Redefine what a road ride looks like on Cannondale's Slate Ultegra. Cannondale's unrivaled SmartFormed aluminum is lightweight, sports puma-like responsiveness, and—thanks to SAVE Plus micro-suspension and slack angles—handles a host of surfaces with panache. A Lefty Oliver fork breaks all the road bike rules, adding 30mm of ride-anywhere suspension to your rig. Press the norm a little further with 650B Slate Disc wheels and fat, 42mm-wide Slate tireswhich give you the same rolling diameter of a traditional road wheel while providing all the plush, comfortable, and grippy benefits of a high volume tire. Throw the Shimano R685 levers to effortlessly engage the 11-speed Ultegra drivetrain, or apply the smooth, powerful Shimano hydraulic disc brakes to scrub some speed. You'll love the weight savings from Cannondale's own handlebars and stem, and a Fabric Scoop saddle provides compliance and support for the long haul. So, forget old ideas of what a bike should be—the Slate will wipe them all away.
|Frame||SmartFormed 6069 aluminum, Di2 ready, SAVE PLUS, 142 x 12mm thru-axle|
|Fork||Cannondale Lefty Oliver Carbon w/ PBR, 30mm-travel, 45mm offset|
|Hubs||Front: Lefty 50 Road; Rear: Formula|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Champion|
|Tires||Cannondale Slate Folding TRS tubeless, 650B x 42c, by Panaracer|
|Crankset||Cannondale HollowGram Si, hollow forged|
|Chainrings||OPI SpideRing, 52/36|
|Bottom Bracket||FSA BB30 Bearings|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Ultegra 6800|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Ultegra 6800|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano Ultegra 6800, 11-speed: 11-28|
|Shifters||Shimano R685 Hydraulic Disc|
|Handlebars||Cannondale C2 Compact|
|Tape/Grips||Cannondale Bar Tape w/Gel, 2.5mm|
|Stem||Cannondale C1, 6061 aluminum, 1.5-inch|
|Brake Levers||Shimano R685 Hydraulic Disc|
|Brakes||Shimano BR785/805, 140mm/140mm|
|Saddle||Fabric Scoop Radius Race, Ti Rails|
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On a recent 100km ride that was mainly gravel - rail trail, bike path and back roads - the Slate had me grinning like a schoolgirl with a new Snap filter. I absolutely loved every minute on this bike. The Slate is very comfortable - not just the suspended front end but the rear end was smooth as well. The wide tires at lower air pressure helped, too. I could point this bike down any hill - paved or rough - and it literally took off! Doing 60kph down a concession road or 70+ down a paved hill, the Slate always felt stable. I could bomb through loose sand and gravel without a deflection. Acceleration was snappy - just ask the Mercedes SUV driver I passed on the gravel road :-) The Ultegra shifters are peerless - solid and accurate - well worth the upgrade over 105. Thankfully, the disc brakes worked very well, too. My only sore point was the saddle, it's not designed for rides this long.