Cannondale Trail 6 Review

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Brakes: 8.9 | Handling: 8.4 | Drivetrain: 9.1

YesCycling Score – 8.6/10

Full List of Specs 🔧

Best UseMountain Biking
Mountain Bike StyleTrail
FrameSmartForm C3 alloy, 1 1/8 in. head tube, dropper post compatible
Bike SuspensionFront Suspension
ForkSR Suntour XCT, 100mm, coil, 42mm offset (27.5 in.) 46mm offset (29 in.)
Fork Travel100 millimeters
CranksetProwheel, 36/22T
Bottom BracketCartridge, square taper
ShiftersShimano M315 Rapidfire Plus, 2×8-speed
Front DerailleurShimano Altus, 34.9 clamp
Rear DerailleurShimano Acera
Rear Cogs11-34T, 8-speed
Number of Gears16 gear(s)
Brake TypeHydraulic Disc Brake
BrakesTektro M275 hydraulic disc, 160/160mm rotors
Brake LeversShimano MT200 hydraulic disc
RimsWTB SX19, 32 h
Front HubShimano HBTX 505
Rear HubShimano FHTX505
Wheel SizeXS: 27.5 inches<br>S: 27.5 inches<br>M: 29 inches
TiresWTB Ranger Comp
Tire Width2.25 inches
Handlebar ShapeRiser Bar
Handlebar6061 alloy, 25 mm rise, 8 deg. sweep, 6 deg. rise, 720 mm
Stem6061 alloy, 31.8, 7 degree
Seat PostC3, 6061 alloy, 31.6 x 350/400 mm
SaddleCannondale Stage 3
PedalsCannondale Platform
Headset1-1/8 in.
ChainKMC X8, 8-speed
Weight32 lbs. 12.8 oz.
Bike WeightBike weight is based on median size, as sold, or the average of two median sizes.

What’s good 👍

  • The lightweight and efficient SmartForm C3 alloy frame provides a smooth ride.
  • The SR Suntour XCM fork offers 100mm of travel with smooth suspension, enhancing comfort and control.
  • Shimano M315 Rapidfire Plus 2×8-speed shifting allows for smooth and efficient gear changes, especially during steep climbs.
  • Reliable Shimano hydraulic disc brakes offer excellent stopping power and control.
  • SAVE micro-suspension technology with strategically engineered flex zones in the frame’s rear triangle provides a smoother, more controlled ride.
  • The slack 68° head angle contributes to exceptionally stable handling, instilling confidence during descents.
  • WTB Ranger Comp wheels provide steadfast grip, allowing for confident maneuvering around turns.
  • StraightShot internal cable routing ensures clean lines and easy maintenance while the rear brake line runs outside the frame.
  • Compatible with 31.6mm dropper posts, adding versatility to the bike’s setup.

What’s not so good 👎

  • The seat can be uncomfortable for some riders, especially during the initial period of use. However, it becomes more comfortable as the rider gets accustomed to it.
  • The limited fork options may restrict customization for riders seeking specific fork specifications. However, good fork options are still available in the market, including the Suntour 120mm air fork, which can be a suitable upgrade within a budget.

Our Verdict 🎗

Should you buy it, avoid it or shortlist it?

We think that you should definitely shortlist it.

Overall, the Cannondale Trail 6 hardtail mountain bike offers a smooth ride, efficient shifting, reliable braking, and stability for both trails and pavement. It is regarded as a decent entry-level bike, delivering good performance and durability for its price range.

This bike is also one of our favorite bikes for heavy riders.

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About Alek Asaduryan

Alek Asaduryan is the founder of YesCycling and has been riding bikes and in the cycling industry since 1991. Since then, his mission is to make cycling more accessible to everyone. And each year, he continues to help more people to achieve that. When he's not out riding his beloved fitness bike, Alek reports on news, gear, guides, and all things cycling related.