Cannondale Concept folder

Cannondale recently unveiled a taste of things to come, in the shape of this concept folding bike. Cannondale?s design team have looked at various aspects of commuter bikes and provided what they see as a handy solution.

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Folding bikes usually follow the same formula of small wheels and frame with long stems and seatposts to make them fit the rider.

But this concept bike does away with such pre-conceptions, and seems to take the folding bike moniker right to its heart. This is a regular size bike that with the aid of a button-operated hinge, literally folds in half along a verticle plane.

This feature, combined with a Righty fork and equally simple seat-stowing system, makes this a cunning way of making a proper sized bike fold into a compact and portable package. Belt-driven transmission makes for a quiet riding experience, with integrated lights a nice touch that is sure to please any commuter.

This model was certainly a head-turner, although you?ll be as disappointed as we were that this was a non-folding version.

Whether it will ever see the light of day is another matter, but you can be certain that Cannondale will be looking at ways to get mass production use out of the innovations.



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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper, where highlights included interviewing a very irate Freddie Star (and an even more irate theatre owner), as well as 'the one about the stolen chickens'.

Previous to joining the Cycling Weekly team, Michelle was Editor at Total Women's Cycling. She joined CW as an 'SEO Analyst', but couldn't keep her nose out of journalism and in the spreadsheets, eventually taking on the role of Tech Editor before her latest appointment as Digital Editor. 

Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.