Trigger Happy: The Cannondale Trigger, A New Over-Mountain Bike

Cannondale released information on an all-new model this weekend dubbed the Trigger that broadens the company’s Over-Mountain category. Over-Mountain is Cannondale’s logical evolution of the all-mountain category for riders who are looking to make the most out of one bike. The key word is versatility and Cannondale goes after that by giving some models of the Trigger on-the-fly Dual-Travel setting changes and Dual-Geometry (one model will feature a shock that only changes the damping of the rear suspension without changing the travel). Also making a debut on the Trigger is a new Lefty fork. 

The Trigger 1 comes with 26-inch Reynolds AM Carbon Fiber wheels (with a 2-year, no-questions-asked warranty), a 2×10 drivetrain, the new Lefty fork with 5.1 inches of travel and the Cannondale/Fox DYAD RT2 shock. The new model doesn’t replace an existing Cannondale model. It slips in below the Jekyll and Claymore models and above the RZ models.

A push of the DYAD RT2 shock’s remote lever changes the rear wheel travel from 4.7 inches to 2.75 inches, but there is more going on than just a travel change. The change in travel also changes the Trigger’s geometry and bottom bracket height. In the shorter-travel mode, the Trigger is cross-country quick. In the longer travel mode, it is ready for technical descents.

We got to sample the Trigger on the trails surrounding the Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. It was an ideal test ground, but one test ride does not make a product evaluation. We can say that this bike will not be easy to pin down. Its overall lightweight, responsive drivetrain and laterally-stiff wheels made it feel like a cross-country race bike when climbing or flying along on singletrack. A push of a button opens up the rear travel and slackens the geometry enough to encourage hairball descending. It is not hard to imagine that this bike will be the next choice for many riders who now ride a Jekyll (or similar trailbike) or who now ride a Scalpel (or similar cross-country bike).

The new Lefty Fork caught the attention of the cycling media and these guys don’t get overly excited very often. We will go into more detail as we get a chance to play with the fork, but the internal changes benefit ride quality and should reduce the amount of needed service. The biggest visual change is the loss of the fork boot (improved internals make its use unnecessary) that looked so 1990’s.

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