Are you one of those riders who talk about ‘Back in the day..”? Maybe you just remember simpler times before all the technology and gadgets. Man, it sure was sweet to just get out the trail and let it rip without even giving thought to headtube sizes or rebound speeds. The days when Tinker ruled the trail and the widest set of bars was just a notch or two over 500mm. Well, you’re in luck, Cannondale is giving the best of both worlds! The Cannondale F- Si Hi-MOD just got a makeover, and it’s a perfect tribute to the glory days of Tinker and Headshocks and 26inch wheels with rim brakes.
The Viper Red version is a nod to the HeadShok-equipped hardtails ridden by Cannondale’s legendary MTB race team from 1994 through 1997, while the Team Blue color, with Yellow “quad-wrap” decals, recalls the peerless CAAD3, CAAD4 and CAAD5 framesets raced from 1998 through 2002.
In their day, the oversized aluminum frames and HeadShok suspension forks of the Cannondale “Factory” Racing team’s bikes were as cutting-edge and radical as the new F-Si and Lefty Ocho are today. They offered a true performance advantage, making Cannondale the bike to beat. During its eight-year run, the Cannondale team racked up an unequaled list of victories including 11 World Championships, 17 World Cup titles, 16 National Championships, 33 NORBA wins, two Olympic medals (Silver and Bronze), and two Pan-Am Games Gold medals. The team earned a healthy number of podium places too including 184 at World Cup events, 35 in the World Cup series, 21 at World Championships, and 84 at NORBA events.
The Cannondale throwback F-Si frames have all the same features as the current F-Si, like OutFront geometry, the agile Ai rear triangle, Speed Release dropouts, and of course, the Lefty Ocho, the world’s first single-crown, single-sided suspension fork. The F-Si throwback frames will be available in sizes S – XL and will only be produced in limited quantities. To learn more, visit www.cannondale.com. Be sure to also follow Cannondale on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.