Field Test: Cannondale Habit Carbon

Dec 12, 2018
by Richard Cunningham  


PINKBIKE FIELD TEST

CANNONDALE HABIT CARBON 2

The second incarnation of the Habit is exactly what the original left us wanting for.

Words by R. Cunningham, photography by Trevor Lyden


Cannondale's second-edition Habit is a complete redesign, and like the original that was launched back in 2015, this one is also designed to epitomize the do-it-all trail bike. That said, riding styles have changed a lot since then, so the new Habit has evolved accordingly.

Wheels are 29-inch now, (27.5+ compatible with a flip-chip). Its frame is stronger in every respect, and it's armed with a more refined, 130-millimeter-travel four-bar Horst Link rear suspension. The reach is extended, its geometry is slacker and more rider-forward, and each frame size is configured to produce a similar balance between pedaling firmness, suspension suppleness and handling response.
Habit Carbon 2 Details

• Intended use: all-mountain
• Travel: 130mm front/rear
• Wheel size: 29" (27.5+)
• Construction: Carbon (F) aluminum (R)
• Head angle: 66º
• Seat tube angle: 74.5º
• Reach: 430mm (size M)
• Sizes: XS through XL
• Weight: 30 lb (13.6 kg) size M w/o pedals
• Price: $5250 USD
• More info: Cannondale

Cannondale offers the Habit in a number of builds, with a full-carbon frame on their flagship model, the carbon-front/aluminum-rear Habit Carbon 2 that we review here, and there's an affordable all-aluminum version as well. Our Habit 2 is well equipped for aggressive trail riding, with a 130mm Fox 34 Elite fork, backed up by an Elite DPX2 shock. New Habits are configured exclusively for one-by drivetrains and this one is powered by 12-speed Eagle GX. Wheels are no-nonsense, with tough aluminum Stan's Arch rims and a Maxxis High Roller II / Minion DHF tire combo. Up top, you'll find a 780-millimeter bar and a Canondale-branded 150-millimeter dropper post. The Habit Carbon 2 is a needs-nothing build for $5250 USD.



Cannondale Habit
Cannondale Habit


Climbing

Whistler's trail networks favor a softer rear suspension setup in order to maintain momentum over the innumerable roots that you'll be rolling over. The Habit's suspension bobs slightly while climbing, which encouraged me to flip the Fox DPX2's low-speed compression lever to the middle position for longer slogs, but that made the rear wheel hang up sometimes. The clock showed that I was turning the same or better laps with the shock left open. I attribute some of that efficiency to the roll-over benefit of its big wheels, but there's no arguing that the bike's low gearing and smoother ride made it easier to pedal steadily, find grip, and maintain pace while topping difficult pitches.

Both test riders confirmed that sliding the saddle forward ten millimeters or so improved the Habit's climbing. I expected the Habit's 74.5-degree angle to be steep enough, but by the close of PB's Whistler sessions, riding a number of bikes back to back on similar terrain had me favoring seat tube angles near 76-degrees for the added control on steeper, more technical trails.

Cannondale Habit

Cannondale Habit
Cannondale Habit


Descending

Cannondale recommends higher shock pressures than I would have chosen as a starting point. The argument (a fair one) is that the Habit's leverage rates produce ample sag when measured at the rear wheel when the O-ring on the shock is just north of 20 percent. I started with 250 psi in the shock and 80 in the fork, which climbed well, but on the descents, the shock overpowered the fork and the bike was diving under braking and dropping into bomb holes in the loam. Cannondale's new suspension kinematics required reduced pressure and a couple of rides with a shock pump on board to get the aft balance right. (Shock sag at 28%, fork at 20% worked for me.)

Sort out the suspension and you'll experience the mountain bike that Cannondale intended the Habit Carbon 2 to be. Its steering feels light and enters tight corners without a hint of the lag that big wheels were disdained for. It changes directions quickly, so it favors fast-paced trails with technical surprises and lots of turns. Get going fast, though, and you'll find the limits of its suspension travel as soon as the rocks and roots exceed the size of your helmet. Maintain momentum, keep your pedals level (the bottom bracket is pretty low), and the Habit will stay composed over the chunder. Fox suspension ensures it doesn't bottom hard, so you can trust it (and your 29-inch wheels) to handle steeper, more difficult descents that would have been outside the realm of a 130-millimeter trail bike a handful of years ago.

