With adventure road and gravel riding gaining increasing popularity, Cannondale has posted a video showing a yet-to-be-launched gravel bike, which we expect to be announced in the autumn.
Cannondale has a strong line-up of cyclocross and mountain bikes, such as the CAADX we tested last winter, and now seems to be applying its expertise to the gravel bike category. We’ve put our best minds here at Cycling Weekly to reviewing the video to see what we can see. First up the bike appears from the tube profiles to have an aluminium frame with internal cable routing. It looks very similar to spy shots of the new CAAD frame which Cannondale is expected to announce in the autumn.
The fork is a Cannondale Lefty suspension fork. This is a Cannondale patented design in which there is a single fork leg on the left side of the wheel, leading to a significantly lower weight than a two legged design. The fork typically has 100mm of travel in MTB applications but there are versions with up to 160mm travel. The fork on the new bike has a logo with a “100” on it, so we assume that this represents the travel.
The bikes shown both have double chainring SRAM transmissions with one having cable operated disc brakes and the other having SRAM’s hydraulic set-up. There’s an FSA SL-K Light chainset on each bike, a component often used by Cannondale for for compatibility with its BB30 bottom bracket standard.
One set of wheels has WTB rims whilst the other has Stan’s No Tubes rims so could be set up tubeless. There are the extra-wide tyres typically speced on gravel and off-road bikes, so we’d expect the frame to offer lots of clearance at the rear. With the Lefty fork, front clearance is not an issue.
You can view the video here:
So in summary, we’d expect the Cannondale will launch a two bike range of front suspension gravel bikes with Lefty forks. Expect more news and teasers nearer to the Autumn launch date.