Cannondale Trail 7 2020
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Cannondale Trail 7 2020


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CANNONDALE TRAIL 7 (2020)


Much like the Giant Talon 29 or Giant ATX, the Cannondale Trail 7 is designed for bike paths, rail trails, family rides and general fitness. 

In this preview, we’ll cover things like who should buy it and give an explanation about the components.

WHO IS IT FOR?

The Cannondale Trail 7 (2020) is perfect for recreational rides who are wanting a bike that they can use with the family and friends. 

It’s designed to be ridden on bike paths, rail trails, light dirt and gravel and even the occasional off-road adventure on easy and low-impact mountain bike trails (such as Lysterfield Park).

One other thing to consider:

Stability. 

THE FRAME AND HANDLING

No one ever considers a bike’s stability. But it is one of the most important factors to take into consideration. 

Why?

Stability is what stops you from crashing.

Simply said, Cannondale has purposely ‘slowed’ the Trail 7’s steering. This means:

If you’re rolling over an uneven surface, or tree root or rock and you accidentally steer over it, the handlebars will self-correct and keep you on your wheels. 

A sharper steering bike will oversteer or over correct. Often this leads to a bike that feels nervous (or twitchy) in its handling. 

Ever heard of micro-suspension? 

Me neither, until I came across Cannondale. They love it. 

Specially shaped curves in the Trail 7’s backend allow it to flex. This movement helps absorb vibrations and delivers a smoother ride. 

And lastly, Cannondale are absolute masters of high-end aluminum frames. They use an aluminium called C3. It’s light, stiff and responsive. This means it rewards every pedal stroke; power isn’t wasted in a flexy frame.

It’s also worth noting that the Trail 7 has a shorter head stem (or gooseneck for those in their 40’s and 50’s) than most other mountain bikes and wider bars (720mm). This combination delivers a riding position that’s more comfortable and upright. Wider bars also deliver better control than narrower bars. 

THE COMPONENTS

At the heart of the Trail 7 there’s a Shimano 24-speed drivetrain. 

There are 3 front gears and 8 rear gears. Each gear is controlled using a trigger shifter, not the old style grip or twist shift. 

You also get hydraulic disc brakes. Hydro brakes at this price are a must have because:

They work better in dry and wet conditions. Almost acting like ABS, they’ll be able to stop you without skidding and sliding. 

They don’t need much maintenance. In fact, they need less than mechanical brakes.

And lastly, a lot less effort is required to pull the lever and actually stop. Something to keep in mind for pre-teens and teenagers who are upgrading to a bigger bike. 

It’s also worth noting, that if you want to fit a child seat it can be done. Something like the Beto, Topeak and Thule will fit perfectly.

CANNONDALE TRAIL 7 (2020)


Much like the Giant Talon 29 or Giant ATX, the Cannondale Trail 7 is designed for bike paths, rail trails, family rides and general fitness. 

In this preview, we’ll cover things like who should buy it and give an explanation about the components.

WHO IS IT FOR?

The Cannondale Trail 7 (2020) is perfect for recreational rides who are wanting a bike that they can use with the family and friends. 

It’s designed to be ridden on bike paths, rail trails, light dirt and gravel and even the occasional off-road adventure on easy and low-impact mountain bike trails (such as Lysterfield Park).

One other thing to consider:

Stability. 

THE FRAME AND HANDLING

No one ever considers a bike’s stability. But it is one of the most important factors to take into consideration. 

Why?

Stability is what stops you from crashing.

Simply said, Cannondale has purposely ‘slowed’ the Trail 7’s steering. This means:

If you’re rolling over an uneven surface, or tree root or rock and you accidentally steer over it, the handlebars will self-correct and keep you on your wheels. 

A sharper steering bike will oversteer or over correct. Often this leads to a bike that feels nervous (or twitchy) in its handling. 

Ever heard of micro-suspension? 

Me neither, until I came across Cannondale. They love it. 

Specially shaped curves in the Trail 7’s backend allow it to flex. This movement helps absorb vibrations and delivers a smoother ride. 

