what type of rider and terrain each bike is suited to which is the main thing. There are very few bad bikes nowadays and it is more a case of matching different riders to different bikes. A 160mm FR bike is going to be "bad" for the guy wanting to cover the miles and enter the odd XC race where the Trigger here is more suited, but the Trigger won't appeal to the DHer looking to mainly ride for the descents, etc, etc
  • + 1
 I would like a definetions section, while most know that AM is basically enduro style riding/terrian, and trail is a bit more mild than that, where does pink bike draw the line and then maybe open it up to a poll or something and have say pictures of different sections of trails and see what people will rate them as belonging in what category.
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 I know you guys have been getting a lot of flak about the price creep that's been happening on this website. Personally, I haven't been getting too worked up, I know how it is to be an industry guy, just riding what the companies give you and passing on your judgement. Besides, bikes are getting pricier these days. However, as I read through another glowing review of a $8k bike that really "does is all", I found myself beginning to see the logic of the pb hivemind.

Here's my problem, I hardly see any reason to read any review about an XX1 equipped, $6500 trail monster any more. I know it's rad. I know you'll love it. I know I want it. Add carbon wheels and I know the only complaint you'll be able to rustle up is that the handlebar is under 800mm. And most importantly, I know it doesn't apply to me in the least.

I hear you retort, "but the Trigger line starts at $3500, surely the results of our review reflect the entire lineup" No, they don't. There's actually some competition at the $3500 price point. Some brands make better compromises than others, some have more competitive pricing, some are clearly lighter than others, and some are just dogs. Every $6500 full suspension bike available today is awesome. No one has ever gotten off a bike that came stock with carbon wheels without a smile on their face. You're getting ringers here guys. Off the shelf ringers, but ringers none-the-less.

Now your thinking, "but lawnchair, we review more modest bikes too." So, for the sake of a informed argument, I ran through the last dozen trail bike reviews review y'all did (I skipped two dh bikes cause they all crazy expensive, and two reviews from china I could really pull much data out of), and did some real informal data collection. Of the last twelve bikes, 7 had XX1. 4 had carbon wheels (including the one hardtail, btw). The ten that came complete have an average price of $6533. One bike was under $3k. Matter of fact, one bike was under $4600....
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 u mad bro????
  • + 1
 I don't understand these people on PB always complaining about reviews of high end bikes. I'm a customer and a mountain bike lover! I want reviews like this! I do not wan't to hear about crappy 2 grand bikes. I'm committed to my bike and commitment means also, that I spend a little bit more on this sport and have the best feeling on the trails possible with a high end bike. No one needs to buy this and as you said, there are cheaper models out there for the less committed crowd. But high end innovations like this bring the sport further and this means at the end of the day more fun for us customers. Cheers
  • + 1
 high end bikes go like this
high cost=high maintenance=better everything, is it worth it, its up to the buyer.
if you think it is priced high, stop looking (get out of the not cheap sport of biking) or save your money like a normal person
thats why they have cheaper models

some people buy expensive electronics, others buy expensive cars, some buy bikes.... lots of bikes
  • + 1
 @mark, i'm home sick from work, and someone needs to keep me off the internet. uugh i wish this would just go below threshold now....
  • + 1
 I used to buy a UK mag that frequently reviewed budget bikes. Yea I see the appeal but my god, they are boring! Come on, most Pink Bikers could take a quick look at the spec sheet and tell you how the cheap and expensive models differ. I know that if I built bikes and had a chance to have it tested on a site as big as Pink Bike I'd send them the best I had!
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 It is boring as hell to read about budget bikes as the main feature on a site. When budget bikes are reviewed it is mainly about the value of the spec to make comparisons across the range, not necessarily about how the frame rides or how the bike might feel with some upgrades over time which is what most people will end up doing. I like looking at the shiniest stuff and if a given frame/ bike at the high end looks appealing and suits my riding then I'll see what fits in my price range. Much better than a reviewer discounting a budget bike as rubbish because the value of the parts hanging of a top end frame might not be the best
  • + 0
 all new bikes are going to be good, i dont even know why there are reviews. its not like what they are making is ground breaking. the only thing i care about is if it breaks or not
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 Funny how people don't walk the talk. I wish they made a Lefty in 140, 150 and/or 160. Rode a 120 Lefty a few years ago and it felt both stiffer lateraly and fore/aft as well as way more plush than my 36 on my Nomad. Given finances, if C would come up with a 150mm 29er, I would put it on my Tallboy LTc.

