I had been planning to buy a mountain bike for quite some time, but when I broke my toe at the beginning of the year and was put off running for a month I had to find a way to get outdoors before I went postal! Always a cannondale fan, I found this cannondale SL2 29er at Olympic Cycles for a great price.
I have wanted to get back on a bike for quite some time now. The last bike I owned was a beautiful blue Cannondale Criterion 3.0 Series in 1989. It was pretty much the start of oversize aluminum tube frames, and it had beautiful, simple, tight geometry. When I first saw a 29er, it appealed to me for the same reasons. No crazy soft-tail tom-foolery for me!
I was keen on getting a mountain bike as opposed to a road bike for two reasons: I love being out in the wild, and I was worried about the safety aspect of cycling on the road.
The cannondale SL2 29er came with:
- a Shimano Alivio / Deore mixed groupset
- Maddux DC 3.0 Disc rims
- Kenda Small Block 8 tires
I have fitted:
Whilst I have nothing to compare the bike to, so far I am very happy with its performance — and quite amazed at the terrain modern mountain bikes can cover! I also naturally cannot claim to have a balanced opinion with regards the 26″ vs. 29″ debate; I can only say I seem to be able to ride through / over stuff with greater ease than my smaller-wheeled compatriots!
R9 600.00 @ Olympic Cycles