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The not-so-minor details

Product

Cannondale Trigger Carbon 2

Contact

Monza Bicycle Imports
www.cannondale.com

Price

AUD6,999.00

Weight

12.70kg

Positives

Incredible looks.

Negatives

Tyres compound feels very firm.

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Holy smokes that’s a good looking bike! The all-new 27.5″-wheeled, 140mm Trigger is drop dead gorgeous in the flesh. It’s hard to get past the finish and focus on some of the bike’s more unique aspects,  like the chunky new Lefty Supermax fork and the suspension-disguised-as-a-rocket-pack DYAD RT2 pull-shock.

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Glossy!

We reviewed the 2014 Trigger 29 last year and we came away impressed with the precise steering, traction and the bike’s playfulness despite the larger wheel size. This year the trigger is available in both 27.5 and 29er versions, and as much as we liked the Trigger 29er, we think the snappier, smaller wheel size will be just the ticker and we’re frothing to determine the capabilities of this bike!

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Even with the whopping shock, there’s a lot of room in the mainframe for a bottle. The nude carbon / gloss red finish is luscious.

One complaint we did have about the Trigger 29 1 was that the Lefty felt harsh through fast and repetitive impacts, so we’re looking forward to see how this year’s iteration of the Supermax feels by comparison; it comes equipped with “trail” tune, a damper that is somewhere between cross-country efficiency and all-mountain suppleness.

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Continuing the theme of unique suspension, the Trigger retains the DYAD pull-shock. This multi chambered shock can be remotely switched between an 85mm-travel Elevate mode for climbing and the aptly named 140mm Flow mode for descents.

 

The multi-chambered shock has independent rebound speeds for the Elevate and Flow settings.

The multi-chambered shock has independent rebound speeds for the Elevate and Flow settings.

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Mavic tyres? Yes sir. We have a feeling that Michelin may have a hand in the construction of these tyres. It’ll be interesting to see how they perform!

Another element worth a mention is the combination of Mavic tyres and wheels. On first examination, the compound of the tyres feels rather firm. As out first ride is going to be on some rooty, slippery singletrail, we’ll soon know if we have to switch these out for something with a softer compound. We’re looking forward to the ride, but we’ll be sad to get this glossy, classy finish all covered in mud!

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Yep, there are a lot of cables going on, but they’re all routed neatly underneath the down tube.

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With no quick-release axle front or rear (both axles use a 5mm Allen key) the bike’s profile at the dropouts is super slim. While some will lament the absence of quick release mechanisms, we appreciate the extra clearance.

 

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