But I am fat, know nothing about bikes and slow as molasses...
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  • + 7
 It looks nice - probably rides really well too.

I'm always puzzled that you dont get pedals with superbikes in this pricerange.
"It's a personal choice" they always say - but so are tires, grips, stem, saddle and so on .. how come the pedals are always missing and the saddle isn't? :-)
  • + 2
 Because you can still ride a bike with bars and a saddle you dont like, but getting pedals with an easier release then you're used to could cause serious problems when you pull and end up out over the bars Smile
  • + 8
 Always thought that if I ran a bike shop, you'd always get a set of pedals with a new bike, period. I'm selling you the bike, not 99% of the bike.
  • + 1
 i always thought it was because a vast majority of people used different clip brands/styles.

although i do agree. if i buy a bike, i want the whole damn thing.. it cant be that hard to come together and create one standard for clip in pedals for mtbs.
  • + 4
 Well time for the comment from the guy who's worked in a shop.
I've sold a lot of bikes over the years especially the years where they all came with clips and flat and at the end of the season the shop would seriously have a tupperware box full of pedals that came off bikes because it wasn't the right pedal for their foot, or they already had a nice set of pedals and didn't want those.. wow the reasons were endless. And then people bitched and bitched about the price of the bike because they had nicer pedals at home they wanted to use and they didn't need the ones its had....

A store owner could for sure put a cheap pair of pedals on, but those who don't know any better will ride these crap pedals and have a bad riding experience. The owner has to pay a set price for the bike, why should he have to loose more money in stocking pedals. ... OK he adjusts the price to include good/better pedals, now the price of the bike doesn't match the MSRP price thats on the website.. the owner is a scammer by your accords.. see how this goes on and on and on...

I for one am glad bikes don't come with pedals, give me that last little bit of customization when I buy my bike. I as a shop employee isn't stuck with trying to decide what to do with a box of cheap pedals at the end of the season, and every shop owner I know of will give you a really good price on a pair of pedals to go with your new steed and if thats still not enough here's a cheap pair of crappy $10 pedals that will wear out in a month.

Cars and homes don't come complete either you still have to buy add ones. Bikes aren't special... just expensive.
  • + 2
 Yeppers, because even if they come stock with say, the OEM clipless pedals from some particular brand, chances are the majority of buyers won't use that system of pedal and they'll have to exchange them for the OTHER brand. In this area, its off with the crank brothers and on with shimano something. I picked up nearly a dozen pairs of smartys for less than $20/pair and then flipped them on here and kijiji for $40/pair. They all came with new cleats and the replacement price of cleats alone is over $20/pair in a store. I'm sure a lot of buyers were getting the pedals as spares but were really after the cleats for their existing pedals/shoes.
  • + 1
 I didn't really speak to how I would accomplish my statement, so let me explain, since it isn't what any of you described: I'd have a set of choices from major manufacturers for clips, plus a few different flats, say in the $50 - $100 range, as you can get a decent, if not top end, pedal in most styles for that price. don't like any of those pedals? I'll order what you want if the price is comparable, and if it isn't, I'll give it to you as a credit towards those pedals. don't want any of those options, got your own pedals? I'd knock it off the price of the bike, then.
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 I own the 2013 C'dale Trigger 1 29. I also have a Spesh Demo 8 and a SC v10. My main focus is free ride/DH.

