What retro bike do you want to see making a comeback? if the answer is Cannondale then you're in luck. Cannondale has popped up on their website two retro XC race bikes in the theme of the Cannondale Factory Racing F-Si. Old school cool meets new school tech and it got us thinking - what are our dream retro bikes?
Firstly, that Cannondale F-Si
It goes without saying that the new retro F-Si is a limited edition, we aren't exactly sure how many but we hedge our bets the number is way short of 1000, with Cannondale saying they have been produced in “very limited quantities”. In the late 90s and early 2000's Cannondale tucked many victories under their belts including 11 World Championships, 17 World Cup titles, 16 National Championships and two Olympic medals to name but a few.
The Throwback F-Si will be available just as a frameset with colour coordinated carbon Lefty Ocho fork. The bike resembles its retro brothers in looks alone, alongside that lefty fork the bike is full of modern tech. That tech includes 29er wheels, a Hi-MOD BallisTec Carbon frame, a tapered head tube, 12mm thru axle, flat mount brakes, internal cable routing, a sleek integrated seat collar and an optimised carbon layup in the seat stays for the right amount of flex.
The frameset is available in Viper Red and Team Blue copying the bikes that competed at the first MTB Olympics and then the bikes raced from 1998-2002 respectively. The frameset will set you back a tidy £3,500....
Dave's Trek Y
Dave Arthur of road.cc fame wants his throwback to be a Trek Y, he says "it looks futuristic and beautiful and nothing like a traditional bike made from pipes. Just a shame it was a URT" URT being an early 90's suspension design where the bottom bracket was placed on the swingarm, with the logic being that the rear suspension would be free to soak up bumps while the rider was seated, but when standing it would pedal more like it had a rigid rear end.
John's carbon Mountain Cycles San Andreas
Next is John Stevenson, he keeps tabs on the buyer's guide on road.cc. You might have 'discussed' points of view on Twitter with him at some point. His dream retro bike is a carbon Mountain Cycles San Andreas. Early examples of these were built in 1989 and it's dubbed as the first true full suspension mountain bike.
Tony's Bontrager Privateer
Tony (aka the Boss) wants to relive his early days of cycling on this Bontrager Privateer. He reckons "they were understated and cool, or that's how I thought it and I looked at the time!"
Jon's Pace RC-200 F8
off-road.cc editor Jon "it's not long enough' Woodhouse wants a Pace RC-200 F8. He's got one picked out on Ebay for a cool, £1,500 and now just has to ask the Boss for a payrise before reliving his teens.
Pat's Kona Lava Dome
Pat 'it's all about the paint' Joscelyne is the publisher on off-road. He wants anything as long as it has paint splatters on it, like this Kona Lava Dome. He's got a 30th anniversary Diamondback Axis Team at home with, guess what - splatter effect paint...
What's your choice?
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