Cannondale started in 1971 in a loft above a pickle factory. The company grew quickly during its early years. We introduced the cycling industry’s first bicycle trailer, the Bugger, and added successful cycling apparel and accessory lines while earning a strong reputation for innovation and quality.
That reputation proved invaluable when Cannondale introduced its first bicycle, a Touring model, in 1983. We raised the cycling world’s eyebrows by building our bicycles around handcrafted, oversized aluminum frames that were both lighter and more flex-resistant than the steel models that dominated the industry at the time. We quickly followed up this success with a road racing model and a mountain bike model in 1984. Our creative reputation encouraged both bike dealers and customers to join the revolution, and widespread industry skepticism quickly gave way to a host of imitators
In 1997, Cannondale was the first company to feature large, oversized aluminum bike frames on cycling’s biggest stage, the Tour de France. After powering his Cannondale to four stage victories at the 1999 Tour, the flamboyant Saeco team leader proclaimed “Cannondale is the best bike.”
With a reputation for shaking up the industry, we continued to push the entire cycling community with the release of our first carbon/aluminum frame, the Six13, flaunting the low weight with prison striped jerseys that read: Legalize My Cannondale.
In the last 14 years, we’ve won five Giro d’Italia Maglia Rosas, arguing that maybe we should add pink to our brand colors. Most recently we won the Girod’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana in one single year!
On the mountain bike side, Cannondale started the dual suspension revolution way back in 1990 by introducing the Delta V E.S.T., the industry’s first dual suspension bike, and followed it up with the equally radical Super V and Scalpel platforms.
With a laser focus on a rider-first mentality, we push our employees, our dealers and the bike industry. These refinements aren’t limited to the company’s competitive road racing and mountain bikes, however; the insights gained through racing, coupled with Cannondale’s quest for constant improvement, have also benefited the company’s wide array of lightweight recreational bikes as well as its lines of state-of-the-art cycling apparel and parts & accessories.
Cannondale’s Mantra: Never settle in our quest to create the perfect ride.
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For more information, please visit www.cannondale.com