Cannondale Habit

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Cannondale Habit. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

15 reasons to buy

  • With five sizes and women-specific builds, the Cannondale Habit suits a wide range of riders.
  • The bike is set up to run 29” or 27.5” wheels and tires. The flip chip adjustment allows riders to adjust the geometry of the bike from a 29" wheel set up to a 27.5” set up.
  • The bike comes stock with 29” wheels and tires, except for on size XS of the bike. Size XS comes with 27.5” wheels to better suit smaller riders. The XS version of the Cannondale Habit fits riders as short as 4’11”.
  • The women’s build of the bike has a shorter stem. This allows women with narrower shoulders to run wider bars when riding the Habit for greater stability.
  • Cannondale’s proportional response adjusts the suspension linkage on every size of the bike to provide consistent response for riders of all sizes when handling, pedaling and braking on the Habit.
  • The bike’s low bottom bracket allows riders to stay on their line during descents.
  • The Maxxis tires provide excellent traction over a variety of terrain and assist riders in cornering confidently.
  • The offset rear improves the spoke bracing angle to increase stiffness for greater efficiency and power transfer when riding the Habit.
  • The 12-speed drivetrain provides riders with a wide range of gears to tackle a variety of trails on the Cannondale Habit.
  • The bike’s wide bars, stable suspension and grippy tires provide riders with stability and control on technical climbs and lively descents.
  • The hydraulic disc brakes on the Habit are responsive and provide excellent stopping power.
  • One expert noted the Fabric FunGuy grips on the bike are very comfortable, even without gloves.
  • A fender is included with the bike to protect riders from mud and debris on the trail.
  • The cables are internally routed, giving the bike a crisp and clean appearance.
  • The Habit has clear stickers on it protecting the seat stays and chainstay.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The seat tube angle is not steep enough. Experts found it hard to keep the front wheel down on steep climbs.
  • The offset wheel makes it difficult to swap out or upgrade wheels. The wheels need to be redished to be compatible with the Cannondale Habit.
  • Experts found the seat tube on the bike to be too tall. One cannot use the dropper to its fullest potential.

Bottom line

The Cannondale Habit is a great all-around trail bike. Experts agree that it is capable of many things, but the bike does not shine in one particular area. The Cannondale Habit has proportional response, allowing the linkage of the suspension to be proportional to the frame size to ensure consistency across all sizes of the bike. The Habit is available in sizes XS to XL with women-specific builds. Experts agree the Habit would benefit from a steeper seat tube angle and shorter seat tube.

Expert Reviews

78/100 based on 6 rated expert reviews
Mountain Bike Rider

Cannondale Habit Carbon 3

The Cannondale Habit Carbon 3 doesn’t feel like a short-travel bike in the same way as the Giant Trance. It’s not as efficient and doesn’t cover ground as quickly, but it feels more capable when the going gets rough. You can still do big rides on the Habit; you’ll just have more of a laugh along the way.

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Switchback Travel

Cannondale Habit

Connecticut-based Cannondale has always done things a little differently, but their revamped and surprisingly mainstream 2019 Habit seeks to make them a top contender once again. With its fresh design and graphics, up-to-date features, and all-around good looks, this new trail bike made a lasting impression on our testers.

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Bike Perfect

Cannondale Habit 5 Review

There are loads of elements to good suspension bike design and while it’s weighty with some spec snags Cannondale has got most of them well dialed on the Habit 5. However, it’s the exceptional rear end performance that makes it an awesome play bike for the price.

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Cannondale Habit Carbon 3 2020 Review

The Habit Carbon 3 is a ripping mid-travel trail bike that excels on the descents.

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Cannondale Habit 6 2019 Review

The new Cannondale Habit 6 is a mid-travel trail bike that excels on the descents thanks to a modern long and slack geometry.

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User Ratings

89/100 based on 7 ratings
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