First spotted by Bike Rumor, the biggest difference on the frame is the drop-down seatstays that now join the seat tube at around nine-tenths of the way up, as opposed to the top tube junction like on the current model. This is a design inherited from road cycling and is believed to provide excellent cushioning against vibration and impact.
The same discontinued design is used on Cannondale’s budget Trail SE lineup, but these bikes are made from aluminum, not carbon like the one above appears to be, and we’re very skeptical that a road cycling pro. go for a budget hardtail when get ready for one of the toughest mountain bike races!
Most professional XC racers now use a full suspension bike all season long, which leaves the F-Si carbon in an interesting place. Will it become more of an endurance frame? Or will it join the battle to be the lightest production cadre against Specialized’s Epic HT and Canyons’ Exceed.
Massimo Alpian, Global Media Relations Manager at Cannondale, told us: âI can confirm that Alex was driving a Cannondale. Our legacy is rich with new innovations and that continues today and although I cannot specify the model at this time, we hope to see you soon. ”