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Cannondale Announces Three-Bike Line-up for 2000

Cannondale EX400

The Indianapolis industry show this last weekend saw Cannondale announce a total of three off-road motorcycles, including the previously announced MX400, and two additional machines, the cross-country XC400 and enduro EX400. Thumbnails of each of these bikes are shown below, which are clickable for larger images.

Cannondale MX4000

The long-awaited MX400 will actually be 432cc (redesigned to be slightly larger than Yamaha’s YZ426). The dry weight of the motocross machine is heavier than expected, at a claimed 242 pounds. Keep in mind, however, that the motocross machine, as well as the other two off-road models, comes standard with electric start and fuel injection. Complete specifications for the MX400 are shown below.

Cannondale XC400

The XC400 and EX400 are based on the MX400, with the following primary differences. Each of these off-road models features a larger, 3.0 gallon gas tank, spark arrestor, 18 inch rear wheel, and lighting coil. The EX400 additionally features an odometer, headlamp and tail light.

Although the XC400 has the same suspension valving and motor as the MX400, the EX400 has enduro-specific suspension settings and fuel injection mapping.

The MX400 should be in dealers within 30 to 60 days, according to Cannondale. Delivery dates for the other two off-road models have not been announced. Expect a U.S. MSRP of approximately $8,000 for the MX400.

MX400
Specifications
engine
Four-stroke,
single cylinder
Displacement 432
cc
Bore
x Stroke
95
x 61 mm
Compression
ratio
12.5:1
Valve
train
DOHC,
four valves
Fuel
system
Electronic
fuel injection
Cooling
system
Liquid
Ignition
system
Constant-energy
inductive coil
Starting
system
12-V
starter motor
Lubrication
system
Dry
sump
Transmission Five-speed,
cassette
chassis
Frame Aluminum,
twin-spar, perimeter
Front
wheel
Spoke,
1.60 x 21
Rear
wheel
Spoke,
2.15 x 19
Front
tire
80/100
x 21
Rear
tire
110/90
x 19
Front
suspension
Γ–hlins
FG9910, external compression and rebound damping
Rear
suspension
Linkless,
Γ–hlins position sensitive damping (PSD),
external compression, rebound, and pre-load
rear suspension adjustments
Front
brake
Nissin,
dual-piston caliper, single disc
Rear
brake
Nissin,
single-piston caliper, single disc
dimensions
Dry
weight
242
pounds
Wheelbase 58.5
inches
Rake 27.5
degrees
Ground
clearance
14.2
inches
Seat
height
36.7
inches
Fuel
capacity
2.1
gallons
Colors Viper
Red or Super Black