A Quick Ride on Cannondale’s New Slate All-Road Suspension Road Bike

What do you do when an accomplished athlete backs you on a gamble and encourages you to do something different. Something that might change the face of “all-road” cycling forever? Or at least for a little while anyway…

The story of the bike goes back to March in 2014, when Tim Johnson and his wife Lyne were riding in Louisville along the bourbon trail. David from Cannondale put one of these bikes under Tim and watched the atavism take over. Tim hit every curb cut in sight, skidded around corners and sprinted like he was riding his EVO… Tim’s a cross racer through and through, so dirt and speed are his top priorities. Oh and fun. Having fun too. Right Tim?


Slate is the first for Cannondale in some time. It’s not a race bike, but rather an “all-road” bike, meant for long, multi-surface rides. That doesn’t mean it’ll ride like a turd though. The wheelbase and chain stay length maintain Cannondale’s regarded handling characteristics. Because Cannondale stepped down to the 650b / 27.5 platform, they could fit a 42mm tire in the frame, without removing a lively ride quality. With a 405mm stay and a 71.5º head tube angle, you come in with a 1015mm wheelbase. Trail is snappy, yet confidence-building with 66.3mm. Throw the Lefty Oliver road suspension fork in the mix with 30mm of travel and suddenly those numbers mean a lot more (more on that stuff to come.)


How did I come upon this bike? There I am, at Cross Nats in Austin when Tim Johnson comes up and introduces me to David from Cannondale. He said something in passing along the lines of “David’s got something special for you to ride.” I’m thinking it’s either some mountain bike or a new cross bike.

We set a time to meet up, I brought my road bike because I was told it was a road ride, which surprised me coming from Tim. After I got to the coffee shop, this strange bike comes rolling in. It had a Lefty, 650b tires and drop bars. It looked like a blast. Or was it some kind of sick joke?

David introduced himself, the bike and we began swapping pedals over. I was going to get to ride the mule, later to be called Slate. The guys only had an hour to ride, so we took to one of my favorite loops, the only Cat 3 climb in the city of Austin. It’s a gut punch on the way up and a ripper on the way down.


My initial thoughts were how zippy it felt. Granted, I usually ride a 58cm and this was a 56cm sample bike but it was easy to feel what Cannondale’s intent was. Sure, it looks wacky but isnt this what everyone’s trying to do, without actually doing it? You always see these little damping systems inserted into bikes to “soften” the ride. Even in the pro peloton. Races like the Roubaix have caused companies to experiment with suspension for decades. So why not introduce an actual fork to the consumer market using the Synapse’s tried and true geometry as a launching pad?

I’m totally aware that you’ve got questions. Truth is, I have a few answers, but I’m not willing to disclose them just yet. It’s easy to get stoked on something new, quirky and fun, but how would it handle for a long, multi-surface ride? Time will tell for me. All I know is the Lefty Oliver road suspension fork is something that I’ve never felt from a fork before. If I could compare its ride quality to anything, it’d be the RS-1. More on this bike to come…


Slate is almost ready to be out there. Full models will be released June 20th to Cannondale dealers and Sales. Got questions? Holler in the comments. Someone will chime in!

  • Erik B

    Wait, where is there a cat3 in austin that isn’t one of multiple strava errors littering the city?

  • Tyler Johnson

    I want this thing in all matte black.

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson


      • Spencer Olinek

        This looks like so much fun. I also need it it matte black to match my 2010 CAAD9. [insert lament about their American production]

        • Trevor H

          While seconding your lament, I’d like one that matches my CAAD9 too…

          • Charles Southgate


    • Kellen Hassell

      Olive drab?

  • Trevor H

    I am stoked that cannondale is back pushing the envelope. I can’t wait to throw a leg over one of these. Is production going to be aluminum? Not that I’ll sell all my other bikes, but this could end up as “the adventure” bike for me..

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Yeah, aluminum in a glossy grey color.

