Updated: Sep 30, 2020
I ride a 2012 Cannondale Trail SL5 hardtail 29er. It has Shimano components with a triple on the front and a 12/34 on the rear with disc brakes. The only thing upgraded on it is the set of Stan's No Tubes Arch wheelset and Maxxis 2.35" Ardent tubeless tires.
I bought this bike to do a trail race and it sat in my shop for about 6 or 7 years before I started using it for bikepacking. It is like this bike was made for bikepacking!
Bags: Relevate Designs Sweet Roll handlebar bag, a Relevate Designs frame bag and a Rockwheel saddlebag with a rear stabilizer for the seat bag. I also run Moosetracks feed bags on the handlebars.
The bike it outfitted to haul up to 7 bottles of water and takes advantage of anywhere mounting water bottle cages that work like a champ.
The thing I Iike best about this bike is it climbs great with the triple! It also has low rolling resistance with the tires compared to a fat or plus bike, but it is not well at handling rocky or sandy terrain.
Factory Specifications from Cannodale Website
Cannondale Trail SL5 29er
Sizes and Geometry
M, L, XL View Geometry
Frame Material Details
Trail SL 29'er, Optimized 6061 alloy, SAVE, 1.5" head tube
RST Deuce 29 TNL, 80mm, coil/elastomer, hydraulic lockout, 1.5"
Head Tube Diameter
Tange 1.5 Custom
Cannondale C3 riser, 680x20mm, 6061 alloy
Cannondale C4, 1.5", 31.8, 7 degree
Cannondale alloy locking grips w/closed end
Promax Mechanical Disc, 160/160mm
Shimano FC-M311, 42/32/22, 175mm (M,L,X)
Tange Seiki LN-3912
Shimano HG40, 8-speed
Sunrace M66 12-32, 8-speed
Alex DC4.5 29'er, double wall, 32 hole - Upgraded to Stan's No Tubes Arch 29er
Cannondale C4 front, C4 rear
Stainless Steel, black, 15g
Kenda Small Block 8, 29x2.1" - Upgraded to Maxxis Ardent Tubeless
Cannondale Stage 2
Cannondale C3, 31.6x350 (M), 400mm (L,X)