Cannondale Moto2 2008 160mm Trail Bike

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Rear end

The 0.94lb Fox DHX4 Air is valved for this bike. Not the Moto1, not the Moto3, but the Moto2. Cannondale’s ability to ask Fox to tune shocks specifically to each of their models creates the best pairing when you first buy this bike. This would make switching out shocks an issue since it will not feel the same as the shock tuned to this suspension. The boost valve pressure is recommended to be between 125 – 200 psi, the boost valve pressure was set to 125psi for a plush ride for this review. The shock pressure was set to 140psi. The 2008 Fox shocks have a nifty blue lever on the boost valve to adjust the pro-pedal between ‘min’ and ‘max’. While I did find the suspension less active with the pro-pedal on ‘max’ the bike climbed well in both settings. The air valve on the boost valve was tough to access with this shock placement, as well the air shock valve was slightly hindered by the upper linkage plate overtop of the valve.

Low shock placement aids in stability. Shock valves are a bit cumbersome to access.

The Bike
The Front
The Rear
The Components
The Ride
Overall

About the author: Sharon Bader

I am 5’9″, weigh 154lbs. I have been riding since 1991. I started on a classic XC hard tail but have moved with technology and now ride a Pivot Mach 5.7 for XC, a Trek Session for DH and a Pivot Firebird and Knolly Endorphin for freeriding/shore/technical XC riding.


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  • Chick_Jerkin' says:

    Excellent review, Sharon. I always look forward to reviews from you and/or Lee, both of you have great experience, top riding skills, and write very well. Thanks.

  • Tony says:

    I love those action shots. Good stuff.

  • Vader says:

    Great review Sharon. I know the air shocks are tailored for the frames, but will a coil shock fit?

  • Brodiegrrl says:

    Hey Barry!

    I’m sure the DHX coil will fit, but it won’t be ‘tuned’ for it.

    check your pm’s!

  • Mike Bowman says:

    Such a Sick bike. Handles the big stuff so well and perfect for the diablo freeride park or Northstar Live Wire. Still climbs admirably well. A 30lb bike and you can throw anything at it, sign me up.

  • chris says:

    sick bike ! is it for sale ?

  • Erik, BERGEN , Norway says:

    Just bought my first full suspension bike this august and landed on the Moto 2 and just have to say its great . Easy to drag along anywhere . Easy to handle . Nice equipment , especially the brakes (Magura Louise w/ 8″ rotor in front , they could stop a bus ! Definetly the best 5 grand I´ve ever spent .

  • Zura says:

    hi men!
    i am zura from little georgia,i live with downhill.now i have CURTIS dh bike,but i brouk fork…
    please help me:i want buy new fork.i realy need from150mm and hight.thank you foward
    my skype is dhzura
    i hope you can do something :)

  • André says:

    How much exactly does the complete bike weight?

  • kopaczus says:

    My scale shows 14.45kg for the european Moto Carbon 2, size medium, specced as the one in catalogue, with pedals and everything.

  • steve says:

    i’ve been riding Mtb’s for over twenty years on and off, managed to get my hands on a moto2 large frame…what can i say one of the best bikes i’ve ridden in a long time, going up and down ttf’s like a pro…it’s more bike than me ;-D it’l take a long time for the smiles to disappear

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