Cannondale Trigger 3 - 2016

Cannondale's Trigger 3 is an XC-fast, all-mountain-capable trail ride that hammers the climbs and descends like a demon. Cannondale built their reputation on aluminum frames, and their revolutionary SmartFormed tech delivers low weight, qui ...(Read More)

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Cannondale's Trigger 3 is an XC-fast, all-mountain-capable trail ride that hammers the climbs and descends like a demon. Cannondale built their reputation on aluminum frames, and their revolutionary SmartFormed tech delivers low weight, quick pedal response, and high-end ride quality. Up front, a 140mm Fox 34 Float fork leads the way, and out back a Fox DYAD shock boasts 140mm of rider-tunable, big-hit-swallowing suspension that can be adjusted by a bar-mounted lever to 85mm when it's time to ascend. Up or down, a Deore/XT drivetrain from Shimano has all the right gears, and features Shimano's smooth, reliable shifting. WTB Frequency rims and Formula hubs build into a light, smooth, and sturdy wheelset, and when they're paired with grippy Schwalbe Nobby Nic tires, the Trigger is ready for whatever terrain lays ahead. And you will be too, with the Trans-X dropper seatpost that lets you get you raise and lower your saddle in an instant for charging hard. You have to put a stop to the fun sometime, and Shimano's SLX disc brakes make it easy to scrub speed. A selection of Cannondale's own light components and a supportive WTB saddle are just as all-mountain as the rest of the bike.

The Cannondale/Fox DYAD Rear Shock.

With Fox's DYAD RT2 rear shock, you can have the best possible performance across the widest spectrum of terrain. Developed in collaboration with Cannondale, the dual-travel, dual-personality DYAD RT2 is actually two completely different shocks housed in one package: Elevate – a shorter travel, smaller volume air shock for rolling and climbing terrain, and Flow – a longer travel, high volume linear air shock for aggressive descending.

Activated on the fly by a handlebar-mounted lever, each mode has its own dedicated damping circuits, fully optimized for the intended terrain. Switching between the Elevate and Flow modes also changes the bike's sag point and geometry. In Elevate mode, the bike rides higher, resulting in steeper head and seat angles and keeping the rider in a better position for climbing and tight technical terrain. In Flow mode, the bottom bracket drops, lowering the center of gravity and making the angles slack and stable, perfect for charging descents.


Frame Trigger 27.5, 140/85mm, SmartFormed aluminum, BB30, ISCG03, 1.5 Si headtube
Fork FOX 34 Float Performance Series FIT 4 Damper, Tapered aluminum Steerer, 15mm Thru Axle, 51mm offset
Headset Tange Seiki 1.5", integrated
Rear Shock Fox DYAD RT2, Dual Travel/Dual Geometry 140/85mm adj. travel
Rims/Wheels WTB Frequency Race i23, TCS Tubeless Ready, 27.5"
Hubs Formula, D C-51 15mm thru axle front, DC360 142x12mm rear
Spokes DT Swiss Competition
Tires Schwalbe Nobby Nic Performance, 27 x 2.35, Folding
Crankset Cannondale Si, BB30
Chainrings 36/22 CNC Rings
Bottom Bracket Cannondale BB30
Chain KMC X10, 10-speed
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore, direct mount
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT M786, Shadow Plus
Rear Cogs Shimano HG-50, 11-36, 10-speed
Shifters Shimano SLX, i-Spec
Handlebars Cannondale C3 riser, 9 degree upsweep, 4 degree backsweep, 760 x 15mm
Tape/Grips Cannondale dual locking grips
Stem Cannondale C3, 3D Forged 1-1/8", 31.8, 55mm
Brake Levers Shimano SLX
Brakes Shimano SLX w/ Metal Pad, 180/180mm
Saddle WTB Silverado
Seatpost Trans-X Dropper, 31 .6mm, 120mm travel
Accessories & Extras High-pressure shock pump
Color(s) Acid Red w/ Fine Silver, Matte

Part Numbers

Option UPC MPN
Small 884603610381 C22306M5001
Medium 884603610398 C22306M5002
Large 884603610404 C22306M5003
X-Large 884603610411 C22306M5004


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  • Stylish 
  • Durable 
  • Good Fox Components 
  • Fast 
  • Climbs Well 


  • Handlebar 
  • Magura Breaks 

Best Uses

  • Xc Trail And Downhill 


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Awesome bike overall


from Chicago,IL

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  • Durable
  • Stylish
  • Fast
  • Good Fox Components
  • Climbs Well


  • Handlebar
  • Magura Breaks

Best Uses

  • Xc Trail And Downhill


Good bike overal;very happy with the purchase. Fox Dyad rear shock works great once it's dialed in. Make sure you get the pressures right. Front shock has 3 modes: climb, trail and downhill. Make sure your dealer routes the cable for the seat-post dropper properly. The Magura front break became very squishy on the first ride. Had the dealer re-bled it twice before it started working. I upgraded to a 40 mm riser handle bar. at 6'1" the stock flat bar was not ideal for my lower back.

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