Cannondale Headquarters Tour, Part 3: Insane GT prototypes & concepts

If you thought the prototype and team Cannondale mountain bikes from our HQ tour were wild, wait until you see these GT full suspension concepts. Above is a working concept bike developed by the product and engineering teams for an Interbike show. This early concept led to the iT-1 bike from 2006…

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If you thought the prototype and team Cannondale mountain bikes from our HQ tour were wild, wait until you see these GT full suspension concepts. Above is a working concept bike developed by the product and engineering teams for an Interbike show. This early concept led to the iT-1 bike from 2006…

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Cannondale Headquarters Tour, Part 2 – Wild prototypes & team bikes!

When we visited Cannondale’s HQ just before CX Nats, we took a lot of photos of bikes. Prototypes, concepts, team bikes and one-off race rigs. Being a shared office with GT, there were plenty to see from both brands, so we’re splitting them up. Here’s the Cannondales, starting with this insane aero concept with inline skate wheels up front. Naturally, we had to ask, how does it steer?

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When we visited Cannondale’s HQ just before CX Nats, we took a lot of photos of bikes. Prototypes, concepts, team bikes and one-off race rigs. Being a shared office with GT, there were plenty to see from both brands, so we’re splitting them up. Here’s the Cannondales, starting with this insane aero concept with inline […]

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PodRide, a wild enclosed 3 or 4 wheeled e-bike that looks like a micro car

Let’s get this out of the way. The PodRide is pretty much crazy. That said, the fully enclosed multi-wheel recumbent bike was designed to be protected from the weather, to be a more comfortable way to commute by bike in all seasons. With a shell designed to look like a miniature car, it is without a doubt crazy looking, but inside it packs a lot of the logical features of a multi-wheel recumbent bike as a viable alternate to driving and with a small e-bike motor making even more sense. Its Swedish designer Mikael Kjellman crowdfunded the concept’s development based on this working prototype last year and is now working on building a version that you might be able to buy before the end of 2017.

And in the meantime, watching him ride the thing on a frozen pond and over his local dirt jumps is sure to put a smile on your face, like it did for us…

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Let’s get this out of the way. The PodRide is pretty much crazy. That said, the fully enclosed multi-wheel recumbent bike was designed to be protected from the weather, to be a more comfortable way to commute by bike in all seasons. With a shell designed to look like a miniature car, it is without a […]

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Prototype Fox AX Adventure Cross “gravel” suspension fork spotted

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Photo pulled from Peter James Lucas’ Instagram account, provided by Road.cc.

Spotted on then quickly pulled from Shimano’s California-based tech rep Peter James Lucas’ Instagram account was this image of a prototype Fox AX Adventure Cross suspension fork mounted to what’s presumably his Santa Cruz Stigmata cyclocross bike.

Fortunately, our friends at Road.cc grabbed the image before it was deleted and kindly shared with us, check out their prognostications here. Their guess is the same as ours, that it’ll be built on the lightweight, minimalist SC32 XC fork’s platform, but with travel dialed back. Considering how good the Lefty Oliver-equipped Cannondale Slate and any bike with the Lauf GRIT feels on rough roads, it’s not a huge surprise to see more options coming. We’re expecting some gravel-related news from sister brand Easton in April, so perhaps we’ll learn more then. Until then, keep those eyes peeled…



Spotted on then quickly pulled from Shimano’s California-based tech rep Peter James Lucas’ Instagram account was this image of a prototype Fox AX Adventure Cross suspension fork mounted to what’s presumably his Santa Cruz Stigmata cyclocross bike. Fortunately, our friends at Road.cc grabbed the image before it was deleted and kindly shared with us, check […]

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When a TT bike and a fat bike have a baby… The Fat Trek Equinox is born

Rob McKillip and the Fat Equinox at the Iowa Bike Expo

When Rob McKillip’s venerable Trek TTX Equinox broke during warmups for the Iowa State time trial championship, he didn’t throw in the towel like some would have. Instead he simply hopped on the other bike he’d brought that day; his fat bike. After suffering through that TT, Rob’s broken Trek was relegated to wall-hanger status and forgotten until a while later when carbon fat bikes started popping up. Unimpressed with the offerings he’d seen, and with the memory of that brutal time-trial-on-a-fat-bike on his mind, Rob began chatting with Drew Wilson of Cyclocarbon; and thus the Fat Equinox was born.

