Hey I have a few questions regarding my bike which I settled on 2 days ago.
Its a 2011 Cannondale trail 5.
Bicycle Type Mountain bike, front suspension
item ID 22371
Fork Brand & Model RST Gila Pro TnL, 100mm travel
Fork Material Alloy, Single crown
Component Group Mountain Mix
Brakeset Promax Orange brakes, Cannondale levers
Shift Levers Shimano Alivio
Front Derailleur Shimano FD-M311
Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio
Crankset Shimano FC-M311, 22/32/42 teeth
Pedals FPD platform w/steel cage
Bottom Bracket Tange Seiki LN-3912
Rear Cogs 8-speed, 12 - 32 teeth
Chain KMC Z-72
Seatpost Cannondale C4, 31.6mm diameter
Saddle Cannondale Stage 2
Handlebar Cannondale C4 riser
Handlebar Extensions Not included
Handlebar Stem Cannondale C4
Headset Tange ER2 Slim Stack
Hubs Front: Formula DC20, Rear: Formula DC22
Rims Alex DC4.5, 32-hole
Tires 26 x 2.1" Kenda Small Block 8
Spoke Brand Stainless, 15ga. (1.8mm) butted
Spoke Nipples Unspecified
Ok a few questions
1: I am new to biking as an adult. I bought the bike mostly for long rides on rough sidewalk/road conditions (15-20 mile rides 3 times a week), with some light to medium trail applications and jumping. I had originally bough a Mongoose deception and broke it in 3 days . So after reading on here I picked a few bikes to look at and decided on this cannondale.
Im wondering what improvements I can do to it to enhance its street riding qualities without taking away from any of the mountainbike ruggedness.
Things that will make it Roll better/Pedal better but still be able to take a little beating.
And if you could suggest them in order of most bang for the buck type items.
2. Ok a tech question. I noticed last year the model was called trail sl5...this year the sl moniker only stayed up to the 4th edition and they dropped in on 5 and 6. Does anyone know what that meant and why. Its confussing on the site http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/moun...-trail-5-16847. They still refer to it as a sl in one spot but not on the right side. and the sl4 is a more expensive bike than the 5 but the 6 is less expensive...so im a litte confused at their naming scheme.
3. On the shifters. The right shifter the index shifter shifts up and the thumb shift down.....On the left its opposite and the thumb shifts up.??? Shouldnt they be the same or no?
I tested Between a Specail Rockhopper/Hardrock/...Giant Yukon...Cannondale trail 5.
And the Cannondale felt like a lexus compared to low end kias. Im really impressed and happy with my decission. I just need all the profesional advice I can get on parts to upgrade as I go to have a even better street worthy mountain bike.
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