I must say that i my experience with my own bike is quite similar to Mikes review. I am extremely surprised how well it tracks. Its possible to plow over anything. It is almost boring to ride, because you don't have to pick your line that carefully because it will shred the living hell out of the trail. I have also done 6-7 foot drops on the thing and fairly large jumps with no problems. Of course its easier on my DH bikes, but i am surprised how well the Trigger holds up on relative freeride/DH oriented features.
I you have your technique sorted, its possible to ride some pretty gnarly stuff on it.

Regarding the Lefty... i have a Fox 40 on my SC and a Boxxer on my Demo. I can't feel any difference between the forks regarding stiffness. All people who hate Leftys i have only one thing to say; Try one! Yes it is extremely expensive, but if you can afford it you will not be disappointed.

The DYAD shock works fairly well too, not much to say about that. Personally i like the difference between the two modes, and it gives the bike this dual personality feel.

Anything bad to say about the bike then? It depends on what sort of riding you want to do of course, but for an AM bike i think they nailed it. I know the review says that its XC'ish which i will agree upon but its also capable of some gravity riding.
It came with Crest rims which me and my sometimes short landings have destroyed and thereby replaced with Flow instead.

My last two cents: Buy the bike and Send it!
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 I have a Prophet with a Lefty Max - it is still a great bike - my next will be a Specialized Enduro 29. WHy? because it is a bigger Prophet without a too extreme price, The Lefty is a fantastic fork. The trigger I feel should have had 150mm travel and the Jeckyll however its spelled should have had 165mm. Both with bigger Lefty's - in that case - I would have bought one but not at over $4000. I can afford more but admit to myself I am not the greatest rider but I do explore forests for great distances at a loafers pace, We went on a big ride after the Canadian ice storm with studded tyres on, not very fast or daring BUT fun anyways!
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 I understand your point. I almost bought the Spesh Enduro 29 because of the 150mm travel. But one of my criteria was a AM machine as versatile as possible going up or down. I have never tried the Enduro 29, but i choose the Trigger because of the DYAD shock actually and haven't regretted it one bit. Must say that if i was competing in Enduro races i would go for the Enduro 29 or the Cannondale Jekyll.

I would love to see Cannondale make a 150-165mm 27,5 or 29 bike. I love my 26 wheels on the DH rigs, but for AM/Enduro i think 29 and 27,5 is justified.
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 Lefty is really stiff,active ... great fork,until something happens.A bit more complex thing to rebuild.
Felt that Lefty was stiffer tham Magura Wotan and a lot stiffer than RS Revelation )
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 Having switched from a lefty to a revelation recently I can say that in terms of stiffness the Lefty is a lot better.
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 Unfortunately, the roller bearings wear out, they're not user serviceable, and prohibitively expensive to replace. The Lefty's time has been and gone.
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 cannondale should have just make it user serviceable.. im not sure about you guys, but i dont like having to pay someone a buncha money and wait for something that i could do for free (aside from parts) in my garage on my own time.
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 I also wish that F1 cars were user serviceable. The lefty is a high-end piece of racing equipment. Many parts of it are user-servicable. Everything that you can do on a traditional fork, you can easily do on a lefty - replace seals, chain oil, etc. and the new ones even reset bearings themselves. However, replacing the bearings is best left to a very experienced mechanic or C'Dale because it's very difficult to get right and requires a lot of available parts. Much like replacing the BUSHINGS on a traditional fork, which I have rarely if ever heard of people doing at home...
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 first of all. a bicycle fork does not equal an f1 car... i was just basing my comment off of m0ngy, as its not hard to believe that a lefty would be a pita to service.
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 Does changing my Talas internals to a Float, in my garage, count?
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 The damper is just as easy to service as any other fork. Damper service doesn't require any special tools. The bearings are a pita to replace, but that should be a very rare occurrence. It's not prohibitively expensive, you can do it yourself if you can get ahold of the parts and the tool required to pull it apart, or send it back to Cdale for a reasonable fee. Just remember that the races can be different thicknesses, so if you put it back together, make sure the races are in the same side they came from, or else the fork won't feel right. I had a Lefty Max 140, and it was great except that I would experience bearing migration on big hits. Reseting the bearing was an easy task, but it was pretty annoying to have to pull out a wrench and do it on the trail after a big hit. They may have fixed the migration issue in newer forks.
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 Good one, comparing an F1 car to a mountain bike, I can really see the similarity in price, design, usability... doh! What's chain oil got to do with the fork?

