An urban bike concept from Cannondale

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Like the Jackknife design, which I have posted before, this is a commuter bike concept from a graduate student at Elisava Design School in Barcelona. Unlike the Jackknife, which relies on future technology to work, Cristian Ciuraneta Catalan designed a bike that is based on current bicycle technology. This bike features mountain bike geometry and 26” wheels, a single-sided fork with Headshok suspension, and Scalpel-inspired rear suspension with chainstays designed to flex vertically and provide 70mm of travel. The frame would be made from carbon fiber and would fold in half for storage and transport. The orange padding was designed to protect the frame and shock when leaning the bike against streetlights, signposts, etc.

As Torgny Fjeldskaar , Cannondale’s Director of Industrial Design, explains; “The brief was to design a commuter-bike for style and tech-oriented urbanites, incorporating and evolving some trademark Cannondale design features.” It appears that Cristian did just that and his concept is quite interesting. I’d love to see more of these concepts from the Cannondale/Elisava School collaboration.

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7 Comments

  1. Rocket April 19, 2007 at 3:17 am -  Reply

    it’s very interesting! Will Cannondale push over the concept of urban bikes?!? I hope to see a new generation of urban bikes like “bad boy” from C’dale… the site http://www.cannondaleurban.com
    it’s a curious indication!
    Now I’ll print these images

  2. Phil April 19, 2007 at 3:20 am -  Reply

    I’ve seen a catalogue of the urban range from Cannondale, so I’m assuming that it will be an online version of that.

    The bike range is very slick and they are lifting the segment to another level in terms of inner city hipster style.

    A good thing because we need that type of customer on bikes because it brings with it the cool factor.

  3. James April 19, 2007 at 12:08 pm -  Reply

    I didn’t know about the Cannondale urban site. Thanks for passing the link along. I’ll look forward to seeing it materialize.

    Good point Phil. I think Torgny and the other Cannondale designers “get” that idea. His background in the auto industry probably helps in that regard as well. Many companies in the industry could probably use a fresh design perspective to develop products that target new customers. We are already seeing a much greater emphasis on design in the industry now and I expect that trend to continue.

  4. Fritz April 19, 2007 at 2:59 pm -  Reply

    I really like what C’dale seems to be doing. They’ve always been a little offbeat, but if they can sell outside of the “bike enthusiast” market and appeal to urbanites and techies that can only grow the pie for all bike builders.

    Have fun on your hike, James.

  5. Anonymous May 22, 2008 at 2:02 pm -  Reply

    does anyone have a downtube bike? i’m thinking of getting one as my first folding bike, but i’m not sure which one to get. http://www.downtube.com/ss-index.html
    can anyone help?
    thanks!!

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