Cannondale onBIKE - First look

Limited edition asymmetric urban bad boy

We were browsing Cannondale's website when we came across this eye-catching limited edition special. Cannondale's single-sided Lefty fork has been around for years now, but here's it's paired with an offset single-sided rear 'triangle' too.

Not only that, but the chain runs inside the rear end – Cannondale call this 'Case Closed Technology' – and is combined with a custom SRAM i-MOTION nine-speed hub gear to give a fully enclosed drivetrain. Cables are also routed internally, keeping everything clean and low-maintenance.

Named the onBIKE, this jet black machine has a clear mountain bike influence but is aimed at urban warriors. The frame is handmade from 6061-T6 aluminium, with double-pass smooth welds to eliminate stress risers and tapered, triangular top and down tubes. The swingarm is machined from billet aluminium for stiffness and light weight.

The spec includes a Fatty Solo 80mm-travel air fork, disc brakes, BB30 bottom bracket with Cannondale Hollowgram SL crankset, own-brand wheels, finishing kit and funky-looking Octopus pedals, and Schwalbe Kojak Bad Boy tyres.

The onBIKE has its roots in a concept bike shown at the Eurobike trade show in 2007, but that had a 'Righty' fork on the same side as the swingarm and a folding frame.

Just 250 individually numbered bikes will be made, 99 of which will be sold in Europe. They'll only be available in sizes medium and large. UK RRP is £3,999.

Cannondale onbike: cannondale onbike

Cannondale onbike: cannondale onbike

Cannondale onbike: cannondale onbike

Cannondale onbike: cannondale onbike

CW has been riding mountain bikes for more than two decades now. He's the first to admit he's not the fittest or most skilful rider on the hill, but that doesn't stop him sweating up the climbs to have a blast on the downhills.
  • Discipline: MTB, commuting
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains and flowing singletrack
  • Current Bikes: Whyte T-129 S SCR, Stanton Sherpa 853, Pinnacle Dolomite 6
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston Old Peculier
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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