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Cannondale is an International bicycle brand with a rich history of making some of the best bicycles in the world. Their fleet of bicycles caters to all kinds of riders and for all types of terrains. The 2019 range of bicycles from Cannondale has been launched in India and we got the opportunity to test ride the Trail 7 (2019) and here is what we thought.
Weight: 14.8 kgs
The Trail 7 (2019) is built using Cannondale’s famous S.A.V.E built in Suspension tech Alloy frame. This frame has a tapered head tube and smooth welded edges to keep most of the material at places in the frame, which are capable of taking in the vibrations of the trails. The slanting top tube makes the ride geometry aggressive and comfortable as well.
The SR Suntour XCM front suspension fork comes with a massive 100mm travel which worked really well on the roughest of trails. The pre-load adjuster helped control the travel according to the weight of the rider and the pressure required.
Cannondale have always set a high standard when it comes to design. The Trail 7 (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 matte finish paint job was of superior quality. This bicycle has information stickers all over the bicycle that tell the specific technical aspects which we thought is a nice touch to the bicycle. The wide MTB tires with big treads enhance the rugged appeal of this bicycle.
A performance focused MTB like the Trail 7 (2019) requires precise gearing. This bicycle is equipped with a Microshift direct mount front derailleur and Shimano Altus 9-Speed rear derailleur. This Altus M2000 rear derailleur is a latest version of this derailleur and worked seamlessly during the test ride. The Shimano EF505 RapidFire shifters were smooth in shifting with efficient spring action.
The Cannondale Trail 7 (2019) 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 even on the most slippery and roughest of trails. The Shimano Brake levers were easy to engage with just 2 or 3 fingers.
Cannondale C4 MTB handlebar was wide at 720mm in length. This width made sure the rider has full control and great handling capabilities.
As in the name of this bicycle, the Cannondale Trail 7 (2019) rolls on a pair of WTB Ranger Comp 29” x 2.25” tires. These tires are a beast on the trails, mainly because of its thick tread patterns with DNA compound and the 2.25 inches width. The stock Cannondale Stage 3 MTB Saddle was ergonomic and keeps you comfortable on fast trail rides.
This is a 29er hardtail meant for the toughest of trails. With smooth gear shifting and powerful Shimano Hydraulic Disc brakes this bicycles will leave you feeling confident on the most challenging of trails. The heavily treaded 29” tires are capable of handling both wet and dry surfaces and even unpredictable muddy trails. Priced at Rs.46,835(as on 11th July 2019) the Cannondale Trail 7 29” (2019) is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy a performance MTB for riding on the most challenging of trails.
Prices and Specifications/Components are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.