Cannondale RZ One Twenty 3

Trail: Takes On All Comers; $2,650.

Apr 20, 2010
Outside Magazine
Cannondale RZ One Twenty 3

Cannondale RZ One Twenty 3    Photo: Photograph by Inga Hendrickson

Frightened by Cannondale's single-arm Lefty front fork? Get over it. The 4.7-inch Lefty Ultra DRL on our test bike was damping, predictable, and just as (or even more) stiff laterally as any other fork in its category. The rest of this aluminum trail bike scored just as well. "A nice balance of aggressiveness and plushness," wrote one reviewer. "I didn't have to be overly picky with clean lines and could instead focus on flow and speed." Some testers remarked that the middle-shelf mix of Shimano and Hayes components felt a bit cheap and plasticky, but they help keep the price down, and no one had any major gripes about their performance. 27.4 lbs (large);