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Pretty sweet. The prototype is awesome.
High negative steering trail will make it all but useless…maybe make it hub center steered, but then will need significant turning clearance on the forward sweeping arm, Maybe they should look a basic handling dynamics before dreaming up pretty shapes…design is much nicer when practiced based in reality.
The trail situation looks a lot less dire on the test mule.
Very interesting, thanks for the post James.
Bikes which pivot in the middle are ridable, how about a Flevobike or a Snaix bike.
Just wanted to be clear on something here. The working full size model was done by Priority Designs, but the design/styling/surfacing was done by Cannondale in house Senior Industrial Designer, John Michie. John has been with the company for over 4 years now, and is kicking ass and taking names. He has done countless projects for the company but finally got the chance to do a Concept bike of his own. This shows his skills not only for design and styling, but also how Industrial designers are more than stylists, but problem solvers as well. I just wanted to make point to credit John on this fantastic showcase of design and innovation for the company.
-Erik Eagleman, Senior Industrial Designer, Cannondale
Thanks for the correction, Erik. I’ll change that in the post so that John gets the credit he deserves. My apologies.
The negative trail seems like a bit of a deal-breaker, but the engineering that’s (apparently) gone into this is breathtaking (or would be, if there were actual pics instead of renderings).
Also, the shaft drive seems pretty gratuitous. What racer would want one?
But mad props for floating the notion of dynamic positioning. Years ago, looking at beam bikes, it occurred to me that it seems feasible to include a quick-release on the beam to let it pivot much lower than normal to allow a road bike to ride off drop-offs of more than a foot… a pretty limited demographic to be sure, but it’s an example of something more realistic.
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