Sea Otter - Cannondale and Chris Van Dine

Apr 28, 2009
by Tyler Maine  
Cannondale bikes is an industry leader in innovative technologies and their 3D forging adds to this list. About 4 years ago, they first did this on their Rush XC bike, where they incorporated the stem and internal headtube for the lefty fork. Today they are doing a lot more complex things with this technology. Team rider Chris Van Dine was also just pulling into the show and we were able to talk to him about his pre-season in South America and what all he's got planned for 2009.

Learn more about 3D forging and Chris Van Dine inside:Cannondale's Doug Dalton talks to us about how 3D forging is changing the ways in which they are making their bikes. 4 years ago it began with a stem and steerer tube, today it can be found on select Leftys and even the seat tube on the new Rize models.

3D Forging cut aways:




Doug Dalton talks to us about 3D forging:
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Chris Van Dine talks about his pre-season in South America, his plans for this season, his Cannondale Rize and his new Troy Lee Tribute helmet:
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44 Comments

  • + 3
 looks like a bike that's 5 years old... nothing new has come out of cannondale for ages.
  • + 11
 if something works,,,why change it
  • + 3
 somebody can tell me more about that weird fork? because i'm watching without sound in school..........
  • + 0
 What if they do innovate and bring out some great tech? I dislike the fact they are laying off. The bikes I have experienced must be the good ones since Ive seen Fs and Vs and my Prophet get put through hell and they stood up! C'dale better make up for this UnAmerican, UnCanadian move for us riders or we may just switch to Brooklyn Machine Works for Quality and Patriotism sake! The Price better be better too not just profiteering.
  • + 1
 Just looks like a low/slack version of a Titus Moto-Lite or Jamis with a slightly different placement of the drop out pivot. Probably to get around paying Special-Ed for their FSR Patent.
  • + 1
 Using a single pivot design won't violate any patents but the "slightly different placement" of the drop-out pivot changes how the suspension works drastically. Not saying one is better than the other but putting the pivot behind and above the drop-out like that makes for a totally different wheelpath.
  • + 1
 i guess the pivot isn't behind, but it is above the dropout... which doesn't matter, if the pivot is on the seatstay it's a single pivot.
  • + 2
 the seatstay on that swingarm looks so long, the rearend just looks to flexy.
  • + 0
 Check the geo. Not long at all - 16.7" - typical (1/2" shorter than a Giant Reign)for a f/s with that travel. You think it looks flexy but it is crazy stiff. If you side load the cranks it is stiffer than a lot of hardtails.
  • + 1
 stiffer than a lot of hardtails? c'mon now.. and he said seatstay not chainstay.
  • + 0
 too bad we'll lose this innovation and worksmanship since Dorel is moving all production of Cannondales overseas. and no design or engineering is sacred over there.
  • + 1
 isnt Cdale shutting down US production & going overseas via another group? too bad..
  • + 3
 I WANT ONE!
  • + 1
 awsome helmet nice to see murray on there Smile
  • + 1
 Chris Van Dine is fucking awesome!
  • + 1
 Whoa - those bars are sweet! Finally, wider flat bars.
  • + 1
 kore has had 800mm flat bars for quite some time.
  • + 1
 Yeah, but as we all know, Kore sucks a$$ :-)
  • + 2
 Looks great.
  • + 1
 frame looks a bit odd but nice all da same
  • + 1
 nice bikes
  • + 1
 WOO GO CANNONDALE !
  • + 0
 crackandfail
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