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CANNONDALE TRIGGER 29
31. 3 pounds
3.1" or 5.1" (rear)
Cannondale Lefty SuperMax PBR 130 29
Fox DYAD RT2 Dual w/remote
X-Fusion Hilo w/ remote (dropper)
Stan’s ZTR Crest ( 29")
Schwalbe Hans Dampf ( 2. 35")
Cannondale Lefty SK (f)/Shimano FHM-788 (r)
Shimano XT Trail
FSA Gravity Lite ( 29. 5")
Shimano XT Shadow Plus
SRAM 10-cog (11-12-15-17-19-22-25-28- 32-36)
24. 8 feet (per crank rotation)
4. 6 feet (per crank rotation)
None (weighed with Shimano XT)
Learn to forget: The Trigger 29er rider will need some depro-gramming. You will no longer have to fear rain ruts, bottom
bracket-high obstacles or off-camber sections. Just point and
Out in Lefty field: The SuperMax Lefty ups the Lefty’s game
with a new level of rigidity. The lower leg is 36 millimeters in
diameter, while the carbon fiber upper leg goes to 46 millimeters. The clamps are aluminum.
refuse to let go. Cannondale’s sponsored enduro racers will be
reluctant to go for the bigger wheels. Our advice is to keep an
open mind. This bike is full of surprises.
Climbing: Push the suspension lever back to the short-travel position and mosey on up the climbs. Unless it is a loose,
rock-infested mess, you are not going to beat anyone on the
climbs (if it is a mess, you will beat everyone). Still, the
Trigger 29er lets you be as sloppy as you want. In or out of
the saddle will work, as the suspension and tires refuse to
give up any grip.
TRICKS, UPGRADES OR TIPS?
Looking back on our Trigger 1 test, that bike had a long list
of teething problems. Not so with the 29er. It proved trouble-free, except for an X-Fusion Hilo seatpost that failed during
our first introduction at a special Cannondale event. The
problem was traced to an assembly issue on early models.
Ours was rebuilt, and we have not had further issues.
The Lefty has a new brake-caliper mounting system that
makes it easier to remove the wheel and then easier to align
everything when it is replaced. And remember, you don’t
have to remove the wheel to change a flat tire anyway.
The Lefty graphics are thick stickers that look shabby compared to the rest of the bike’s graphics. We’d peel them off and
strategically place adhesive protectors where the brake hose
rubs the upper leg.
Even if you’ve never pictured yourself as a Lefty (or
Cannondale) owner, you need to seek out a demo ride on this
bike. It is really different from anything we’ve ever ridden,
and you feel that difference very quickly.
The Trigger 29er is too much bike for the majority of trail
riders, and we don’t mean that as a slam. If you are the type
who loves challenging, technical and rugged riding conditions,
the Trigger 29er will take you to new heights. The bike is
such a departure that riders will have to rethink how they
ride. Honestly, your brain will have to lighten up and let you
ride stuff you avoided in the past.
The Trigger 29er is nothing short of revolutionary. ;