Cannondale Trail SL SS 2014 Review

The New Cannondale Trail SL 29 SS is a Simple, back-to-the-basics Single Speed Trail Bike, that only takes £749.99 from your pocket at Formby Cycles. This bike is also available on 0% finance, with only a 10% deposit at Formby Cycles

Because there is absence of a suspension fork and geared transmission, the Trail SL 29 SS benefits in all the right places.

The frame and fork are both alloy and are finished in a way that surpasses expectations at this price. Instead of using horizontal dropouts to keep the correct chain tension the Trail SL frame instead uses an eccentric bottom bracket. Swap the dropouts at the rear and the Trail SL 29 will be ready for a derailleur, although you'll also have to change the rear hub from the standard fit single speed model to one that'll accept a cassette.

Cannondale have kitted out the Trail SL 29 SS with their own-brand Helix 6 hydraulic disc brakes on this build, and although we've not got much experience with these brakes, there's no denying that the anodised blue finish looks the part.

The only component that appears to reflect the price tag is the basic TruVativ E-400 crank and its square taper bottom bracket. We'll reserve judgement on that until we hammer some miles through it. We've not got the Trail SL onto the scales yet but it's certainly no fatty.