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Advice on new bike Cannondale Slate vs Canyon Inflite vs Cube Cross Race

Old 06-08-17, 01:46 PM
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Advice on new bike Cannondale Slate vs Canyon Inflite vs Cube Cross Race

Hi,

I'm looking for a "gravel"/Cross bike. Coming from enduro/downhill I newer used road bike... After broken hand I can not go to enduro bike for a couple of months so I'll invest in something more "roady" but do not want a true road bike as well as XC...

So which one is more versatile and above all fun for both gravel and road ?

Cannonadle Slate Apex 1
Canyon INFLITE AL SLX 8.0 PRO RACE
Cube CROSS RACE SLT

Anyone tried some of those?

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by vasjaz View Post
Hi,

I'm looking for a "gravel"/Cross bike. Coming from enduro/downhill I newer used road bike... After broken hand I can not go to enduro bike for a couple of months so I'll invest in something more "roady" but do not want a true road bike as well as XC...

So which one is more versatile and above all fun for both gravel and road ?

Cannonadle Slate Apex 1
Canyon INFLITE AL SLX 8.0 PRO RACE
Cube CROSS RACE SLT

Anyone tried some of those?

Thanks!

V.
I'd say it all depends on the type of gravel you'll be riding. There's a big difference between the Slate and the Canyon/Cube. The Slate is more versatile but if you're riding mostly road with some smooth fast gravel then the CX bikes are the way to go. But if you're hitting a lot of rough gravel or maybe even some good single track mixed in then the Slate's suspension fork would be awesome. Just my two cents.
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Thanks for reply shoota.

Slate Apex 1 comes with rigid lefty (no suspension)... I was actually looking at options to upgrade to lefty "oliver" (one used on slates with 30mm travel) later if I'd feel I need to.

And it will be a mixture of rough paved road and mixed gravel...
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I zeroed in on the broken hand statement. None of your listed options will be comfortable. I suggest tuning the suspension & drive-train on the current bike, and adding low rolling resistance comfortable tires like Continental Speed King 2.2, Schwalbe Thunder Burt, G-One, or Big One.

My wrists and hands are damaged. I've used low pressure/high volume tires for a long time, then recently added front suspension. Comfort & control performance have improved greatly. I assume "I newer used road bike" means you've not used a road bike. The grass isn't greener for a gravel/cross style bicycle over rough road, paved or unpaved.
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Hi Werkin, thanks for reply. Yes I was thinking the same but 160mm full suspension did not really work. And I was anyway looking for something more road orientated... (yes, newer really used any true road bike)
that's why C Slate caught my eyes... except one version all have (some) front suspension and wide tires (significantly wider than cross bikes). So it's kind of road bike, but not really :-)

yes, I've broken my 4th metacarpus on left hand last day of skiing :-/
it's not catastrophically bad, but not fit for downhill or park until late autumn :-(

I'm definitely narrowing my selection to Slate ...

thanks!
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Originally Posted by vasjaz View Post
Hi Werkin, thanks for reply. Yes I was thinking the same but 160mm full suspension did not really work. And I was anyway looking for something more road orientated... (yes, newer really used any true road bike)
that's why C Slate caught my eyes... except one version all have (some) front suspension and wide tires (significantly wider than cross bikes). So it's kind of road bike, but not really :-)

yes, I've broken my 4th metacarpus on left hand last day of skiing :-/
it's not catastrophically bad, but not fit for downhill or park until late autumn :-(

I'm definitely narrowing my selection to Slate ...

thanks!
I didn't realize the Apex came with out a suspension fork. Of the three it will have the slackest geometry and sounds like it would be a good fit for your mixed surface riding. The higher you can make the front end the more pressure you will take off your hand.
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I think my only reservation about the Slate is the proprietariness of the lefty fork (potentially more expensive to service/maintain/replace?)

But otherwise, I like it. As shoota points out, slacker geometry. And if you're thinking to replace the fork with the suspension version, I know people rave about it. I admit I just googled to see if it's adaptable to other bikes (it sorta is)--not that I can be doing anything like that without catching hell from the wife.

So of those three, I think the scale is tipped a bit in favor of the Slate.
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Great and useful feedback guys. Thank you...
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Slate or Inflite for road?

Hi all: after my Kona Jake was recently stolen, I thought I would take the chance to upgrade. I did some off-road on my Jake and really enjoyed it, so definitely going to stick with a Cyclo-cross or Gravel, however 90% of my usage was on the road- either for commuting or circuit. I'm looking for any advice or opinions on whether the Cannondale Slate or the Canyon Inflite 8 SLX would be best for road usage? Thanks a lot!
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Originally Posted by Antobolto View Post
Hi all: after my Kona Jake was recently stolen, I thought I would take the chance to upgrade. I did some off-road on my Jake and really enjoyed it, so definitely going to stick with a Cyclo-cross or Gravel, however 90% of my usage was on the road- either for commuting or circuit. I'm looking for any advice or opinions on whether the Cannondale Slate or the Canyon Inflite 8 SLX would be best for road usage? Thanks a lot!
That is rather like my requirement. the Inflite SLX is an AMAZING road bike. Stiff and super fast, but can take 40mm tires and still has a cush ride. That is what you want if you want a fun responsive bike. At 7.9kg (or 7.5 in road warrior form), its pretty darn light too.

I do race paced road rides and long gravel rides. Its one bike to rule them all for me. Its not for someone who wants mountain bike handling with long, low, slack, sluggish, easy handling.
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Stay away from the lefty fork. Requires lots of service some warranty work.at times. Built and serviced plenty of them. Not worth it.
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