Pedaling response: 13.5/15
With a steep, 74-degree seat tube angle, the Habit 1 has a more upright and forward riding position than what we’ve come to expect from trail bikes. But this provides full trail visibility without sacrificing a quick and responsive ride thanks to shorter chain stays (429 millimeters) and a stiff BB30 bottom bracket. Getting around tricky corners at high speed feels effortless with the bike’s smooth handling, and popping out of those corners with a couple hard pedal strokes made for an exciting ride.
The Habit’s slightly upright geometry also helped with climbing, making the bike ride like something between a trail bike and a cross-country bike anytime the terrain turned upward. But on the way down, the Habit tilts the scale toward the trail end of the spectrum, chewing through loose, marble-like rocks and absorbing small drops.
The Lefty 2.0 120-millimeter-travel fork and RockShox Monarch RL 120-millimeter rear shock offer just enough suspension for moderately aggressive trails, and they’re easy to adjust mid-ride with intuitive climbing and descending functions. The mix of Shimano XT and Deore components didn’t make for the smoothest shifting but this helps keep the Habit 1’s price down to a reasonable $3,730. We would have loved to see a dropper post included in this package, but that’s an easy upgrade.
There’s something about pink bikes that is either hit or miss, love it or hate it. There is no in-between. And we love the acid strawberry color splashed across the Habit. It’s bright, fun, and screams for attention. Just make sure you land those jumps since everyone will be watching.
Component highlights: Shimano drivetrain: XT rear derailleur (10 speed), Deore front derailleur, SLX shifters; Cannondale Si 22/36 crankset; Shimano Deore brakes; Lefty 2.0 120mm travel fork; RockShox Monarch RL 120mm shock; Stan’s Rapid 28 tubeless-ready wheels
Weight: 27.55 pounds (size MD)