And lastly, Cannondale are absolute masters of high-end aluminum frames. They use an aluminium called C3. It’s light, stiff and responsive. This means it rewards every pedal stroke; power isn’t wasted in a flexy frame.

It’s also worth noting that the Trail 7 has a shorter head stem (or gooseneck for those in their 40’s and 50’s) than most other mountain bikes and wider bars (720mm). This combination delivers a riding position that’s more comfortable and upright. Wider bars also deliver better control than narrower bars. 

THE COMPONENTS

At the heart of the Trail 7 there’s a Shimano 24-speed drivetrain. 

There are 3 front gears and 8 rear gears. Each gear is controlled using a trigger shifter, not the old style grip or twist shift. 

You also get hydraulic disc brakes. Hydro brakes at this price are a must have because:

They work better in dry and wet conditions. Almost acting like ABS, they’ll be able to stop you without skidding and sliding. 

They don’t need much maintenance. In fact, they need less than mechanical brakes.

And lastly, a lot less effort is required to pull the lever and actually stop. Something to keep in mind for pre-teens and teenagers who are upgrading to a bigger bike. 

It’s also worth noting, that if you want to fit a child seat it can be done. Something like the Beto, Topeak and Thule will fit perfectly.

CANNONDALE TRAIL 7 (2020)


Much like the Giant Talon 29 or Giant ATX, the Cannondale Trail 7 is designed for bike paths, rail trails, family rides and general fitness. 

In this preview, we’ll cover things like who should buy it and give an explanation about the components.

WHO IS IT FOR?

The Cannondale Trail 7 (2020) is perfect for recreational rides who are wanting a bike that they can use with the family and friends. 

It’s designed to be ridden on bike paths, rail trails, light dirt and gravel and even the occasional off-road adventure on easy and low-impact mountain bike trails (such as Lysterfield Park).

One other thing to consider:

Stability. 

THE FRAME AND HANDLING

No one ever considers a bike’s stability. But it is one of the most important factors to take into consideration. 

Why?

Stability is what stops you from crashing.

Simply said, Cannondale has purposely ‘slowed’ the Trail 7’s steering. This means:

If you’re rolling over an uneven surface, or tree root or rock and you accidentally steer over it, the handlebars will self-correct and keep you on your wheels. 

A sharper steering bike will oversteer or over correct. Often this leads to a bike that feels nervous (or twitchy) in its handling. 

Ever heard of micro-suspension? 

Me neither, until I came across Cannondale. They love it. 

Specially shaped curves in the Trail 7’s backend allow it to flex. This movement helps absorb vibrations and delivers a smoother ride. 

And lastly, Cannondale are absolute masters of high-end aluminum frames. They use an aluminium called C3. It’s light, stiff and responsive. This means it rewards every pedal stroke; power isn’t wasted in a flexy frame.

It’s also worth noting that the Trail 7 has a shorter head stem (or gooseneck for those in their 40’s and 50’s) than most other mountain bikes and wider bars (720mm). This combination delivers a riding position that’s more comfortable and upright. Wider bars also deliver better control than narrower bars. 

THE COMPONENTS

At the heart of the Trail 7 there’s a Shimano 24-speed drivetrain. 

There are 3 front gears and 8 rear gears. Each gear is controlled using a trigger shifter, not the old style grip or twist shift. 

You also get hydraulic disc brakes. Hydro brakes at this price are a must have because:

They work better in dry and wet conditions. Almost acting like ABS, they’ll be able to stop you without skidding and sliding. 

They don’t need much maintenance. In fact, they need less than mechanical brakes.

And lastly, a lot less effort is required to pull the lever and actually stop. Something to keep in mind for pre-teens and teenagers who are upgrading to a bigger bike. 

It’s also worth noting, that if you want to fit a child seat it can be done. Something like the Beto, Topeak and Thule will fit perfectly.

CANNONDALE TRAIL 7 (2020)


Much like the Giant Talon 29 or Giant ATX, the Cannondale Trail 7 is designed for bike paths, rail trails, family rides and general fitness. 

