Cannondale Moto 5

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Cannondale Moto 5 (MSRP $2399.99) — Pick the adjective of choice for the Moto: Burly. Brawny. Beautiful. Bump-aliscious. For all-mountain riders on steeper terrain, the Moto shines. Revolutionary floating shock technology gobbles up baby-head sized rocks, and delivers premium suspension performance. Ultra-stiff bottom bracket shell resists torsional stress and the sloppy flex that takes away from the riding experience.

Cannondale's engineers break rear shock stiction faster and have re-oriented shock forces in the frame with the floating shock of the Hatchet Drive for better real-world riding performance. Why call it the Hatchet Drive? The links look just like a hatchet. Go check it out.

The lower pivot location - above and ahead of the BB shell creates a favorable angle of attack in the suspension motion ratio. This creates a bike with excellent pedaling performance and a suspension ratio curve with 160 mm of true travel.

For the ultimate in power transfer and resistance to energy-sapping torsional flex, the Moto's chainstays and swingarm pivot are asymmetrically shaped. The designs also optimize our desire to shave unneeded weight.

Specifications Compare to other All Mountain/Enduro/XC

Release Date 2009
Price $2,400
Travel 160mm
Rear Shock FOX Float R-XV
Fork Rock Shox Domain 302 U-Turn, 160-115 mm
Headset FSA Orbit Extreme 1.5"
Cassette Shimano HG50, 11-34
Crankarms SRAM GXP2, 22/32/BG
Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP
Pedals GRIND EX Platform
Rear Derailleur SRAM X-9
Chain Shimano 9-speed
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Shifter Pods SRAM X-5 Trigger
Handlebar FSA Orbit Extreme 1.5"
Stem Cannondale XC3 1.5", 31.8 mm
Grips Cannondale GRIND Locking
Brakes Hayes Stroker Ryde, 185/185 mm(S-M), 203/185 mm(L-X)
Hubs Thru-20 front, Shimano M475 rear
Spokes Mach 1
Rim Sun Single Track SL Disc, 32 hole
Tires Maxxis Ignitor, 26 x 2.35"
Seat Cannondale CO2 w/Chromoly rails
Seatpost Cannondale Alloy


Size S M L XL
Frame Weight
Bike Weight
Headtube Angle 67.5 ° 67.5 ° 67.5 ° 67.5 °
Seattube Angle 72.5 ° 72.5 ° 72.5 ° 72.5 °
Headtube Length
Chainstay Length 420 mm 420 mm 420 mm 420 mm
BB Height 363 mm 363 mm 363 mm 363 mm
BB Width
Seat Post Diameter
Front Derailleur Width
HeadTube Diameter 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5
Top Tube Length 578 mm 603 mm 629 mm 652 mm
WheelBase 1098 mm 1124 mm 1156 mm 1184 mm
Standover Height 748 mm 764 mm 807 mm 820 mm


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