Tech & New Products: Cannondale Gets Into the Habit


Cannondale, a premium brand of Cycling Sports Group, part of Dorel Industries, Inc., recently introduced the all-new Habit, a bike built with one simple goal, to help mountain bikers have more fun, more often. This playfully agile and ultra-capable 120mm trail machine combines a new frame, trail geometry and zero-pivot stays to create a trail companion that can bring a smile to your face on pretty much anything the mountain throws at you.

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“We wanted to create that perfect “sweet spot” bike – the bike that slots in between the light weight speed of XC bikes, and the fun and capability of all-mountain rigs” said Scott Rittschof, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cannondale. “We created a bike to put smiles on the faces of both hard core riders and aspiring shredders alike.”

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To find that sweet spot, Cannondale pulled liberally from their arsenal of cross country and enduro technology. The Habit’s 120mm of perfectly dialed suspension travel and “just-right” trail geometry meshes perfectly with the super stiff 120mm Lefty front end, giving a rider the control you need to own your line in any terrain. Super stiff ESC-TC pivot system and ZeroPivot stays create a solid and planted feel when combined with BallisTec carbon and SmartFormed alloy frame materials.

The 27.5” wheels provide great agility and traction especially when paired with a proper trail spec of wide bars, wide rims and short stems. It all adds up to a rip-roaring good time on any part of the mountain.

“The Habit is so fun, it’s so good when things get hairy,” said Jerome Clementz, Enduro World Champion. “It’s amazing what you can do with 120mm of travel!”

The Habit will be available in 8 men’s models and two women’s models with a price range of $1849 – $11,499. For more information on the Habit, visit Cannondale.com/Habit.

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Photo by Brad Holmes

Jason Moeschler recently became the 2015 Downieville All Mountain World Champion while riding the all-new Habit!  Jason mentioned “my Habit was one and a half pounds lighter than the Jekyll I raced last year so I knew I would be fast on the climbs. What I didn’t expect was to win the downhill, but the bike was phenomenal and I never felt under-suspended. I’m pumped I beat my downhill time from last year on the Jekyll!