The Cannondale Bicycle Corporation, is an American division of Canadian company Dorel Industries that supplies bicycles. In February 2008, Dorel Industries, announced the purchase of Cannondale. Dorel also owns Pacific Cycle which is a distributor of bicycles made in Taiwan and China for sale under many historic U.S. cycle brands, including Schwinn, Mongoose, Roadmaster, and GT.
Bike Chain Ricci fact: Did you know that the name Cannondale was taken from the Cannondale Metro North train station in Wilton, Connecticut where the company headquarters is located?
Cannondale began manufacturing aluminum racing and touring frames 30 years ago in 1983, with mountain bike frames added later. The earlier models sported oversized aluminum tubes for increased stiffness, resulting in frames that were super-stiff and super-efficient. Later, carbon fiber composite frames were developed. Cannondale's bicycle frame components were made in its factory in Bedford, Pennsylvania, but are now made in factories in Taiwan.
Cannondale has a history of doing things just a little bit different to everyone else: below is a few of their innovations. LEFTY Forks: Cannondale has also developed a suspension fork called the Lefty. It started with the "Headshok" or "Fatty" forks. It uses 88 needle bearings to reduce friction for smooth travel with the bearings telescoping inside the steerer tube of the fork. This eliminates flexing of the fork legs and also eliminates static friction, which must be overcome before the fork begins to travel. They were the first to introduce a single fork leg on bikes.
BB30: Cannondale developed a proprietary bottom bracket and crankset technology called Hollowgram which has been featured in its high-end bikes since 2001. The crank and bottom bracket set weigh 80 grams less and are 10% stiffer than Dura-Ace. The hollowgram bottom bracket shell can accept standard 68 mm English-threaded bottom bracket cartridges and external bearing cranksets through the use of an adapter. The aluminum Hollowgram crank is a two piece hollow shell that is bonded with aluminum glue. The Hollowgram bottom bracket axle is also hollow aluminum and oversized.
S.A.V.E. Technology:Synapse Active Vibration Elimination (S.A.V.E.) By changing the seat stay and chain stay into a more "hour glass" shape (instead of the conventional round tube), Cannondale has been able to structurally incorporate flex points to help eliminate road vibrations while keeping frame stiffness in areas that need it.
Cannondale's sponsorship of Division 1 road racing teams began with the Saeco team in the late 1990s, highlighted by Mario Cipollini's four consecutive stage wins in the 1999 Tour de France. The team notably won the Giro d'Italia five times, in 1997 with Ivan Gotti, in 2003 with Gilberto Simoni in 2004 with Damiano Cunego. The relationship ended in 2005 when Saeco became Lampre-Caffita.
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In 2007, Cannondale became the bicycle sponsor to Liquigas, and counted fourth and fifth Giro wins with Danilo Di Luca in 2007 and Ivan Basso in 2010 rode to victory. In 2011, they became a title sponsor under the name Liquigas-Cannondale. They also sponsored UCI Professional Continental team Barloworld in 2007 on the Tour de France and UCI Continental team Bahati Foundation in 2010.
The start of 2013 saw Cannondale become a title sponsor to a ProTeam: Cannondale Pro Cycling Team was born. It will be the first time Cannondale has title-sponsored a ProTeam and seemed a fitting next step for the brand that has enjoyed a strong relationship with the squad managed by Roberto Amadio.
"We are continuing our product development emphasis. We are true believers in developing products with world-class athletes. We have had a good relationship with the team management for six years. From technical partner to co-title sponsor, this is the next logical step," said Cannondale General Manager Bob Burbank. Cannondale Pro Cycling are set for an exciting first year as they look to defend Peter Sagan's green Jersey won at the 2012 Tour de France
Cannondale create more than just road bikes, the are involved in mountain biking as well, they are a sponsor for the Cannondale-Vredestein (formerly Volvo/Cannondale) racing team, the Bear Naked/Cannondale racing team (formerly SoBe/Cannondale) and various individual 24-hour racers such as Bicycling Hall of Famer and US National 24 hour Champion Tinker Juarez. A large number of notable riders have been sponsored by Cannondale at some point in their career, including world champions Anne-Caroline Chausson and Missy Giove, Olympic Silver medalist (and World Champion) Alison Sydor, Bronze medalist Christoph Sauser, "Flyin" Brian Lopes, Cadel Evans, Kashi Leuchs, Libor Karas, Lance Trappe, Cédric Gracia, Manuel Fumic, Fredrik Kessiakoff, and Chris Van Dine, who rides for the Cannondale Cut team and demos watch team.
In triathlon racing, Cannondale has sponsored 2005 Ironman world champion Faris Al-Sultan, Dejan Patrčević, Croatian triathlon champion, as well as three time Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington, Sarah Reinertsen, the first amputee woman to finish the Ironman Triathlon, 2004 Paralympics 200 IM gold medalist Rudy Garcia-Tolson.
Our favourite road rider is Peter "Hulk" Sagan: Here's a close up look at his custom "Hulk" SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod especially for the Tour de France 2013.
Our favourite MTB rider is Jerome Clementz: