Price: $7,700
Weight: 23.9 pounds

Cannondale’s Trigger Carbon 1 weighed in at a wispy 23.9 pounds, which is lighter than all but two of the bikes tested in this issue—and one of those is a hardtail. Plus, the Trigger comes loaded with carbon-fiber bits, which helps explain its $7,700 price tag. So, really, we expected this bike to be fast.

We didn't expect, however, the Cannondale Trigger to be so capable or fun. The stiff carbon frame and the newly improved, crazy-light and ultra-stiff Lefty Carbon XLR fork make for a bike that's not only flickable—with a front end that's easily lofted for manuals and drops—but also tracks true through off-camber corners and rhythm-less rock gardens.

At the heart of the Cannondale Trigger is the proprietary Dyad pull-shock produced by Fox Racing Shox. This shock requires a special pump and setup, but once it's dialed, the suspension feels exceedingly great in both of the travel modes. The bike's longer 120-millimeter travel mode feels plush and eminently capable of tackling gnarlier terrain than the travel figures suggest, while the Trigger's shorter 70-millimeter travel mode allows the bike
to scoot up hills with astounding efficiency.

This bike really does have two personas—and both are incredibly easy to get along with.

One thing that we weren't completely enamored with on the Trigger was how the Lefty's integrated design limits stem lengths and choices. Additionally, a 142×12 through-axle would be nice. Really though, these issues wont stop anyone from having a blast on the Trigger.

While the 26er version of the Cannondale Trigger is fast, capable and fun, it's worth noting that a 29er version will soon be available, and that left some testers wondering what the benefits of bigger wheels could do for the Trigger.

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