Our History

70's

1971

The Beginning

 

1971

 

Cannondale’s initial cycling product was the Bugger, the world’s first bicycle-towed trailer. A simple but profound innovation, the Bugger enhanced the cycling experience and serves as inspiration to this day.

80's

1983

ST-500 touring

1983

 

Our first bicycle, the ST-500 touring bike was introduced. The oversized, TIG-welded aluminum frames shocked the world with their light weight, efficient stiffness and crazy fat-tubed look. The aluminum era was under way.

1984

SM-500

1984

 

The first oversized aluminum Mountain Bike.

90's

1991

Elevated Suspension Technology

1991

 

We launch the industry's first production mountain bike, the E.S.T. (Elevated Suspension Technology). Interestingly, it was rear suspension only. Front suspension was handled by Girvin Flexstem.

1992

The HeadShok

1992

 

Cannondale revolutionized front suspension with the HeadShok, an in-headtube, needle bearing suspension fork. The patented technology developed for that original fork can be found in the current Lefty and HeadShok products.

1993

Super V

 

1993

 

The most wildly original (and widely imitated) dual suspension design.

1994

Champions

 

1994

 

The most successful mountain bike team in history is launched. In their eight years, Volvo Cannondale won 11 World Championships, 17 World Cup titles, 16 National Championships, 89 World Cup wins, 33 NOBRA wins, 2 Olympic games and 2 Pan-Am Games Gold medals.

1994

CODA Magic Crank

 

1994

 

Ultralight, hollow crankset had an aluminum BB spindle and pioneered the use of external BB bearings, later adopted by Shimano, FSA and others.

1996

Super V DH

1996

 

Introduction of the Super V DH downhill specific dual-suspension bike, featuring the Moto 120 inverted dual crown fork. It was named Best Downhill Bike Ever by Mountain Bike Action.

1997

Saeco/Cannondale

1997

 

Cannondale was the first US manufacturer to sponsor a European pro road team, bringing American technology and style to European racing.

1997

Fulcrum DH

1997

 

A “team only” race bike, it featured a unique jack-shaft drivetrain and one of the first “virtual pivot” suspensions in a mountain bike

00's

2000

TheLefty

2000

 

The radical single-sided front suspension system that was, and still is, Lighter, Stiffer, Stronger and Smoother than any other.

2000

Cannondale Motorsports

 

2000

 

Cannondale shocks the world yet again by launching Cannondale Motorsports.


Cannondale Motos were so radically advanced and winning a “Bike of the Year” award and a World 4-Stroke Quad Championship.


Many of the innovations that Cannondale pioneered are now used on top motocross bikes today, such as cleaner 4 stroke engines and aluminum perimeter frames.

2001

TheBB30

2001

 

We created the BB30 standard, along with the Hollowgram Si Crankset- the lightest and stiffest crankset in the world. We later released BB30 as a free standard to anyone who wants to use it, improving the industry.

2001

Electric Lockout Lefty

2001

 

The iconic Lefty, single-sided front suspension system was introduced. Lighter, Stronger, Stiffer and Smoother than any other fork on the market. A year later we introduced electronic suspension to the industry with our ELO, Electronic Lockout Lefty.

2001

CAAD6 BB30

2001

 

the CAAD 6 is the first bike frame released with the new BB30.

2002

TheScalpel

2002

 

Launch of the Scalpel, the world's lightest dual suspension design. It went on to become the most winning dual-suspension design in World Cup history. The current evolution of the Scalpel is still the world's lightest dual-suspension frameset.

2003

Legalize My Cannondale

2003

 

The innovative carbon and aluminum road bike, the Six13, is launched 
and promptly wins a stage of the Tour de France.


The Six13 was so light that are Mechanics were forced to add weights to the bike to 
reach the UCI’s minimum bike weight requirement of 6.8 kg which just 14.99 lbs.


That led to the infamous Legalize My Cannondale campaign.  Needless to say the 
UCI didn’t find that to be very funny.

2005

First Ironman

 

2005

 

Faris Al-Sultan wins Cannondale’s first Ironman World Championship on 
his Ironman Slice Aero time trial bike.

2006

TheSynapse

2006

 

Cannondale introduces its first full carbon road bike, the Synapse. With its S.A.V.E. mirco-suspension technology, it represents a new "Performance" category of road bike, blending race performance with all-day comfort.

2006

HealthNet

2006

 

Cannondale partners with team HealthNet and dominate the US Pro racing for the 
next three years.

2007

LiquigasCannondale

2007

 

Cannondale teams up with the Liquigas pro cycling team and win our fourth Giro d’Italia.

2007

King of the Mountains

2007

 

Maricio Soler of the Barloworld Cannondale team rides his Cannondale SystemSix to 
the King of the Mountains jersey in the Tour de France.

2007

National Champion

2007

 

Tim Johnson wins the US national Cyclocross championships while sporting 
the crazy 9 Ball poke-a-dot kit.

2008

SuperSix and Slice

2008

 

Cannondale introduces a pair of now legendary full carbon bikes: 
the SuperSix road bike and Slice time trial machine.

2008

EBikes

2008

 

Cannondale partners with Bosch to create the new standard of Ebikes and we are still pushing the limits today.

2009

The Flash

2009

 

The Flash, the lightest, stiffest, smoothest mountain bike hardtail ever created is launched. (7.54kg) It is the first frame ever tested that exceeds 100 nm/deg/kg in stiffness-to-weight testing.

2009

King of the Mountains

2009

 

Team Liquigas earns the Tour de France King of the mountain jersey aboard the 
SuperSix

2009

Ironman World Champion

2009

 

Triathlete Chrissie Wellington wins the Kona Ironman World Championship aboard 
her Slice Hi-Mod aero bike, setting a new course record in the process.

2009

Cyclocross Champions

2009

 

Cyclocross stars Marco Aurelio Fontana and Tim Johnson win the Italian and US national championships, respectively, on their CAAD9 cross bikes.

10's

2010

Giro d'Italia

2010

Ivan Basso won Cannondale's 5th Giro d'Italia and Vincenzo Nibali won our first Vuelta a Espana, giving us two of the three Grand Tour Titles. To build on this momentum, Cannondale has stepped up to co-sponsor role and the new Liquigas/Cannondale squad was formed.

 

2010

Revolutionary Innovation

2010

Our bike line is bursting with revolutionary innovation.  We introduced the 
OverMountain family of bikes….the Claymore, the Jekyll and the Scarlet, which can 
morph from short travel trail bikes to aggressive long travel bikes at the flick of a switch.


The all new Scalpel - the lightest, stiffest, smoothest dual suspension bike on the planet.


The most advanced cyclocross bike ever created, the new full carbon SuperX.


And the jaw-dropping CAAD10, the most advanced aluminum road frame in the world -  
lighter, stiffer and smoother than most carbon bikes.


 

2011

SUPERSIX EVO

2011

 

Cannondale launches the lightest, stiffest, fastest production bike ever. A frame weight of .695g according to Zedler Fahrradtechnik, the best stiffness-to-weight ratio ever at 142.3 NM-Deg/kg, and our fastest frame yet with 15-20% tube surface optimization make this bike a true REVOlution in its time. Its so good it wins the coveted Eurobike Gold for Road from the largest field ever.