Mountain bike riders see a whole range of extremes, from climbs so steep that mountain goats have a tough time, to descents that flow and sweep. However, in between is where most mountain bikers spend their time, and where MTBs like the 2019 Cannondale Habit Women’s 2 soar. The new Habit, with its size-specific suspension kinematics and women’s specific touchpoints, is a bike built for women who like to shred.
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 models features 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 Women’s 2 pairs an alloy frame and swingarm to a RockShox Sektor RL fork and Fox Float Performance DPS EVOL rear shock, both with 130mm travel. A Shimano SLX 1 x 11 drivetrain features to a Race Face Ride Cinch crankset and Shimano MT400 brakes. Cannondale specs a Maxxis Ardent 29 x 2.4” tire front and rear, and wraps it around a 29” WTB STX i23 to Shimano hub wheelset. A TranzX dropper seatpost holds a Cannondale saddle. The Habit Women’s 2 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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