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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|Frame||Slate SmartFormed 6069 Alloy Di2 ready SAVE PLUS BB30a|
|Fork||Cannondale Lefty Oliver Carbon w/ PBR 30mm Travel 45mm offset|
|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|
|Crank||Cannondale Si BB30a FSA rings 52/36|
|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|