Anyway, my point was that once the roller bearings go, the fork is basically finished. This used to happen quite a lot with the old Lefty's and Fatty Head Shox, I would've hoped Cannondale had fixed the problem. OK, yeah, they work pretty well until they're that point (competently rooted), which didn't take very long, compared to simpler, more conventional suspension designs, like Marzocchi's open bath. What a surprise, simple works best for mountain bike, who would've thunk it?
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 "Anyway, my point was that once the roller bearings go, the fork is basically finished."

Umm... the needle bearings are one of the cheapest replacement parts. A lefty has very few parts and most are replaceable/ interchangeable between a lot of different models. There are guys running 10 year plus old Leftys and getting performance out of them similar to day one
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 Excuse my typo, "chain oil" = change oil. Figured that might be a logical jump, but I guess not..

The "roller bearings" only "go" if you never maintain the fork and allow them to get corroded. I have seen this happen a few times where they are COATED in rust because the boot got torn, and water got in. That's failure to maintain your equipment. And equivalent wear happens on traditional forks.

Further, if you bothered to learn about the design you are criticizing, you would know that for the 2013 model year they updated the Lefty design to address the exact issue you are talking about. The needle bearings now have an oil bath and are protected by a bushing and seal at the bottom of the Upper Stanchion. Additionally, this updated design allows them to reset themselves, eliminiating migration issues.

There is a VERY valid argument against the Lefty if your riding style demands a 6"+ fork, and the additional damping power available in traditional forks where there's room for more oil.

There's almost no valid argument against the Lefty for the riding it is intended for: XC/Trail.

If everyone that is hating is hucking 3' drops then just say "well, I huck 3' drops and prefer a traditional fork" = cool, have fun. But for the love of god, stop exposing your ignorance by attacking design features like you have an engineering degree - you don't. And you have obviously never even worked on a Lefty enough to understand how it functions.
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 I love the concept of a pull shock, but from what I have heard the seals wear out really fast on the,. I talked to a guy in charge of a rental fleet with a bunch of DYADs and he didn't have much good to say about them. The lefty has the problem of not being simple. Half the reason I love RS is I can take it apart and put it back together in a couple hours while eating a sandwich. One of the local shop guys had his blow out on a ride and it squirted oil all over his rotor sending him flying into the woods with only a rear brake on a big descent. He fixed it up himself, of course, but the parts were not super quick in coming.
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 oil and sandwhiches dont mix bra.
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 What are you talking about? Everyone knows the secret to a plush ride is a good soft loaf of stone ground wheat and provolone provides platform!
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 "Proponents of the K.I.S.S. theory will be likely be shaking their head at the oil flow diagram of the DYAD shown to the right, but it is important to note that the pull shock's design is from the minds at FOX, not some unproven or lesser known suspension manufacturer."

LOL, yeah right! Fox's regular offerings are fickle at best when it comes to requiring regular servicing (with dubious performance, eh CTD owners?), can't imagine what this thing's like! Marzocchi had a rough patch circa '08-'09, but their new stuff (my trail bike's a VP-Free with '11 66 Evo Ti) is unfknblvbl, performs better than ever... Did someone mention servicing? Change the oil once a year and you're good to go, none of this strip and rebuild every 20 hours crap that Fox demands, what a joke!
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 Shock looks good but they may have left some critical detail out of the diagram. I have used a hydraulic schematics analysing software to add the required information.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/10460193
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 I didn't read any of the comments. I am sure it is probably 80% haters. I have been waiting to hear a review of this bike. Although it isn't for me. I love the oddness of it and wish somehow I could thrash it for a month ni do have to questions for Mr. Levy. How did the suspension perform while braking and on braking bumps? I know many single pivot bikes struggle with remaining active on those. Also it was never mentioned but were there any noticeable differences with the pull shock as far as small bump sensitivity?

