Cannondale Moto Carbon 1

4 Reviews for Moto Carbon 1

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 2015 and still riding this frame. out of warranty and my frame developed cracks in certain areas so i had it checked and was told by a cannondale rep that mine would usually crack on those areas but was told that they were mainly in the paint. had another opinion from a non cannondale party and was told the same. So i kept riding even with those and they never grow in size. FWiw, this bike is amazing, sad that cannondale abandoned the suspension design. Its light for what it is and it gets you up in te mountain albeit not as easy a short trave bike, but nothing difficult either way.
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 I've been riding this bike for almost a year now and absolutely love it. I raced the Mega Avalanche on it and once you put a chain guide with only two chain rings in the front it is the perfect bike for these sorts of events.
This is the perfect all mountain bike and I have done everything from xc races to dh races on it and it has done well in all.
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 super great bike.. it loves to pedal and works great for some light- medium dh. and suprising flexes almost none. one complaint is that as of right now the BB should be an inch- 2 lower
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 The bike is so light and the geometry is great for all kinds of all mountain riding. Only con is that it sits a little high from the ground.
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Cannondale Moto Carbon 1 (MSRP $6499.99) — 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.

Carbon fiber is already resistant to torsional forces. But Cannondale's engineers boosted that trait at the BB shell with nearly no weight penalty by sandwiching the area (the Hot Box) with two slim carbon fiber plates.

The Moto's carbon headtube is devilishly large. With a 66.6 mm outer diameter, the proportions give it precise steering, which is vital when picking lines through gnarly rock gardens.

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 $6,500
Travel 160mm
Rear Shock FOX DHX 5.0 Air
Fork FOX 36 Talas RC2, 160-130-100 mm
Headset Moto 1.5" Integrated
Cassette Shimano XTR, 11-34
Crankarms Shimano XTR, 22/32/44
Bottom Bracket Shimano Hollowtech II
Pedals Crank Brothers Smarty
Rear Derailleur SRAM X-0
Chain Shimano 9-speed
Front Derailleur Shimano XT
Shifter Pods Sram X-0 trigger
Handlebar FSA Carbon K-Force, 25 mm rise
Stem Cannondale XC3 1.5", 31.8 mm
Grips Cannondale GRIND Locking
Brakes Avid Elixir CR Carbon, 185/185 mm(S-M), 203/185 mm(L-X)
Hubs Mavic Crossmax SX UST Thru-20/12
Spokes Mavic Crossmax SX UST
Rim Mavic Crossmax SX UST
Tires Continental Mountain King UST, 26 x 2.4"
Seat Fi'zi:k Gobi XM w/Kium rails
Seatpost Thomson Elite


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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