By Press Release
(3/26/04) With excitement building rapidly for the April launch of its new super-light Six13 road models, Cannondale has responded with a new area of its web site devoted exclusively to the innovative new design. The new microsite can be accessed through Cannondale’s home page, www.cannondale.com, or directly at either www.cannondalesix13.com or www.legalizemycannondale.com.
The site has in-depth information on the Six13’s unique design and construction process, which mates carbon fiber top, down and seat tubes with welded aluminum joint clusters and a welded aluminum rear triangle. The highly stylized, Flash-intensive site also details the three different component packages (Campagnolo Record, Shimano Dura Ace and Campy Centaur) which can be paired with any one of five color options to create a complete Six13 bike.
Along with a photo gallery, the site includes information on the Six13’s debut at last year’s Tour de France. A contest where cyclists can enter to win their own Six13 will be added in the coming weeks.
About The Cannondale Six13
The Cannondale Six13 frame weighs just 2.5 pounds (1,150 grams), and unlike virtually every full carbon design, is offered in 12 frame sizes to ensure a perfect frame-to-rider fit for optimum comfort and efficiency. In development for two years, the new Cannondale has been road and race-tested for more than 18 months.
The Six13 is named for its carbon fiber top, down and seat tubes (carbon is number six in the periodic chart), and its aluminum tube clusters and rear triangle (aluminum’s atomic number is 13). The frame’s carbon fiber tubes incorporate three different types of carbon fiber, and are constructed in a unique process that yields a seamless, interwoven tube.
The Six13 is formed in an innovative co-molding method in which the tubes and the frame are constructed simultaneously. The carbon fiber tubes, still in a soft, pliable, and uncured state, are positioned inside the aluminum tube clusters. Internal bladders are inflated and heat is applied, and the finished tubes are physically formed within the clusters to create a perfectly aligned, super-light frame.
As the tubes are being formed, the carbon fiber also expands slightly outward through small windows cut through the walls of the aluminum clusters. The resulting mechanical interlock, paired with an adhesive bond, delivers unparalleled frame integrity: The carbon fiber protruding into the cut-outs would have to be physically sheared in order to pull a cured tube from one of the clusters.
“Legalize My Cannondale”
The Six13 made its public debut at the 2003 Tour de France, where an advanced prototype of the new design was race-tested by Gilberto Simoni of the Cannondale-sponsored Saeco team. Simoni rode the bike to an impressive victory in the Tour’s 14th stage – one of the toughest of the entire Tour – despite the fact that mechanics had been forced to add weights to the bike in order to satisfy the UCI’s 15-pound minimum weight rule. Cannondale launched a “Legalize My Cannondale” appeal to the UCI in protest of the rule, with Saeco riders donning uniforms emblazoned with the slogan for one of the Tour’s stages.