      • Trevor H

        I’ve debated running a set of 650b’s in my SuperX disc, just because I can. Aluminum is great, keeps the price point in check with all the other goodies that are on this. Looks like the standard offset lefty fork that utilizes older hubs, rather than the new “max” stuff from their mtb line..

  • Zeb

    You said synapse Geo, but the frame more resembles the caad10 and especially the CAAD prototype frames that corey williams and the incycle boys have been riding.

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      It’s more of an endurance platform is all I meant.

    • Zeb

      I feelz. Im just speculating at all sorts of cannondale secret wizardy. Looks like a really fun bike!

      • David Devine

        It is quite fun! You are right, what is on the screen is a blend of CAAD10 and Lefty compatible headtube. It’s a riding mule, developed to test the geometry concept, wheel/tire size combo and suspension. What makes it to production will be aluminum, but a bit different from what John got to rip around on. We at Cannondale are excited to show you all more.

  • Dan

    we are now one step away from flat-bar hybrids with suspension being the “cool new thing” in biking. smh

    • mp

      Things do go in cycles :D

  • David Hall

    Life. Complete. Now to sell everything before June 20th.
    PS No rack mounts?

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Why rack mounts? Bikepacking bags for off-road. Racks for road. Racks rattle, come loose and are a nuisance on dirt. IMO anyway…

      • David Hall

        Fair, but I would like to have the option, especially since this is also the bike I would be taking on any form of ‘tour’ on or offroad. My 2008 TJ CX9 has rear fender/rack mounts (coupled with Salsa rack mount seat binder) and the EC90 x fork can take a front rack. They’ve been utilised more than I would have thought – 2015 Focus Mares AX has them too

        • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

          I dunno man, once you use bikepacking bags, you don’t really wanna go back to the limitations of racks. More shit to break, rattle, etc. Try it and you’ll see.

          • David Hall

            I did on the Oregon outback this year – but even then I ended up throwing a Soma Light Front rack on to use as a Decaleur due to cable interference when mounting direct to the bars… maybe I should just go backwards to the old XS800 from C’dale with the Headshok!!

          • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

            That would be something else!

          • Josh Siegel

            When you ride a small frame size (51 or 52), do you find that you can get decent volume in frame bags?


    • chrisD

      panniers have evolved into frame and saddle bags. check tour divide bikes.

  • David Hall

    … I did wonder what the biggest tyre size this would accept with 700’s on. 33’s?

    • David Devine

      Hi David, If you were to put 700c wheels in this, I doubt you would be able to fit more than 25mm, maybe 28mm. At 405mm the chainstays are really short, they are same length as our SuperSix EVO. The tire clearance is really optimized around the 650b wheel, where 42c is right at home.

      • Johnny Hall

        Aren’t your limiting your tyre choice with 650b?

        • Daniel Lemke

          Yep. The tires in the pictures are Panaracer Pari-Moto’s. Mountain bike tires are to wide and I can’t think of any ‘cross tires that are 650b. Also if you want tubeless, I can’t think of tires in that size and width.

        • David Devine

          Hi Johnny, 650b tires are more frequently becoming offered by major tire brands. Daniel is correct that the tire John rode was a pari moto, there are several new models available from Panaracer, you may even see a tubeless option here. There are also tire options in 650b in similar width from maxxis and kenda. At least one other tire manufacturer will introduce a tire perfect for this category by the end of summer.

  • Rob Dickerson

    Shocks for everyone

    • Patrick Murphy

      I think that RD is more interesting than the suspension going on here…

  • mywynne

    I have conflicted feelings about this. I really want to try one out!

  • http://joewill.ca/ Joe

    Urban Racer, Cutthroat, Slate, etc…I gotta hand it to the bike industry, they sure know how to keep things interesting. While I’ll still plug along on my trusty Cross-check for the foreseeable future it’s awesome to see the creativity.

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Hell yes. Ride the shit out of that Cross-Check. I hope people can see that I’m just sharing these products, not telling you to buy them. I’m verrrry lucky to get to experience cycling the way I do, but most importantly, I just want you guys to shred and have fun.

