2009/07/07

More flashes



Sorry but I can't help it, the new Cannondale Flash is making me drool all over my keyboard and I can't wait to see one in the flesh, throw a leg over it or even better, build myself one. A few details: a medium frame should come in at 950 grams. That's light for a road bike frame, very light for a mountain bike frame. But as is often the case with Cannondales, the weight saving doesn't end there. Their System Integration help bring the total package weight down in a way other companies are just now starting to understand. The BB30 Hollowgram SL crankset is still among the lightest and stiffest crankset out there, the Lefty again is leading the weight war without compromising performance and stiffness but the Flash also incorporates a few details to keep the whole bike as light as it can but still remain stiff, strong and performing as well as it can.

The post-mount rear brake tabs lets you bolt the caliper directly on the frame without any adaptor... unless you want a rotor bigger than 140mm. You save a few grams by skipping the adaptor, another few with the smaller rotor.



A race bike needs to be as stiff lateraly and torsionaly as possible, but having some vertical flex help deal with trail vibration and bumps to let you ride as hard as possible for as long as possible with a decent amount of comfort. The Flash has a few tricks to help in that regard. The chainstays take the Scalpel-like flat but wide shapes the Taurine had but with even more vertical flex. Mated to the much thinner seatstays, the wide but thin rear end of the top tube and the bottom of the seatube, the Flash should push the 'stiff-where-it-needs-to, cushy-where-it-can' ratio beyond any hardtail on the market. The seatpost also features some built-in flex yet remains stiff lateraly. The best of both worlds.



The seatube gets very wide at the bottom bracket to make sure the area is as stiff laterally as possible. Since band type front derailleurs can't be mounted, there are direct mounts. That makes the derailleur 100% well aligned and positioned but will prevent using a lighter road bike derailleur.



The minimalist seatpost collar should be lighter than past Cannondale units.



As previously posted on the 2010 Scalpel, the Flash has a Sram XX spider to use the XX chainrings but on the Hollowgram SL crankset, still much lighter than the lightest XX crankset or most offerings from Shimano, FSA, Race Face, Truvativ...



So as you can see, I'm pretty excited about this new bike (and I'm not alone as the guys from testrider.com show) and hopefully, I'll be able to get my hands on one eventually. Maybe I could borrow one from the Cannondale Factory Racing team for the Mont Sainte-Anne Quebec Cup, two days prior to the World cup? That would be a sweet test ride...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

damned cool bike.
i need a new bike for next year i think...