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  1. #1
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    Cannondale Trail vs Trail SL frames

    I didn't find out anything in the Cannondale subforum, so I hope it's okay to post here.

    Basically, I've been looking all over trying to figure out how exactly these frames (Cannondale Trail and Trail SL) differ and all I can see is that the head tube diameter is different. Are there any other structural differences between the two, anything significant? Or does it all come down to the fact that you cannot fit a Fatty fork onto a regular Trail frame?

    Also, if anyone has any info regarding the specific weights of these frames, that would be super useful too!

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    What I can see is that the trail only has 2 levels 5 and 6. Then as you go up in spec they have the trail SL 4,3,2,and 1.

    The geo is a tad different on the SL but probably not very noticeable. Like you said, 1.5 vs 1 1/8 headtube.

    I dont have a frame weight but the full bike weight is about 30 lbs give or take depending on size and model.

  3. #3
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    The Trail does not have a 1.5" headtube while the Trail SL does. The SL is a lighter frame and uses the Cannondale SAVE technology. Other than that, the SL just has higher end components than the normal Trail line.

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