Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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Cannondale: New 29" hardtail Single Speed!

The 2011 bike range will also see updates to the 29"-wheeled version of the feathery Flash carbon hardtail, new alloy versions based on the carbon design, plus a new fully rigid all-alloy 29er singlespeed.

By all accounts, the Flash Carbon 29'er frame is a big-wheeled copy of the company's ultralight 26" Flash with similar tube profiles and carbon construction technique throughout, the same SAVE seat- and chain stay shaping for extra rider comfort out back, and lightweight alloy dropouts and post mount disc tabs (for 160mm rear rotors). Frame weight climbs a bit on account of the larger wheels but is still a stellar 1,050g (2.3lb) in the top-end Hi-Mod form.

All-new alloy versions are on tap as well with many of the design features of the carbon frames – such as the flattened stays and especially wide seat clusters – but in more economical welded aluminum construction.

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