In this preview, we’ll cover things like who should buy it and give an explanation about the components.

WHO IS IT FOR?

The Cannondale Trail 7 (2020) is perfect for recreational rides who are wanting a bike that they can use with the family and friends. 

It’s designed to be ridden on bike paths, rail trails, light dirt and gravel and even the occasional off-road adventure on easy and low-impact mountain bike trails (such as Lysterfield Park).

One other thing to consider:

Stability. 

THE FRAME AND HANDLING

No one ever considers a bike’s stability. But it is one of the most important factors to take into consideration. 

Why?

Stability is what stops you from crashing.

Simply said, Cannondale has purposely ‘slowed’ the Trail 7’s steering. This means:

If you’re rolling over an uneven surface, or tree root or rock and you accidentally steer over it, the handlebars will self-correct and keep you on your wheels. 

A sharper steering bike will oversteer or over correct. Often this leads to a bike that feels nervous (or twitchy) in its handling. 

Ever heard of micro-suspension? 

Me neither, until I came across Cannondale. They love it. 

Specially shaped curves in the Trail 7’s backend allow it to flex. This movement helps absorb vibrations and delivers a smoother ride. 

And lastly, Cannondale are absolute masters of high-end aluminum frames. They use an aluminium called C3. It’s light, stiff and responsive. This means it rewards every pedal stroke; power isn’t wasted in a flexy frame.

It’s also worth noting that the Trail 7 has a shorter head stem (or gooseneck for those in their 40’s and 50’s) than most other mountain bikes and wider bars (720mm). This combination delivers a riding position that’s more comfortable and upright. Wider bars also deliver better control than narrower bars. 

THE COMPONENTS

At the heart of the Trail 7 there’s a Shimano 24-speed drivetrain. 

There are 3 front gears and 8 rear gears. Each gear is controlled using a trigger shifter, not the old style grip or twist shift. 

You also get hydraulic disc brakes. Hydro brakes at this price are a must have because:

They work better in dry and wet conditions. Almost acting like ABS, they’ll be able to stop you without skidding and sliding. 

They don’t need much maintenance. In fact, they need less than mechanical brakes.

And lastly, a lot less effort is required to pull the lever and actually stop. Something to keep in mind for pre-teens and teenagers who are upgrading to a bigger bike. 

It’s also worth noting, that if you want to fit a child seat it can be done. Something like the Beto, Topeak and Thule will fit perfectly.

Frame

All-New, SmartForm C3 Alloy, SAVE, 1-1/8" headtube, post mount disc, StraightShot internal cable routing, BSA-73

Fork

SR Suntour XCT DS, 100mm, Coil, 46mm offset (29")

Handlebar

Cannondale Riser, 6061 Alloy, 25mm rise, 8° sweep, 6° rise, 720mm

Stem

6061 Alloy, 31.8, 8°

Seatpost

Cannondale 3, 6061 Alloy, 31.6 x 350/400mm

Saddle

Cannondale Stage 2

Pedals

Cannondale Platform

Shifters

Shimano Altus Rapidfire Plus, 3 and 8 speed

Front Derailleur

Shimano Altus, 34.9 clamp

Rear Derailleur

Shimano TX800

Brakes

Tektro M275 hydro disc, 160/160mm rotor

Cassette

Sunrace 11-34T, 8-speed

Bottom Bracket

Sealed Cartridge

Chain

KMC Z72, 8-speed

Crank

Prowheel Alloy, 42/32/22T

Front Hub

Sealed Alloy Disc, QR

Hubs

Sealed Alloy Disc, QR

Rear Hub

Sealed Alloy Disc, QR

Rims

WTB SX19, 32h

Spokes

Stainless Steel, 14g

Tyres

WTB Ranger Comp, 27.5/29 x 2.25", DNA Compound

Frame

All-New, SmartForm C3 Alloy, SAVE, 1-1/8" headtube, post mount disc, StraightShot internal cable routing, BSA-73