Riding the original Habit reminded me that a little less bike could make trail riding a lot more fun. But, it didn't take too long before I began to dream about a stiffer chassis, 29 inch wheels, and more capable frame numbers. This new Habit has all those things - and the outdated Lefty has been replaced with a proper fork. The SRAM Guide brakes were underwhelming, but other than that, Cannondale's reincarnation of the Habit is a contemporary, needs-nothing trail bike that will make trail riders very happy.

Cannondale Habit

Cannondale Habit


Pros

+ True trail bike versatility
+ Needs nothing component spec
+ Excellent small bump compliance
Cons

- Fussy suspension setup
- Low-ish BB. You may get tired of banging your pedals
- Tall seat tube cramps dropper post travel options




199 Comments

  • + 102
 And there you Habit...
  • + 5
 Pun addict, that hurt.
  • + 6
 claps in golf clap
  • + 4
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: a one-handed clap?
  • + 15
 Almost looks like the designer "SPECIALIZED" in frame design.
  • - 3
 I find this puns Habit weak.
  • - 2
 *these
  • + 2
 Cannondale Crack..Habit?
  • + 9
 @c1olin: a Lefty-handed clap
  • + 1
 I Habit on good authority that this bike is not addictive.
  • + 51
 Holy smokes, what a high-quality review this is. Smart, opinionated, passably independent, and easy to understand. Plus in my book the inclusion of a woman reviewer is such a huge plus. Pinkbike is hitting on all cylinders here.
  • + 10
 Good to have ladies in the review team, cause well, they ride bikes too. Could PB get Missy Giove to do some reviews?
  • + 3
 totally agree. good to see proper bike reviews from women and not just ladies stuff.
  • + 3
 And she's not there as eye-candy for boys, or to offer up tired gender-babble about how girls have less confidence and care more about colors. She's there as an intelligent mountain biker with insights worth your attention, and it's terrific.
  • + 2
 @Phillyenduro: So what ...? You're saying she's not eye-candy worthy?



***I kid... I kid...*** Just jumping on the political correctness bandwagon. Doesn't matter what you say, someone can take it and run with it the opposite direction!
  • + 55
 Video highlight is Sarah's fine ratchet at 4:15.
  • + 2
 Some skillz on the tech climbing. Super clean through that. Good points from the reviewers. I like this c dale. Degree and a half on the sa and a 150 fork would be perfect
  • + 39
 Weird, past 5 years hardly ever heard about problematic seat angles..... now its all the rage to make a comment about seat angles. Guess you don't know you have a problem and until theres something to solve the problem??... or is that how racketeering works? cant remember.

Either way, cool bike and glad to see Cannondale having a bit of a switch up and producing a bike like this... hopefully they don't forget to keep it weird a little bit, wouldn't be Cannondale if they didn't.
  • + 4
 It seems that every new bike has at least 4 water bottle mounts these days so they had to find something else to complain about...
  • + 3
 Long dropper posts are a major contributor. Bigger wheels allow for longer reach, which allows for steeper seat tube angles as well.
  • + 7
 @Krispy-at-Go-Ride:


How do bigger wheels allow for longer reach?
  • + 2
 Gotta come up with something to make us want a new bike...
  • + 3
 I'm always slamming my seat forward to maximize comfort on climbs, so i'm loving these 76-77 seat angles. eXpecially where you have plenty of offset (rearward) seat post heads to choose from if feeling too cramped... but no forward-offset ones in the dropper-post world.

