THE SLICK SL
I’ve been a fan of Cannondale and
the Trail SL, and when I recently
upgraded to the current Trail SL 1
29er, I instantly noticed all the things
mentioned in your June 2013 review.
This bike is a great out-of-box experience. It needs nothing. I admit I was
doubtful of the tires at first, but I’ve
grown to love them as a good match
for the bike.
This week I picked up a Trigger
29er 1 and was happy to see the 2x10
drivetrain featured in the “MBA Skills
Clinic.” Are you guys reading my
thoughts or what?
I got myself a Cannondale Trail SL
29er 1 after reading your review. It was
an upgrade from my almost nine-year-old 26er, so, of course, it was an instant
and obvious improvement. What
caught me by surprise is being able to
hang with guys who used to drop me
and, in some cases, being able to lead
the way for them—even if my SL cost
me about half the cost of their rides.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
attention to my shifters until I read
your advice about paying attention to
how they take in and release the cable.
I never knew I could drop three cogs
with one click! Your story made riding
my 3x10 a lot more fun.
I used to think I was strange for
using a set of pedals made for downhill racing (Crankbrothers Mallets) on
a trailbike, but then I started seeing
these same pedals on other lightweight
trail machines gracing the pages of
your magazine. Now, if anyone pokes
fun at me for putting Mallets on
my lightweight bike, as opposed to
Eggbeaters, I can tell them it is officially endorsed by Mountain Bike Action!
Seriously, I love those pedals, even if
they are huge. The best part is the versatility. You’ve got a solid, user-friend-ly locking mechanism to clip into. If
you want to unclip to ride through a
rough section, you have a platform
with gripping pins for non-slip pedaling unclipped. I’ve even ridden quite
a bit on them in plain shoes, and they
do fine using them that way. Try doing
that with Eggbeaters. I suppose there
are a few of us out there who will pay
the extra weight penalty to have a real
pedal to push down on.
I don’t even ride a 2x10, but I learned
from your story in the June issue about
riding a 2x10 drivetrain. I never paid
TORQUED ABOUT TORQUE
You featured a sweet-looking set
of torque wrench T-handle tools (the
last time was in “Last Longer” in your
June 2013 issue). Where can I get
Those are Torque Limiting T-handles
by CDI Torque Products by Snap-On.
They come in 4-, 5- and 6-Newton meter
settings. They are sold in bike shops, or
you can try Amazon.com.