This article is an in-depth Cannondale trail 5 review, one of the most well-known hardtail mountain bikes. Scroll down to know more.
Cannondale Trail 5 Review
Cannondale is one of the most well-known manufacturers of mountain bikes, and, to top it all off, their trail bikes are great for anything from easy cruising to hard-core XC racing.
This review for a 21-speed Trail5 model will cover the technical aspects of the bike as well as some general riding impressions. To get a more in-depth view, you can read our full review on Trail 5 3. The frame is a full-fledged 29er, making it slightly longer and lower than a 26″ bike.
In “Cannondale Trail 5 Review,” Let’s Now talk about its specifications.
Model: Trail 5 (3)
Price: $800-$1000 (A 3. model has an MSRP of $750.) <-pricey compared to what will be upgrades + suspension forks, but well worth it in the long run. Paying $800-$1000 for a bike that will last you 10+ years isn’t bad at all. Especially when you can get other bikes in its range for around double.
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Frame Materials: aluminium (6061) blade with the hydroformed top tube and down tube. It is replaceable on the downtube. There are threaded insert holes in the front triangle for racks on both sides of the headtube. The top tube has a removable bellcrank mount for attaching a Shimano Di2 junction box.
Fork: SR Suntour XCT 100mm lockout fork (Remote Lockout) with preload function and adjustable air-spring pressure (20-30 psi). Note that you can change out either the fork or shock to something more comfortable for you.
Frame Features: The bike is water-resistant and able to hold a rear bottle cage. The front wheel is able to sit in a recess in the down tube. There are two ISCG05 mounting tabs on the underside of the down tube.
Rear Travel: 100mm
Headset: prows 45 degrees tapered custom integrated sealed the 1-1/8″ bottom with 1-1/2″ top with Sealed bearing upper. Japanese compatible
In the next segment of our “Cannondale Trail 5 Review,” let’s know about this bike’s tires, Derailleur and saddle.
Rims: Rims are aluminium alloy, 26 x 1.95″, wide-dynamic rim tape with puncture protection
Tires: TCS 27.5/650b x 2.3″ 60tpi Tubeless Ready Compatible with tube
Shifters: Shimano Deore XT M610 Rapidfire Plus front & Rear derailleurs with Shimano f-series dual pull dual control
Crank set: Cannondale Hollow gram Si crank set 41-16T three forged aluminium arms using hologram aluminium alloy lower arm and hollowensigmat carbon fibre top arm for additional strength. Double-wall rim with eyelets claims weight is 1460g for the front wheel and 1650g for the rear wheel (incl. spokes).
Hubs: One-sided sealed bearing, Shimano/SRAM/Suntour hubs.
Front Derailleur: Shimano XT Shadow Plus, 30 teeth (front). SRAM X01 Ultras Drivetrain Drivetrain, 11-speed (front).
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT, 10 Speed (rear).
Cassette: Shimano/SRAM CS-M971 10-42T 10 speed, 11 speed
Chain: Shimano CN Free-rolling steel w/power link.
Crank set & Chainring: Cannondale Hollow gram Si crank set 41-16T three forged aluminium arms using hologram aluminium alloy lower arm and hollowensigmat carbon fibre top arm for additional strength. Double-wall rim with eyelets claims weight is 1460g for the front wheel and 1650g for the rear wheel (incl. spokes).
Cannondale Stage Ergo 3 hydraulic suspension w/ steel rails.
Seat post: Cannondale C4 Alloy micro-adjust zero-stack head and zero setbacks, 31.6mm (remote only); alloy micro-adjust zero-stack head and zero setbacks, 27.2 mm (with remote). The post has a four-position adjustable rise and tilts function with a 20mm offset for all suspension settings.
In the next segment of our “Cannondale Trail 5 Review,” let’s know about this bike’s controls, colours, and weight.
Handlebars & Controls:
Cannondale C4 micro-adjust alloy SL flat top bar 35mm reach, 685mm width x 6° sweep, 6° rise; Standard reach, 685 mm width x 15° back sweep. Black anodized, flat top.
Stem: Cannondale C4 alloy, 31.8mm clamp diameter x 5° rise; Standard clamp diameter, 31.8mm clamp diameter x 15° rise. Black anodized, alloy head.
Grips: Cannondale C4 ergonomic grips, more than a run-of-the-mill bike grip, and here is why: your palms may get warm on long rides, and the Argos on this bike ensures that you can maintain control of the bike even when you’re sweaty palms start to slip. The greater surface area on the bars means fewer chances for sweat to drip down onto your hands, making the performance even more reliable.
Bottle Cage: Cannondale Alloy-reinforced composite, direct mount cage.
Frame Size: 17″, 19″, 21″
Black Green with Black Red accents. The green does not match the green of the black pedals. The seat is grey with a black seat post clamp. There are 3 lines of lime green accenting the frame, which are not very noticeable but are there for design purposes. These accents are located on the fork, seat stays, and dropouts.
Size S: 26.1lbs, 8.8kg for frame and fork is 27.3 lbs and 7.1 kg per the small size model with the almost same spec as trail 5 except with an SRAM X01 drivetrain and is $200 more expensive than the trail 5 that has its drivetrain but cost $150 more than what it does now.
L Size: 26.6 lbs
Size XL: 27.9 lbs and 8.9 kgs for frame and fork is 29.9lbs and 7kgs per the size large model with the almost same spec as trail 5 except with an SRAM X01 drivetrain and is $200 more expensive than the trail 5 that has its drivetrain but cost $150 more than what it does now.
MSRP: $800-$1000 (A 3. model has an MSRP of $750.)
Cannondale USA website has the item listed for sale but does not list when it will be available or when it was released or discontinued.
The Trail5 is a fully rigid bike, making it a good choice for aggressive racers who want to get the most out of their cycle. This rigid frame also allows the bike to maintain a stiff ride even on rough terrain.
Not only is this bike built from high-quality materials, but it’s also designed for all-weather riding. The fork is made of responsive aluminium rims, and the rear shock has been worked to fit the frame’s geometry more aggressively.
If you’re looking for a bike that will last for years, the Trail 5 is the right choice for you. I hope our article “Cannondale trail 5 review” will give you a clear insight into it.
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