Huck it: With a geometry
like this, combined with a
125-millimeter stem and
only 3 inches of travel, our
testers had their work
cut out for them.
DOWN THE TRAIL
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Another way to skin a cat: Saddles and
clamping straps fix the Raven’s seatpost.
The unique design was claimed to work
better than conventional seatpost clamps
and provided new places to strap toolkits
and light batteries.
The Raven: A handful of small improvements punctuated the Raven’s design.
The bike came in two models to hit
different price points, and both sported
a clamshell-style carbon construction
with a cast-aluminum spine inside to
add stiffness. The bike demonstrated
Cannondale’s penchant for old-school
geometry with a short top tube and very
steep head and seat angles. Our medium-sized test bike came with a stumpy
22-inch top tube, 71.5-degree head angle
and 74-degree seat angle. Compare those
numbers to any bike we test now and
you’ll wonder how anybody could ride this
thing the way we did. ❏
Ball-bearing-equipped: The Raven’s massive swingarm pivots
rode entirely on sealed cartridge bearings. That was a welcome
departure from the bushings many early full-suspension bikes
came with. The front derailleur was also mounted on that big
swingarm to keep the drivetrain in sync with the suspension.