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…
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.
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.
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!