I still haven't heard a downside to steep ST angles in the context of longer reach?
  • + 1
 @WoodenCrow: ETT for seated pedaling. If the reach extension doesn’t match the loss in length from steepening the ST you end up needing a longer stem to get the same seat to hands measurement. I prefer a slacker ST so I can be comfortable on seated climbs and a reach that isn’t too long with a CS that isn’t too short so I can remain centered and still have some flickability and decent pop in the front end without resorting to super high hand height. Of course, my trail bike is a giant reign sx so I am an outlier anyways!
  • + 2
 yet another PB review that fails to recognize the difference between ACTUAL seat tube angle and effective. Just look at the angle of the actual seat tube - it's as slack as the head angle.
Anytime you raise the seat to full extension, particulaly tall/long-inseamed people on the L and XL frames, you're not experiencing the claimed 74.5 deg seat angle - it's probably in the low 70s.
@TheBearDen - if it hasn't been a problem for you, then lucky you (can I ask how tall you are? inseam?). It's always been a problem for me, and became especially pronounced with the first batch of long-travel 29ers and their kinked seat tubes and short chainstays. Fortunately we now have Yeti, Transition, Pole, the new Fezzari and others as options.
  • + 0
 This is not some conspiracy. Nobody had been experimenting with angles until Pole and the Geometron came out. Then you had a trickle up affect on the larger manufacturers once the buzz started on those bikes. After you ride a bike with a steep SA and long Reach it is hard to go back. I split time between a HTLT and SJ Evo and the climbing position on the Evo is much better.
  • + 2
 Ya, I remember when I just moved my seat all the way forward. Now I just complain...
  • + 1
 @salespunk: it's not a conspiracy, but bikes didn't have kinked seat tubes "back in the day" and they certainly didn't have the ridiculous actual seat tube angles you see now until the proliferation of long travel 29ers that were trying to keep the chainstay lengths short. What's more, most manufacturers used to quote both the effective and the actual seat tube angles. Now, most don't - particularly the one's with crap actual seat tube angles (like this one)
@RadBartTaylor - at least that Geo chart acknowledge that the real seat tube angle is crap - 66.3 degrees - almost identical to head angle.
@H3RESQ - the difference is greater than that once you get into XL sizes and long inseams... I wish it were so easy.
  • + 1
 @shredddr: look at where the nose if the saddle is wrt the bb. Also, look at how far in front of the bb the seat tube would be if it went all the way to the bb, this bike it's well forward of a (offest) straight tubed bike like the Knolly Fugitive. You're speaking in generalities without looking at the specifics of this bike.
  • + 1
 @yzedf: i have no idea what you're talking about, but the point stands - the claimed seat tube angle is not even close to the actual, and, the higher you raise the seat, the worse the seat angle gets.
  • + 36
 Best looking bike in the test
  • - 3
 Would look better in murdered out black
  • + 13
 Carbon Frame that looks like Raw Alu ?????????????
  • - 8
flag arrowheadrush (Dec 12, 2018 at 11:53) (Below Threshold)
 shape looks good but that's about the most boring colour they could have picked
  • + 2
 @bikeyql: Ugh... That would look way better without all the Kashima Fox stuff. Put the Performace Elite stuff on there and it would look killer.
  • - 2
 Looks like a Hightower
  • + 2
 @blackforest: best of both worlds?
  • + 2
 upon further review, i actually like the colour, at fist i thought it was just plain silver, now i see it has a bit of a green/sage colour to it. me likey.
  • + 33
 Why is "Low Bottom Bracket" a con