  • kasual

    Awesome. Thank you, Cannondale for taking chances on actually making a bike you would probably find drawn in the back of a teenagers notebook. Now I really want to ride one.

    • David Devine

      Thank you, we had fun making this one!

  • Robert Franklin

    I rode a Cross Check, now I’m on a Straggler, and my only aluminum frame experience has been on a quick on-road CAAD9. How does a modern aluminum frame ride on a 6-8 hour grind off of pavement? Any comparison to steel?

    My 29+ Lefty Ti Carver MTB could use some company.

    • Trevor H

      Aluminum has come leaps and bounds since the early days, and Cannondale has been pushing it since the beginning. I own a CAAD9, have owned CAAD7s and earlier bikes, and they just continue to get better. The liveliness isn’t the same as steel, but they are punchy and climb extremely well. I can imagine that the Lefty and the fatter tires take some of the harshness out of what would be a stiffer riding aluminum frame. I’ve been riding a SystemSix most as of late, but I own a bunch of steel stuff too. The CAAD9 continues to make me happy every ride I take it out on. Like you said, my SuperX, CAAD9, Barloworld SystemSix, and 650b-converted Taurine could use the company.. especially the Lefty-Equiped 650b Taurine..

  • Jason Marshall

    Guess fenders are probably a no with this fork.

    • Ken Neville

      It’s a suspension fork; coverage from an under-fork-crown product like the SKS shockblade is probably all you can expect. (Unless you want to get fancy with some clamps on the Lefty, I guess. Cannondale has produced fenders for some commuter models with single-sided forks, and a good quality fender made out of a sufficiently stiff material might survive for a while with only a left-side lower strut.)

  • Tyson Fahrenbruck

    June 20th, really?

  • James R

    With only 30mm of travel they should have just gone with a headshok. Would have looked cleaner.

    • dypeterc

      Prob lighter than a headshok system. We’re prob looking a 2-2.5# with this short travel lefty.

    • Erik B

      Which was a thing already, right, by cannondale?

      • James R

        Yep, check out the cannondale quick cx 1.

  • stefanrohner

    what a ugly bike!

    • Andrew Deane

      Ugly as shit. Suspension makes us weak.

  • Ken Neville

    Not sure I dig the idea of these only coming in aluminum. Don’t get me wrong; you can pry my CAAD9 from my cold, dead hands, but if a frame is intended to flex dramatically somewhere specific, I want another material with better fatigue life doing that flexing. Cannondale made the same mistake with that gorgeous green Synapse Disc last year; I don’t understand why there’s no carbon upgrade. If you actually put it under the stresses it’s being marketed for, this frame is quickly going to “ride out” its feel, and possibly its durability. 42mm does not seem like enough tire to stave off big impact energy from trail abuse.

    • Ken Neville

      Basically I am trying to talk myself out of blacking out in my LBS and waking up with a sixth Cannondale in the stable. Not in a big hurry to pick up one without a “Handmade in USA” pedigree, but dang the Synapse and its offspring are tempting — in carbon.

      • [email protected]

        Er, if you had any understanding of physics, you would know that frames don’t lose any of their “feel” or stiffness over time. Frames don’t “fade” and develop sloppy ride characteristics … they either ride the same/maintain the same stiffness or they break. Young’s modulus (a measure of stiffness) has to do with chemical bonding and in large part interatomic distances. The only time when you have a significant change in interatomic distance is when a material brakes. Other than that changes in interatomic distance is basically negligible, and certainly nothing you’d be feeling with your backside.

        On the other hand having one fork leg will certainly put more torque on the headtube and its connected parts than having two fork legs. Given that CAAD 10s have a reputation for weak-ass top tubes … look it up, they’ve been dented by everything from a dropped allen key to a knee during normal cycling, i.e. not a crash (CAAD 10 takes a knee to the top tube …. doesn’t end well … new meme?) this suggests that Cannondale better reinforce that aluminum top tube because any small dent in that soda can thin top tube will cause the top tube to fail very quickly once it’s subjected to torsion forces (and also compressive forces).

