Bike Check: Josh Bryceland's Unique Cannondale Habit - Burgtec House Show 2019

Jan 30, 2019 at 11:34
by James Smurthwaite  

After building his career on Santa Cruz under the tutelage of Steve Peat, Josh Bryceland made the surprise move to Cannondale to form the Sessions team this off season. He has been on the Habit less than a month, but he’s already made a load of modifications from stock and has a few prototype bits fitted as well. We caught up with the Rat at the Burgtec House Show for a rundown of his new ride.





Rider Height 6’2”
Rider Weight 75(ish)kg
Frame Size Medium
Wheel Size 27.5”
Flip Chip High
Front Tire Pressure 30 psi
Rear Tire Pressure 40 psi
Fork Pressure 100 psi (3 tokens)
Fork Travel 160mm
Bar Width 800mm

Bryceland broke the Habit of a lifetime when he moved to Cannondale.

Josh has fitted a Super Deluxe Coil to replace the stock air shock.

He has also swapped out the standard 130mm fork for a 160mm RockShox Pike up front.

A well worn set of Fabric Magic grips




The biggest change from stock are the 27.5” wheels in a 29” medium Habit frame. Josh balances out the front end by overforking with a 160mm travel RockShox Pike (at 100psi with three tokens) and he also runs the high setting on the flip chip. This, combined with his signature 38mm rise bars, give him a fairly upright riding position despite the smaller wheels.

Josh will concentrate on filming and other events with the rest of his new freeride focused team mates this year. Josh is currently only riding the Habit platform, but he has a Jekyll incoming and possibly something even more interesting on the way after that.


Specification

Frame Cannondale Habit 4
Fork RockShox Pike RCT3
Shock RockShox Super Deluxe Coil RCT
Wheels Santa Cruz Reserve 30, Chris King ISO Hubs
Front Tire Maxxis Shorty, 3C Maxx Grip
Rear Tire Maxxis High Roller, 3C Maxx Grip
Drivetrain SRAM XO Eagle
Brakes SRAM Code RSC
Saddle Fabric Prototype
Handlebars Burgtec Ride Wide Josh Bryceland
Grips Fabric Magic
Seatpost RockShox Reverb Stealth

The Fabric saddle is a work in progress that will become a 50to01 collab further down the line. This saddle is soft as it is, but there’s likely to be even more padding, especially on the rear, by the time the product is released.

Josh runs a Maxxis Shorty up front and a High Roller rear with pretty high pressures.

The adjustable geometry is set to high.


Burgtec are local company for Bryceland and he's been with them since he was racing downhill. His signature bar was the first they had ever done and it stays uncut at 800mm on Josh's bike.




280 Comments

  • 615 4
 Cannondale: So mr rat, we've got this 130mm 29er that we think is ideal for uk trail riders.
Ratboy: 'old me bong bro.....
  • 25 0
 We have a replica as a demo bike built up ready to jib!!
  • 40 15
 I want that bike and to smoke a bong with him
  • 26 2
 Still no 1998-2002 blue with yellow decals @Cannondale I’m not angry just disappointed!
  • 208 1
 'Ratboy and the Cannondale' reads like it could be some 90s feel-good movie.

Read in a generic trailer narrator voice:

A corporate company with the intention to crush every local bike shop in small-town America mixes up their CVs of people to employ and accidentally hire Josh, a laid back mountain biker from England.

"Fookin, riight, mate!"

They soon discover Josh isn't like anyone they've employed and he helps them discover it wasn't money that they wanted.

"Ey, hope you don't mind if I bring me dog to work?"

From the studios that brought you Sleepless in Seattle and My Girl, a film to warm even the coldest of hearts...