I miss 2010
  • + 29
 I still find it amazing that a $5000+ bike comes with a $500 drivetrain and mid-level wheels. Nice work, bike industry.
  • + 2
 And don't forget mid-level suspension.
  • + 3
 RC points out that they upped the bling by including an XO rear derailleur when a GX shifts 95% as well for half the money. The rest of the kit is GX, Truvativ crankset. He says they could have spent that money on something that improved the bike, I guess bling sells more than ride. Carbon bars? XO cassette (lighter)? Guide RSC brakes? SRAM says the chain is the first place to upgrade from GX to XO for just a few dollars more, but chains don't sell bikes. What would you rather have, or would you stick with the XO derailleur?
  • + 3
 Cannondale spec'd a Minion 2.5WT on a i26 rim, so I guess it is OK that I put one on my i27? Maxxis says i30....
  • + 11
 @dcaf: Or they could have spec'd it with a better and cheaper XT drive train and sold it for $4k.
  • + 6
 So the randomly-green shock link is made of compacted dollar bills?
  • + 0
 @dcaf: gx chain is the best of the bunch, havnt tried xo but xx1 is so harsh its f*n horrible.
  • + 3
 @dcaf: I would always rather have the upgrade on the shifter than the mech. I cant really tell much difference in the mechs but can with the shifters,
  • + 1
 @dcaf: I wonder if somebody caught that the GX derailleur comes with steel ball bearings in the jockey pulleys and the XO comes with some sort of hybrid ceramic bearing that doesn't rust.
Every mid-range sram derailleur (including Rival derailleurs I race cross with) come with the steel pulley bearings, and they rust solid after a bit of sloppy wet riding and rinsing with the hose. They can be disassembled, unfrozen with penetrating oil, then regreased, but it's a pain in the ass and totally unnecessary. Shimano gets by just fine with plain bushings in their pulleys.
So if this was the plan, high five to whoever noticed and spec'ed the drivetrain this way.
  • + 25
 But where's the weird stuff!?! I expected a one-sided linkage fork, 30-in front wheel, 26-in rear, outlandishly oversized tubing somewhere, maybe a dual crown seatpost? Pneumatic brakes? Nothing??? Cannondale, I hardly knew you...
  • + 9
 Yep, the difference is now I'd totally buy one.
  • + 18
 Seems like most bikes are spec'd with Fox suspension with Sram drivetrain and brakes. I wish there were more Sram suspension and shimano drivetrain and brakes spec'd bikes. Just an opinion based on personal experience and preference.
  • + 2
 Giant has got you covered.
  • + 2
 I really like the manufacturers that spec SRAM drivetrains and Shimano brakes. I prefer the shifting on SRAM but so far on 3 bikes I've swapped out the Guide brakes for a set of XT or SLX.
  • + 17
 minion in the front, high roller in the rear is a shit load of fun, in my opinion. ran this option for a while and the back end breaks kinda loose on cornering for a controlled-ish rear end drift. eventually i moved back to an aggressor in the rear and for a while took some getting used to the rear end hooking up and not breaking free. btw, this raw finish look is fackin cool. trevor, smokes!
  • - 4
flag rookie100 (Dec 12, 2018 at 11:25) (Below Threshold)
 makes sense in the dry (HR is good for braaps) but the softer the trail is, the more i would put a HR up front and a minion/dhr out back for the oversteer effect...i think
  • + 18
 Yes, that raw aluminum finish on a carbon fiber bike, money.
  • + 11
 @tgent: Haha... that's what I was thinking... Aluminum is so "in" they're making carbon bikes that look like aluminum! Where's the fake welds?
  • + 19
 More commentary from @sarahmoore please! Great to see multiple viewpoints in these review recaps.
  • + 38
 Two more videos with yours truly coming up!
  • + 3
 Yep. There's something fresh about this review. Looking fwd to more..
  • + 18
 “I like a firm rear end.”
“When I’m driving it hard”