        • DominicBruysPorter

          I used to be a CAAD10 like you, but then I took a knee to the toptube.

          • Richard Smith

            Is this an excellent Minor Threat reference, or am I just seeing what I want to see?

          • Robert0321

            Skyrim reference

          • DominicBruysPorter

            I wish. it’s only a Skyrim reference. Care to enlighten me on that part of the Minor Threat catalogue i would have been so clever to have hit?

        • Ken Neville

          The carbon frames are designed to have “micro-flexing” seat stays, and the stays on this frame are flattened along an axis that is designed, according to Cannondale, to allow “significant deflection vertically to absorb road shock and vibration.” (My CAAD6 Optimo and CAAD9 frames use sheer tubing length and shaping to dampen these same forces.) Either you believe their hype, and there’s enough material movement to worry me, or you don’t believe the hype, in which case my statement is still perfectly applicable.

          I can guarantee aluminum sports equipment that flexes loses its feel after seasonal use; skis and bikes are affected similarly in my experience, and that’s given a relatively lightweight rider on skis. Aluminum bike frames are either overbuilt for stiffness, or are “compliant,” and disposable.

          Please take another pass over my comment, you would have noted my concern over the frame’s durability. When an alloy part loses its “ride feel” you can bet it’s on its way to a material fatigue failure and should not be used further. (Ever wonder why you don’t see a whole lot of alloy road forks out there? Road vibration and impact is rough on aluminum over time, hard to tune fork legs for good feel, overbuild for correct durability and the feel is gone.)

          • [email protected]

            I think I know what that phenomenon of aluminum tubes losing its feel over time is called … Seasonal upgrade disorder. The tubes have either plastically deformed or began to break, aka crack, if there is indeed a change in their stiffness. I can believe that they might have plastically deformed without cracking… a bit, although the alloys used in bikes tend to be on the brittle rather than flexible side.

            Alloy road forks aren’t popular because aluminum lacks strength and compensating for this through thicker walled tubes is unpopular because weight, and because ride quality suffers with thick tubes as they are stiffer.

          • DopePedaler


          • Ken Neville

            I’ll show *you* where the Young’s Modulus goes.

        • Ken Neville

          Classic steel bikes went through a phase of too-thin top tubes as well. This is not a problem exclusive to aluminum frames. Please observe any bike shop worth its salt; no mechanic will clamp any bike by its top tube unless they explicitly think it can handle the clamping stresses.

    • dypeterc

      Agreed. If you’re looking for bump absorption then wouldn’t you want carbon > alu?

  • Jon B.

    So strangely attracted to this. Give me matte black like Tyler said below.

  • Tom

    So weird! No doubt I wanna ride one though!

  • Matt Long

    Visually speaking I hate it. Makes me tilt and fall out of my seat. But, if it rides well it will be a winner for some.

  • Larry Miller


  • chrisD

    this is the first we’ve heard its a 650 bike. interesting… In addition velonews published a leak type article with a lefty on super x. I’m sure that was a carbon frame and 700 bike at Nats.

    This alloy frame looks like it has the flattened stays of say the old chili con crosso. Of which is still my go to bike and confy

    Heck if you are going to go alloy only give us a 31.8 post do we can run a reverb..

    In short I am all over one of these

    • Mike

      By the time you put 42mm tires on a relatively wide rim (Stans Flow EX) the total diameter must be getting up there towards 25mm road tyres on an Open Pro.

      • Seth

        But with about eight times the delicious air volume and gobs more stability in the loose stuff.

  • carl bradtmiller

    How is it “using the synapse’s tried and true geometry as a launching pad” with a different wheel size, shorter chainstay, slacker head tube and longer trail? Is that just marketing copy regurgitation?

    Looks like the rider position shifted dramatically rearward. With a setback post you might actually be able to get the seat behind the rear wheel. Good for some things I guess. What is the bb drop?