Ratboy and the Cannondale

In cinemas April 1st.
  • 2 0
 hahaaaaaa! brilliant!
  • 2 1
 A rodent-breath of fresh air for sure. Like someone said, the Volvo Cann-o-ale livery would be mint. Whoever said Stinker Juarez is his grandpa should catch a brief PB ban though....Long Live the Rat!
  • 2 0
 @dubod22: Day made. Thank you.
100% I'd watch
  • 1 0
 Had me laughing for minutes that comment!Brilliant
  • 2 0
 @Murfdog: ???????????????????
  • 21 0
 @dubod22:
"They soon discover Josh isn't like anyone they've employed"

They used to employ Missy Giove, they are going back to their roots Smile
  • 2 0
 @dubod22: c dale makes the lefty they at least a little bit twisted
  • 1 0
 @dubod22: i feel like this could be the newest cult movie
  • 309 13
 How to ride when the bike company now sponsoring you doesn't make anything you like....
  • 37 3
 yeah, that's quite the Frankenbike
  • 24 13
 He rides the niner too, just not for Jibs. keep up.
  • 13 4
 I doubt it will be long before they make him a 27.5 habit / bronson replica.
  • 13 1
 @imho4ep: Riding on Santa Cruz wheels to boot lol
  • 3 0
 @imho4ep: it’s unique because it’s aluminum Smile
  • 1 0
 hahahaha
  • 6 0
 Next up: Turning a Jekyll into a DH bike. Probably.
  • 10 0
 To me the Habit is just the modern version of their Prophet. And this one is a bit more of a Prophet MX with 160mm of fork travel. Cannondale just returned to a market where they left a decade ago.
  • 1 0
 @knarf1: Hand laced to King hubs. I'd move those wheels over too!
  • 95 0
 Super unique setup. In a world of poles and mondrakers, it's interesting to see a 6'2" pro riding a bike with 430mm reach. Probably feels like a BMX bike to him, which makes sense given how he rides it.
  • 49 2
 He basically turned it into a Transition Bottle Rocket. Probably not that comfortable to pedal but I bet it slaps berms nice.
  • 16 1
 He used to ride a medium V10 too, those things are tiny.
  • 49 7
 You’re right. A smaller wheel might further enhance his riding style too. Say 26ish maybe, who knows. Might be something for future product development in order to make bikes more playful?
  • 5 3
 @Clarkeh: did he?! Jayzuz Cryst! Even I ride a large at 5'10 and that feels almost too short!!
  • 5 1
 @Kirky86: Turns out it was a L in 2016. But that's like a M in other brands so same difference really.
  • 16 3
 with the 160mm fork instead of 130mm it's likely about 410-420mm reach man...Not even 430...CRAZY
  • 117 0
 @tulipanek: i bet it‘s 420
  • 17 0
 @Stokedonthis: Nice one dude cheers !!! #420forlife
  • 11 0
 @tulipanek: Not only that be he has at least 30mm of spacer under that headset! So take off another 10mm for that too. Its basically a FS slacked out DJ bike. Sounds fun Wink
  • 9 0
 @Svinyard: And he's probably rolled his 38mm rise bars back a tad, 'cause he was feeling a bit stretched.
  • 5 2
 @trippleacht: I did read somewhere (sorry no source) that he was going to be helping with development of something new. Maybe a C-dale slope style bike or a just a really interesting trail bike. No idea, but I'm a C-dale fan and I love watching Bryceland's videos. Those guys look like they are having a ton of fun.
  • 6 1
 @Stokedonthis:

Hence the reason he needs to run an 800 mm bar to make it fit him!
  • 1 0
 29 er fork !!!!@tulipanek:
  • 16 6
 Yay I'm not the only one who likes smaller bikes. I'm 6foot 3 and have owned 15 and 18 old Kona sized bikes. Yeah they are more fatiguing on long rides but you can get way more body English on them. Which helps with heavier bikes and are better for riding vert and jibbing. I don't want a full suspension road bike, I want a squishy slack bmx.
  • 5 1
 26" ish haha. A 26" alu Habit would rule!
  • 4 0
 @dbarnes6891: It'll be a DH bike I'd have thought
  • 1 1
 @tulipanek: But it also went from 29" wheels to 27.5", so it makes up some of that difference.
  • 5 3
 Long legs / short torso may be part of the reason for the shorter reach and the high riser bar
  • 3 0
 @islandforlife: not if you change both wheels, then the whole thing is just lower to the ground.
  • 4 0
 @tulipanek: i'm 6'1, my favourite bike to this day is a large TR250, Reach 411, 26" wheels. I also got a 29er FS at 440 and a hardtail at 455 since december which still feels akwardly long. Different bikes for different folks, nothing wrong with that, mate.
  • 6 0
 Cuz he's slashn n bashn..not enduro bro'n
  • 2 0
 @tulipanek: then add his 35 rise bars
  • 4 0
 He's just not aware of the 'trend' or not reading PB comments... someone should tell him that his bike is unrideable.
  • 1 0
 @bikeinbih: Can't really take a Pros bike set up and try and apply it to the masses, are you going to tell Minnaar that his XXXXXXXXXL V10 is too big for him and he should down size?
  • 1 0
 @PhoS: I don't think he's entering the tour de france so pedaling isn't a priority
  • 1 0
 @choppertank3e: I couldn't agree more. This ain't the tour de france. Have fun!
  • 87 0
 -10 points for the 'habit of a lifetime' caption..
  • 4 0
 Yeah that one clanged. Leave the puns for the comment section, that's what it's for!
  • 79 2
 Cannondale: "Hey Josh we think you'll like this bike!"
Josh: "Sure let me just change literally everything about it, and it should be good."
  • 70 2
 I guess he doesn't read mtb publications or internet sites, otherwise he would have been on an xl frame with 29 wheels
  • 14 0
 Not just any XL...the newer XL's with 500mm of reach. and 1277mm giant wheelbase.
  • 3 1
 @Svinyard: XL in Sub 1300mm is so 2015 mate, get your geos right ffs !
  • 2 0
 @Svinyard: For some of us taller guys it feels like we are finally getting a bike that fits haha. My 29in endure bike with a 500mm reach is a size that's got me finally feeling comfy.
  • 50 2
 No wonder his back tire is always sliding around corners! 40 PSI on a High Roller.
  • 12 1
 Add to this a medium frame.
  • 7 2
 I don’t believe it.
  • 2 1
 So he doesn't get snake bites and doesn't destroy tires every ride.
  • 3 1
 And that's with DD casing, definitely no need for pool noodles BS there !
  • 11 1
 The man hates tyre squirm/roll. I think I remember him saying it actually makes him feel physically sick when he feels a tyre squirm cornering.
  • 6 0
 Isn't 100 psi with 3 tokens pretty hardcore too?
  • 2 0
 @GDPipsqueak: yeah! Super stiff!!
  • 8 0
 30psi in my minions, don't care about your opinions
  • 14 0
 @bigburd: 30psi in my knobby nic, y'all can suck my lolly stick.
  • 43 0
 the adjustable geometry is set to "high"...i'll bet it's really, really high.
  • 8 0
 hehe
  • 38 4
 Funky setup for sure, but not many big companies make a "Cutty Track and Jib" specific full squish tho... What I really wanna hear from is the Rat himself on why the 'ell he made those mods... on audio preferrably, cuz the bloke's got one 'ell uv an accent.

