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Cannondale Stealth

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I am getting ready to meet my co-workers for breakfast here in Dong Guan, but I have a good internet connection and a few free minutes, so I want to quickly pass along a couple of things.

The latest entry in the Cannondale Design Sketchbook is the Stealth concept designed by Torgny Fjeldskaar and Erik Eagleman. It is another concept bike that not meant for production at this point, but you can read more about it here.

On the subject of Cannondale, I should mention that the Bad Boy White Edition was one of three bikes to receive Eurobike Gold awards this year. The Five Star Singlespeed bike from Fixie GmBH and the Giant City Speed were the other two.

Also, I want to mention the Yumeya premium aftermarket kit for XTR. According to the website, Yumeya is Japanese for “Dream Workshop”. These white and gold components are a way to bling out your existing XTR. Check out the website for more about “Kabauki beauty.” Thanks to Page for the tip on this.

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  1. James September 24, 2008 at 9:44 am -  Reply

    Thanks ag, I posted a similar picture that Mark Sanders took of the Stealth at Euro bike a couple weeks ago

  2. Craig September 24, 2008 at 11:43 am -  Reply

    2 words: Build it!

  3. jimmythefly September 24, 2008 at 12:56 pm -  Reply

    Pretty interesting. I wonder why they didn’t do an integrated seat mast?

  4. Anonymous September 24, 2008 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    Cannondale Stealth has family styling with the current crop of Cadillacs, not that thats bad, I happen to like most of the new CTS as its different.

    The problem here is while the edges can be worked around, besides styling it is hard to justify some of those shapes.

    For those who don’t remember or are too young, GM Design used to be called General Motors Styling, and they were proud, even had die cast nameplates made for the Stylists vehicles. The 1960’s when Styling was a good word.

  5. bikesgonewild September 25, 2008 at 12:33 am -  Reply

    …interesting post in light of my ol' friend david turner's recent comments regarding styling…

    …personally, i like the look of the stealth…even in flat gray, it's quite beautiful…

    …i know it's just a styling "exercise" but would it be practical to manufacture or would they have to take the "coolness factor" out, to bring it to the public ???…that's a leading question…

    …i do wonder what price point they would have to aim for w/ a molded frameset…& would they have a market for it w/in those parameters…i suppose it would fall into that non-extreme-roady roadbike category w/ the flat bar…

    …i like it & i'd ride it…

  6. jimmythefly September 25, 2008 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

    It could be aluminum, out of either hydroformed tubing, or could be made of two stamped halves, then welded up with a welded seam right down the middle. With Cannondale’s smooth welds it could look pretty close to teh concept, I bet. Of course it could be carbon or fibreglass or some other plastic or FRP, too.

    One of the strongest areas is the head tube/stem, but this is where I fear the translation from concept to production would be tricky. To keep that flowing look means either you get no options for stem length/angle, or it means Cannondale making a bunch of different stems that will keep the look, or it means compromising on the look and just going with a conventional stem.

    They could make some very nice fenders and clip-on bags (or hardshell boxes) and bottle cages that would keep this look -it could be really sweet.

  7. Will September 26, 2008 at 9:03 am -  Reply

    I like it when a bike looks like it is made from only a dozen parts. Some people fear the integration of parts, but I enjoy seeing the freedom it opens up to designers.

  8. Fail October 3, 2008 at 1:18 am -  Reply


    I think the OCC inspired Choppers you can find at Wallmart are more innovative then this “designer” monstrosity. I’m sorry Crack’n-Fail, throwing Deep V’s, and an integrated dork fork is not design it is styling –and even at that whats revolutionary? We’ve seen this exact bike almost since the Alex Pong concepts waaaaay back. This is disappointing to say the least when compared to the actually innovative Jackknife concept that appeared last year. Please start designing again.

  9. Luke Munn November 5, 2008 at 3:59 am -  Reply

    was actually really interested in your offhand mention of the five star by fixie inc. it’s almost impossible to find info on this online, apart from a few photos on flickr. it looks amazing, and as a bike design blog, i’m kinda surprised you haven’t done any major posts (that i could find) on belt drive systems, their positives and negatives. i know they’ve apparently been around for a while, but the new incarnations are being hailed as something of a revolution in bike design, is that just hype? finding an in depth review of any belt drive bike has proven difficult, and i’d love to see one reviewed from a commuter perspective, not the single speed mountain biking slant they usually seem to attract.

  10. James November 7, 2008 at 8:45 am -  Reply

    Luke, I have done a few post that mentioned belt drive systems, most notably the Gates carbon belt system that Spot brand debuted at Interbike last year (and yeah, on a ss mtb). More recently I mentioned briefly a couple of the belt drive Treks that were shown at Trek World this year on commuter oriented bikes. I also mentioned the things I liked about the belt on the Strida 5.0 that I tested.

    But I think you are right- a new post about other belt drive systems may be a good idea.

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