    Also, why a road ride? I love that it has 2 wheels

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      When I originally rode this bike back at Cross Nats, I was told they started on the “endurance” side of their catalog, rather than the “racing” side. The Synapse is their endurance bike and Slate is another option, yet a completely different one.

      Saying “launching pad” just means something was inspired from that point, rather than starting from scratch. They started with the Synapse and worked around or with things like the fork and the stays.

      • chrisD

        Was the bike you rode the one in the velonews article? Zipp wheels and cockpit? I dont have a keen eye but that looked like a carbon superx frame and 700 303’s interesting also was the steer diameter using a zipp stem.

  • [email protected]

    This is just marketing. Even the Trek Madone has over 20mm of vertical compliance engineered into its seat tube. The Emonda has even more. There may not look like there’s active suspension on either the Madone or Emonda. But of course there is.

    This Cannondale is 9/10ths marketing and 1/10th stupidity. Have fun servicing that suspension fork when it leaks or something.

    • Johnny Hall


      • Mike Spadafora

        I love the idea of categories being broken and blurred. Riding is riding. I guess what I wonder is how different would is this bike that a light weight hardtail with lighter wheels and a light weight fork. Slam the stem and use bar ends and I think we are at the same place. My Ibis tranny, with a fork and big tired is 21 lbs. lighter tires would drop that easily.

  • leeon

    mind boggling

  • nahcaz

    those hollowgrams though.. are those tapered arms?

    • Rob Dickerson

      good eye

    • Zeb

      awwwww shiiieetttt NEW HOLLOWGRAM?!

  • movemint
    • burrito-powered

      Knowing how skilled Johnson is, he could do any of the moves or trails on the video just as well on his cross bike. There was nothing shown that I didn’t ride on my cross bike this weekend (32c Panaracer Pasela tires). Not feeling it…increased weight and complexity…why?

  • Andy_Vibes

    650b x 42 tires? Somewhere Jan Heine is nodding his head.

  • Matt

    april fools

  • Austin Turner

    Too many of you are trying to categorize this bike. It doesn’t need to be a “Cyclocross Bike”, “Endurance Bike”, “Gravel Bike” or even a “Road Bike”. From what I see, Cannondale took a risk on simply making a “Bike” that happens to blend a few different elements to become something new, refreshing – and ultimately, fun. Kudos, Cannondale. I’m a fan, and cannot wait to throw a leg over this smile machine.

    • Zeb

      Well said!

  • Daniel Lemke

    I’m really looking forward to seeing what they do with this bike. Its an ugly bike in a Frankenstein kind of way.

  • Frank

    Love the 42’s!
    I’m curious if 30mm of suspension can also be achieved with a traditional curved thin bladed fork? Anyone know?

    • David Devine

      Hi Frank, one big advantage of the Lefty structure is the short lower crown area. It is around 10mm thick and because of that has little impact in axle to crown. Compared to headshok we have a shorter axle to crown and more travel using the Lefty Oliver structure. For us, this means we can make smaller bikes with stack similar to our Synapse range, rather than allowing the fork to drive handlebar height.

      • Trevor H

        David, will this Oliver fork be utilizing the “Lefty Max” hubs or the standard Lefty hubs?

        I too am excited about this bike, and can’t wait to throw my leg over one, assuming that you all will be making one in a 60cm size to match my other C’Dales with at least 59cm of top tube length..

        Thanks for pushing the envelope with this one.

        • David Devine

          Trevor, details on specs etc will be available soon. I will say that we will have your size rider covered, with a reach right around 400mm, just like your other 60cm Cannondales.

  • Greg Biché

    …April Fools!

  • Ben Lloyd

    My little bro is still rocking a 1999 Cannondale XS800 CX bike (and racing CX on it pretty well regionally) with a 30mm headshock what goes around comes around I guess.
    EXCEPT that his XS800 will happily clear a 700cx42mm tyre, almost a step backwards from 16 years ago.

