Can­non­dale Slate 105

From £2,500, can­non­dale.com

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That’s a green bike.

You must have been teacher’s pet in art class, know­ing your sec­ondary colours like that. Yes this is a cu­ri­ous-look­ing thing, but don’t let its Franken­stein façade fool you – this is one su­per bi­cy­cle. Blend­ing many dif­fer­ent styles to cre­ate the ul­ti­mate do-it-all bike, the Slate is a recipe for cy­cling nir­vana.

Do-it-all... So it will go any­where?

The Slate looks able to race its way across muddy fields, down gravel paths and along tar­mac. Ba­si­cally, if you can see it with your eyes, this thing will prob­a­bly be able to go there, and it’ll like it.

What makes it so ver­sa­tile?

The bike looks like it’s miss­ing a fork at the front, but that’s in­ten­tional. Can­non­dale’s Lefty – first seen adorn­ing its moun­tain bikes – is a left-side-mounted fork that gives 30mm of ride-smooth­ing sus­pen­sion. Can­non­dale says the un­usual de­sign of­fers all of the ben­e­fits of reg­u­lar sus­pen­sion forks, but with more stiff­ness and strength, and less weight.

Sus­pen­sion, on a road (ish) bike?

Yep. The Lefty’s one-push lock­out mech­a­nism en­ables you to go from plush off-road rid­ing to firm and se­cure when you hit the road again.

Nice. Is there any­thing else I need to know about this bike?

Yeah, the wheels are pretty cool. While the ma­jor­ity of bikes are fit­ted with 700c-type wheels, the Slate sports 650b ones, which are smaller, mean­ing they can be shod with larger-vol­ume tyres. This gives the bike the same sprightly rolling speed as bikes with big­ger wheels, but with added com­fort and grip – ideal for when you’re fly­ing off kerbs and blast­ing across trails.

When can I get my Slate on?

You can pre-or­der the bike now and pick it up in Fe­bru­ary.

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