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Where did Prolly is Not Probably go?
It is still here, and then some. PiNP was one person’s opinion and voice. Now we are a collective – a community of diverse opinions and rich stories.
What does the Radavist mean?
Rad + Atavist = RADAVIST
Why does a porpoise surf a wave, or a sea otter slide down a rock? Atavism is a primal trait in humans and animals that drives us to do what we do – what ought to come naturally. Atavism is why we ride the way we ride; From mashing the city on a track bike to shredding the trails on full suspension. Take the time to get rad.
His Cannondale track has seen various permutations, as these things tend to do. The ones that are actually ridden, anyway. From drops to risers and now a super simple city bar, Ace’s bike has finally hit that sweet spot for cruising around Los Angeles. I’m pretty sure Kyle shot photos of it a few years back, yet I can’t dig anything up. Some notable notes: the off-center head badge, Phil Wood hubs, Sugino cranks, loved and weathered Flite with one of those damn hot Salsa stems.
Since relocating to Los Angeles, a land with endless dirt in both the fireroad and track variety, my preferences have shifted a lot in terms of what I want a bike to take on. Capabilities are often grown in the industry piecemeal, then once and a while, a bike comes along that asks a question: what if?
The Cannondale Slate is a what if bike. What if 650b or 27.5″ wheels with a 42mm tire makes more sense for “all-road” riding? What if a damn Lefty shock with just the right amount of travel can instill confidence in new riders while offering an added fun bonus to experienced athletes?
Last February, I got to take a prototype Slate out for a spin and recently, Cannondale sent me a production Slate Force CX1 build to try out. I’ve been spending the past week or so thrashin’ and crashin’ this machine. While many exceptional bikes pass through this website, both for review and for personal acquisition, I will say this is the most fun I’ve had on a bike review. (more…)
We got the jump on our own brief review and photos early on with the Slate. Some people loved it, others hated it and for good reason. While I wouldn’t call the notion of a suspension fork on a road bike a new idea, with the old Team Gan and other Roubaix bikes having done something similar in the past, the Slate does offer a rather unique riding style and honestly, it just looks like a freaking beast. Granted a beast that was made in some genetic lab somewhere, but albeit, a beast.
The Slate will be landing at Cannondale dealers in October. Offered in three build options: a $2980 105 kit in OD green, a $3520 Ultegra kit in raw aluminum, and a $4260 CX-1 kit in black with purple accents. Check out build specs below.
During the ATOC, Tim Johnson and David from Cannondale took their Slate “all-road” bikes from the mountains to the fire roads before getting them dusty on some singletrack. While the Cannondale website still doesn’t list the Slate in their catalog, this is the first we’re seeing of the olive drab and chartreuse paint design. Lookin’ good fellas. Also, Ojai has some amazing trails!
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?
Here’s the full-length to that teaser I posted on Friday, featuring Cannondale’s new Slate suspension road bike on a ride from Park City to Ogden and Tim Johnson. Slate packs big 27.5 / 650b tires and the new Lefty Oliver road suspension. Watch it gobble up a 100 mile ride that hits smooth tarmac, gravel roads and into the back country of the Wasatch mountain range.
David at Death Spray Custom has been busy preparing for the 2014 Tour de France. Many moons again, Cannondale commissioned him to paint a bike for each rider, adorned with their spirit animals, inspired by native American Haida style.
I could give two shits about “spy” or “leaked” product shots. Personally, I feel like when a product is ready for public consumption, it’ll be posted in reputable sources but seeing this on Tracko got me stoked on production-level track bikes.