Along with Trek and Merida, Cannondale is one of Bike Chain Ricci's primary bike brands. Known for their lime-green liveries and innovative designs, Cannondale are more often than not at the forefront of the cycling on and off-road cycliing community.
The company was founded in 1971 by Joe Montgomery, Jim Catrambone and Ron Davis to manufacture backpacks and bags for camping and later bicycle trailers for bicycle touring. One of the most successful products was the Bugger, a child trailer, although Cannondale's marketing department seemed unaware of the connotations of the name in British English (some were, nevertheless, exported to the UK). Today, Cannondale produces many different types of high-end bicycles, few of which are handmade in USA, specializing in aluminum and carbon fibre frames, a technology in which they are pioneers.
You cannot talk about bike chainsets and frames without hearing the term 'bottom brack'. Moreover, the BB30 bottom bracket is the most commonly used, being measured as the standard for bottom bracket fittings.
BB30 is a free international standard that both frame and component companies can utilize to offer consumers more choice and better performance.
The BB30 International Standard provides the specifications for an oversized bottom bracket shell for a bike frame. This standard allows for Direct-fit, pressed-in bearings and a 30 mm spindle.
The system saves weight by accepting a 30mm aluminum spindle and eliminating cups that would normally hold the bearings. The oversized bottom bracket of the frame provides more area to attach larger down tube, seat tube and chain stays to better resist deflection from pedaling forces. It was back in 2001 that Cannondale introduced this system, and the cycling world has never looked back since.
After introducing the full-carbon Supersix race bike in 2008, 2011 heralded the introduction of the Supersix Evo, the world's lightest ever production frame. Weighing in at a miniscule .695g the Supersix Evo is famed for the best weight-to-stiffness ratio thanks to superior 'Ballistec' carbon fibre frame.
The resins Cannondale use are High Strength, High Impact resins similar to what is used in the construction of carbon baseball bats; light, stiff and designed to endure thousands of deformation cycles. They combine these fibers and this resin in a lay-up designed to maximize the direction-specific qualities of the fibress, providing a carbon structure that is extremely light, extremely stiff and capable of absorbing tremendous impact without damage or loss of structural integrity.
Only once the frame has passed all of our extremely tough destructive and fatigue testing do they go back and begin adding the stiffer fibers strategically simply to enhance stiffness and tune the ride-feel. By using these more brittle fibers in protected areas and solely to add stiffness, without relying on them for strength, they can create super-light, super-stiff frames that are also incredibly durable and safe. And because the entire frame is made from this tough, durable combination, it offers better overall durability.