Comments on: The predecessor to the Lefty; remember this? http://bicycledesign.net/2007/01/the-predecessor-to-the-lefty-remember-this/ The blog about industrial design in the bike industry Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:39:39 +0000 hourly 1 By: thomas http://bicycledesign.net/2007/01/the-predecessor-to-the-lefty-remember-this/comment-page-1/#comment-99845 Thu, 05 Feb 2015 06:40:26 +0000 http://bicycledesign.net/2007/01/the-predecessor-to-the-lefty-remember-this/#comment-99845 I actually remember that bike.
And I remember thinking “what’s next? Is this the future?” CNC-bikes were not the future. Maybe Lasermelting brings out weiter concepts like that again. I look forward to see more pictures.

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By: Paolo http://bicycledesign.net/2007/01/the-predecessor-to-the-lefty-remember-this/comment-page-1/#comment-99836 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 23:38:24 +0000 http://bicycledesign.net/2007/01/the-predecessor-to-the-lefty-remember-this/#comment-99836 yeah I’m very curious to see this proto in action !

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By: James Thomas http://bicycledesign.net/2007/01/the-predecessor-to-the-lefty-remember-this/comment-page-1/#comment-99825 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:22:30 +0000 http://bicycledesign.net/2007/01/the-predecessor-to-the-lefty-remember-this/#comment-99825 I remember the Magic Mountain bike well. Here is a picture of it in all its CNC machined glory for any of you who don’t remember it. I would love to know where this prototype is today. There have been dramatic changes at Cannondale since this post, but I am curious if the bike pictured here is still around. Anyone know the status?

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By: Boltz http://bicycledesign.net/2007/01/the-predecessor-to-the-lefty-remember-this/comment-page-1/#comment-99800 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 04:42:24 +0000 http://bicycledesign.net/2007/01/the-predecessor-to-the-lefty-remember-this/#comment-99800 How sad that next to no one remembers this bike and more than half those who responded to this article are confusing this amazing mountain bike with that just as amazing road bike with the 4 small rollerblade wheels. Both Alex Pong creations I believe. I still want that magic mtn bike with or without the Cannondale logo I don’t care, I just want that bike!

I would settle for more pics, and would love you forever if I could get some! Seems no one has commented for 7 years. I wonder if anyone will respond or is even still alive from this article. I hope.

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By: Anonymous http://bicycledesign.net/2007/01/the-predecessor-to-the-lefty-remember-this/comment-page-1/#comment-2303 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 05:09:00 +0000 http://bicycledesign.net/2007/01/the-predecessor-to-the-lefty-remember-this/#comment-2303 awesome! lets see the rest of it.

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By: Anonymous http://bicycledesign.net/2007/01/the-predecessor-to-the-lefty-remember-this/comment-page-1/#comment-1206 Fri, 18 Jan 2008 08:36:00 +0000 http://bicycledesign.net/2007/01/the-predecessor-to-the-lefty-remember-this/#comment-1206 Polish polish post post!

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By: Anonymous http://bicycledesign.net/2007/01/the-predecessor-to-the-lefty-remember-this/comment-page-1/#comment-647 Thu, 26 Apr 2007 15:14:00 +0000 http://bicycledesign.net/2007/01/the-predecessor-to-the-lefty-remember-this/#comment-647 That is the bike from the original photos. The only tool need supposedly was a 5mm Allen. It was totally unrideable… a media ploy that paid off in spades for C Dale, as they got EVERY bike cover that month, and generated huge buzz.I remeber folks asking me when they could buy one and how cool it was. I called it right on as a marvelous move not by C Dale R&D, but rather by marketing. The Pongs were gone shortly thereafter, their crank being the only thing they left behind.

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By: Anonymous http://bicycledesign.net/2007/01/the-predecessor-to-the-lefty-remember-this/comment-page-1/#comment-552 Sat, 10 Mar 2007 05:32:00 +0000 http://bicycledesign.net/2007/01/the-predecessor-to-the-lefty-remember-this/#comment-552 I remember a picture of this bike in mountain bike magazine in the early to mid 90’s. From what I remember, it looked more streamlined than this one and had front and rear disc breaks. I forget what the wheels and spokes looked like. It was a great looking bike. I wish I could remember the issue of mountain bike magazine it was in. I think it was in ’94, though.

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By: Anonymous http://bicycledesign.net/2007/01/the-predecessor-to-the-lefty-remember-this/comment-page-1/#comment-485 Sat, 03 Feb 2007 03:23:00 +0000 http://bicycledesign.net/2007/01/the-predecessor-to-the-lefty-remember-this/#comment-485 I want to see that bike! Let’s get the polish compound.

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By: Anonymous http://bicycledesign.net/2007/01/the-predecessor-to-the-lefty-remember-this/comment-page-1/#comment-483 Thu, 01 Feb 2007 20:31:00 +0000 http://bicycledesign.net/2007/01/the-predecessor-to-the-lefty-remember-this/#comment-483 While the Pong Magic Mountain Bike had a number of interesting innovations in its conception, it was (and still is) impractical to produce and in some ways unworkable. As mentioned here, the sheer amount of CNC work needed is prohibitive, even now (the prototype in the pictures is made of solid billet aluminum, and weighs around 70lbs). In addition, the suspension pivots were intended to have circular shocks, complete with hydraulic damping, built into them. An intrigueing idea, but one that would have required an exorbitant development budget. The dual trailing link suspension presents some problems, as well; the drastic changes in front and rear geometry as it moves through the travel would tend to make the bike difficult to ride, as well as complicating the drivetrain. What this bike did do was to generate a tremendous amount of publicity, and get bikes in general into the forefront of popular conciousness for a while. Many of the individual innovations have come into common use, as well, so there was a definite technical benefit, too. It would be interesting to see what Mr. Pong would come up with if he were to favor the bicycle industry with his unique perspective again. Val

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