* But honestly (talking to you Pinkbike editors) let's get more from the riders themselves on why they do those things in particular. They are all better than us, maybe we could learn something?
  • 49 0
 Well you're in luck, some video coming soon from the Rat himself. Smile
  • 16 1
 @brianpark: I wonder if it'll have subtitles. For the non-Mancs, I mean. Wink
  • 4 2
 Don’t Cannondale make bikes anymore? Mine says made in the USA on it. It’s aluminium surely they can just make him one?
  • 6 0
 @thenotoriousmic: They haven't made bikes in the US for a long time now.
  • 3 0
 His release video for his signature Burgtec bars gives you a snippet of why he chose the rise/sweep. Seemingly as a tall rider he likes a taller front end.
  • 1 0
 cant stress this enough @jlee0811
  • 1 0
 exactly why I wanted to read the article.
  • 27 2
 6.2 and on a medium. He definitely likes a playful bike. Especially with all the other changes
  • 30 1
 It's just a bmx with suspension really. Must be absolutely sick to ride
  • 9 0
 @Theocr: Agreed, but I bet it feels sketchy AF at times for a mere mortal like myself (6-4) on some legit trails.
  • 4 3
 You reckon? More like a slope setup, if anything.
  • 2 1
 @Neale1978: indeed, he reckoned.
  • 4 0
 He was the last person to win on a 26"
  • 22 0
 this is a great reminder to experiment and try new things and see what works for YOU.
  • 2 0
 Exactly. It's an unorthodox setup, but its clearly working for him. Still, a smaller wheeled version of the Habit would be good. I'd consider one myself. I guess we'll see what else they're coming up with soon enough.
  • 21 0
 wow pinkbike featuring a 27.5 bike? is this real life? thought all PB talked about was 29 these days....
  • 21 0
 The voided warranty build
  • 19 0
 100 psi?! What's the conversion from British psi's to American?
  • 3 5
 specially for a 75Kg guy... I think only Rude with 90Kg and few others ride 100psi...
  • 55 1
 Not sure these days, but it used to be 50:01
  • 1 0
 Easy. Divide by four and a half stone....
  • 2 0
 I ride my lyrik with 100psi and no tokens.. with less it feels waaay to soft with a coil shock on the back. Vivid with a 400 spring.. Tho im around 80-85kg naked..
  • 1 1
 @mini: run 4 tokens and drop pressure to around 80 psi probably with more suppleness off the top
  • 19 3
 He’s on a habit, there’s a Jekyll on the way, but something more special is coming? Do I smell a DH bike in the works???
  • 10 0
 based off what he said in the vital interview, where he mentioned he wanted to race some DH World cup races, I'd say it's a safe bet to assume we see a cannondale dh bike soon.
  • 6 0
 did I say three chains? Better make it four.
  • 2 0
 @dustysteve: Imagine being good enough to casually enter WC DH races with a head full of THC. That is a life I cannot even begin to fathom.
  • 1 0
 @Session603: I'm with you.
  • 16 3
 The saying "there's no such thing as a bad bike these days" is a dangerous one. Yes, there are lots of good bikes today, but that mentality is dangerous because it makes people think they're off the hook to research geometries, angles, suspension characteristics, and to question the status quo. People need to realize that not all bikes with a fox 36 and DPX2 and Eagle handle the same.

I'm not saying the habbit is a bad bike, I wouldn't know until I rode one. But Rat obviously doesn't just accept that everything's good these days and there's no need to tinker or even think. Tinkering can teach a rider so much, and it's cool to see a rider thinking outside the box so much and experimenting with things until it feels right for him.

I think the biggest disadvantage to all the "standards" changing is it hurts our ability to tinker, since not all bars are compatible with all stems, etc.
  • 4 0
 I think what he is saying is most bikes now seem to work, back in the day some bikes were ok and some were utter shit.
  • 4 1
 the saying is fine. If people are too stupid to think beyond it then that is on them.
  • 3 0
 @zyoungson: I still think there are plenty of bikes today that have great components, but are utter garbage when you ride them. I don't believe the saying. There definitely is such a thing as a bad bike these days, they just happen to have good parts on them.
  • 1 0
 front wheel love dude
  • 14 3
 Guess what bike manufacturers? We all don't want 29" wheels and a super long reach! Some of us still like to jump with a bit of style - not stretched out like a giraffe when we're in the air. Need more bikes like the GT Distortions, Transition Scouts and now - almost a Cannondale Habit...
  • 3 0
 He is riding this bike more like a big BMX bike. It's not a bike he goes out and puts miles on. I agree on the 29" wheels
  • 2 1
 Long live the distortion! Check out the Spot Rollik 607 for a distortion-like feel with enduro travel. Such a fun bike. 5010, scouts, distortion, even the old sb66c... man, those were some fun bikes.
  • 6 1
 The prophet and the judge were really good bikes and ahead of their time, the one twenty was a very good handling bike, but the jekyll I tested a few years ago felt awful. I guess they never figured out the enduro bandwagon properly, though Jey seemed to ride awfully good on it.

