The 120mm Habit was introduced just before Eurobike as a trail bike to fill in between their Trigger and Scalpel.
The new Bad Habit bumps things even bigger with plus sized tires and Boost rear spacing. The geometry and suspension kinematics stay the same as the regular Habit, they just made room for bigger rubber in the rear triangle. The crank spindle length and BB shell stays the same, too, but the chainring is offset to maintain proper chain line. It’ll fit up to 27.5 x 3.0 tires.
The Lefty 2.0 is standard, it accommodates the fatter tires just fine. It’s the monstrous new Lefty Olaf you wanna watch out for…
Ample clearance for the bigger tires meant no changes were necessary to use the Lefty on the 27.5+ bikes here. The wheels were simply laced to wider rims, but the hub is the same as on the regular Habit.
The suspension uses their pivot-less rear end, relying on a bit of seatstay flex to make it work.
Unlike the standard Habit, this one does stretch the axle to Boost 148mm spacing in the rear.
Of course, you could always run regular sized tires, too, making the Bad Habit the better deal since you’ll get two bikes in one – regular and Plus!
The Beast of the East is back! First produced in the early 90’s with big trail geometry, tall BB and a mix of 26″ front and 24″ rear wheel sizes, it was a bike made for the gnarly north east U.S. terrain of roots, rocks and challenging descents. Now, it’s reincarnated as a 27.5+ trail hardtail with asymmetric rear stays to center the wheel in the bike even with wide Boost spacing. So, rather than stretch each side of the bike out 3mm in the rear, all 6mm were used to push the driveside out further. This let them add more space inside the rear triangle for better tire clearance while still making the chainstays really short. This asymmetric design was used on the current gen F-SI 29er hardtails when they debuted last May.
Slightly flattened SAVE stays should offer a bit of compliance above and beyond what those giant tires will provide.
Speaking of giant tires, the all-new FatCAAD fat bike makes room for up to 26×5.0, though they’ll ship with 4.8 Schwalbe Jumbo Jims.
It gets the new Lefty Olaf, which mixes the 36/46mm diameter lowers of the SuperMax with custom offset crown clamps and a new hub that’s 73mm wide. Fork offset is 60mm to help maintain some semblance of snappy handling despite the giant tires. Travel is 100mm, weight is 2,290g.
The Lefty Olaf gets their Enduro+ tune with a custom air spring tune/curve, and the top cap gives you PRB (Push Button lockout / Remote) controls at your fingertips.
It has a 120mm BB shell with offset chainring to fix the chainline without putting your feet too far apart. Stealth dropper routing and internal routing of everything else keeps it nice and tidy…at least until the first snow day.
Rear hub spacing is 197mm with thru axle only.
You may have noticed something new on these bikes: A narrow-wide 1x Spidering. Borrowing the lightweight design from the road, they’ll now have their own top end chainring for their SiSL2 cranks.
Speaking of high end, two mountain bikes make it into their 2016 Black Inc collection. The Habit is the full suspension option, getting an XTR Di2 group with ENVE wheels, Schwalbe tires and a Rockshox Reverb dropper seatpost.
The F-SI Carbon Black Inc 29er race hardtail is still very high end but gets some interesting spec choices considering it’s intended use. Rather than a 1x or electronic group, it gets XTR mechanical 2×11 using Cannondale’s SiSL2 cranks. Other spec includes an ENVE cockpit and wheels.
Also new, and at the other end of the spectrum, is an alloy F-SI lineup that replaces the F29 hardtails.