  • thebennonite

    Every other company has focused on adding compliance to the rear end, and I think they are right to do so. I’m baffled by the fact that Cannondale affixed an advanced, complicated, and pretty darn cool suspension solution to the front of the the bike,without addressing rear end compliance at all.

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      It’s called descend with your feet at 3 and 9 ok and hover off your saddle… ;-)
      My hardtail has no compliance in the rear.

      • Morten Reippuert Knudsen

        exactly – but people who have nver learned to ride a roadbike doesn’t know. Love the Slate though – if they’d just make a TI version for duarbility…

  • Craig Cozza

    Saw this at CX Nats in Austin, freaking love it, what an awesome long day, go everywhere fast training bike. Cdale pushing the boundaries again, so fun! I want one!!!

  • Ahab

    I like this more than I like +bikes.

  • Robert Franklin

    I think we’re going to see more 650b options soon. The 700×43 Rock and Road is my preference for mixed terrain on my Straggler.

    Bruce Gordon announced yesterday that 650bx43 Rock and Roads are now shipping. http://www.brucegordoncycles.blogspot.com/2015/06/tires-are-here.html

    • colinworobetz

      How are the rock and roads for weight?

      • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

        I don’t know. Bruce’s site has the specs.

  • TTT


  • Felix

    Just one question: Why the fuck not?!
    Seriously this can’t be so wrong.

  • mat Terwilliger

    100th comment! *airhorn

  • ez

    TLDR: this is the shit. I’ve gotten into gravel racing/big weird CO days with all kinds of terrain (choppy fire roads and even some Jeep Trail) and I’m not the only one. The guys at Rodeo Labs have been working on their Trail Donkey model for a bit, which has no front suspension but adds a dropper post to what is basically a CX bike. It wouldn’t be ideal in all conditions, but sometimes even my Crux with 38s isn’t enough and fat tires are not the same as suspension. (Nor is “compliance”… oh god VS/LC jokes!) I wouldn’t use this for CX racing, but some of the races I’ve done (like the CO Endurance Series) that are a bit more than a traditional gravel grinder and a bit less than something you’d need a mountain bike for could be ripped apart on something like this. One of my biggest problems when we have days that see near equal amounts of tarmac, gravel, trail, is that my hands get beat up. 30 mm of suspension is perfect for this use case… hitting washboard at 40 MPH on a descent can shake you so violently you can’t see. If they throw in one of the new “Road” KS dropper posts, it’d be the jam.

  • awesometown

    Makes more sense than the Urban Racer!

    [runs and hides in the shadows]

  • Jon B.

    Where is it? The 20th has come and gone—I want more…

  • Dustin Barrientes

    These are live on Cannondale dealer site. Interesting colors…and a 105-level hydro shifter. I’ll let others dive into details. No OPI stems, though.

    • Rob Dickerson

      105 Hydro shifter :-/

      • Bradley Tompkins

        This is uggles……I would go for the Ultegra model for no other reason but those levers. They look like Sora STIs.

    • Daniel Lemke

      Any frame/fork options?

    • Fred Wininger

      More specifics on the specs please!

  • Rick Harker

    “A lot of people don’t care about racing”. So true! And “You can just go out and ride”. A bike for reality.
    If you fantasize about your race hero then there is a bike for that. You can be your own hero on any bike.

  • Daniel Lemke

    road.cc reports there will be a CX-1, Ultregra, and 105 builds. No mention of prices or if there will be a frame/fork option.

  • pamountainbiker

    MSRP as reported elsewhere:

    Force: $4,260
    Ultegra: $3,520
    105: $2,980

    No Frame / fork option at this point to my knowledge

  • Dadzsun

    That setup is pretty much my dream bike/build – with the exception of missing 1×11.

    Awesome color (wish they offered that and classic C-Dale black/green). I like Tim’s personalized extras like the stem and seatpost. Kinda wished C-Dale included that for the price (Force).

    This bike has got my name all over it, perfect for gravel, buffed singletrack, rough logging roads, and pavement. If she cruises within 2-3 kph of my CAAD10 I’ll be perfectly happy.

