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Hilltopperny
06-30-2016, 09:35 AM
Anyone have any experience with the new cannondale slate? Going to test out a 105 equipped model today. I am moving to the adirondack area by next month and have spotted all kinds of dirt, gravel and state land trails that I'd like to try out and don't have a dedicated adventure bike at the moment. The slate may check all of those boxes for me. Any insight from anyone who has tried it out would be greatly appreciated.:beer:

p nut
06-30-2016, 09:39 AM
Never tried one, but looks like a nice bike for mixed terrain rides. That fork still doesn't make sense to me, though. If they ever come out with a rigid lefty, it might tip the scale for me.

Hilltopperny
06-30-2016, 09:44 AM
Never tried one, but looks like a nice bike for mixed terrain rides. That fork still doesn't make sense to me, though. If they ever come out with a rigid lefty, it might tip the scale for me.

It's certainly makes me wonder as well. It's only 30mm of travel though, so I'm hoping it can climb without losing too much momentum.

bcroslin
06-30-2016, 10:00 AM
I've ridden one enough to know I like the frame geometry and wheel size but I think the fork is overkill. It's very heavy and the amount of travel is negligible IMO. With that said, it's a fun bike.

jtbadge
06-30-2016, 10:45 AM
They seem pretty well designed and fun to ride, but sign me up for me this instead:

http://cog.konaworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/IMG_2196-695x521.jpg

http://cog.konaworld.com/barry-wicks-introduces-the-nasty-jake/

invertedhog
06-30-2016, 10:52 AM
Never tried one, but looks like a nice bike for mixed terrain rides. That fork still doesn't make sense to me, though. If they ever come out with a rigid lefty, it might tip the scale for me.

http://brimages.bikeboardmedia.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/NAHBS2014-Ti-Cycles-Neutrino-small-wheel-pit-bicycle01.jpg

MaraudingWalrus
06-30-2016, 11:26 AM
Never tried one, but looks like a nice bike for mixed terrain rides. That fork still doesn't make sense to me, though. If they ever come out with a rigid lefty, it might tip the scale for me.

They did. Rigid fork on a lower price point model for 2017.

ColonelJLloyd
06-30-2016, 11:30 AM
They did. Rigid fork on a lower price point model for 2017.

Really? That's cool. Link?

MaraudingWalrus
06-30-2016, 11:33 AM
Really? That's cool. Link?



http://www.bikerumor.com/2016/06/30/pc16-cannondale-introduces-supersix-evo-hi-mod-disc-rigid-slate-apex-full-flight-road/

ColonelJLloyd
06-30-2016, 11:38 AM
Thanks. What is the benefit of the Solo fork? Weight savings? I don't like the idea of being tied to Lefty specific hubs.

p nut
06-30-2016, 11:57 AM
http://www.bikerumor.com/2016/06/30/pc16-cannondale-introduces-supersix-evo-hi-mod-disc-rigid-slate-apex-full-flight-road/

Now they're talking. Looks good.

(women's model)
http://brimages.bikeboardmedia.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/PC-2016_Cannondale_Road_Slate_Womens-Apex-1.jpg

Hilltopperny
06-30-2016, 04:20 PM
Took it out for a short ride and hit a little of everything on the way. First impression is that it's a fun capable bike. I don't really know if I'd buy one over a rigid all arounder, but it did put a smile on my face whilst riding :D

bcroslin
06-30-2016, 05:49 PM
Now they're talking. Looks good.

(women's model)
http://brimages.bikeboardmedia.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/PC-2016_Cannondale_Road_Slate_Womens-Apex-1.jpg

And there it is - very cool

yashcha
06-30-2016, 06:44 PM
That thing is pretty sweet. I was hoping to do something similar with my 2011 Cannondale Trail Sl1 which is a 26inch. Maybe build up a 650b wheelset and drop the travel from 100 to 40mm.

They seem pretty well designed and fun to ride, but sign me up for me this instead:

http://cog.konaworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/IMG_2196-695x521.jpg

http://cog.konaworld.com/barry-wicks-introduces-the-nasty-jake/

p nut
07-01-2016, 11:51 AM
Thanks. What is the benefit of the Solo fork? Weight savings? I don't like the idea of being tied to Lefty specific hubs.

Lower cost and probably weight. Lefty hubs are good enough that I wouldn't complain, personally. (although given a choice, there are other hubs I'd rather have). Also think of the super quick flat/tire changes! :)

I thought the fork was going to be a double-crown mount like the Oliver for some reason. Guess not.

http://bicycletimesmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/BT-Press-Camp-Bikes-11.jpg

indyrider
07-01-2016, 04:00 PM
Hope they increase the ht lengths so the drop isnt racer boy like