On a side note people just so blindly complain about the wheel sizes. If there wasn't any innovation we would all still be on V-brakes. I never thought I would ride a FS bike because I was faster than most on my hard tail. I remember back in the day I swore I would never use disc brakes. I didn't part with my 8-speed drive train until 2010 when I went 9 speed. Than Shimno axed that and went to 10 speed a month later. These bikes are fun and exciting. Sure I would never purchase this but I still think its exciting. I just converted my Mojo HD to 650B and I am loving it. I'm not saying its better. It's just fun. Bring on the negative props and thanks for doing this review.
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 I bought myself a Trigger 1 29er aluminium bike after riding one last summer. You just need to get pass the "look" of the lefty (I think they look cool, personally) and you'll be rewarded with a great machine. It is very precise, stiff and a blast to ride. I can't wait for the 2014 season to start.
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 I have Magura MT8s and I hate them with vengeance, the tech comment about the lack of stopping power is spot on. Can the reviewers please be a little more specific about the brand of after market sintered pads that makes the MTs stop the damned bike? TIA.
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 Don't worry all you kids complaining how bad the bike is and how bad it looks, you will never be able to afford it trolling from your parents basements anyways.
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 For all those who want more DH bike reviews- in the winter there aren't too many lift-accessible bike parks to review on.
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 ''We have always been an engineering-driven company, rather than a marketing driven company. If we see a way to improve something, we do it and worry about how to sell it later," Oh yeah, we heard it a lot of times from many bike manufacturers. And we all believe it. That you simply don't care about money.
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 I don't mind the look in a sort or "screw you normal" kind of way. However I don't think the bike is worth the price tag for this. I am sure they could have accomplished the same weight and performance using on the shelf parts. Only thing you would lose is the rear travel adjustment.
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 Just let all the air out of the rear tire and voila, slacker head angle and extra dampening, this might also work on a 26er ??
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 I can see enjoying the bike for maybe a week of riding, then going back to another brand. Not too sold on the lefty design as it doesn't seem to shave weight (26.4 lbs for a full carbon setup), and I've heard you "need to get used to it", which is something I wouldn't want to try out. Interesting bike, but I think the concept should stay toward the XC crowd.
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 I did and it failed the first test ride. Raven SNAPPED in half!
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 I've owned a few CCM Vandels in my day. My main focus is on paved roads. But, I have been known to get technical, cutting through a grass park to get smokes for my old lady. I guess my question is, would this bike be overkill for my specific skill set?
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 I really like the idea of a plush and active fork that is stiff. So why can't Cannondale put this technology into a 32mm stanchion conventional fork (two legs) that will be as stiff as a 40mm and light as a 36mm?
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 It would have the stiffness to weight advantage any more, wouldn't have the huge mud clearance, etc, etc. Basically it doesn't make sense unless in a single sided fork.
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 A really solid and thorough review, thanks. Being realistic though, most buyers will be get the lower Trigger models, which seem on paper to be very different bikes.
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 Cannondale's Global Director of Product Marketing, explained to us. ''We are great at thinking about things differently and coming up with new, surprising ways to make bikes better, but we pretty much suck at telling people about it Then resign and get someone in that will!! Jeez your meant to be head of marketing
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 They want to make the best stuff and sometimes the best performing stuff doesn't fit with closed minded peoples perceptions of things. Redesigning the bike to be more conventional and having awesome marketing pretty much describes Specialized/ Trek/ etc and there are more than enough of these companies around!

