Cannondale Rize One 20 2 review

Fun, fast chassis suitable for upgrading

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £1,999.00 RRP | USD $3,399.99
Cannondale Rize One 20 2

Our review

Low slung and potentially fun, but weight and low traction dulls feel
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A full 1.5in head tube, big main tubes plus sharp and shapely shock and drop-out furniture make the RZ mainframe a tight and twist-free structure.


The massive oversized stem and stiff mid-width bars transfer accurate control into your palms even with the QR-tipped fork. The long wheelbase and low-slung ride height, plus a tendency to sit back into its rear travel, feels really stable and we were pushing it harder on rougher, rockier trails than most other 120mm bikes.

While equipment levels are reasonable, weight is high and the Schwalbe tyres are slow and slippery. Despite decent pedalling manners and front and rear lockout this left it feeling harder work – particularly on climbs – than we’d hope for a 120mm bike and overall agility was stifled too.


Limited pedal clearance can catch it out on technical climbs or rocky/rooty sections. The lighter, Lefty fork-equipped £2,499 RZ1 looks a livelier candidate, but unfortunately none were ready in time for the test.

Product Specifications


Name Rize One 20 2 (11)
Brand Cannondale

Available Sizes S M L XL
Seat Angle 73.5
Front Wheel Mavic XM317 rims on Shimano M525 Deore hub
Tyres Schwalbe Black Shark Active, 2.25in
Wheelbase (in) 43.4
Top Tube (in) 23.1
Standover Height (in) 30
Seat Tube (in) 18
Chainstays (in) 16.7
Bottom Bracket Height (in) 43.4
Weight (lb) 29.49
Weight (kg) 13.38
Stem Cannondale C3 1.5in
Shifters Shimano SLX
Seatpost Polygon/Cannondale C2
Saddle Cannondale Stage
Bottom Bracket Shimano Hollowtech II
Rear Shock Fox Float RP2 BV, 120mm/4.7in
Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX
Headset Type Cane Creek C3 38.1mm
Head Angle 69
Handlebar Cannondale C2 low rise, 680mm
Grips/Tape Cannondale semi lock-on
Front Derailleur Shimano SLX
Frame Material RZ One Twenty aluminium, 120mm with BB30
Fork Fox F120 RL QR, custom 1.5in steerer
Cranks Shimano M552 42/32/24T
Chain Shimano HG74
Cassette Shimano SLX HG81 11-36T
Brakes Avid Elixir 3, 185/160mm rotors
Rear Wheel Mavic XM317 rims on Shimano M525 Deore hub