- Cannondale Slate -anyone got/ordered one yet?
Been looking at a road/gravel bike for commuting and a bit of road/fireroad stuff when I’m not on the MTB.
Had a quick spin on one today at work, didn’t really consider it before…
But omg it is incredible it accelerates and rolls on the road like a good road bike but take it onto something a bit rougher and it just keeps on going just really composed and great to mess about on.
It seems much more like a really capable road bike rather than a drop bared short travel mountain bike which surprised me.
Really tempted by the 105 model…
Anyone got one yet?Posted 3 years agoslparsonsMember
I’m interested why you would choose the Slate over the Diverge as I’m currently deciding on a similar purchase.
Other than the SCS rear wheel standard which is specific/peculiar (dependant on your viewpoint) to Specialized and they are expensive (IMO) compared to everything else I’ve looked at, it’s a job to find anything negative about them.
Cheers,Posted 3 years ago
There is very little negative about the Diverge. I adore mine. It’s my far the best bike I have owned across lots of disciplines.
I spent a weekend with a Slate and adored it. It felt no slower on the road then my Diverge. It’s was super comfy over long distance, the fork made a huge difference.
I have thought about nothing else really since. I have to have a Slate. It just felt perfect:Posted 3 years agoUrbanHikerMember
DrLex, I’ve not been lucky enough to ride a Slate, but do own a lefty. There is a little “faff” to taking the wheel off. Loosen both calliper bolts, swing calliper out the way, loosen the hub bolt (same key as for calliper), whip wheel off. Takes approx 25seconds. Putting it back on is the reverse and takes approx 30seconds. It’s really not that much more time/faff than a bolt through.Posted 3 years ago
Assuming you mean £2k before discount?
I prefer the colour of the 105 Slate. Would be tempted to go for that then upgrade to Di2 at a later date.
Yes I mean £2k retail priced bikes, luckily for me not what I actually need to pay. Got C2W coming up again soon so that will give me a decent start towards it.
If I can find the extra then I will be going for the slate, otherwise I will have to settle for a alu diverge I think.Posted 3 years ago
You could change to 700c wheels but what is the point? You could only run skinny tyres. There are a few 650b narrow tyres around from more niche brands and WTB are pushing “road plus” 650b 47c tyres so looks like all gravel/gnarmac bikes might be heading for a new standard…Posted 3 years agokerleyMember
I can see the point of 650B wheels with larger tyre rather than a 700c wheel with larger tyre.
I road cross bikes as my only bike for 4 years and at one point squeezed in some 45c knobbly tyres. They made the bike feel worse as the wheels felt too big and lost the agility of smaller tyres.
Even though I ride a rigid MTB I can see that the small travel would help when running narrow tyres as I generally avoided really rough sections on my cross bike that I ride over on my 2.3 tyres mtb.
If I was spending 2.5k on a bike (and wanted gears) then the slate would be top of my list for my uses (40% road/60% off road)Posted 3 years ago
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