2016 Cannondale Trail 3
If "fast" and "fun" were baskets, you wouldn't want to put all of your eggs into either, right? Cannondale's Trail 3 understands you've got to be a jack-of-all-bikes. Is it fast? Yes. Is it fun? Oh boy, it is indeed. 27 speeds courtesy of the Alivio/Deore drivetrain carry you uphill and down with crisp shifts and a wide range of gears. Aluminum 27.5-inchs Alex rims are the bicycle equivalent to rolling on dubs, and WTB BeeLine tires supply all the traction and durability you could ever ask for. Braking, you ask? Why yes, the Shimano hydraulic discs do have superb stopping power and modulation! Cannondale supplies the bar and stem for a tight-handling front end and a comfortable riding position.
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Bought a 2016 Trail 3 for a great clearance price and couldn't be happier. Cannodale makes quality bikes and I really like ride/feel/look . The Trail 2, 3, and 4 are perfect for enthusiasts that want affordable reliability. They great on community bike trails, but will handle more technical trails when called on to do so. The Rockshox 30 silver front forks that came on the Trail 3 suit my needs fine but my wife wanted air adjustable forks so we spent an extra $200 and got her the Trail 2. AS A BONUS WE WERE ABLE TO PUT 2.8 PLUS TIRES ON THESE BIKES. Don't let anyone tell you they won't fit, they do and WOW...what a ride. You can run the 2.8's down at 16-20lbs of air pressure and smooth out the bumps. Not many bikes in this price range will accommodate plus ties. Brandon at Pedal was fantastic and literally spent hours with us to ensure my wife and I got the bikes we wanted, with the options we wanted at an affordable price.