Cannondale Trail

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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  • On the Trail 6, quick-release thru-axles were outdated.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.

Bottom line

The Cannondale Trail is a modestly priced mountain bike with reliable mid-range components. One of the considerations that Cannondale has made on the Trail, is to fit 29” wheels on larger sizes and 27.5” inch wheels on sizes extra-small and small. This made for a better frame fit. Owners really appreciated the remote shock lockout, which reduced bob and made the Trail easier to ride on roads, commutes and climbs. This feature, coupled with the bike’s light alloy frame and an upright stance, meant that the Trail was lauded for its climbing ability. One expert said the Trail 6 was overwhelmed on serious trails. Higher-end models were seen as a good step between a starter ride and something more advanced and expensive.
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Expert Reviews

77/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
Mountain Bike Rider

Cannondale Trail 5 Review

Smartform aluminium frame is one of the most comfortable here… Stand-over clearance is at a premium …seat tube is way too tall… RockShox XC30… if you’re a heavy rider this fork may just be too quick.

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Switchback Travel

Cannondale Trail (2019) Review

For most of the bikes I test, I feel like they excel at either climbing or descending. However, the Cannondale Trail 6 really shines as a mellow all-rounder… it lands comfortably in the middle as a true generalist.

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Cannondale Trail 1 Test: The Game Begins [Spanish]

The Trail 1 is a bike that seems like an excellent choice on which to gain experience… The intermediate step between a beginner’s bike and a more expensive, expert model.

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Darts Cycling Journal

2019 Cannondale Trail 5 Review

I purchased this bike to use as a commuter bike… to be capable enough to ride MTB trails… after putting 200mi on it in the three months that I’ve owned it, I can say with confidence that this bike fits the bill.

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Cannondale Trail Review Part 2

I’m 6’2”, 220lb. It’s an XL bike on 29” tires and it fits just right. Overall, I’m really pleased with it.

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Descomplica Bike

Cannondale Trail 6 – 2019 Review [Portuguese]

A 29×2.25” tire is robust but also rolls well on asphalt… Sunrace, what a beautiful cassette it is.

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Bogdan Stefan

Review of Cannondale Trail 7 2019 [Romanian]

It has decent components, the only minus being the disc-brake combo and the shifter.

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User Ratings

99/100 based on 25 ratings
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