Oh, Richard...
  • + 1
 Country maybe? Could be Miley singing that one
  • + 16
 Looking at Sarahs photos at the top, it was mildly confusing moving on to the manly arms and legs in the squishy photo
  • + 23
 haha I even did a double take myself!
  • + 13
 Sarah: Big smile in every riding shot in the video. Dead serious look in every review shot. I think it's obvious where she's rather be. Smile
  • + 11
 Ha, I'm an open book!
  • + 14
 Looks like a Canfield Riot. Best-looking C’dale I’ve seen in years.
  • + 10
 Why does everyone shit on the Stumpy for STA but no hate here when they’re the exact same? And 430mm reach on a M is conservative by traditional PB standards. This site is weird.
  • + 1
 Tell me about it.
  • + 1
 Effective seat angle is a dimension that's open to interpretation. One brand's 74.5° STA may not be the same as another's (not that it's necessarily the case here).
  • + 10
 Dude that link looks rad!
  • + 2
 Design Team: "Needs some color"
Engineers: "Anodizing the link green would be easy"
Design Team: "Done"
  • + 9
 PLEASE do a DH bike version of these reviews.
  • + 4
 yes please dying trying to figure out between an m16,m29 and the new v10
  • + 3
 Yeah
  • + 2
 Yup, bike test in whistler doesn’t seem right without DH catergory!
  • + 5
 And this is how scope creep occurs. When i bought my Jeffsy 19 AL Comp ($3000ish) i thought it was a hell of a lot of money to be spending on a bike. Now having seen review after review of $9k+ steeds this Cannondale at ~$5k seems like a reasonable price!
  • + 8
 I love these reviews... but they simply aren't the same without @mikelevy Frown
  • + 14
 Less down-country when I'm not around to wreck things Wink
  • + 5
 Levy woulda taken it down A Line, survived, claimed it was a down country bike and pissed off the whole All Mtn World.
  • + 3
 I just need to hear his accountant voice so I can imagine him telling us about tax brackets, quarterly reports, deductions, write-offs, and other cool accountant related topics!
  • + 1
 Honestly, not many reviewers i trust more than RC, but i have to agree. Different test riders with totally different styles offset the reviews significantly. I can relate better with Mike's riding style, for sure, and i'd love to see how rowdy this bike can get.
Good nonetheless, though Smile
  • + 4
 The format of these reviews is excellent. I would suggest that your advantages and disadvantages in your video should be identical to those in the written article. All in all I think Cannondale has definitely improved their game. Being a bike shop Klingon at a Cannondale dealer I can say the choice of a Fox 34 is welcome. From personal experience of seeing lefties being warrantied left right and center - it's a product I would avoid.
  • + 7
 Looks like a...... Jeffsy
  • + 7
 Looks like a Specialized. censorship! Is this the bike RatBoy will be blasting the trails with?
  • + 3
 How the hell did she slip in that "seat tube height" issue so casually???
Having a hydraulic dropper which you cannot use fully open, even if slammed all the way down the frame, makes it UNUSABLE! It makes it such an inconvenience than in my opinion makes the bike borderline unrideable unless you swap it for a lower travel dropper.

If she rode the proper bike size for her height, and she's not utterly disproportionate, such an issue should not slide. It's either a matter of improper sizing on Pinkbike's side, or a flaw in Cannondale's design or fit guide.
  • + 3
 She's made this comment on several reviews now.
She has a 27" inseam and rides medium bikes.
Most people on mediums will have like 3" more inseam.
That's what's going on. With those proportions you need a shorter dropper, or one with a low stack height, or a one up dropper that you can make any length drop.
  • + 4
 The seat-tube height is a problem, but shouldn't be a dealbreaker for people with longer inseams or who enjoy shorter bikes. Cannondale made a design choice, we pointed out the potential issue, I don't think labeling it "unusable" makes sense here.

@acali: the Habit seat-tube is an outlier on length when compared to new bikes of similar reach—inarguably too long for 150-170mm droppers and modern reach preferences. The size Small would have been too short for Sarah's preferences. Even taller size medium riders would run into issues if they wanted to run a 170mm post.
  • + 0
 @brianpark: all reviews should include a BB to seat rail measurement at max insertion with the post dropped and the 'stack height' of the stock dropper.

I am looking for a 29er that can take a 150-170mm dropper in size med with a 32 inseam. This review doesn't help me.
  • + 2
 I have the same issue - I'm 5'6" and have a 28 inseam. I generally just accept that I'll have to to swap out the stock dropper for a 100mm on most bikes, especially those that spec 150s on mediums. One of those issues with having weird measurements.
  • + 1
 @brianpark: Beg to differ (or clarify) - for Sarah, or people with similar proportions, it's unusable. Could you really own and regularly ride a bike where your butt needs to find the sweet spot with your dropper every time you pop it back up, and when fully extended makes pedaling difficult or impossible? You wouldnt buy a bike that fits you like this, or recommend it to anyone in that situation. Ergo - dealbreaker (obviously not for everyone)

My point is that you guys let that comment slip in WAY too casually. Perhaps high profile bike tests like this should remind manufacturers how insignificant it is to boast a generous standover height when the "pedaling height" is compromised.