Fork

SR Suntour XCT DS, 100mm, Coil, 46mm offset (29")

Handlebar

Cannondale Riser, 6061 Alloy, 25mm rise, 8° sweep, 6° rise, 720mm

Stem

6061 Alloy, 31.8, 8°

Seatpost

Cannondale 3, 6061 Alloy, 31.6 x 350/400mm

Saddle

Cannondale Stage 2

Pedals

Cannondale Platform

Shifters

Shimano Altus Rapidfire Plus, 3 and 8 speed

Front Derailleur

Shimano Altus, 34.9 clamp

Rear Derailleur

Shimano TX800

Brakes

Tektro M275 hydro disc, 160/160mm rotor

Cassette

Sunrace 11-34T, 8-speed

Bottom Bracket

Sealed Cartridge

Chain

KMC Z72, 8-speed

Crank

Prowheel Alloy, 42/32/22T

Front Hub

Sealed Alloy Disc, QR

Hubs

Sealed Alloy Disc, QR

Rear Hub

Sealed Alloy Disc, QR

Rims

WTB SX19, 32h

Spokes

Stainless Steel, 14g

Tyres

WTB Ranger Comp, 27.5/29 x 2.25", DNA Compound

Frame

All-New, SmartForm C3 Alloy, SAVE, 1-1/8" headtube, post mount disc, StraightShot internal cable routing, BSA-73

Fork

SR Suntour XCT DS, 100mm, Coil, 46mm offset (29")

Handlebar

Cannondale Riser, 6061 Alloy, 25mm rise, 8° sweep, 6° rise, 720mm

Stem

6061 Alloy, 31.8, 8°

Seatpost

Cannondale 3, 6061 Alloy, 31.6 x 350/400mm

Saddle

Cannondale Stage 2

Pedals

Cannondale Platform

Shifters

Shimano Altus Rapidfire Plus, 3 and 8 speed

Front Derailleur

Shimano Altus, 34.9 clamp

Rear Derailleur

Shimano TX800

Brakes

Tektro M275 hydro disc, 160/160mm rotor

Cassette

Sunrace 11-34T, 8-speed

Bottom Bracket

Sealed Cartridge

Chain

KMC Z72, 8-speed

Crank

Prowheel Alloy, 42/32/22T

Front Hub

Sealed Alloy Disc, QR

Hubs

Sealed Alloy Disc, QR

Rear Hub

Sealed Alloy Disc, QR

Rims

WTB SX19, 32h

Spokes

Stainless Steel, 14g

Tyres

WTB Ranger Comp, 27.5/29 x 2.25", DNA Compound

Frame

All-New, SmartForm C3 Alloy, SAVE, 1-1/8" headtube, post mount disc, StraightShot internal cable routing, BSA-73

Fork

SR Suntour XCT DS, 100mm, Coil, 46mm offset (29")

Handlebar

Cannondale Riser, 6061 Alloy, 25mm rise, 8° sweep, 6° rise, 720mm

Stem

6061 Alloy, 31.8, 8°

Seatpost

Cannondale 3, 6061 Alloy, 31.6 x 350/400mm

Saddle

Cannondale Stage 2

Pedals

Cannondale Platform

Shifters

Shimano Altus Rapidfire Plus, 3 and 8 speed

Front Derailleur

Shimano Altus, 34.9 clamp

Rear Derailleur

Shimano TX800

Brakes

Tektro M275 hydro disc, 160/160mm rotor

Cassette

Sunrace 11-34T, 8-speed

Bottom Bracket

Sealed Cartridge

Chain

KMC Z72, 8-speed

Crank

Prowheel Alloy, 42/32/22T

Front Hub

Sealed Alloy Disc, QR

Hubs

Sealed Alloy Disc, QR

Rear Hub

Sealed Alloy Disc, QR

Rims

WTB SX19, 32h

Spokes

Stainless Steel, 14g

Tyres

WTB Ranger Comp, 27.5/29 x 2.25", DNA Compound