Built around the 650b wheel platform and equipped with a 30mm suspension fork dubbed the Lefty Oliver (as in ride “all over”), the new Slate (as in “clean slate”) will come in three builds, SRAM Force 1x for $4,260, Shimano mechanical Ultegra ($3,520) and Shimano 105 ($2,980). All the bikes will be disc brake equipped and be available starting in October.
“Slate seemed like a natural evolution to us,” said David Devine, senior product manager at Cannondale. “We started thinking about a bike that we would want to ride when we didn’t know exactly what type of terrain we’d be getting into for the day. It was a case of bringing together all of the different things we love about riding to create something totally new.”
The Slate’s 650bx42c tires have a nearly identical outer diameter and roll-out as 700x23c road tires. This, claims Cannondale, means you get the rolling speed and agile handling of regular road wheels combined with the comfort, traction and float of high volume 42c tires.
Rider position is aggressive and performance-oriented so you can rail corners. Short 405mm chainstays provide agility and quickness, while a longer front-center and slacker head angle provides improved handling and stability on road and off.
The Lefty Oliver fork uses a MAP (multi-surface air preload) spring, that’s designed to provide support at the top of the travel to prevent “bobbing” while offering supple bump absorption. On-the-fly lockout and rebound adjustment streamlines the transition from pavement to dirt
The flattened and shaped seat and chain stays of the 6069 alloy frame form Slate’s SAVE Plus+ Micro-Suspension, a system that’s designed to improve tracking through rough surfaces.
Other features include a patent-pending braze-on flat disc mount that has a low profile, and is claimed to be lighter and stronger than traditional designs. The bike also comes stock with Syntace “X12” 142x12mm thru axle in the rear that boost wheel stiffness.
For more info please visit www.cannondale.com and check out another teaser video and complete build specs below.