This might be Cannondale's least expensive MTB but with its handbuilt 3.7lb aluminium frame, its 80mm-travel HeadShok fork, it's wheels built with Mavic rims, and its Shimano Rapidfire Plus transmission with XT rear gear, it's hardly entry level.
- Handbuilt aluminium CAAD3 frame with PowerPyramid downtube for flex-free, go-where-you-point-it performance, and really tasty disc brake mounts ready for a future upgrade.
- HeadShok fork - the suspension is contained in the head tube. Moves almost stiction-free on 88 needle bearings. Unlike conventional telescoping legs, HeadShok has a neutral affect on leg stiffness and braking.
- Quality wheels with Mavic rims, DT spokes and Hutchinson tyres
- Shimano Deore Rapidfire Plus gearing upgraded with XT rear mech