Cannondale is an International Bicycle brand with a rich history of making some of the best Bicycles in the world. Their fleet of Bicycles cater to all kinds of riders and for all types of terrains. From the MTB range we got the opportunity to test ride the Trail 7 27.5 (2019) and here is what we thought.
Weight: 14.3 kgs
The Trail 7 27.5 (2019) Alloy frame is built using Cannondale’s famous S.A.V.E built in suspension tech. This frame has a tapered head tube and smooth welded edges to keep most of the material at places in the frame which is capable of taking in vibrations of the trails. The slanting top tube makes the ride geometry aggressive but comfortable.
The SR Suntour XCM front suspension fork comes with a massive 100mm travel which worked really well on the roughest of trails. The manual suspension lockout helped make the fork rigid and thus allows you to ride faster on flatter surfaces.
The Trail 7 27.5 (2019) which I test rode came in a full Black frame with Blue as the secondary colour and internal cable routing for the gear cables. The gloss finish paint job was of superior quality. This Bicycle has information stickers all over the bicycle which tells specific technical aspects that add a nice touch to the bicycle. The wide MTB tires with big treads help the Bicycle enhance the rugged look of this MTB.
A performance focused MTB like the Trail 7 27.5 (2019) requires precise gearing. This bicycle is equipped with a Microshift direct mount 2-Speed front derailleur and Shimano Altus 9-Speed rear derailleur. This Altus rear derailleur is the latest version and worked seamlessly during the test ride. The Shimano EF505 rapid fire shifters were smooth in shifting with efficient spring action.
The Cannondale Trail 7 27.5 is equipped with Shimano’s MT200 Hydraulic Disc brakes. These brakes are the best you can find on a hardtail MTB with 160mm rotors. These brakes were safe and balanced on even the most slippery and roughest of trails. The Shimano Brake levers were easy to engage with just 2 or 3 fingers.
Cannondale’s C4 MTB handlebar is 720mm in length, this width made sure the rider has full control and great handling capabilities.
As in the name of this bicycle this bicycle, the Cannondale Trail 7 27.5 (2019) rolls on a pair of WTB Ranger Comp 27.5” x 2.25” tires. These tires perform well on trails, mainly because of its thick tread pattern with DNA compound and the 2.25” width. These rubbers will keep you safe on the trails with maximum traction.
The stock Cannondale Stage 3 MTB saddle was ergonomic and keeps you comfortable on fast trail rides.
This is a 27.5” hardtail MTB meant for the both trails and flat surfaces. With smooth gear shifting and powerful Shimano Hydraulic Disc brakes this Bicycle will make you feel confident on the most challenging of trails. The heavily treaded 27.5” tires are capable of handling both wet and dry surfaces and even rocky trails. Priced at Rs.46,835(as on 25th May 2020) the Cannondale Trail 7 27.5 (2019) is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy a performance MTB for riding on flat tracks and trails.
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