Click past the break for details on this wild ride…

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When Rob McKillip’s venerable Trek TTX Equinox broke during warmups for the Iowa State time trial championship, he didn’t throw in the towel like some would have. Instead he simply hopped on the other bike he’d brought that day; his fat bike. After suffering through that TT, Rob’s broken Trek was relegated to wall-hanger status and […]

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Prototype Vittoria cyclocross tires raced at CX Nationals

prototype vittoria cyclocross tires for 2017

Spotted under Robert Marion and Adam Myers were three prototype cyclocross tires from Vittoria. Marion mentioned them in his bike check video, then led us in for a closer look where we received additional intel from reliable sources who shall remain unnamed.

The tires are drastically different than Vittoria’s current offerings, and the technical specs won’t come until their official launch (planned for Sea Otter in April), but we did learn that they’ll be offered in both clincher tubeless (31/33/40 mm widths) and tubular (31/33 mm widths). The tread patterns will include the all conditions shown above, plus a mud version and a file tread, each with very interesting designs…

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Spotted under Robert Marion and Adam Myers were three prototype cyclocross tires from Vittoria. Marion mentioned them in his bike check video, then led us in for a closer look where we received additional intel from reliable sources who shall remain unnamed. The tires are drastically different than Vittoria’s current offerings, and the technical specs […]

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WFS2016: Roundup of bells, carbon bits & enormous wheels

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We found a number of interesting bikes and baubles when we dropped into the inaugural Vienna Bike Show several weeks back, and going through our photos there are still a few articles worth of goodies to share. We’ll start off this week with a broad range of accessories and a line of bikes that go from the tiny up to the extreme. This bell crafted by Valentinitsch Design really caught our eyes just as we stepped into the show. Fit on the front of a simple frame that beer maker Heineken had commissioned (and with a matching tail light) as part of their Ridentity campaign, it nicely balances modern tech with a classic look. Hop past the break for a closer look, plus some European made 36ers, handmade carbon accessories, and an update to the disc brake version of the Werking Cycles Model S that we got a glimpse of at the end of this past summer…

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We found a number of interesting bikes and baubles when we dropped into the inaugural Vienna Bike Show several weeks back, and going through our photos there are still a few articles worth of goodies to share. We’ll start off this week with a broad range of accessories and a line of bikes that go […]

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Found: East folds a full-size mountain bike into your backpack

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No, that isn’t a pile of tubing and components that will eventually be fabricated into a rideable bike. It is actually a complete 27.5″ trail riding hardtail (minus the wheels of course) that will unfold and be ready to ride in about 90 seconds. The brainchild of Austrian designer, tinkerer, and framebuilder Thomas Schwaiger, the East folding bike was conceived originally as a way to take a proper mountain bike and stick in inside of a backpack so that he could haul it along when he went paragliding. A few optimized generations later and the current bike has adapted to provide stiffness on par with an aluminum full-suspension bike and breaks down so small that it can be easily transported anywhere you want to go, then stored out-of-the-way when you get back home…

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No, that isn’t a pile of tubing and components that will eventually be fabricated into a rideable bike. It is actually a complete 27.5″ trail riding hardtail (minus the wheels of course) that will unfold and be ready to ride in about 90 seconds. The brainchild of Austrian designer, tinkerer, and framebuilder Thomas Schwaiger, the […]

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WFS 2016: Selberbruzzler collective’s budding Podenco Cycles, from Balance to Handuro

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We’ve seen the creative craftsmanship of Selberbruzzler builders before. The Vienna Framebuilder Collective is unique in that it is made up of amateur bike builders and tinkers with great ideas, that typically don’t have aspirations of becoming commercially viable. The latest member that caught our eye is builder (or in real life, cook) Thomas Wieling and his family bike brand of Podenco Cycles. Wieling pretty much started constructing bikes after his mountain biker girlfriend lost mobility in her legs in a freeriding accident, but needed to get back out on the trail. Several DH quad iterations evolved their way into this crazy unique three-wheeled hand-cycling enduro bike that can scale pretty much any trail and bomb down the other side with its many tricks. Of course at the same time their son has grown into the need for his own bike, so why not get the most custom balance bike possible; then dad needs a new all-mountain hardtail to keep up as well. All this evolution might just turn Podenco into a proper bike building business soon…

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We’ve seen the creative craftsmanship of Selberbruzzler builders before. The Vienna Framebuilder Collective is unique in that it is made up of amateur bike builders and tinkers with great ideas, that typically don’t have aspirations of becoming commercially viable. The latest member that caught our eye is builder (or in real life, cook) Thomas Wieling and […]

Posted in Gadgets & Hacks, Kids' Bikes, Mountain Bike, Prototype8 Comments