Inside the April 2016 issue we featured a short ditty on a big bike launch from Cannondale that we attended. The aluminum framed Slate gravel bike featured a 1x drivetrain and one-sided Lefty fork. The ride started on the paved Pacific Coast Highway on beach above Malibu and then headed into the hills for some fire road action. There were a handful of crashes and laughs before the day finally ended with some cold beers and clam chowder at Neptune’s Nest. The bike hung around in the Cannondale catalog for a few years and despite it maintaining popularity in some areas, it was never fully embraced and was eventually discontinued.