Looking for a distinctive dual-travel and an all-rounder mountain bike that is smooth on straight lines and commanding on the rowdy trail? Well, the all-new Cannondale Trigger series has you covered. Although the Trigger shares some close resemblance with the Jekyll enduro bike, it has a shorter head tube box is. The BallisTec carbon frame is different. In this review post, we’ll be looking at the Cannondale Trigger 3 27.5” mountain bike and what to expect from this hill-crushing bike.
Cannondale Trigger 3 Product description
Just imagine a bike that can slay any cross-country terrain and those demanding enduro rides at the same time? That’s the Trigger 3. Its on-the-fly frame geometry, as well as the shock travel adjustments, will help ensures that you’re in perfect control while grinding out those monster hills or forest paths. The 27.5” wheels also offer a combination of maneuverability, traction, strength, lightweight, and smooth rollover. In addition, its BallisTec carbon front triangle, rear alloy swingarm, carbon shock link, and the hydraulic disc brakes ensure that the bike delivers aggressive and consistent performance.
Cannondale Trigger 3 Specs:
+ Wheel size: 27.5”
+ Weight: 31 lbs. 3.2 oz.
+ Number of gears: 12
+ MTB style: All-mountain
+ Bike suspension: Full suspension
+ Chain: 12-speed, SRAM NX Eagle
+ Frame: BallisTec carbon front triangle, SmartForm C1 alloy swingarm
+ Sizes: S, M, L
+ Tire width: Front – 2.5”, rear 2.4”
+ Brake type: Hydraulic disc brakes
+ Handlebar shape: Riser bar
+ Fork travel: 150mm
+ Bottom bracket: Cannondale alloy Pressfit 30
+ Pedals: Sold separately try these
+ Gender: Unisex
Cannondale Trigger 3 Features
The Trigger 3 features an impressive collection of components from Shimano, Fox, Maxxis, WTB, TranzX, DT Swiss, and Fabric. Let’s take a look at some of them.
The Trigger 3 27.5” comes ready to flatten any type of hill with no mercy. That said, this bike includes a high-performance suspension gear from Fox. The Gemini comes in two distinct modes – the Hustle mode and the Flow mode. The Hustle mode keeps the rider higher in the stroke as well as shortening the travel. This helps improve the overall efficiency of the bike. The Flow mode, on the other hand, drops your ride height while at the same time unleashing the full Fox travel of 150mm when it’s time to get serious.
This bike is fitted with a BallisTec carbon front triangle and a SmartForm C1 alloy swingarm that ensures that the bike is light and stiff at the same time. To make things even better, the Ai (Asymmetric Integration) creates a short, 420mm chainstays for climb-crushing traction and power while at the same time preventing stiffness and tire clearance.
The 27.5” wheels are fitted with High Roller II 2.4” rear tires and Maxxis Minion 2.5” DHF front tires respectively. This kind of tire fittings ensures that you can get the best possible traction and comfort. Another thing, they can only be found on premium bikes going at a much higher price than the Trigger 3.
4. Other components
The Cannondale’s cockpit components are simply an epitome of engineering excellence. The 780mm C3 Riser 6061 alloy handlebar along with lock-on grips and stem certainly complement each other perfectly, these can easily switched to chrome if needed. The Shimano MT500 hydraulic disc brake also ensures that the stopping power is of no short supply. However, remember that you’ll have to buy the pedals separately.
If you love the Canondale Trigger 3 but want a higher spec, consider the carbon AL model. Check your the review below via Kevcentral:
Cannondale Trigger 3 Performance
If you already have an MTB with the dual setting options, then you’ll know useful this feature is. This kind of feature ensures that your MTB has superior climbing and cross-country performance. In addition, Trigger 3 is very efficient and comfortable when going downhill with its 66-degree head angle mainly accounting for this.
Cannondale Trigger 3: Final verdict
First and foremost, the Cannondale Trigger 3 is definitely not for you if you’re on a budget because it comes at a hefty price tag of $3,675. However, its unique suspension system, quality frame and handlebar, as well as other high-end components fitted in the bicycle definitely justify the price. And let’s face it; most premium bicycles are very competent.