Heck, I even got a slacked out (angleset and 150mm rc3 fork) 24+ prophet hidden in the garage for my sons 10th birthday
  • 9 0
 So , when is Missy Giove coming back to Cannondale ?
  • 9 4
 No 29" wheels..check, no carbon fiber...check. I like this kid!!!
Love them or hate them cannondale has done a lot for the bike industry. I bought one of the first cannondale road bikes when they first hit the market (i lived nearby) they were cutting edge design, looks and materials. Back then they were all hand made in Bedford, PA and engineered and R&D done in CT. They have always pushed the boundaries of engineering and designs and have escorted many champions through their teams and doors. I am glad they have a "freeride" team to go bashing about on the new rides! This is coming from an old guy that has some seriously big tanks in my stable, no dentist bikes, and still love the cannondales.
  • 5 0
 Carbon fibre wheels my dude....
  • 3 4
 cool story dude
  • 19 14
 So Cannondale abandons the lefty and finally adopts a modern suspension only to let some girl-jean wearing twerps put the wrong size wheels, BMX saddle, and other stuff that detracts from the actual function of the bike. AND PEOPLE EMBRACE IT. Marketing.
  • 2 0
 YEAS
  • 2 0
 Truth
  • 8 0
 2019-2020 the year the 'Play' bike an having fun makes a massive come back. FK enduro Pro wannabes
  • 1 0
 yaaas
  • 5 0
 I doubt hes racing on this bike. Prob set it up just for his short jibby video segments. doubt hes taking this out for 20 mile pedal rides like most guys goin crazy over there specs. Watch his vids. It's mostly sick smooth trail jibs n hucks, trials, bmx style, etc. Dont compare yourself to this guy and then wonder how. theres reasons for everything.
  • 5 0
 Thank you Josh for helping to make Cannondale righteous again. Some of those old Bedford built bikes were really far ahead of their time. The brand lost its way a while back. I too am a fan of a longer travel front and somewhat shorter rear for trail bikes.
  • 10 2
 Before today, I never heard for Burgtec. Now I've seen it like five times.
  • 3 0
 Feel sorry for ya mate
  • 1 0
 @tommowalker: you run this "burgtec" stuff duck?
  • 7 0
 What length stem Mr. bike checker?
  • 7 1
 That awkward moment when you realise that you're trying to get your new girlfriend to look more like your old girlfriend.
  • 5 0
 Great bike check, these are the kind of details I love to geek out on.
  • 4 1
 Did he ride his SantaCruz bikes in stock form or did he change everything on them too? Seems like he’s had to do a lot to that bike to make it “rad”
  • 3 1
 He’s doing a lot of different riding to his main focus when he was on SC. IIRC he was always over-forked and ran shortish toptubes.
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: is that a 29er Pike 160mm as well? Wonder why he went that way rather than a 650b 180mm Lyrik as he's fitting 650b wheels, the seal bulge lines up with the widest part of the tyre sticking a 650b in a 29er fork leaving not a lot of room.
  • 5 0
 @StevieJB: Maybe because a 180/130 Lyrik'd Habit would freakin break the internet
  • 1 0
 @StevieJB: I'm actually running 27.5 x 2.6 on a 29er frame right now and wondering the same thing. My thought is that a 650b 180mm and a 29 160mm have the same A2C, but then 180/130 would be a little crazy no? Maybe going with 180mm is too linear in the first 2/3 of the travel and doesn't allow for a balanced ride that way?

