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The most absurdly fun road bike ever created! Slate is the bike you never knew you always wanted. It seems like a fever dream. It ain't no dull gravel grinder, it's a full-tilt road bike with legit off-road chops. It's a drop-bar bike with a Lefty front fork. It's got massive tires, yet still boasts road bike quickness. It's like nothing you've seen before, and yet somehow, it's everything you hoped it would be. Float over potholes, boost off of curbs, stick impossible lean angles, rail down trails or just bring a little excitement to the next group ride. On Slate, fun is the only mission and therefore it got the Eurobike 215 Award in gold! Full Fun Geometry The Slate is designed to offer incredibly fun, snappy road-bike handling with real, off-road capability. Rider position is aggressive and performance oriented - equivalent to the HeadsUp Race position. The 65bx42c wheel/tire combo enable Cannondale to get the serious traction and float of large volume 42c tires, while keeping the same short chainstay length as a SuperSix EVO, which keeps things agile and quick. To provide stability and confidence when things get rough, the front-center distance is increased via a longer top tube and slacker head angle. The result? A bike that rails corners like a race bike, tracks effortlessly through chatter and bumps, and provides more smiles per mile than any road bike ever made. Smartformed 669 Alloy The craftsmanship that Cannondale put into their frames is unrivaled. The Optimized Alloy Frame with its true smooth welds help to create a stronger, stiffer frameset. Save Plus Micro-Suspension System The dramatic shaping of the seat stays and chainstays on the Slate provide a great balance of big bump-eatingcapability and rock solid rigidity. Just what you need when blasting down rocky trails or potholed streets. Lefty Oliver Designed to be ridden all-over, the Oliver is built specifically for Slate. 3 mm of travel, with heavily tuned low speed compression damping and a unique COG (Coil over Gas) negative spring to minimize bobbing. PBR on-the-fly lockout and rebound adjustment. Carbon outer structure and OPI forged alloy inner leg. It's the most capable front suspension the road has ever seen. Big tires on small wheels - 65BX42C The idea for Slate started with the realization that 65b road wheels with massive 42c tires offer the same rollout (outer diameter) as a 7x22c wheel/tire combo. That means Cannondale could get the unreal cornering grip and float of big tires, with proper road bike speed and crazy-good handling. Dropper Post Compatible Nothing inspires confidence like a dropper post, and with 27.2 mm diameter posts and internal dropperrouting, it's an easy upgrade to make. Syntace 12x142 mm Thru-Axle Thru-axle design boosts stiffness. Threads integrated into replaceable derailleur hanger. Braze-On Disc Caliper Mount Super tidy, ultra-light and extremely strong! Simple innovation eliminates one of the biggest sources of weight in disc brake frames. Incredibly strong - This ultra light caliper mount not only passes Cannondales stringent fatigue tests with ease, it actually passed the absurdly brutal tandem brake test! Patent Pending. This SLATE bike is equipped with Shimano Ultegra drivetrain and brakes, superb Lefty Oliver Carbon fork and HollowGram Si crank.