The Build kit is what you would expect when a company like Cannondale writes “TEAM” on it… (though I’m miffed that Mine didn’t come in pimp-green trim)
Very good Wheels from Mavic in the form of their Crossmax SLR Disc give very low weight and an easy upgrade to tubeless.
Frankly this overall design and concept is better suited to Mountain bikes than Mavic’s continued format use on the road (thankFULLy these are not “M-Sys”). Mavic have a great wheel here in all respects.
The Brakes and Shifting are handled by SRAM / Avid and show in Black-Bling…
The brakes are what they are. Juicy Ultimate with good modulation, weigh diddly, are easy to set up and maintain. great reach and pull adjustment as well…
The shifting actuation of the XO is very good and we’re all ready for XX that should snug things up further.
One of the other features that are a great example of Cannondale design are the SIsl Cranks. Cannondale brought the integrated BB30 system to the field and this is one of the better examples of Cannondale Engineering… (In fact, Cannondale actually sub out their engineering to lots of folks.)
Simplifying and combining parts in the right way can make them stronger and lighter.
That’s about as simple a way to put it as you can. Having oversized bearings sitting wider means they get to handle the load in a way that allows for a combination of a more stable (stiff) bottom end and that stability in load handling also means things take a little (or a lot relative to what other system you compare them) longer to wear out.
And of course it’s pretty damn expensive and time consuming to do the type of detailed machining involved in making a crank like the SL
The detail and design combine for the strength to weight.
And at the end of the day, all these little details that you might think are not much different or don’t save “that much” weight, start to add up…
The whole damn thing rolls in SUB 22 pounds with Look Quartz pedals right out of the box. No cutting the seat post, still running the triple. Still rolling the stock (and damn nice) Conti Race Kings with tubes.