Well, 2019 came with its own fair share of surprises and Cannondale didn’t disappoint on its part with the completely redesigned Habit 5 AL 29”. The Cannondale Habit 5 mountain bike is built for the hardcore trail while at the same time maintaining the fast efficiency that its predecessors had. In this Cannondale Habit 5 review, we’re going to take you through all the features that make this ride one of the best mountain bikes your money can buy.
+ Wheel size: 29 inches
+ Weight: 31 lbs. 14.4 oz.
+ Number of gears: 11
+ MTB style: Trail
+ Chain: KMC X11, 11-speed
+ Frame: 130mm travel, proportional response tuned, Alloy
+ Tire Width: 2.3 inches, 2.5 inches
+ Front Hub: Shimano MT400 15×110
+ Rear Hub: MT400 12×110
+ Brake Type: Hydraulic Disc Brake
+ Bike Suspension: Full
+ Gender: Unisex
Now let’s take a look at the features that sets this fabulous mountain bike apart from the rest.
The Habit 5 is first of its kind from Cannondale to use the four-bar suspension system. In fact, most companies use a single suspension design to cover different frame sizes. So, Cannondale’s idea to produce specific suspension kinematic for specific sizes is a welcomed plus. You’ll get a very improved overall pedaling efficiency with this type of suspension due to the unique suspension linkage arrangement. The Habit 5 also comes with a RoxShock Sektor RL front fork for delivering 130mm of wheel (rear) travel.
First and foremost, this bike comes in a full aluminum alloy or carbon fiber composite frame. The Habit also has a seat tube angle of 74.5 degrees and is partnered by the 66 degrees head tube angle. This makes the overall frame design to be lower, longer, and slacker compared to the previous models. In addition, it has a nice and steep seat tube angle which makes it a climbing beast.
When it comes to the tires, the Habit 5 offers enough tire clearance with its wide 2.5-inch tires on its 29-inch wheels. This bike boasts of the WTB STX i23 wheel rims as well as quality Maxxis tires. All in all, this bike is very nimble and great to ride despite the big wheels
4. Other components
Cannondale has definitely assembled a great package in Habit 5. Its 780mm handlebar combined with the lock-on grips, the 3D forged 6061 alloy stem, and the cockpit is certainly a big upgrade. You should, however, keep in mind that you’ll have to buy the pedals separately.
When the trail finally goes downward, you have nothing to worry about with this 130mm Habit
Performance. You’ll also get also a super plush feeling when riding over small and medium rocks and roots. Overall, this mountain bike is a reliable and comfortable climber thanks to its aggressive specs.
If you’re looking for a mountain bike with the best dust jump potential and cross-country efficiency, then you should look no further. This do-it-all mountain bike is capable of challenging any terrain and is also first and efficient. Additionally, the bike is very quiet even on rough trails because of the minimal chain slap. The only downside is probably the price because the $2,625.00 price tag is quite steep. But always remember that you get what you pay for in this industry.