I am curious though... with my current setup it's super low slung and not as playful. Would going to a 160mm decrease the BB Drop enough to make it more responsive?
  • 4 0
 Hey PinkBike, you REALLY need to interview this dude to get the real deal on this bike setup.
  • 2 1
 Video is in the making they said
  • 3 1
 I'd love to hear why he decided to go with a coil on this bike as well. I'd assume he's running the stiffest spring rockshox makes (based on the pressures he's running in his fork and tires).
  • 1 0
 On Instagram he commented that he "just prefers the feel" of coil shocks
  • 1 0
 At those tire and fork pressures, its the only thing keeping his feet on the pedals
  • 9 6
 Can't wait for the first morons over-forking their frames beyond sensible limits because they saw ratboy do it so they did it too.
  • 4 1
 Most of the 50to01 crew were overforked on the bikes they rode, maybe not as much as this FSBMX of JB’s!!
  • 9 0
 @Murfdog: how about all those chaps putting 160 forks on hardtails? Do they count as morons too?
  • 2 1
 if it'll hold up under Ratboy's abuse, I'm not worried about it hurting my frame.
  • 1 0
 Lol be pretty funny wont it! Ahh, we laughed...
  • 2 0
 if you shred who cares?? Says the dude with a 140mm up front....
  • 1 0
 Asked my rep, he says 140mm max fork travel.
  • 1 0
 I didn’t call them morons dude, it was the guy I was replying to @jaame:
  • 1 0
 @Murfdog: I just didn't delete that name part because basically I couldn't be arsed. I think I was in a hurry or something. Usually I check it when I'm eating my breakfast and I guess I was a bit late this morning. Had to quickly type the reply and then clean my teeth. Just made it out of the house in time. My apologies for the laziness. It won't happen again.
  • 1 0
 I would say that this is only the same leverage as a 150 fork in 29, in the high setting and probably running about 15% sag, so the geo is likely only a touch slacker than a normally sagged and forked bike.
  • 1 0
 Actually, just realised it's a 29er fork. Its completely daft!
  • 1 0
 Do you even FREERIDE bro?
  • 2 0
 @jaame: 150mm on a 26 HT checking in - can confirm we are morons. Damn good fun though Smile
  • 5 0
 That will totally void the warranty.
  • 3 1
 A unique bike for a unique guy. I can’t even image what 30 and 40 psi tire pressures would feel like. At first I thought this was a joke, but I can believe it in josh’s case.
  • 1 0
 Where are the double pass smooth welds? I thought that was a Cannondale "trademark" even when they stopped being made in the US.

Never owned one, but I respected Cannondale for doing their own (weird) thing. Single stanchion forks, offset rear wheels, 1.5" steerers etc. Now they're just another brand I guess.
  • 7 2
 Alloy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 4 1
 Alloy Frame 4 tha kids, and carbon wheels because, money.
  • 3 0
 Ride what you can afford and take the rest off your gut??
  • 13 9
 Sounds like he doesn’t like their bikes
  • 13 2
 He just signed with them. 100% bet he worked with them prior to signing regarding developing bikes for his style of riding.
  • 6 2
 Santa Cruz wheels huh.... interesting
  • 7 0
 I read elsewhere they are still the wheel sponsor
  • 6 1
 First thing I noticed.

Read the whole article waiting for them to mention it. They even take a close up of the Shorty tyre with the "Reserve" sticker right there. They talk about all the random changes to the stock bike yet don't mention the wheels?!?!? Ha!
  • 4 1
 Not one comment about him riding for SRAM? Am I the only one who didn't know about this?
  • 2 0
 He swapped to sram a while ago
  • 4 0
 Back wheel is the only thing that matters!
  • 6 2
 I prefer the cannondales with one fork tube.
  • 4 0
 I'm surprised that you're surprised he's using a medium.
  • 9 5
 Shoulda stayed w Santa Cruz.
  • 1 0
 Cool ride. Fun to geek out over stuff like this but is he running the 29er fork solely for the 29er offset or is he gonna pull one out of the bag and surprise us 29er stylez?!
  • 3 0
 We all knew Bryceland was bonkers....but we didn't know he was THIS bonkers.
  • 3 0
 Imagine Rat was a telemarketer. That accent would be the hardest decipher mankind has ever made over the phone
  • 1 0
 Looks like he has it set up as a dj bike almost. The tire pressures make sense for big hits, as does the slacker ha from the longer travel fork. That being said, not a bike I'd want to climb with....
  • 6 5
 RatBoy on a Cannondale is a such a shame. I could have seen him on a BTR Fabrication or a Stanton SwitchFS instead... something raw brutal and british for God sake!!!!!!! Josh deserves much better...
  • 3 1
 That bike set up amazes me, fingers crossed Cannondale will produce a bike that people actually want to ride I guess you can't polish a turd but you can roll it in glitter
  • 3 0
 Did Paul Aston have a seizure when he read that 6'2" Rat is on a size medium? Trends? Rat doesn't follow no trends.
  • 8 6
 Wow, that's a pretty interesting setup! And how is this possible? Everyone on PB knows 29 > 27.5
  • 10 1
 It's exactly what I've done for my hardtail. 29er frame, over forked and under wheeled.
Balances out nicely Smile .
  • 22 2
 Been reading too much PB and thought I wanted a mid travel 29er. I rode one and realized I actually don't. Glad I test rode one before making an expensive mistake.
  • 3 0
 @mtb-sf: Yes! Test rides ftw.
  • 6 0
 @mtb-sf: Good move. Never believe the hype. Ride what feels good to you.
  • 1 0
 @mtb-sf: What riding style and terrain do you ride? What ride characteristics are you looking for in your next bike?
  • 3 3
 @mtb-sf: Opposite experience for me... read too much Pinkbike, tested a short travel 29r and didn't look back. Thing f*cking rips... just like 27.5 bikes, not all 29 bikes are made equal, especially as many brands are still figuring out the geometry... too many are rushing bikes to market.