Lots of companies in all areas of product development across our daily lives produce things that are better than the accepted "best" but lack the marketing clout to force their products down everyone's throats, or are proud to not be a marketing driven BS machine and let people with half an interest in actually getting the best product come to them. It might not be the best commercial approach but I know which of the two approaches I'd rather work for (if given the chance Big Grin ) and support
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 ...with the most notable talking points coming courtesy of the Lefty. Here's the thing: it is so torsionally rigid that it makes other forks of similar travel feel as if they've gone back to quick release axles and 28mm stanchion tubes. That sort of rigidity goes beyond the common descriptors that we'd usually insert at this point, and contributes to a direct front end feel that simply has no peers...

quoted for awesomness and truthiness. Love my lefty!
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 Ok people, so average joe input for you:

I've been riding a long time in the uk, Europe and now Australia and had bikes from most big companies. Until about 12 months ago I had 3 bikes including a top shelf v10 with a pushed rear shock.
My current ride is a cannondale claymore running the dyad.

I have ridden it down double blacks all day on shuttle days. Done all day epics. I ride at least once a week sometimes 3. Set up correctly the dyad feels no compromise on the v10 For all but the biggest repetitive big hits on VERY long runs and that is simply the rebound heat piece on all air shocks. run the elevate mode hard and fast and easily keep up with my mates on xc trails and then smash pump tracks and dirt jumps. If you haven't ridden this set up the shock actually changes geometry completely from a downhill slack head angle to a xc steep. It's not just a travel thing.

In terms of set up I like the rear shock a bit harder than recommended by about 10% I also run the thumb lever upside down.

The whole bikes weighs 13.5kgs 180mm travel in full mode 110mm in elevate 66 degree head angle. Pretty decent numbers.

Not interested in marketing or the make of my bike. I just like having one bike that I can put great kit on instead of having 3 average bikes. Interestingly apart from replacing cables, not one other issue with the bike. Maybe I've been lucky who knows but most of my other bikes have developed creaks and rattles in half the time.

I ve thought about changing it recently, but simply cannot find a ride that can do what this can and that really is due to the shock versatility. For me it makes more sense for the shock to run longer travel though so I think the new jeykell would be a better ride than this trigger.
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 That bike looks awesome, who cares if it has 29" wheels or a hefty price tag, it is one of the few 29ers I have seen and thought I would buy that!
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 Oh how many long comments... let me get some four worders: what a sick bike, I love it, so good to see sh8t that does not look like Trek, Spec, Giant and other mass poroduced crap. Foock you haters!
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 I'm with you on this one WAKI. Cool solutions to various engineering problems. Not for everyone, but it's so good to see someone who will go out on a limb.
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 My local bike mechanic converted Trigger's Schwalbe Hans Dampf tires to tubeless. He inflated first one using air compressor. He managed to inflate the other tire easily with floor pump. Most probably, you don't need to buy air compressor to inflate these tires. I wonder if I can inflate tubeless by using my lungs...
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 How refreshing to see a company follow the dictates of their own conscience. My first bike was a Cannondale with a Lefty- I still think about it. Excellent review.
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 Is it called the Trigger because of the pull shock? Or because your wife will pull the trigger when you spend 8 grand on it?
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 An XC race bike that can handle mild DH. I would like to see how this bike performs on the extremes of its spectrum rather then the middle.
  • + 2
 Most riding takes place in the middle of the curve, a bike that handles 98% well and simply survives the outliers is a great!
  • + 1
 Actually re reading the arcticle they.did list the upper and lower capabilities of the bike. But the lefty fork is looking more and more lile my next big purchase
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 It's so counter-intuitive to see the Lefty 'strut' and then be told it's stiffer than similar travel offerings from RS/Fox etc., is amazing!! I had a first generation Lefty fitted to my Super V-1000 15 years ago, I loved being able to fix flats/swap tires without removing the wheel Smile
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 Hum supple front suspension mated to not so supple rear suspension? Sounds like poor chassis dynamics. Never been a fan of this set up moto or bicycle. Adjustable shock travel seems lame. Guess this bike wasn't meant for me
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 All for only 81 EASY installments of $99.99 !!!! (unless of course you'd like a shorter stem and 950 mm wide bars.) But worry not my friend, I can cut you a deal to get those AT COST. You're welcome.
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 Whenever I see a lefty, it looks like it surely affects balance, can you ride no hands with one?
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 As long as the bars and tire are well aligned you can. It's exactly like riding a normal fork. Just don't look down at it and you don't know it's a lefty
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 Cool design but I wouldnt want a bike that had model specific parts.
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 I wouldn't screw around with crackandfails first year unproven technology no matter what the price , I prefer a solid build up with proven suspension setups !!
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 Pinkbike, could you please review the new Santa Cruz 5010? I just rode it, and it was the best bike I've ever ridden, and I think more people should know about it.
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 Wow that was fast mike! Now.review the NS bikes eccentric
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 if you like this bike!go and get a scott ransom at a faction of the price of this one and has more travel 165mm/ 110 mm/ lock out
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 at least there was one comment about about a fanny pack, enduro trail and fanny packs.. so gay
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 Having ridden it, I don't like it one bit. Basically feels like an XC bike with more travel rather than a mini DH bike that can go uphill too, like these new Konas (which is what I think an enduro bike should be).

