Meet Daniel Manfredsson. The Swedish bike creative is a designer at Cannondale, but in his free time, he takes new and old bikes and rebuilds them to his personal taste, both virtually and in the physical world. The man formerly known on Instagram as @localbikechop says his hobby has always been to sketch, build, and modify bikes to his liking.
His builds cover a wide range, and he's toyed with everything from wild track bikes
to this category-bending "monster cross" bike
to stunning full suspension mountain bikes like this BMC Speedfox
. Some exist as computer renderings, while some are real-world carbon and metal.
Daniel's favorite bike company was Cannondale long before he was a designer. His first real mountain bike was a Cannondale, and he says he's always admired the brand for doing things its own way and pushing the industry forward. After spending the last eight years freelancing in automotive design, sports design, and interior design, as well as designing for Husqvarna, the opportunity to work with Cannondale was a dream come true, he said. Working with Cannondales both in and outside of his work, here are some of the bikes he has reimagined.
Good thing there wasn't a warranty left to void.
One of the first steps was to shave off all the parts Daniel deemed "eyesores" like the front derailleur mount and all the external cable guides. Doing so made lots of holes in the frame, but he had the carbon work skills to patch up the holes. He also drilled new holes for internal cable routing. It had to look clean, after all.
Once the frame itself was dialed, it was time for the colors to pop.
Daniel paints most of his bike builds himself, but for the F29, he had a friend at a local bike shop go wild with it with the goal of recreating a '80s and '90s feel. With AXS shifting and a blend of old and new parts, the bike dips its toes into five separate decades.
For his next Cannondale build, Daniel decided to throw all his old parts together into a "parts bin neo-retro super bike" while celebrating the iconic Y frame of the Cannondale Super V: "Compared to modern full sus bikes," he said, "this one is not hiding anything, the design is like a big V for victory hand sign." In his first Instagram post about the bike, he explained that it would not be a period-correct bike, but incorporate parts from the late '80s to early 2000s.
While dreaming up his Super V build, he started daydreaming about what it would take to modernize the geometry of the Super V to match that of the modern Scalpel. While that bike doesn't exist (yet) in real life, he did start the sketching process and has hinted that such a project is in the works.
As for his current Super V, the biggest change he made was to the suspension, shortening the rear travel to 20mm to make it "less shitty," he said. "I have built my own rear shock, I took a coil shock from a moped and shortened it and slapped a Headshok boot over it, so the bike is basically a softtail now, and that is a good upgrade from the previous rocking chair experience."
Two sides, lots going on.
Daniel's favorite thing about the bike is that the drive side is meant to look more retro while the non-drive side is a nod to both the Rapha-Palace bikes
and the EF race bikes, many of which have featured various blue-purple-pink color schemes over the years.
The purple ano is real.
Compared to modern mountain bikes, Daniel is well aware that his Super V won't measure up as a race bike, no matter how nostalgic or historically intriguing it is. Still, he says, it's cool to have brought it back. "I brought it back to life, maybe not as mtb race machine it once was, but maybe more like a low instep commuter on acids and steroids," he said.
The biggest thing he learned, he said, was how to create the purple fade on the swingarm. It's essentially just clearcoat over aluminum, but he added a bit of pink and blue and was impressed by how well it turned out. It's a method he'll be playing around with in the future, he said, as he designs and builds more bikes.
And his other notable bikes? He said the monster cross bike mentioned earlier was awesome to build, his Scott Sub made him realize the effects a simple color change can have, and his BMC build is still the best-looking trail bike out there in his eyes.
Scott Sub, before and after.
The Lotus project, another celebration of the weird and wonderful.
This year, outside of his job, Daniel plans to build two road bikes, a mountain bike, and a kids bike. What's more, he's challenged Dangerholm to a kid's bike build-off. What do you say, @bicyclerider