One of the most welcome changes in mountain biking is the development of the trail bike. Most riders don’t need enduro-worthy amounts of suspension travel, and most riders don’t want a bike that’s only designed to go fast around an XC course. They want a bike that can be just as fun during a quick lunchtime ride as it would be during an all-day adventure. For those riders, the new 2019 Cannondale Habit Carbon 2 is one of the best options on the market.
Cannondale’s new trail bike is based around their new Proportional Response suspension design. Cannondale found that riders of varying sizes experienced different suspension performance. To remedy this, Cannondale focused on rider center of gravity, or COG. By focusing on rider weight, positioning, and placement in each size, engineers were able to make a bike that performs just as well for the flyweight as it works for the heavyweight. Each size features different shock mounting points on the downtube and seattube, based on rider sag point. This bodes well for the updated Habit, as it now features 29” wheels and an increased 130mm suspension travel.
All Habit and Bad Habit models feature a modern, progressive geometry across all sizes. A 66 degree headtube, a 75 degree seattube, appropriate reach, stack, and wheelbase measurements make for a bike that is perfectly modern. Other features include clearance for 27.5” plus tires as well as 29 x 2.5” tires. It also features a flip chip should someone want to overfork with a 140mm or 150mm fork. All Habit and Bad Habit rear swingarms pair Boost 148mm spacing with Cannondale’s AI-offset to offer shorter chainstays and greater tire and mud clearance. Cannondale also includes an integrated chainstay protector, as well as an integrated downtube and bottom bracket protector.
The 2019 Cannondale Habit Carbon 2 pairs a carbon frame and alloy swingarm to a Fox 34 Float Performance Elite fork and Fox Float Performance Elite DPX2 EVOL rear shock, both with 130mm travel. A SRAM GX/XO1 Eagle drivetrain features to a Truvativ Stylo 7K crankset and SRAM Guide RS brakes. Cannondale specs a Maxxis Minion DHF 29 x 2.5″ WT front tire and a High Roller II 2.3″ rear, and wraps it around a 29” Stan’s Arch to Hollowgram hub wheelset, which uses DT Swiss internals. A Cannondale DownLow Dropper Post holds a Fabric Scoop saddle. The Habit Carbon 2 is available in four sizes (S-XL).
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