Also, why develop that overly complicated DYAD shock when a CCDBA CS is proven to work on climbs?
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 Some people like an XC bike with some extra travel and there aren't too many really stiff, good climbing bikes around in that niche. A DH bike that can climb too is much more like the Jekyll and apparently Mr Clementz isn't too slow on his Big Grin
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 You do have a point there but I tried a Process 134 and it climbs like a billy goat. I probably come across as some Kona fanboy but I think they really hit the nail on the head with that one.
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 An XC bike with more travel? sounds perfect for me actually!
  • + 7
 @idi-amin - Not everyone is looking for a "mini DH bike". Those new Kona bikes ride very nicely, there's no denying that, but I would say that their geometry puts them in a bit of a different category compared to the Trigger.
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 Great job with the review! This is the least amount of complaining ive seen in the comments section in a while!
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 I really like the surfacing work. kudos to their CAD guys
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 The Lefty sounds like it works great but it's definitely an acquired taste; One that I'll likely never has since it just looks awkward.
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 36 mm diameter square?
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 Thats bounding circle.
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 i wish the fatty is as plush as the lefty...
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 oohh my god very good
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 that "half" fork scares me!
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 nice, an other 8000$ 29ers.
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 You know, if they tried harder, they might have fit even more stuff on those bars.
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 There's the same number of controls as a bike with a front derailleur and a dropper seat post, which isn't out of line in my books.
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 Ya, true just can't stand that shock remote lever.
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 not the same amount as my bike. no f der and dropper post.. you dont need that crap Smile
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 Crap is so descriptive Smile
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 Pb please stop only testing top spec $5,000 plus bikes that most of us can't afford.
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 Once again P.O.S. Must I say it again?!?!?!
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 Hey Cannondale, 1998 called and they want their pull shocks back.
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 Nice bike but it's about 3 grand more than I'm willing to pay for a bike.
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 Jesus Cannondale, April 1 was a long time ago?
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 I love my 100mm level on my xc 29er, still yet to max it out!
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 That shit cray...
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 i love this bike!!!!
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 29并不适合所有的人 特别是AM
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 I want a Lefty with Dorado internals...
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 Well you can get one. They made a TPC+ model for several years. Here's one on ebay: www.ebay.com/itm/Cannondale-Lefty-Max-Fork-Manitou-TPC-Damping-130mm-Travel-/390707269065
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 Yeah, I've seen that... for 26" wheels. I was thinking the newer Dorado internals with an air spring and 29er... Can't go wrong with TPC+ though...!
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 Who must kill for it?
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 That shock system is full retard!!!
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 what is the advantage of a single fork
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 Weight maybe?
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