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Cannondale Habit 2 in the mountains

Cannondale Habit Review


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  • Carbon and alloy frame options
  • Dialled trail geometry
  • Choice component spec on every model
  • No dropper post on Habit 6
  • 29" wheels only
  • Limited women’s models


Mountain Bike


Mountain Biking


13.9Kg (30.1 lbs) *

A hardcore trail bike with cross-country efficiency and dirt jump potential? The new Habit is a true do-it-all mountain bike.

2020 Update

The 2020 Habit now has a 10mm increase of front travel up to 140mm, but the frame remains the same. Componentry is brought into 2020 with top end kit and brand new components from RockShox and Shimano. There are carbon and alloy models, with two women's specific bikes available.

Updated: 2nd January 2020


The Cannondale Habit has been completely redesigned for 2019. This new bike has the poise of a hardcore trail bike while maintaining the fast efficiency of its predecessors. In this Cannondale Habit review we look at all the models in the range. Combined with modern geometry these bikes all offer a fun, efficient and well-rounded ride.

The aggressive angles combined with the 130mm of full suspension travel and 29” wheels mean you can have fun on a wide range of trails. This is the bike of choice for Josh Bryceland and the up and coming riders on the new Cannondale Sessions team.

*Cannondale Habit 2 - Size Medium tested, without pedals

Cannondale Habit 2 carbon frame detail


Carbon or aluminium

Both the aluminium alloy and Ballistec carbon fibre composite frames share the same dialled geometry. Longer, lower and slacker than the previous models, the Habit offers a confident ride when things get fast and loose. The seat tube is nice and steep which makes the Habit a capable climber too. The Habit 4, 5 and 6 get a full alloy frame while the Habit 1 is full carbon. The Habit 2 & 3 have a carbon front triangle combined with an alloy rear end. The Habit 1 and 3 are also available as women’s specific models.

There is enough tyre clearance for wide 2.8” tyres on 27.5” wheels and a flip chip allows you to raise the bottom bracket height to accommodate the smaller wheel size if you want to swap out the 29” hoops. The internal cable routing is nice and neat with headtube entry ports to eliminate cable rub on the frame. Even with the shock attaching to the down tube there is room for a bottle cage in the frame.

The frame feels stiff and responsive through turns, and pumps and punches through holes and compressions very well without unsettling rider weight. MBR

Cannondale Habit 2 Fox Float DPX2 shock


130mm front and rear

The rear suspension is, in a word, smooth. It's very sensitive off the top, and eases through its travel with a gentle progression.

The Habit is the first Cannondale bike to use a four-bar suspension system. This is the same rear suspension that Specialized have used for many years and many other are now adopting. You get a very neutral suspension feel that keeps on working efficiently, even when pedalling and braking, so you can enjoy the trail without any dramas.

Unlike most other brands, Cannondale have tweaked the suspension layout for each frame size to give every rider the same suspension feel. Called ‘Proportional Response’ this approach gives smaller riders a better suspension action under braking and improves pedalling performance for taller riders.

Each bike in the range has a Fox shock controlling the 130mm of rear wheel travel. Most bikes get a DPS shock while the Habit 2 and 1 both have a DPX2 with a piggy back for more consistent performance on long descents. The 5 and 4 both get a RockShox fork while the other bikes have a Fox 34.

Cannondale Habit 2 SRAM Eagle Drivetrain


Trail ready components

Cannondale's reincarnation of the Habit is a contemporary, needs-nothing trail bike that will make trail riders very happy

Each bike in the Habit range is well equipped for aggressive trail riding. All models get a one-by drivetrain, with Shimano Deore 10 speed on the Habit 6 and SLX 11 speed on the 5. The 4, 3 and 2 both have SRAM Eagle 12 speed drivetrains and the Habit 1 has the new Shimano XTR 12 speed.

Wide bars and short stems are perfect for aggressive trail riding and Cannondale’s own brand offerings on all the bikes are good quality with a great shape. You get a dropper seatpost post on all bikes except the entry level Habit 6.

Cannondale Habit Carbon 2 29er wheels with Maxxis Minion tyres


29” wheels

The new Habits all roll on 29” wheels. These are fast over both rough and smooth terrain. They also help make the bike feel more capable than the suspension numbers suggest. Despite the big wheels the Habit is still very nimble and fun to ride thanks to the dialled frame design.

The Habit 5 & 6 both get WTB STX i23 tubeless wheel rims, while the other bikes have the excellent Stans Arch rims. The Shimano drivetrain bikes have matching Shimano hubs while the Sram equipped bikes get formula or DT Swiss hubs. All the bikes get quality Maxxis tyres with most models sporting a grippy 2.5” Minion up front combined with a fast rolling 2.3” High Roller on the rear.

The new Habit trail bike is the best Cannondale mountain bike I’ve ever ridden.

Cannondale Habit 2 carbon 29er in the Brecon Beacons

Best for

A mountain bike for mountain biking

If you’ve seen any footage the Cannondale Sessions team riding the Habit, you’ll know just how capable this bike is on challenging terrain. It’s also very fast and efficient on the trails that regular riders love best. With the Habit 6 costing less than £1,800 and the Habit 1 getting the full Fox Factory treatment there is a bike in the range for every rider.

A hardcore trail bike with cross-country efficiency and dirt jump potential? The new Habit is a true do-it-all mountain bike. Other short travel 29ers that offer a fast, fun and playful feel are the Giant Trance 29 and the Specialized Stumpjumper ST. For more big hit potential the Cannondale Jekyll enduro MTB is available with either 29” or 27.5” wheels.

Cannondale Habit 2 headtube and stem detail Cannondale Habit 2 SRAM Guide brakes
Cannondale Habit 2 dropper post Cannondale Habit Fox 34 comprseeion damping dial
Cannondale Habit 2 carbon head tube with internal cable routing Cannondale Habit Maxxis High Roller tyre tread

Cannondale Habit range models

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