Cannondale Trail 6 Mountain Bike Review

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Pitched at the riders looking for a more affordable alternative, Cannondale stocked the trail range which great quality hard tails without the high end price tag. With a lot of features that have come from the very top end of the Cannondale range, the Cannondale Trail 6 certainly packs a punch.

Available with both a 27.5″ and 29″ wheel size, you can choose the bike that really suits you. We’d usually say most riders will enjoy a 29″ wheel more, though the 27.5″ option is still there. Whether you’re looking to unlock a new single track, or roll down the paved trails, this bike could make a great companion.

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The Features:

The Cannondale Trail 6 features a SAVE C2 alloy frame. Lightweight enough to tackle the climbs, but durable enough to handle the technical descents. The frame is identical to some of Cannondale’s more expensive models. Optimized for the trail, the frame is designed to absorb the vibrations from the road, meaning you can ride it for longer. A double weld at the top of the frame gives it the strength it needs to tackle the hard descents.

A shimano 2×9 drive train comes with an Acera rear mech to keep the Cannondale Trail 6 shifting well and offers plenty of gears for all terrain. Enough to stop you from being caught out on a climb, but also the ability to kick at the top end. Cannondale have definitely saved a few pennies in the set up here. Complimented by Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes, the 160mm motors keep your stopping sharp.

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Up front the Cannondale Trail 6 is equipped with a Suntour XCT fork. 100mm of travel keeps you flowing over the terrain. The lockout feature is remotely handled from the bars and the fork has a pre-load option.

2.25″ WTB Ranger Comp tyres keep the bike feeling smooth & comfy as you glide over the terrain. Grippy through the corners, these are a great choice in most conditions. The bike feels agile and well balanced throughout.

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Verdict:

This is a fantastic entry level MTB, with all the features you’d want to get started. Fast both up the climbs and down the descents, the bike doesn’t leave loads to be desired. The remote lockout on the fork is a nice touch to allow you to customize the ride. Though for the more experienced riders, some of the features may hold you back.

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