The saddle is a very important part of a bike. Most bikes are equipped with a male specific saddle and this bike is no exception.The Fizi’k Gobi XM saddle on this bike was not comfortable for me. Its rounded shape and hard surface would make a longer ride uncomfortable. The Thompson seat post allowed me to easily adjust the seat. The website has this bike spec’d with the Crank Brothers Joplin adjustable seat post. People who have tried this seatpost love the feature of raising and lowering the saddle with the switch of a lever.
Avid Juicy 7 brakes have a reputation of gobbling like a Turkey the day before Thanksgiving with every squeeze of the lever. This brake was quiet. It had very good power but low modulation. The 160mm/6in rotors provided ample braking on the trails that were ridden. The dial to adjust the brake pads are nice on the top of the reservoir. The white brakes provided nice contrast to the gray of this bike.,/p>
Flashy Juicy 7′s!
The SRAM X-9 shifter and rear derailleur combined Shimano XT cranks, rear cog set and LX front derailleur worked well together. I did have issues that have also been reported by other riders that the chain would drop from the middle ring to the granny ring on extended bumpy downhills. This made pedaling out of corners a concern since you couldn’t always be sure that your chain was where you left it. This bike came with a 44T big ring which I didn’t find necessary.
Cannondale’s XC3 1.5″, 31.8mm Stem and FSA XC-190AOS, 25 mm rise bar worked well on this bike. These proprietary components allow Cannondale to keep costs low and provide a good match for their bikes. This created a nice riding cockpit that worked well when climbing and descending.
The DT Swiss E2200 red rims and hubs look sharp on this bike. While fashion is not always wanted, when it is tied to function it’s nice to have. These enduro wheels come in at 980 and 1170 g. After being ridden by another tester on the rough terrain around Whistler, they still hold true. They are considered durable and affordable wheels light enough to not weigh you down on the up hills, but tough enough to take on most freeride applications.
While the website had this bike spec’d with Continental Mountain King Supersonic 26 x 2.4″ tires, the tires that were on this bike were the Kenda Nevegal 2.35. This is a great tire for the riding in this area and were nice to have on this bike since these are the tires of choice on my personal all mountain bike. They work great in all but the most loose dusty conditions.
Red accents show up nicely on the gray bike and our dark green background.