2017 Cannondale Fat CAAD 2
Cannondale's Fat CAAD 2 brings the good times with a SmartFormed aluminum frame for a stiff, responsive ride that's also incredibly lightweight. Cannondale's Fatty-Fat fork is the one of the lightest chubby-specific objects ever to grace such a bike, and it brings knife-sharp handling to boot. Tubeless-ready Sun Ringle rims roll with confidence-swelling strength, and massive Schwalbe 26 x 4.8-inch tires gum to the trail with sticky traction and loads of floatation. SRAM's X5/X7 20-speed drivetrain has gears to spare, and the Guide disc brakes are just what you need to bring the action to a swift, fluid stop. Cannondale supplies their lightweight handlebars, stem, and grips, along with a comfortable WTB saddle to make this a smash-ready bike.
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I could not be happier with this bike. At this price point, it's a fantastic investment. The Qfactor allows this to feel like a regular mountain bike set up and unlike riding a horse like some fat bikes. Because of the Mule Fat rims, I set it up tubeless dropping weight and allowing for better traction. It handles better than I thought, and the components have worked flawlessly. I do wish they set it up 1x10 or 1x11 as I've rarely if ever used the granny gear. I highly recommend buying this bike. It's the same as the fat caad 1 minus the lefty fork and the 1x10 drivetrain. For the money, I would choose this over the fat caad 1.
This bike is just fun to ride. On dirt it seems nearly as fast as my Cannondale hardtail but with the extra grip of the big tires. Handling was just as responsive. I have mine set up tubeless and it is only 2lbs heavier than my 29er. Between the traction and the lowest gear climbing hills seemed easier. I really like the wide bars. Riding on snow has been a blast. I haven't ridden at the beach yet but I expect that to be awesome too. Great bike and I am very happy I bought it!