Riding a mountain bike is an exercise in seeking zen on the trail. Unfortunately, some things can distract from said zen, and it often has to do with equipment choice. If zen is predicated on focus, why can’t the bike be just as focused? Enter the 2019 Cannondale Habit Carbon Women’s 1 trail bike, which offers a singular focus: ensure that the rider has the best experience possible, regardless of gender, size, or weight.
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 framesets 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. All Habit models offer 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. Other features include an integrated chainstay protector, as well as an integrated downtube and bottom bracket protector.
The 2019 Cannondale Habit Carbon Women’s 1 pairs a carbon frame and alloy swingarm to a Fox 34 Float Performance fork and Fox Float Performance Elite DPS EVOL rear shock, both with 130mm travel. A SRAM NX/GX Eagle drivetrain features to a Truvativ Stylo 6K crankset and SRAM Guide R 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 Formula hub wheelset. A Cannondale DownLow Dropper Post holds a Fabric Scoop saddle. The Habit Women’s Carbon 1 is available in three sizes (XS-M); size XS comes in a 27.5”-only wheel size, while sizes S and M receive 29” wheels.
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