By Press Release
(4/5/04) Cannondale is celebrating the imminent delivery of its new,featherweight Six13 road racing models by issuing a unique challenge toriders attending the upcoming Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California.The Connecticut-based bikemaker will be running “The Six13 Challenge” throughoutthe race, inviting riders to pit their bike against the Six13 in a head-to-headweight comparison. Any rider whose bicycle is actually lighter thanthe Six13 will win a free Saeco team jersey. The first 613 riderswho fail the challenge will each receive a free Six13 waterbottle for participating.“Our Six13 models may well be the lightest production bikes availableanywhere, so they’re going to be tough to be beat,” said Cannondale Communications Director Tom Armstrong. “Hard-core riders love to get the lightestframes possible and trick them out with the latest lightweight parts, butwe’ll go head-to-head with anyone willing to step up to the scale.”The Six13 Challenge will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday atCannondale’s display in the team/tech support area at Sea Otter.A Cannondale Six13 will be displayed on a hanging scale, and those takingthe Challenge will have their bicycle weighed on the same scale.Armstrong said the Six13 displayed at Sea Otter will be a productionmodel equipped with Campagnolo Record components. Cannondale willalso offer the Six13 frame with a Shimano Dura Ace package and a CampagnoloCentaur gruppo, with each available in the same five color options.About The Cannondale Six13
The Cannondale Six13 frame weighs just 2.5 pounds (1,150 grams), andunlike virtually every full carbon design, is offered in 12 frame sizesto 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-testedfor more than 18 months.The Six13 is named for its carbon fiber top, down and seat tubes (carbonis number six in the periodic chart), and its aluminum tube clusters andrear triangle (aluminum’s atomic number is 13). The frame’s carbon fiber tubes incorporate three different types of carbon fiber, and are constructedin a unique process that yields a seamless, interwoven tube.The Six13 is formed in an innovative co-molding method in which thetubes 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 slightlyoutward through small windows cut through the walls of the aluminum clusters.The resulting mechanical interlock, paired with an adhesive bond, deliversunparalleled frame integrity: The carbon fiber protruding into the cut-outswould have to be physically sheared in order to pull a cured tube fromone of the clusters.“Legalize My Cannondale”
The Six13 made its public debut at the 2003 Tour de France, where anadvanced prototype of the new design was race-tested by Gilberto Simoniof the Cannondale-sponsored Saeco team. Simoni rode the bike to animpressive victory in the Tour’s 14th stage – one of the toughest of theentire Tour – despite the fact that mechanics had been forced to add weightsto 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 protestof the rule, with Saeco riders donning uniforms emblazoned with the sloganfor one of the Tour’s stages.