Check out the Cannondale design sketchbook for a new entry. These three urban bike concepts were a collaboration between the in-house Cannondale design team and D-Tank, a design studio based in Barcelona. The guys from D-Tank studied transportation design at the Elisava Design School with Torgny from Cannondale and in recent years they have done a lot of luxury yacht design. It is interesting to see influences of that work in these concepts. As the post says, the designs are not slated for production right now, but some of the elements might inspire future urban bikes from Cannondale.
I mentioned Alta bikes on the blog back in 2005. Thomas from Frost Produkt just informed me that they have begun shipping bikes to the U.S. He mentioned that the first edition color of Apple Green is back by popular demand. In addition, they have added St Peter Blue and Navy Grey. The favorites of Bone White, Traffic Yellow, and Jet Black will be available too. Also, they have created a small size frame. I am not sure yet where you can find these bikes in the States, but I will update the post when I know.
Update 5/30: To clarify on the Alta bikes U.S. distribution, here is a note from Thomas on how to order one if you are so inclined: We have imported a small quantity of bikes into the States, which are stored at a warehousing in Michigan. It takes about 1 week for delivery after payment. People can use the order link from altabikes.no to send us an email order. (we reply with a payment link via world pay, once that’s sorted, we dispatch the bike via UPS ground).
Florian sent me a link to the website of Daily Bread Cycles, the work of young German designer Goetz Haubold. There is not much on the site yet, but you can see some shots of the Daily Bread showroom opening in Berlin on Flickr. They were also mentioned recently in a New York Times blog post, which also happened reference Bike Snob NYC. Those of you who follow the BSNYC blog probably already read his reaction to the Times post.