    Hell, I can even ride the gravel shoulder on busy/narrow paved roads. So many options.

    • Bradley Tompkins

      “If she cruises within 2-3 kph of my CAAD10 I’ll be perfectly happy.” Amen….I have an EVO and if this can come close to keeping up with that I will switch just for the versatility. I am to the point where I don’t “really” care about my average speed, etc…..I ride just for the enjoyment.

    • Daniel Lemke

      I definitely can see me putting some frame bags on this thing and hitting some back roads/logging roads and taking an awesome long weekend. Really looking forward to this bike coming out and finding more info about it.

  • Vignesh S

    What bike is this??!

  • benb

    i want it :D to replace my trigger 29 and my CX

  • Bradley Tompkins

    I want this…..so sick. I wish the production version kept the horizontal top tube like the pre-production version; however, I understand the necessity to drop the top tube.

    • Daniel Lemke

      yeah I liked the horizontal top tube as well

  • Alex Rhino

    I spy a No Fun press sticker… EH!?

  • Daniel Lemke

    I wonder if the wheels/tires on the production bike will be tubeless compatible.

    • Terry Best

      Been riding a demo Ultegra version for a couple of weeks. Bike comes equipped with tubes and also set up to be converted to tubeless. They’ve got tubeless tape (appears to be yellow stans) already taped to the rims. Tires hook in nice and tight too. Tubeless Compatible for sure. I’ve run it around ~40psi with the inner tubes. Would love to convert it to tubeless but best to not tinker as I don’t own it. BTW, I am in love with this bike.. And the demo I’m riding is way too small for me. Doesn’t matter. Thank you Cannondale.

  • Johan Larsson

    An “all-road” bike without fenders is pretty much useless to me.

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      You like having fenders on fire roads? I can’t stand the racket.

      • Johan Larsson

        Good fenders properly mounted with enough clearance doesn’t rattle – Berthoud or Honjo are both good choices. I have such fenders on many bikes, and they are silent. When you get used to having dry feet and no spray on your back, you don’t want to go back. Small stones can make a noise inside the fenders when following with the tire, but that’s rare.

        • http://www.somnambulant.net Wesley Hodgson

          Agreed. The fenders on both my DeSalvo and my AWOL are totally silent for rattling, at least. Yes, you occasionally suck a rock up into the fender which makes a noise, but it’s not bothersome to me. Fenders are pretty much necessary up here in the PNW. :)

  • Kartrashian critic

    I have a Super X that I’m putting this Oliver fork on. I have bad arms from a previous crash and this fork is a god send for the crap roads I ride. Peace

  • ben

    I don’t think you can put a fender on the lefty !!! I never test on my trigger

    • Daniel Lemke

      I don’t know how you would. Probably the best thing to do would be to strap a fender to the down tube. Not ideal but better then nothing.

  • Terry Best

    Been riding a demo Slate Ultegra for a couple of weeks and have been having such a great time. I consider myself an all-around burned-out cyclist. No more racing or obligation to train..and I can never decide or commit to a certain type of ride. The past few bikes I’ve owned (CX) have been the sort where I throw my leg over and make up the ride as I go along…I’ll start off on a long road grind and then might get over it and cut through the mountains searching for singletrack. The Slate allows me to do what I would do on my CX bikes and then some. The Oliver and extra tire volume invite me to fool around and ride more aggressively on the dirt. I’ve also mixed it up on the road with fairly formidable roadies and have yet to have any sort of struggle. Great tire pick from Cannondale although some people in wet/cold climates might opt for knobbies. As I mentioned in a reply below, this demo I’m riding is clearly way too small for me and I’m still having a boat load of fun. Once available for purchase I’ll be pulling the trigger!

    • Daniel Lemke

      This is exactly the kind of riding I like to do as well. I have no interest in racing or setting PR’s on Strava. I just want to go on mini adventures on my bike and this bike allows you to pretty much go where ever you like.

  • https://flaviocolkerfotografia.wordpress.com/ Flavio Colker

    I want it.