Cannondale Slate 105 Gravel Bike 2017

Product Code: 144113
£ 2695.00 GBP
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First up: the name. Cannondale came up with a new idea of a road bike and wiped the slate clean. Get it? Slate… One of the big leaps away from current road bikes is the move to 650B wheels. 650B wheels are all the rage in mountain bikes now as they sit between 26” (which are now all but extinct) and 29”. When paired with 42mm tyres, the outside diameter is the same as a 700c wheel shod with 22mm tyres. This means you have no penalty from the smaller wheel size but you do have loads more comfort due to the increased tyre volume.

The fork is a new model of Cannondale’s Lefty but with a more road friendly 30mm of travel. The Lefty fork is something of great debate amongst mountain bikers but it’s widely considered to be amongst the stiffest mountain bike forks available. The Slate matches this fork with a 71.5 degree head angle (giving a 66.3mm rake) and 405mm chainstays for a 1015mm wheelbase.

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The coolest thing in WIRED's office this week is the Cannondale SLATE 105 bike, the next generation of road bike. It'll set you back £2500, but Slate's 650b road wheels and massive 42c tyres allow riders a versatile, comfortable and lively biking experience both on and off road.
- Tuesday 17th May 2016
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Cannondale Slate 105 Gravel Bike 2017
Specifications
Frame Slate SmartFormed 6069 Alloy Di2 ready SAVE PLUS BB30a
Fork Cannondale Lefty Oliver Carbon w/ PBR 30mm Travel 45mm offset
Rear Shock N/A
Rims Slate Disc 650b 28H welded
Hubs Lefty 50 Road front Formula 142x12mm thru rear 28h
Spokes DT Swiss Champion
Tires Cannondale Slate Folding TRS tubeless 650x42c by Panaracer
Pedals N/A
Crank Cannondale Si BB30a FSA rings 52/36
Crank Option N/A
Bottom Bracket FSA BB30 Bearings
Chain Shimano HG600-11 11-speed
Rear Cogs Shimano 105 5800 11-28 11-speed
Front Derailleur Shimano 105 5800 31.8 Clamp
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105 5800
Shifters Shimano R505 Hydraulic Disc
Handlebar Cannondale C3 butted 6061 Alloy Butted 6061 Alloy Compact
Grips Cannondale Bar Tape w/Gel 2.5mm
Stem Cannondale C1 6061 Alloy 1.5 31.8 -5 deg. 100mm
Headset Tange Seiki Head Shock Integrated
Brakes Shimano BR785/505 160/140mm
Brake Levers Shimano R505 Hydraulic Disc
Saddle Fabric Scoop Radius Sport Cromo Rails
Seatpost Cannondale C3 Alloy 27.2 X 350mm