In defense of Cannondale i'll mention that i had a similar issue with several quality bikes i recently tested - the Ghost SL-AMR was impossible for me to use despite being smack in the middle of their fit chart for the size and having normal inseam height. Had to get the shop to replace the dropper with a 125mm. The Giant Trance 27.5 was borderline. I bet many other manufacturers mess this up.
  • + 2
 From my interpretation of your experience climbing the suspension is a tad soft. But when you flip on the climb switch the rear does not track as well. The softer the suspension the better the bike tracks the ground. Add platform and pedalling feels nice but author states that his fastest times were with the shock fully open. I'm finding reviews to be a bit more honest about these observations currently. You can have lots of platform or a plush ride but you can't really have both without some sort of compromise.
  • + 2
 My riding buddy is on his 3rd frame in about 5 months. Two broken linkages and a cracked front triangle. I have been with him for two of the issues and they have been on tame trail without a major whoops moment. Just riding along as they say. Not wanting to hate on Cannondale, (this bike is beautiful looking) but I don't want others to suffer the same fate.
  • + 2
 Just realized that his is a 2017 and they have changed up the linkage. Hopefully that solves that. He is a long time Cannondale guy but his product confidence is at a low ebb.
  • + 2
 So we are seeing many frame designs with shocks mounted parallel to the top tube now accepting a water bottle, looks like the space needed for the bottle has pushed the DT outward, creating a sort of "knuckle" ahead of the BB (think SB150) . How far can these knuckles go before they begin to interfere with the terrain ? I remember a PB review of the polygon bike mentioned that the knuckle impacted rocks or ledges etc.
  • + 6
 did RC huck the mini? video please!
  • + 3
 Need to see more of these two presenters. Beauty and experience make a great combo. Loving all of the reviews so far. Would like to see all of the tester sit down and chat about each bike.
  • + 4
 Does anybody know what Cannondale's policy is on overforking it? I can see it being really good with a 140 or 150 fork and a lot of riders being interested in doing that.
  • + 4
 any excuse to deny warranty will be actively exploited by Cannondale in my experience. Lifetime warranty that comes with their bikes is not even worth using as emergency toilet paper on a ride...
  • + 2
 The next model up says it comes with a 140 fork. Hope that’s not a typo cause a 140 would be sweet on this bike.
  • + 4
 If I'm buying a 130mm carbon fibre trail bike for $5200 I want it to be less than 30lb.
  • + 2
 Can't say anything nice don't say anything at all. Can't say anything nice don't say anything at all. Can't say anything nice don't say anything at all. Can't say anything nice don't say anything at all.
  • + 1
 You say the tall seattube restricts dropper travel, but wouldn't the bend restrict it already? I don't think that's really a con, and a Bike Yoke 160mm would likely fit. That's pretty typical travel for a bike in this category.

You mentioned issues getting the saddle forward for climbing. Seems to me the short rear ends on bikes contribute to that issue, so artificially increasing the angle accomplishes a similar result. I'd be curious to see how a bike with similar geo, but a 10mm longer chainstay, would fare.
  • + 1
 I'm a cannondale fan. I own two. A previous gen habit and a synapse for road rides. I test rode this bike and the new Jekyll 29. Personally I am going to get a Jekyll 29. I found the new habit a bit too twitchy for me. I think it's the wheel base. Also got way more pedal strikes than I wanted and I live in Oklahoma so lots of flowy stuff as opposed to the chunder.
  • + 4
 Never thought I'd see cannondale go for a horst link design. They work but its weird seeing one on a cannondale.
  • + 1
 everyone does "horst link designs" nowadays
  • + 1
 @vhdh666: wait, weren't the single pivot bikes the great come back of 2018?
  • + 2
 @Bruccio: yes but that's only the "handmade in UK" department :-)
  • + 1
 Why they would spec a 130mm fork on a bike like this nowdays is beyond me, looks like it bottoms out hard in the drop test, so easy to put 150mm on there its not 2006 anymore.
  • + 3
 It would be nice to have a geo chart in all of these reviews for comparison sake.
  • + 1
 great suspension crap rest of the spec for such a high price this thing looks great and hopefully doesn't crack and fail in 5 rides good work cannondale you may have saved yourself
  • + 2
 Really nice looking ride. Cannondale really copycatted this new Habit as the silhouette looks a lot like many other bikes. Not a bad thing IMO.
  • + 3
 Is the goal of the bottom out test to bottom out the tires as well as the suspension?
  • + 3
 “If you’re a square or a rectangle it’s probably a better bike for you”
  • + 2
 I can get a 4 bar Horst frame from a lot of places and put Fox Performance suspension on it. What does this bike offer for over $5k?
  • + 5
 Well.... if you went out and found 5 bikes with a similar price and design and took them for test rides and put together a pros and cons list for each you could probabaly find this out for what you look for in a bike.
  • + 3
 That bottle cage is looking good
  • + 2
 Love the frame and the spec. Sounds like it performs rather unremarkably though. Also a tad overpriced.
  • + 1
 My tires look like that without jumping off anything........now were did I put that gym membership access card
  • + 1
 Looks way too short in the reach. Why is this not slated like it is with Specialized?
  • + 1
 Needs a proper 150-160mm fork, seat angle would likely be whack a result unfortunately.
  • + 2
 Comeback of the year. I'd love to try this.
  • + 0
 Crack'en fail is a bad habit. Take yo monay and wait 6 months and get yerself a ytay fo less monay and have yourself a very little bikemas now!
  • + 2
 what fork model/travel would you rather have on this bike?
  • + 0
 150 Pike
  • + 1
 Have an option for either Fox 34 with 140mm of a 36 with 150mm
  • + 1
 @skyrez18:

