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Cannondale bumps 27+ in high-end Bad Habit Carbon, entry-level Cujo alloy hardtail

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The new Bad Habit Carbon has all the grip and float of the original 27+ aluminum package. The Habit SE and women’s models roll out in new, bold colorways. And the Cujo packs a ton of value into a reasonably priced package to make 27.5×3.0 accessible to the entry level rider. More on this after the jump.

Last season, the Bad Habit kicked grip up a notch with bigger tires. The Ai (Asymmetric Integration) offset drivetrain keeps wheelbase and chainstays short and tire clearance ample for 3.0in tires on a 40mm rim. It also shares the BallisTec carbon swing arm and carbon link of the rest of the Habit Carbon line and 120mm front and rear travel.

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Bad Habit Carbon 1 (shown) comes stock with a Shimano XTR 1×11 drivetrain, XT brakes, and Hollowgram rims and cranks, and will be available in S, M, L, and XL sizes.


The Habit Carbon SE trail bike is back for 2017 with new spec, fresh purple colorway, and size-specific allowances. The front triangle is carbon and rear is alloy.

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The complete features a Rockshox Pike 130mm travel fork and a Fox Float DPS 120mm shoxck in the rear. The drivetrain and brakes are all SRAM, with X1 11-speed shifter/derailleur and SRAM Guile R hydraulic calipers. The tires are Schwalbe Magic Mary tire in front and a Nobby Nic rear, both tubeless ready and situated on 29mm WTB Frequency Race 27.5in rims. The Fox Transfer seatpost is 150mm across all sizes, but shorter on the small (125mm).

Sizes range from S to XL.


Similarly, the Habit Women’s Carbon has experienced a spec and colorway update.


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The Habit Carbon 1 runs on Shimano, with an XTR 1×11 drivetrain and ST hydraulic calipers. The Fox Transfer dropper is specific to each size available with XS, S, and M having 100mm, 125mm, and 150mm of drop, respectively. Front and rear tires are 2.35in Schwalbe Nobby Nics on StansArch Ex MK3 26mm rims. Crank and cockpit are Cannondale house brand.


With the success of its existing 27.5+ platforms, Cannondale has expanded its offerings in this arena towards the entry level with the aluminum Cujo hardtail. With complete build prices ranging from $980 to $1408 MSRP, dabbling in 3.0in tires has never been more accessible to up and coming riders.



The brand wanted to “bake in high-end features” while keeping the overall price accessible. The top tier Cujo 1 spec features a SRAM 1×11 drivetrain (while lower tier versions of the bike come stock in 2x). Other spec includes RockShox Recon Silver Boost 120mm travel fork, FSA Comet MegaEXO crank, and Shimano Deore hydraulic brakes. Otherwise, the spec is fleshed out with Cannondale’s house brand components for rims and cockpit.

Sizing on this model run from S all the way up to XXL, making this model accessible not just accessible to a variety of budgets, but to a variety of body sizes as well.


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7 years ago

Can’t wait for the new fast 26″ future wheels.

7 years ago

It always blows my mind that a 1x drivetrain is more expensive than a similar 2x drivetrain.

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