Habit Lifestyle 1 copy

In the age of specialization, one of the most exciting categories in mountain biking is what is referred to as the trail category. As the catchall for the majority of riders, trail is all about riding your local circuits with your friends but more importantly it’s about having fun out on your bike. That doesn’t mean there won’t be some racing here or there, but a perfect trail bike should be suited for versatility.

Because of the category’s renewed focus, the time has never been better to look for a new trail bike. The frames are getting lighter, the geometry is slackening out with emphasis on fun, and new components make the bikes as capable as ever.

One of the newest additions to this revitalized group is the Cannondale Habit. Sitting somewhere between their XC oriented Scalpel and aggressive trail focused Trigger, the Habit fills a new niche for a bike that is juust right for curing your single track addiction…

Habit Hi-Mod 1

The perfect amount of travel is always debatable but for the Habit Cannondale is sticking with 120 mm to strike the perfect balance between efficiency and capability. For every Habit but one, the rear travel is matched with a 120 mm Lefty 2.0 fork with a custom 50 mm offset.

C16 Habit ZeroPivot


C16 Habit FlatMount C16 HabitA Headtube

Suspension travel is achieved through the use of Cannondale’s ESC-TC pivot system and ZeroPivot seat stays in both aluminum and carbon. Frames are available in Full Ballistec Carbon with a carbon link, Ballistec Carbon Front triangles with a SmartFormed Alloy rear triangles with a carbon link, and full SmartFormed aluminum.

True to form, the frames continue the use of BB30 cranks with a PF30 shell that can also run Standard BSA threaded bottom brackets with an adapter that is included on models without SI cranks. The 1.5 SI Head tube allows for the Cannondale Lefty fork, which is standard on all but three models in different trim levels. The Lefty 2.0 forks include a new damper to make the fork more plush and quicker to react. Staying away from Boost spacing for now, the frame runs a standard 12x142mm thru axle. Cable routing is mostly external with the exception of an internal dropper post.

One interesting addition to the frame is a rear flat mount brake mount which is apparently the same as the one you will find on new road bikes. Cannonade says a specific adapter is needed, but the mount will work with regular brakes in 160 or 180mm rotor configurations. All eight of the men’s models and two women’s models roll on 27.5″ wheels and tires.


As usual, at the top of the heap you’ll find the Habit Black Inc. Edition which includes the best components for an outrageous $12,250. That includes the full carbon frame, Lefty Carbon 2.0 XLR fork, Enve carbon wheels and a full Shimano XTR Di2 drive train.

Habit Carbon SE

Another stand out in the line is theHabit SE – the only bike to receive a 130 mm Lefty fork. The SE also rolls on a bigger 2.35″ front tire hinting towards a more playful build. However, all of the bikes indicate the playful nature of the Habit when you consider the 760mm handle bar. Too wide? You can always cut them down, but you can’t make them wider.

Habit Carbon 2Habit Carbon 3

The carbon Habits continue with the 2 and 3 which both utilize the aluminum rear end.

Habit 4

Habit Carbon 5 Habit Carbon 6

Full aluminum frames are offered in the Habit 4, 5, and 6. The 4 is the performance oriented model with a Shimano Deore/SLX drivetrain and Lefty fork, while the 5 and 6 are more budget conscious with standard forks and lower specs.

women-1 women-2

The Habit will also be available in two women’s models with a carbon Habit 1 and aluminum Habit 2. The Habit 1 runs a Lefty fork and 2x Shimano drivetrain and the Habit 2 sticks with a traditional fork and a Shimano triple.

cannondale habit geometry

cannondale habit geometry womens


Both men’s and women’s Habits share nearly identical geometry, but the women’s model gets an additional XS size, but tops out at Medium. A 68° head tube angle with 50mm trail number should keep the steering quick but fun when combined with the 17″ chain stays.


  • HABIT CARBON BLACK INC. – $12,250.00
  • HABIT CARBON 1 – $7,460.00
  • HABIT CARBON/ALLOY 2 – $5,330.00
  • HABIT CARBON/ALLOY SE- $4,480.00
  • HABIT CARBON/ALLOY 3 – $3,730.00
  • HABIT AL 4 – $2,880.00
  • HABIT AL 5 – $2,340.00
  • HABIT AL 6 – $1,950.00
  • HABIT WOMEN’S 1 – $3,730.00
  • HABIT WOMEN’S 2 – $1,950.00



  1. Collin on

    If a company makes a said part, do they really have to specify its custom. That’s like saying my Focus seats in my ford focus are custom for only the focus. Well you guys make the lefty, so if you make it 50 mm offset, its 50mm offset. Is the frame custom too? No other cannondales have that frame so it must be.


  2. Trailhead on

    Siiiiick! Love the direction Cannondale is headed these days. This looks to be a great all-rounder. Would be nice to see a 29 option in the future!

  3. char on

    So…you have to spend seven grand to not get a bike that relies on aluminium flexing to get its suspension to function? No thanks.

  4. Mike D on

    Hey, I’m giving it high marks just because it’s not a doofy 27.5+

    It doesn’t do much for me personally, but I like that travel segment–120-130 rear travel and preferably 29″ wheels is what I’m looking for these days.

  5. richb on

    I don’t think the suspension relies on the seatstay flexing… it’s a single pivot design, with linkage driven shock. It just has the potential for the stays to flex, and if designed to cope with that, you don’t need to stiffen up the rear triangle.

  6. mateo on

    @richb – The seatstay does have to flex since there are not pivots on the seatstay or chainstay. Not an uncommon design, and the required flex is typically only a few mm.

  7. JBikes on

    I’d like the Al frame with carbon rear end. Not a huge fan of Al flex stays, although I am sure their calculated fatigue cycles are high enough.
    A 29er option would be nice,but the trigger is pretty good as-is.

  8. CXisfun on

    Please stop calling the Lefty a “fork”. Also, when referring to an actual fork, please stop using the plural form unless there really is a second fork on the bike.

  9. JBikes on

    CXisfun – what would you call it? Common parlance refers to any element connecting the front wheel to the handlebar, allowing steering, and locating to the frame, as a “fork”. Just because it doesn’t actually fork, doesn’t mean its not a fork.
    A Lefty fork is a bike fork because it serves the function of a bike fork.

  10. logic on

    Jason Moeschler just cleaned up the Downieville Classic on this rig nabbing a 3rd in the XC, and a WIN in the DH…giving him the overall win for the All-Mountain. Looks like it’s been battle tested/proven already. Nice timing of your wins Jason!


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