Cannondale Moto2 2008 160mm Trail Bike

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Component Spec

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.

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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