Cannondale Slate Apex 1 Adventure Road Bike [Review]

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Reviewed by Pedallers

Last Updated on September 3, 2020

OVERVIEW
Category 
Bikes
Make
Cannondale
Model
Slate Apex 1
Type
Road Bike
Year
2017

THE CANNONDALE SLATE APEX 1 REVIEW

The Cannondale slate apex 1 bike is a specialized built bike for all types of terrains. The bike possesses a great feature which is endurance geometry which enables it to keep at its pace at any duration of use. The Cannondale slate bike is amazingly built and evenly steady at great speed

It possesses massive 42cb tires on 650b wheels. This gives the same roll-out diameter as a 700x23c wheel for proper road bike speed, but with extra cornering grip, traction and comfort. Cannondale has equaled the big tires with splendid short chainstays at the back with a slack head angle and an extended front center. This makes the bike swift to accelerate but also keeps it stable off the road. The Slate comes with a custom Lefty Oliver fork with 30mm of travel and incorporates save micro-suspension into the frame to soak up the bumps making endurance and handling easier to grapple with.

THE LIGHTWEIGHT SMARTFORM C1 ALUMINIUM FRAME

This feature on the Cannondale has always made cutting edge aluminum frames. It comes with many of the design properties of the alloy CAAD12 road frame, including curved and flattened SAVE Plus sections in the stays to absorb vibration. The suspension fork coupled with the high-volume tires smoothens out the ride and makes it faster and more comfortable to ride on bumpy paths. The C1 aluminum frame allows for a lightweight yet sturdy bicycle that can defy the odds in the department of wear and tear.

Also supporting it is the Cannondale Lefty Oliver forks that hold its own to keep wheels and other components steady as the rider handles the bike.

SRAM APEX 1X11 SPEED SHIFTERS AND HYDRAULIC SHIMANO R685 DISK BRAKES

The Hydraulic Shimano R685 disk brakes offer undisputed braking performance in all weather conditions and rugged terrain. The extra brake pad clearance from the rotor, when compared to SRAM hydro brakes for example, dramatically reduces the disc brake rub associated with muddy or gritty conditions to assure the rider a certified and organized brake system.

The Cannondale slate comes equipped with the 11-speed Apex 1X shifter that allows for an easy change in speed and seamless movement. Also imbued into it is a matching Sram Apex 1 HRD set of brakes that ensure an abrupt halt at whatever speed the biker is going without skidding.

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SPECIFICATIONS

FRAME:                  Aluminium: Slate, SmartForm C1 Premium Alloy, Di2 ready, SAVE, BB30a

FORK:                      Cannondale Lefty Oliver Carbon w/ PBR, 30 mm Travel, 45 mm offset

SHIFTERS:              Sram Apex 1 HRD, 1×11-speed

REAR DERAILUERS:   Sram Apex 1, Long cage, 11-speed

CASSETTES:           Sram PG-1130, 11-42T, 11-speed

CHAIN:                   Sram PC-1110, 11-speed

CRANKSET:           Sram Apex Alloy, 44T

BOTTOM BRACKET:   Cannondale BB30

BRAKES:                 Sram Apex 1 HRD, Hydr. Disc Brake (160/160) Centerline

WHEELSET:           WTB STP i19 TCS, 28h, tubeless-ready

HUBS:                   Front: Formula Lefty / Rear: Formula RX-142

GEARS:                 11

TIRES:                    WTB Resolute, tubeless-ready, 650b x 42c

HANDLEBAR:       Cannondale C3, 6061 Alloy, Compact

BAR TAPE:              Cannondale Grip Bar Tape w/ Gel, 3.5 mm

STEM:                       Cannondale C3, 6061 Alloy, 31.8 mm, 7°

HEADSET:               Tange Seiki HeadShok Integrated

SADDLE:                 Fabric Scoop Radius Sport, steel rails

SEAT POST:            Cannondale C3, 6061 Alloy, 27.2 x 300mm

PEDALS:                   Not Included

WEIGHT:               10.16 kg

Pros
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Great tire grip on all forms of landscape

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Has great gearing of up to 11 for a gender-specific bike

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Singular fork arm makes for a unique look

Cons
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Limited alternative tire choice

Conclusion

The Cannondale is a multifunctional bike that serves all types of bikes notwithstanding its gender specificity. With its 11-speed Shimano gear, its massive 6cb tires, and an aluminum alloy frame, the bike is a light and tough member to use on a variety of roads. The Cannondale is a wonderful bike to take on a ride.

Latest Price: Cannondale Slate Apex 1

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