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Cannondale honors its 1990s heritage with new frameset paint jobs

Published November 27, 2018

WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) — Cannondale has released two new modern carbon hardtail framesets with retro color schemes, paying tributes to the brand's team bikes from decades past.

The new F-Si Hi-MOD framesets, with matching Lefty Ocho forks, are available in Viper Red or Team Blue Gloss.

The Viper Red version is a nod to the HeadShok-equipped hardtails ridden by Cannondale's MTB race team from 1994 through 1997, while the Team Blue color, with Yellow "quad-wrap" decals, recalls the CAAD3, CAAD4 and CAAD5 framesets raced from 1998 through 2002.

During its eight-year run, the Cannondale team racked up 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. 

"It's been a fun 25 years. It's rad to see Cannondale remember the good old days with these frames. They bring back a ton of good memories," said Tinker Juarez, a long-time Cannondale mountain bike athlete. "I'm lucky to still be part of the Cannondale family. It was a dream then to get the support to do something I loved doing, and it's a dream now to still be doing it."

Peter Vallance, Cannondale's director of product management, said, "Like a lot of people, I was crazy about these bikes," said "These tribute framesets are basically a gift to my 15-year-old self."

The frames have the same features as the current F-Si, including OutFront geometry, the Ai rear triangle, Speed Release dropouts, and 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 129 will be produced. They will retail for $4,500.

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