Meet Dave, Cannondale's new dirt jump bike

Cannondale Dave
(Image credit: Cannondale)

Cannondale has announced its new dirt jump and pump track bike, which it has called Dave. Cannondale hasn't had a dirt jump bike in its lineup since the Chase back in 2009 - a signature bike for freeride and dirt jumper Aaron Chase. Being the bike sponsors for the prolific 50-01 crew, which consists of Josh Bryceland and his crew of jibbers, it's unsurprising that Cannondale has brought out a new bike designed for "anywhere and everywhere – jump lines, street jibs, skatepark flow, pump-track laps, whatever". 

Dave might seem like an odd name for a dirt jump bike but we think it's not a coincidence that Sam Hockenhull, one of the most stylish and progressive riders of the 50-01 gang, has the nickname Dave.

Dave features a Durable SmartForm C3 Alloy frame and has 3/8" Integrated Chain Tensioners for a simple single-speed setup. Cannondale has also taken inspiration from BMX, speccing a threaded BMX Euro bottom bracket shell so strong three-piece BMX cranks can be used. Upfront is a Manitou Circus Expert Air fork with 100mm of travel to cushion any hard landings. Just a rear brake is specced, using a Tektro mechanical disc brake and leaving the cable long so that it can loop around the steerer if you are throwing barspins or tailwhips. As this is a dirt jump bike its uses 26-inch wheels which are fast-rolling Maxxis DTH tires. The rest of the kit comes from Cannondale and co 50-01 sponsors, Fabric.

Cannondale only offers Dave in one size which has a 68.5-degree head tube angle and a reach that measures 436mm. Available in a single Stealth Grey colorway, the bike will retail for $1,150.

Graham Cottingham
Senior reviews writer, Bike Perfect

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road. Based in Edinburgh he has some of the best mountain biking and gravel riding in the UK right on his doorstep. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro, and gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotland's wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes, or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect.

Rides: Cotic SolarisMax, Stooge MK4, 24 Bicycles Le Toy 3, Surly Steamroller

Height: 177cm

Weight: 71kg