Cannondale Bicycle Corporation is a major American bicycle manufacturer that designs and produces high-end bicycles, recreational bikes, and apparel lines.
Cannondale has become one of the biggest and most influential bicycle companies in the world, selling millions of units in almost 100 countries.
In this article, we’ll give you some quick information about the brand and its lineup.
Cannondale began in 1971 under Joe Montgomery, manufacturing the industry’s first bicycle trailers in a loft above a pickle factory. Touring frames followed in 1983 and road racing and mountain bikes in 1984, all featuring hand-crafted, oversized aluminum tubes. In fact, Cannondale was the first company to mass-produce aluminum frames and was considered one of the pioneers in this kind of technology. The bikes were both lighter and more flex-resistant than others at the time.
Later they developed carbon fiber composite frames, introduced a clothing apparel line, and even tried a move into motorsports. However this never proved to be profitable and in 2003, facing bankruptcy, they sold off the division.
The same year Pegasus Capital Advisors purchased the bicycle division and returned focus to bike production. In 2008, Dorel Industries acquired the brand, a Canadian distributor of Taiwanese and Chinese bikes that sell under US brands like Mongoose and Roadmaster. In 2004, Dorel had also purchased Pacific Cycle (Schwinn, Mongoose, and GT Bicycle brands), so Cannondale was the last publicly traded bicycle company in the USA.
The company is headquartered in Wilton, Connecticut, USA, but all manufacturing is done in Asia, specifically Taiwan. Cannondale has subsidiaries in Holland, Switzerland, Japan, and Australia. They sell more than 100 models in over 70 countries.
Cannondale has won numerous design awards, often with arrangements that are contrary to the usual industry practice. The suspension fork called the Lefty is one such development. It only has a left side (no surprises there) and provides greater mud clearance, eliminates static friction and flexing of the fork. It’s featured on high-end mountain bikes.
Apparently, some of their product ideas come from sponsored athletes who have won stages at the Tour de France and Giro Italia and various world championships. These refinements are then used on competition-oriented bikes but also lightweight recreational bikes. Cannondale also produces numerous e-bikes in various categories.
While Cannondale is considered to be one of the leading manufacturers of high-end bicycles, don’t discount their range of recreational and urban bikes. There are tandems, touring, comfort, and adventure bikes for all kinds of riders. They also have a range of women-specific bikes in all categories that have been designed to better fit the female physique.
Cannondale Neo Electric Bicycles
Over the years, Cannondale has positioned itself as one of the biggest and most innovative manufactures of electric bicycles in the world.
They call their e-bikes Neo, which is a suffix that’s usually added to the original model name of the bike that’s being electrified. That said, at the moment of writing this article, Cannondale offers almost 50 e-bike models in all the popular categories, such as:
The majority of Cannondale’s electric bicycles are equipped with Bosch Active/Performance Line motors and battery packs. However, some high-end e-road bikes, such as the SuperSix Evo Neo 1, are powered by Mahle electronics.
Cannondale’s e-bikes are characterized by high-capacity batteries that often offer upwards of 500 Wh. That means that riders can get as much as 100-150 miles of range per charge (according to Cannondale’s estimate), which is higher than what a lot of competitors offer.
Another important feature of Cannondale’s e-bikes is big LCD screens that show battery status, pedal-assist level, speed, distance, time, and other important metrics. Bosch systems usually come with Bosch Purion displays. Newer e-road models come with an Integrated Top Tube Controller in the form of a single button that lets you see the battery charge, turn the system on or off, and choose the level of assist.
- Standard Frames: Yes
- Custom Frames: No
- Retrofitting old bikes: No
- Year Established: Originally in 1971
- Products Made In: Moving from Bedford, Pennsylvania to Taiwan in 2010/2011
- Availability: National and international retailers and bike shops
- Types of Bicycles: Road, mountain, active, electric, kids
- Construction Methods: Cannondale Advanced Aluminum Design, SmartForm, BallisTec carbon, etc.
- Frame Materials: Aluminum, carbon fiber