The one I'm on was in development for 2 years and it shows. Just as fun, jumpy, flick-able and good in tight situations as my previous 27.5, but has the 29r speed, momentum, roll-over and monster truck-ability that a good 29r should have. I'm having more fun, and I'm faster on my new ride. Test more!
  • 4 1
 @islandforlife: Being honest I barely notice wheel size when going from one bike to another. I moreso notice geometry differences. In the past year I've spent a fair amount of time on two 150mm 29ers, a 120mm 29er, a 120mm 27.5+ and a 140/160 27.5 and I really liked all of them. New bikes are generally fantastic these days.
  • 1 3
 It's called FREERIDE setup.......MAGA.
  • 6 3
 the rat runs 27.5!! that's how cool he is!!!
  • 4 1
 6’2” on a med frame? But who am I to question the Rat
  • 2 1
 So the trade to convert a 29 wheeled bike to 27,5, specially like tihs with small frame for the guy to be playfull but still a long chainstay is what you get ?
  • 2 0
 Well, I think maybe as a tall guy, a longer chainstay (its not THAT long) is kind of nice. Like when certain frame makers add length to the chainstay in the L, XL sizes. So maybe in this case, the chainstay length (while built for the 29er bike) is actually appropriate. IIRC its about the same length as a Yeti SB5c LR which is an awesome 130r/f160 bike.
  • 3 0
 I can't wait for the Sessions team to do barspins on a lefty!
  • 1 0
 You not seen the new lefty then?
  • 2 0
 I was wondering what about the bb height ifyou put the longer fork on but then i realized its 29er, makes sense.
  • 6 5
 Comparing to SC it does look like downgrade, yep he is sponsored and talented rider, however that does not look like bike I wanna buy, sorry
  • 4 3
 Yeah agreed, I like to see the mods he made and its not a horrible looking bike...but definitely not much to desire. Rat needs to get some insane paintjob done to it Wink
  • 3 1
 I personally like it a lot. Its weird and specialised to the very serious job of maximising the fun of dicking about in the woods with your mates. I always thought the Santa Cruz seemed a little out of place in that context. It was a race bike rather than a jib machine.
  • 4 2
 Knowing how stupid Cannondale is, the DH bike will be announced in November...
  • 2 0
 I prefer a sta of more than 10 degrees, but I suppose Rat probably doesn't do a lot of sitting down.
  • 3 0
 Bwa ha ha .... take that you 29er crazed bike manufacturers and journos!
  • 3 0
 Any bike is a park bike if you believe in yourself.
  • 3 0
 Can I replace my 130 fork with a 160?

