Cannondale onBIKE – First look
By James Costley-White | Thursday, March 11, 2010 12.20pm
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.
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