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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Cannondale Trail. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
15 reasons to buy
- The lightweight aluminum frame was said to offer outstanding ride-quality.
- Reliable components were a balance of durability, quality and affordability.
- Ride quality was said to be solid on cross-country style trails.
- WTB Ranger tires compromised well between rolling resistance and strength.
- Climbing was aided by upright geometry, a light frame and a remote lockout.
- A remote shock lockout made things easier on asphalt roads and climbs.
- The Trail 6’s 2x9 drivetrain sufficed on all gradients.
- The Trail 4’s simple 1x11 setup offered good range for the urban rider.
- Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes were great value and halted effectively.
- The raw metal look on the Trail 6 was described as ‘nice and subdued’.
- Shimano Altus and Acera worked well for the Trail 6, on climbs and descents.
- Rack mounts equip the Trail for short-distance commuting.
- Many owners considered that the Trail range represented great value.
- The Cannondale brand saddle was said to be comfortable, ‘once broken in’.
- A threaded bottom bracket was a boon, helping to guard against dust.
9 reasons not to buy
- Some entry-level components seemed out-of-their-league on hectic trails.
- The SR Suntour shock bottomed out on moderate trails.
- There was no dropper-post on the Trail 6, to adapt to changing terrain.
- A tester said the Trail 6 rode too upright to cope with serious descents.
- The Trail 6’s wheels seemed heavy and warranted upgrading.
- No clutch rear derailleur meant noisy and frequent chainslap.
- On the Trail 6, quick-release thru-axles were outdated.
- Standover on the Trail 7 was said to be too tall, on correctly-sized frames.
- The seatpost on the Trail 7 was too long and needed to be cut down.