Cannondale Trail Se 2 Everything You Need to Know

Cannondale Trail Se 2 with a super-strong frame, progressive geometry, and true off-road spec, the Trail hardtails will take your riding to the next level, from your first foray into the backcountry to your next big trip.

Part 1: Overall Review

The Cannondale Trail Se 2 2021 is also a brand new example of a mountain bike that the brand decided to introduce in 2021. This model is particularly appealing to mountain enthusiasts who are eager to explore new trails, and thus want to get closer to them

Cannondale Trail Se 2

As the name suggests this is a great MTB bike that will delight not only beginners but also more experienced mountain bikers. This mountain bike can equip with dropper seatposts for more control on technical descents, of course, internal cable routing is already a standard that pleases the eye.

The Cannondale Trail 29 2 is designed to give you maximum riding pleasure while getting the most out of your machine. Likewise, the Cannondale Trail 29 2 is based on a lightweight aluminum frame and 29″ wheels, which makes the bike easy to handle even on the toughest terrain. In addition, the bike is equipped with precise and practically faultless Shimano Deore/SLX gears in 12-speed standard and large 29″ wheels with wide Schwalbe tires.

cannondale 2021 trail se 2

On the other hand, designed for fun and enjoying riding where others let go. Its drivetrain, shock, tires, and dropper are all we need to be able to achieve those goals. In addition, the Trail Se 2 mountain model, despite its mountain pedigree, gives us the possibility of mounting mudguards or a carrier, which also makes it a usable bike.

Part 2: Introduction of Advantages And Disadvantages


  • Firstly, smooth-running frame
  • Secondly, reliable Deore derailleur with good chain control
  • Thirdly, the frame has upgrade potential.


  • Firstly, fairly traditional XC shape may limit progress
  • Secondly, fork spring adjustment not easy
  • Thirdly, uneven internal cable routing

Part 3: Frame, Kit, Model of Cannondale Trail Se 2

If you ride rough terrain and have higher demands, you’ll also appreciate the new Trail Se. This model features a longer-stroke 120mm fork, larger volume tires with a more aggressive tread, and a telescopic seatpost.

A lot of attention has also been paid to aspects such as geometry, rider comfort, specification, and design in Cannondale Trail Se 2 emerald. As Cannondale itself says about this mountain bike, it’s simply awesome and otherworldly.


Cannondale is also concerned about our safety and ability to conquer strong and steep innards. The Cannondale Trail Se 2 emerald is equipped with Shimano MT410 hydraulic disc brakes with Shimano RT10 180/160mm diameter discs. Specially profiled lever in this model, that precision of work as well as the dosage of braking force is very well felt.

Shimano hydraulic brakes mean reliability even in difficult conditions.


The Trail SL frame surprises with its stiffness, which translates into a subjective feeling of lightness – especially on the climbs.

Cannondale Trail Se 2 2021 bike frame Built from lightweight, high-strength top-grade aluminum, featuring SmartForm C2 technology, SAVE micro-cushioning for increased comfort, a strong Tapered head tube, and a 148mm Boost rear hub fork. The 66.5-degree head angle will allow you to ride even the toughest trails.

The front fork is a RockShox Recon Silver RL shock with 100 mm of travel and a lockout function. Interesting design and reasonable price are certainly not the only advantages of this bike


The Rock Shox 35 Silver suspension fork is also an aspect that we will appreciate when we leave the asphalt trails and hit the more challenging mountain trails. The last item to mention is the dropper from TranzX, which will make it easier to tackle the downhills by being able to quickly adjust the high saddle.


The Cannondale Trail 29 2 offers the user 12-speed gearing from the Shimano stable, which is durable and trouble-free. Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes are responsible for safety, providing high stopping power.
The drivetrain in this model is very similar to that in the cheaper model, however, it has a few strong points. The whole drivetrain which has been mounted in Cannondale 2021 Trail Se 2 is Sram group, marked SX Eagle in 1×12 system. That is to say,  the combination of the rear derailleur with the cassette, chain, and grips from this group guarantees smooth and precise gear shifting even in difficult mountain conditions.

In addition, 12-speed SRAM SX 1×12 drivetrain allows adjusting the gear ratio to any terrain inclination. Large wheels with MAXXIS tires in size 29 x 2.25 and 2.3″ provide great grip and ease over obstacles. Shimano MT410 hydraulic disc brakes give you full control over speed.


The whole configuration is built on two-chamber WTB reinforced rims ready for the Tubeless system together with Shimano MT400 hubs operating in the rigid axle system. The whole setup is complemented by Maxxis Minion and High Roller tires. Aggressive 2.5″/ 2.3″ SE tires that can handle the toughest trails in the worst weather.

