2014 Cannondale Trail 29er 7 and Tango Women’s 29er Mountain Bikes

29er Cross Country

We previously covered the high end Cannondale Scalpel Black Inc, a top of the line XC race bike that comes with a seriously lofty $10,000 price tag. But for those of you on the other end of the spectrum, Cannondale has increased their efforts to provide entry level bikes at a good value. This year, the Trail series of entry level bikes get upgraded tubing and geometry to maximize ride quality.

Shown here is the 2014 Cannondale Trail 7 that comes as both a 26″ or a 29er and retails for $599. One of the most common questions in the Mtbr forums is the age old question of “upgrade or buy new”. Cannondale feels that the frames in the Trail series are solid enough that a beginner will be able to upgrade components as they grow and improve as a mountain biker so the “upgrade” route is a viable option with these bikes.

Cannondale also wants to include female mountain bikers in their appeal to new riders, so they have created the Tango 29er hardtail with women specific details. The Tango has a different frame from the Tango SL model which was introduced last year. With the Tango, Cannondale took steps to maximize standover, reduce head tube height and optimize geometry for agile handling (not easy to do on smaller frames). The Tango SL also has nice touches in the paint and finish. The Tango starts at $599 and the model shown here is $710.

Video: Murray from Cannondale shows us the highlights of two of their entry level models, for those of us who aren’t quite ready to drop $10k on a Scalpel Black Inc. The Trail 7 is an entry level 29er and the Tango is a women’s specific 29er.

2014 Cannondale Trail 29 7

“For racers and beginner mountain bikers alike, the light weight, responsiveness, and value of a hardtail make it the weapon of choice. From top to bottom, we completely geek out on the tiniest details when creating our Trail hardtails and the proof is in how they ride.”

  • Entry Level model
  • SR Suntour XCT-100-29, 100mm, coil spring, 1-1/8″ Fork
  • WTB NineLine, 29×2.0” Tires
  • Alex DC 5.0, double wall, 32-hole Rims
  • SR Suntour CW13-NEX-T102-PB, 42/34/24 Crank
  • Shimano EF51 Easyfire Shifters
  • Tektro Novela Mechnical Disc, 180/160mm Brakes
  • Double pass smooth welds
  • Refined tube shapes with SAVE Technology
  • $599

2014 Tango Women’s 29

“With two different frame styles, both with low standover height and geometry designed for women, the Tango and Tango SL let smaller riders experience the advantages of bigger wheels, without the compromises.”

  • Curved top tube and 1-1/8” headtube
  • Maximized standover
  • Reduced headtube height
  • Comfortable and confidence-inspiring thanks to great standover clearance and dialed geometry
  • Optimized seat stay and chain stay shaping provides vertical compliance for a more comfortable ride with no loss in lateral rigidity
  • Double-pass smooth welds
  • SM, MD, TL Sizes

More information about the 2014 lineup from Cannondale is coming to their website soon. Be sure to check for news and product info at www.cannondale.com.

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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  • quasi says:

    Upgrade would be a lot more feasible with a tapered or at least a 1.5 headtube. A 1 1/8″ headtube is a definite miss for a frame that is supposed to be upgradable in the future.

  • Paul says:

    When is the cannondale sl 7 29er released in uk

  • keith says:

    quasi, it sure looks like a standard Cannondale head tube to me. It has a reducer headset to run a 1 1/8 steerer but with a tapered headset it would accept a tapered fork or a Lefty. I could be wrong, but I’ve never known them to produce a frame without their oversized head tube since I bought my first C back in 1996.

  • darkwolve says:

    Can anyone make a suggestion between these two: Tango 7 or the Trail 5? Thanks

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