this bike isn't an sb130 or Stumpy, both of which are more aggressive. i'd keep upfork to 10mm, so 140. no way i'd do 150 on this bike. STA would get all dicked up and it's more trail than all mtn oriented.
  • + 0
 Hate half and half bikes. If you are going to make a bike out of plastic make the whole frame out of it. Why the metal back end???....Is your plastic not good enough?
  • + 1
 underrated comment
  • + 8
 Specific materials have their place. But, I do need to get back to hanging my metal fence planks with little wooden nails.
  • + 5
 How come bikes cost so much these days? Is there not some way for manufacturers to save some money in frame design?... It's not live everyone's a dentist~!
  • + 1
 Would be nice to see the Polygon Squareone or the Marin Wolfridge in the testing.
  • + 1
 Where is the dh bike section!!!
  • + 2
 Looks like a YT
  • + 2
 Short reach, boo....
  • + 1
 Maybe it has progressive leverage rate, and low anti rise.
  • + 1
 Thought it was a new YT Jeffsy
  • + 1
 should have just speccd an xo crank instead.
  • + 1
 I was expecting more Sarah and less Richard on the video, what the?!?
  • + 1
 Does anyone know if this has "Ai offset" rear wheel alignment?
  • + 1
 3dumb saved cannondale's mtb reputation
  • + 1
 Seat Tube anglol!!!! It's as slack as the head angle!
  • + 1
 Is that really a Cannondale? It doesn't look hideous enough
  • + 1
 Every "field test" is the same.
  • + 1
 Looks like a Santa Cruz fücked a Specialized
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 It's funny how my 3 year old 5000 dollar bike is already obsolete, and apparently the frame is going to break 50 times and my lefty fork is outdated. I'm sorry, but this is ridiculous. I love my Habit SE, and the lefty too. I guess I will ride it until it finally breaks, and all the rich bastards out there can make fun of me and my "old" bike. Not all of us can replace our very expensive bikes every other year and afford to eat.
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 Rectangles and squares, continue to rejoice!
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 Hi Sarah! Ricki here. Great review and hope we can meet next year!
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 Great review.
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 Loks like a....Jeffsy...
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 Thinking the same thing...
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 no lefty.... Frown
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 Looks like a mountain Biker's Mountain Bike.
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 So its a Canyon Torque with 29 inch wheels and way less travel
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 More Moore please.
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 I just realised that all those bike's high prices are nothing comparing to amounts of money I have to pay for riding.. ((
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 Good review and looks like a fun bike but lacking travel. They should've tested a Trigger or even better a Jekyll. I ride a 2018 Jekyll 2 and it is a blast.
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 Now do a "really bad habit" with steeper STA, slacker HTA and a 150 up front please! Smile
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 Nothing special except the price?
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 that comes with a 30 plus weight issue
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