Part 4: Main Features of Cannondale Trail Se 2

Boost Standard Hubs

Thanks to the Boost size, the Trail’s short rear triangle puts the wheel in the optimal position for uphill traction and maneuverability. In addition, the most distinctive visual feature is the lowered rear triangle tubes, which are already familiar from the model.

Improve comfort and give the bike a timeless look. Other benefits include modern features such as more tire space, a tapered head tube, and internal cable routing.

Confident Handling

New school handling and mountain-ready components deliver a modern, inspiring experience at a level you might otherwise expect to compromise. This is what fun looks like.

Internal Straight-shot Guidance

For an integrated look and easy service, derailleur and seat post cables are routed through the StraightShot opening in the down tube while the brake cable is secured externally.

Frame Excellence

We put our award-winning frame expertise to work on all our new mountain bikes – combining attention to detail with lightweight and modern handling to create a bike that’s lively, stiff, and above all, fun to ride.

Everything More

A longer-stroke 120mm fork, wider 760m handlebars, and a short stem set the tone on this bike – paired with more aggressive 2.5″/2.3″ SE tires, so it can handle the roughest trails.

Compatibility with Your Phone

Cannondale 2021 Trail Se 2 is built into the Intellimount bridge, a fully integrated phone holder. An exquisite solution to get a complete overview of all the necessary data from your ride, recorded, for example, with the Cannondale app and the sensor on a wheel.

  • Firstly, seamless trip tracking. The integrated wheel sensor starts recording as soon as you start riding. You no longer need to press the start button.
  • Secondly, carbon footprint reduction calculation.
  • Thirdly, automatic service reminders based on ride time, giving you short service videos and maintenance history to help keep your bike in top condition.
  • Fourth, automatic logging of speed, distance, ride time, and calories burned.

Part 5: Riding Experience And Recommendation

If you have big ambitions and want to explore every trail in the area, if you like spending your free time in difficult forest terrain or if you want to challenge others in races, then Trail Se 2 is the right choice for the toughest conditions.

Part 6: Brief Introduction of Other Models

Aspects such as geometric, comfort, and design are key, which is improvised with each model of Trail Se bike this brand has the world’s only technology to enhance the quality of their products. Therefore, these bikes are highly regarded among road and MTB racers around the world.

Cannonadale 3

The 2021 Cannondale Trail Se 3 has had a great start to the season, with a design that’s unlike anything else on the market, and as with any bike from Cannondale, we expect it to have a fantastic approach to the previous version.

Cannodale 4

Although the creators themselves argue that this model is designed mainly for riding on normal terrain. However, even here the opinions are divided, but the best way to convince yourself is simply to ride the Trial se 4 and see for yourself.

Part 7: Detailed Specifications of Cannondale Trail Se 2

  • Color 1

Emerald (EMR)

  • Size


  • Frame

All-new, Smartform C2 Alloy, lowered SAVE upper seat fork, tapered head tube, disc mount on seatpost, StraightShot internal cable routing, compatible with BSA 73 seatpost,
12 mm thru-axle, Boost 148

  • Fork

Rock Shox 35 Silver R, 120mm, 15×110 thru-axle, 51mm offset
SRAM SX Eagle Power Spline crank, 30T

  • Pedals

Cannondale platform

  • Bottom bracket insert

Truvativ Power Spline

  • Rear derailleur


  • Cassette

SRAM SX Eagle, 11-50, 12 gears

  • Chain

SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed

  • Shifters

SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed

  • Brakes

Shimano MT410 hydraulic disc, 180/160mm RT10 rotors

  • Brake levers

Shimano hydraulic disc M4100

  • Rims

WTB STX i25 TCS, 32h, tubeless ready

  • Hubs

(F) Shimano MT400, 15x110mm thru axles / (R) Shimano MT400 12x148mm thru axles

  • Spokes

Stainless steel, 14g

  • Tires

(F) Maxxis Minion DHF, 29 x 2.5″, Exo casing, Tubeless Ready / (R) Maxxis High Roller II, 29 x 2.3″, EXO casing, tubeless ready

  • Handlebars

FSA Alloy Riser, 15mm rise, 760mm

  • Stem

Cannondale 3, 6061 Alloy, 31.8, 0°.
Integrated sealed tapered roller bearing

  • Saddle

Cannondale Trail, 170mm, steel rails

  • Stem

Dropper TranzX, 31.6, internal guide, 130mm

  • Connectivity

Cannondale wheel sensor