Same Name, Different Animal
of the swingarm and link assemblies. The top link is 3D-
forged in two pieces and welded in a box-section construction. The pivots that can’t be joined by a thru-axle get a side-by-side, paired bearing treatment. Cannondale calls this collection of flex-killing tricks their Enhanced Center Stiffness-Torsion Control, or ECS-TC (sure to be a trivia question at a
bike festival near you this summer).
WHAT IS THE DYAD RT2 SHOCK?
The Fox DYAD RT2 Dual Shock, available on the 1 and
$4100 2 models only, delivers 5.1 or 3.1 inches of rear-wheel
travel with the push of a lever. This change in travel makes a
corresponding change to the bike’s geometry. Longer travel
equals slacker steering angles and a lower bottom bracket
height, while shorter shock travel steepens the geometry.
This is a pull shock, meaning as the bike dips into its travel, the shock extends rather than compresses. This design
requires very high initial pressure settings. A rider who
weighs 170 pounds with gear will have 277 psi in the positive air chamber and 234 in the negative. Yes, the bike comes
with a high-pressure shock pump, because the pump you
have now is unlikely to be sufficient.
WHAT IS THE NEW LEFTY SUPERMAX FORK?
The new SuperMax Lefty fork, more accurately a “strut,”
is a departure over previous Lefty forks that were more
cross-country oriented. It has the same easier-to-service,
stiffer, sealed, hybrid-needle bearings introduced on the latest
Lefty version (tested on the Trigger 26er). The lower leg is
increased to 36 millimeters in diameter, and the upper leg
goes to 46 millimeters. The upper leg is made from carbon
Trigger is indeed here) and wrong. We were wrong because
the only thing the Trigger 29er 1 shares with the 26-inch-
wheeled Trigger 1 is its name. This is a totally different beast
from the Trigger 26er model. Whereas the 26er is a compe-
tent descender, it still has a distinct cross-country feel to it.
The Trigger 29er leaves the mellow trail to its little brother
and heads off for far more challenging terrain.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
Cannondale made this one easy. There is no fence-sitting
with this bike. The Trigger 29er is for aggressive, gnarly,
scary, rocky, rooty, steep and nasty terrain, whether you’re
going up, down or through the mountain. Anything less
challenging and you will be riding too much bike.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
Cannondale knew the Trigger 29er owner would ride this
bike hard and put it away wet, so they passed on carbon fiber
for the frame in favor of good old bash-it-around aluminum.
There is a BB30 bottom bracket, plus ISCG03 chainguide
mounts and a 1.5-inch System Integration head tube.
Cannondale employs oversized, 15-millimeter axles at key
suspension pivot locations. Remember when a 15-millimeter
axle seemed big for a front axle? The swingarm and shock
links clamp directly to these thru-axles, so they become part
The Cannondale Trigger 29er 1