The Best New Bikes and Gear at the 2017 Sea Otter Classic

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Cannondale Trigger Carbon

Cannondale Trigger Carbon

A standby in the Cannondale mountain bike line-up, the Trigger receives some notable updates for 2018. Designed for aggressive trail riding, the Trigger offers 150mm of travel up front and 145mm in the rear. The new Trigger loses Cannondale’s signature Lefty fork in favor of a Fox Factory 34, while Cannondale’s proprietary Gemini system creates a two-mode rear suspension set-up. “Hustle” shortens the travel to 115mm, which is great for climbing or for sprinting out of corners. “Flow” opens up the full 145mm travel and lowers the bike’s center of gravity when it’s time to rip downhill. A slack, 66-degree headtube offers stability, while short, 420mm chainstays make for an unusually tight, corner-smashing geometry. The 74.5-degree seat angle aims to put you over the pedals, so you can charge uphill. Prices range from $3,999 to $7,750 and the 2018 Trigger is available at Cannondale retailers now.

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