Sneak Peek: New Cannondale F29 Race Hard Tail?


We’ve heard rumors about the possible launch of a new XC race bike from Cannondale, and it looks like it has been getting some real world testing under Marco Aurelio and Manuel Fumic  for the Cannondale Factory Racing Team. Spotted at several World Cup events recently, the Cannondale Green machine prototypes offer a sneak peek at what’s to come…

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Close up shots thanks to eliflap’s blog, reveal a much shorter head tube that still looks like it uses a 1.5″ straight steerer.

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Looking at the back of the bike we see that at least on Marco Aurelio’s bike, the dropouts still use a quick release axle. It also appears that the seat tube and rear stays have more shapely curves hinting at a redesigned carbon frame.

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As expected, the bike looks to retain the use of BB30 with a Hollowgram crank. If that really is a Lefty XLR 100 as marked, from here it looks like there could be some updates in store with an axle set up that looks more along the lines of the new Lefty Supermax forks.

More when we have it.

Thanks to Joshua for the tip!




JC - 05/27/14 - 7:09pm

The most obvious change is the rear caliper mount…

michael - 05/27/14 - 7:17pm

i want that right now…

OE - 05/27/14 - 8:14pm

The bottom of that Lefty fork definitely looks different.

drewsey junction - 05/27/14 - 8:29pm

JC- that’s what I saw. I’m disappointed; even if there’s some computer-measurable improvement in deflection or whatever, they were one of the only companies with calipers in a place a mechanic can easily reach. No longer. Dang. Still, as always, nice looking frame!

greg - 05/27/14 - 9:48pm

does the shell seem wider to anyone else? not 95mm wide, but somewhere in between…
supermax fork lower. i like that the disc hose is anchored pointing straight up instead of the 45degree angle like on current leftys. current one pretty much guarantees that the hose bows outward under compression.

Andrew - 05/28/14 - 3:01am

The most comfortable front suspended bike I’ve ever had.

Lukas - 05/28/14 - 6:14am

Cannondale will launch this new XC hard tail in Albstadt, Germany later this week.

TObi - 05/28/14 - 6:55am


I don’t know if this is the final fork to go with the frame.
My guess would be that they are adopting size specific steerertube length and the only forks available are the existing trigger ones.

badbikemechanic - 05/28/14 - 10:06am

The improvements sure didn’t have much of an effect on Fontana’s world cup performance last weekend.

Colin - 05/28/14 - 8:11pm

Where is the other half of the fork?

K11 - 05/29/14 - 12:02am

@colin. it wouldn’t be “cool enough” if there was a right side.

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