Good luck and thank you,Fontana

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Photo :Bianchi

As you know, Our racer, Italian Marco Fontana (丸子本棚) who took a bronze medalist of London 2012 has leave from cannondale.

Honesty my feeling is so sad. Because we had enjoyed worldcup and worldchampionships at 7 years through his riding.

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He had joined to cannondale at 2009, Already his carrier with cannondale was longer than a lots past great cannondale racers.
When he had joined to cannondale, Wheel size of MTB was still 26 inch. Unique Lefty fork had bit evolved from debut, so had provided a right weight and smooth friction, but still was 1st generation.
Currently tire size had became to large, also Lefty fork has evolved to 2nd generation. I think that a evolution of Lefty fork had occured by phenomenon which wheel size had became to large.

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Therefore I think that Cannondale mountainbike’s mostly evolution has occuerd with Marco.

I’m remembering his riding at UCI worldcup when before london olympic.
He had always tried pushing to a head of race.

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Unfortunately he always late from top of race at middle of racing time, so never won at worldcup with cannondale, but also he had won a bronze medal at London 2012 without saddle (I call this as in japanese “Saddle toretana”).

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I think this momement was his best moment as MTB racer of cannondale.
This is “the” mostly excited race of my experience as cannondale fanatic during 20 years.

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All professional bike racer will leave from a circuit sometime. I had experienced a lots retirements of my favorite racers as such as Greg LeMond, John Tomac, and more. When my favorite racers had leave from cannondale, I always felt sad same as their retirement. For example, Alison syder, Missy Giove, Anne Caroline Chausson, Cedric Gracia, Brian Lopes etc.

A rider who never provide sadness like this to me is just only Tinker Juarez.
But he still has stay on a race track. His costume will be changed to celeste blue from berserker green, but also we can still see his riding. Hoping cheer for his next stint.
Thanks Marco, We love you. Good luck!

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Meet to a bike, then be influenced.

‘CyclingTips’ is publishing a romantic cycling movie. If you has interesting to Cannondale SLATE bike, maybe this is must see.
Low contrast color make nice atomosphere, and BGM is as well. Taste is just like a old road movie. I love this tone because my cycling life was started from journey at summer 22 years ago.
I think this one is a one of embodied a style of cycling with Cannondale SLATE bike. Actually I thought that want to go to this road with SLATE bike after viewing. It’s proof that my feeling was be influenced.
Meet to a bike, then be influenced. This is something that can’t really be experienced easily. I believe it’s most important things for continuity of my cycling life.

Movie :CyclingTips(YouTube)

Cannondale says, “XC is dead.”??

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Cannondale website is claiming sensational catch phrase.
That is “XC IS DEAD”.
Of course MTB XC race is not dead because MTB worldcup 2016 will be held in cairns at this sunday. Also this year is olympic year, MTB cross country(XC) is still included to Rio olympic games.
Perhaps they will present new XC bike with new concept because they attached hashtag “#BUILTFORXXC” to main phrase.
Seems like they will present any information at 29 April 2016.
Maybe many cannondale fanatics can’t wait 29 April 2016 if it heard…
Let’s google until “the day”. haha..

For more information, please visit the followings,
*Bike rumor :
http://www.bikerumor.com/2016/04/20/cannondale-says-xc-dead-teases-new-xxc-mountain-bike/#more-127764
*Cannondale instagram :
https://www.instagram.com/p/BEbV3HHnDX0/

The Cannondale style

Cannondale proudly published the movie about their design philosophy “System integration”.

22 years ago, I was met Cannondale bikes. Their bikes already had unique specifications at that time, such as fat aluminum frame construction, HeadShok suspension, grasshopper like Super V full suspension bike etc.

Cannondale never threw away their original technologies. Cannondale is loved by some and hated by others, but I think everyone can be praised their originality…?
Perhaps most important things of Cannondale is “Style” of themselves. Actually, I always think their philosophy is similar to musician’s culture.

22 years of Mr.Cannondale

Today, A beautiful comparison photo has been flown to my time line of Facebook. That is below.

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Image :Cannondale Mexico(Facebook)

Do you remember? or Do you know it? Above photo is the cover image of Cannondale’s catalog 1995. They are the original members of legendary Volvo cannondale team. Left to right,

Myles Rockwell (2000 DH World champion)
David “Tinker” Juarez (1994 USA XC Champion, 1994 World championships Silver)
Sara Ellis
Alison Sydor(in front, 1994-96 XC World champion)
Marc Gullickson
Frank Roman
Missy “Missile” Giove (1994 DH World champion)

At 1994 as their 1st year, they got many victories in NORBA series, UCI World cup and World championships. Viper red cannondale bikes had got most glorious era of cannondale.

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The following photo, It’s currently american Cannondale MTB team after 22 years. They will be called “Cannondale 360fly powered by SUGOI” team. Left to right,

Keegan Swenson (2014 USA XC champion U23)
David “Tinker” Juarez
Evelyn Dong
Alex Grant
Raphaël Gagné (2015 XC Canadian Champion)

You have already understood, haven’t you?

The common point of both photos is only one. Tinker Juarez. So, all cannondale fanatics always call him like this. “He is the Mr.Cannondale”.

New team, Cannondale 360fly p/b SUGOI

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Image :Cannondale

Cannondale’s new team “Cannondale 360fly p/b SUGOI” will debut in north american XC MTB circuit. New title sponsor is changed to a panoramic video camera brand “360fly“.

Team kit design is simple & clean. I think maybe many cannondale fanatics will like it.

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Image :Cannondale

Also, this team has a unique sponsorship as bike team. They connect sponsorship with American radio control car maker “Axial Racing“.
From a couple of years ago, definitely they had presented a R/C car that painted cannondale green on FB. When see it, I thought they love R/C car same as me. So, I never thought that they connect real sponsorship with R/C car brand. but….I think it’s a typical thing of cannondale as american.
Axial’s blog is here.

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Photo :Axial Racing

Of course legendary rider Tinker Juarez will join to them.
Fly Tinker, Until when you think can not fly anymore…

FYI, please check as below.
CANNONDALE, SUGOI AND 360FLY PARTNER TO CREATE NEW NORTH AMERICAN CROSS-COUNTRY MOUNTAIN BIKE TEAM

Founder of Cannondale, Mr. Joe montgomery

If you claimed real cannondale fanatics, you must be know the founder of cannondale bicycle.
Mr.Joe Montgomery, he is origin of aluminum revolution. You must show this VTR at 00:33sec…