Says every MTBR user ever.
  • 1 0
 "Bryceland broke the Habit of a lifetime when he moved to Cannondale." - So, he stopped smoking the gud shiet?? I hope not, that shit is good for ya.
  • 2 1
 So they spend a bunch of $$$$ building a 29er and he just makes a pig and does what he wants kinda crazy riding a bike your can’t buy!
  • 3 2
 I was all weird about this partnership, but kudos to them, thats a sweet bike!
  • 3 0
 6'2" on a medium???
  • 6 1
 It wasn't that long ago when agressive riders liked bikes with a shorter cockpit so they could throw the bike around. Ratboy is just a little old-school.
  • 3 0
 I remember when no-one bought a large unless they were at *least* 6'2.
  • 4 0
 @BeerGuzlinFool: He's not old school or new school he's f-ck the school.
  • 2 2
 Dude I would ride for anyone for the money he must be getting, he is probably getting like 462 million for this gig or sumpin' close!
  • 15 1
 420 million
  • 2 1
 @RLEnglish: Dude, we should ride sometime too bad you're in Salmon arm!
  • 1 0
 @Bomadics: come ride Kelowna trails!!
  • 3 0
 Mini rampage bike
  • 1 2
 bwaaaaaaaaa
  • 2 0
 Sounds like a Super V 5000DH could be in the making...
  • 2 0
 Josh is a boss! Blazing his own trails!\m/
  • 1 0
 How many Santa Cruz wheels does he have?! That's sick tho, SC carbon on Cannondale
  • 1 0
 @dglass
Thanks man, there is more to it but i didn't want to be a chat hero..youknow..
  • 2 0
 Will someone please think of the warranty
  • 1 0
 Those tire and fork pressures for his weight!? I'm guessing its a jumping thing?
  • 1 0
 cannondale: you want a slightly longer fork on there mate?
josh: hold my beer
  • 2 1
 Can’t believe he left Santa Cruz Frown that’s all that comes to mind when you say Ratboy!!!!
  • 1 0
 "and possibly something even more interesting on the way after that" Please...... go on...........
  • 2 0
 Just put a Cannondale sticker on a Bronson why dontcha.
  • 1 0
 Contrary to trendy long geo that prohibits bunny hops he is setting up a bike that wants to hop.
  • 2 0
 Rat looking ride...
  • 2 1
 Why not ride the bad habit if he wanted 27.5?
  • 7 1
 New Habit and Bad Habit are the same frame. So it doesn't really matter
  • 1 0
 Is the rear travel mm mentioned in the article?
  • 4 0
 Not that I saw but its 130mm rear. At least on a stock habit. He may have tweaked that too.
  • 4 5
 Putting 27.5 wheels on a 29er frame and over forking with 160 travel fork. That’s all you need to do to make a Cannondale handle well?
  • 2 0
 I want another bike!!!
  • 1 0
 @JamesR2026
Thanks bro, my old eyes missed that...lmfao.
  • 1 0
 Why has Ratboy not move to Colorado or Canada yet?
  • 3 0
 nowhere for his boat.
  • 6 0
 The UK has the ultimate jib culture. We don't have many big mountains so we have developed an awesome ability to have a ton of fun in a 30 second descent making the most of every inch.
  • 1 0
 @Patrick9-32: ok can you bring some of that to the US? I think we lost our way.
  • 2 0
 Prognarcore
  • 1 0
 Will we see a turner bike w the wheel size and geo we all want?
  • 1 0
 A medium eh? Spose he does ride it more like an oversized DJ
  • 1 0
 New Fabric Saddle?!? Count me in on that thing!
  • 1 0
 "To The RatMobile, LET@S GO!"
  • 1 0
 I'm stoned just from reading this. Oh... no.... wait.....uh
  • 9 9
 What is Cannondale even... I don't get them.
  • 2 5
 You best bro, it's a big change in brand direction and you just watch homie, the come-up has started.
  • 2 1
 Is that a 29er pike ??
  • 3 4
 Pink bike will erase this. But what’s up w the crackenfail vs Bronson? Bring it ?
  • 1 2
 I knew Cannondale would regret signing someone so unprofessional, just didn't think it would be this soon!
  • 1 1
 Cruzendale I smell a merger
  • 1 0
 Reserve Rims.
  • 1 0
 Ratboy is king.
  • 5 6
 Okay everyone lets copy Specialized!
  • 6 2
 Looks like a spesh/santacruz mashup
  • 1 2
 you ride moto bro
  • 1 1
 as
  • 1 2
 someone needs to get this kid some cushcore.
  • 6 9
 For sure a down grade from Santa Cruz. Kinda sad when you have to run Santa Cruz wheels on a Cannondale. Next up Cannondale carbon wheels and a DH bike.
  • 2 3
 ur dumb
  • 1 1
 So... It's a slope bike?
  • 1 1
 Don’t hate it now.
  • 1 1
 No rules!
  • 1 1
 27.5 ain't dead.
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