Lightweight, stiff, capable climber and fast decender
Lefty quality control issues, too long stem for my body and riding type.
I bought this bike after lusting after it for two years and finally got a great deal on a once used demo bike. This bike came well equipped from the factory but I had some higher end components which I XL all mountain rig at just 25.5 lbs. This bike is not as plush as my previous 6" travel all mountain bike, but it is a heck of a lot easier to get it up hill, with very little compromise on the downhills. The lefty was troublesome at first, but Cannondale took care of the issue, and the bike has been flawless since. I am really loving this bike, it does everything very well. I weigh over 200 lbs when fully geared up and this bike feels very stiff under power. The lefty isd the stiffest lightweight fork on the market, period. It rivals many of my previous 20mm thru axle forks, and the Fox internals are smooth as butter and offer a huge amount of adjustment. Cannondale has deffinately figured out the single pivot and made a great riding bike, and the Propedal on the Fox RP23 realy controls bob when riding on the road(don''t notice any unwanted movement on real dirt riding). I have tackled all of my most feared climbs with ease on this bike and have smiled all the way back down. The Lefty Max 130 is a great front end with excellent stiffness and true tracking, the frame is light and stiff in all the right places, and the suspension is dialed. If you can still find one, get this bike!