Now more than ever, riders are pushing their cross country mountain bikes harder. This is no coincidence; as courses become more technical, riders are more daring with their bikes. Cross country bike development has reflected this as well, adopting the geometry ethos of bikes with far greater suspension travel. Hardtails are no exception, and the Cannondale F-Si has led the way as a progressive hardtail mountain bike that is faster than the competition, both on the climb and the descent. The newest iteration of the bike is the Cannondale F-Si Carbon 5, ready as a hard charger on climbs and a surprisingly effective companion on descents.
Cannondale’s new F-Si hardtail is a wholesale refresh, with the aim of improving handling, pedaling stiffness, and lowering weight. To do so, they’ve installed flat mount brakes on the back of every bike, and added in integrated seatpost clamps to cut weight and increase in-saddle compliance. The rear end uses a custom thru axle instead of a quick release to make removing the rear wheel a total cinch. The frame still uses an Ai-offset rear wheel design, but paired to Boost 148mm spacing, the drivetrain is 6mm outboard compared to a standard rear end. This is also 3mm more than a typical Boost bike, and results in a much stronger rear wheel. The bike offers short 427mm chainstays, loads of tire clearance around a 2.35” tire, and space for a front derailleur. The geometry has been overhauled as well, and each frameset receives longer reach across all models, a slacker headtube angle, and a 55mm fork rake to make the bike a more confident handler through techier terrain.
This Cannondale F-Si Carbon 5 is available in size large in the color red/black. Please refer to the geometry and specifications tab for more information.
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