Independence, California is the portal to Onion Valley road, one of the many climbs in the Lone Pine to Bishop corridor. Like Horseshoe Meadows and Whitney Portal, Onion Valley goes, straight up in the Eastern Sierra mountains. If you’d like to step back into the archives on the Radavist, Ryan Wilson has documented this area thoroughly. While shooting Team Dream’s new Spring apparel line, I took the time to document each of the road bikes the guys were riding. These are these rider’s own road bikes. They’re not props. Nor were they sent in from the companies for some web-time.
Danny Heeley works at the Cub House part time. He’s a track racing national champ – holla! – and loves British comedy. He bought this, Made in the USA CAAD5 from eBay a while back and built it up with a hodgepodge kit of Ultegra and Dura Ace. Then Sean gave him the Mavic wheels and viola, this beaut is on the road again.
We were staying around the corner from the famous Independence, California USPS and I couldn’t think of a better locale to shoot this bike.
Nice video guys!
Chas has a number of these Cannondale track bikes that have been thrashed on the street over the years, resulting in some pretty heft beausage. Since this one in particular has a few dents, he decided to turn it into a doodle bike and sell the frameset, along with this hand painted disc wheel. Both are for sale now at his webshop, so head over to see more details.
People like seeing BTS video of pro cyclists, right? Especially when it’s from team green machine in Spain!
Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. The Angeles National Forest is a magical place, where ex-pro road cyclists learn to summon their inner powers of levitation by smoking pipes filled with sun scorched Poodle Dog Bush while drinking fermented Untapped Maple Syrup packs. Or something…
Ted King is technically still a pro, until January 1st but yesterday the two of us took off on a ride into the ANF. The last time Ted got to experience Highway 2 was in a peloton during the Amgen Tour of California, which as Ted so gracefully put it, was very, very painful. Luckily pain wasn’t on our agenda yesterday. Instead, we took a super casual pedal up to Mount Wilson and back down to Mount Disappointment.
NorthEast coasters should know better than to not bring gloves on a ride in the mountains, yet the sunny and warm temps on the streets of Echo Park fooled Ted into thinking it’d be warm, even around 6,000′ elevation. Bottom line, Ted was cold. I was cold. We were kinda cold.
While we took a break to bask at a warm and sunny switchback, I took the time to check out Ted’s new, yet temporary bike: the Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod fit with Zipp 404s and SRAM’s new mountain magic eTap shifting system. Now, I didn’t see cables anywhere on those derailleurs, so I can only assume it’s more Poodle Dog Bush magic that makes it shift. Crazy huh? This bike just looks fast, sitting still. Yet, I know what you’re thinking: SLAM THAT STEM. Well, ya know what? When ex-pros leave the peloton, spacers magically appear under their stems, which also shrink in length, sometimes up to 3cm. I too was amazed at the transformation this bicycle seemed to go through. It’s like, life for Ted was about to get more fun.
There’s more to come here at some point, but for now enjoy some sleek, lightweight road bike photos with an epic backdrop straight out of a Lovecraft novella…
Boogie woogie bugle boy. Boogie on your bicycle, boogie to the party. Ace Boogie gets around, man.
His Cannondale track has seen various permutations, as these things tend to do. The ones that are actually ridden, anyway. From drops to risers and now a super simple city bar, Ace’s bike has finally hit that sweet spot for cruising around Los Angeles. I’m pretty sure Kyle shot photos of it a few years back, yet I can’t dig anything up. Some notable notes: the off-center head badge, Phil Wood hubs, Sugino cranks, loved and weathered Flite with one of those damn hot Salsa stems.
Since relocating to Los Angeles, a land with endless dirt in both the fireroad and track variety, my preferences have shifted a lot in terms of what I want a bike to take on. Capabilities are often grown in the industry piecemeal, then once and a while, a bike comes along that asks a question: what if?
The Cannondale Slate is a what if bike. What if 650b or 27.5″ wheels with a 42mm tire makes more sense for “all-road” riding? What if a damn Lefty shock with just the right amount of travel can instill confidence in new riders while offering an added fun bonus to experienced athletes?
Last February, I got to take a prototype Slate out for a spin and recently, Cannondale sent me a production Slate Force CX1 build to try out. I’ve been spending the past week or so thrashin’ and crashin’ this machine. While many exceptional bikes pass through this website, both for review and for personal acquisition, I will say this is the most fun I’ve had on a bike review.
We got the jump on our own brief review and photos early on with the Slate. Some people loved it, others hated it and for good reason. While I wouldn’t call the notion of a suspension fork on a road bike a new idea, with the old Team Gan and other Roubaix bikes having done something similar in the past, the Slate does offer a rather unique riding style and honestly, it just looks like a freaking beast. Granted a beast that was made in some genetic lab somewhere, but albeit, a beast.
The Slate will be landing at Cannondale dealers in October. Offered in three build options: a $2980 105 kit in OD green, a $3520 Ultegra kit in raw aluminum, and a $4260 CX-1 kit in black with purple accents. Check out build specs below.
During the ATOC, Tim Johnson and David from Cannondale took their Slate “all-road” bikes from the mountains to the fire roads before getting them dusty on some singletrack. While the Cannondale website still doesn’t list the Slate in their catalog, this is the first we’re seeing of the olive drab and chartreuse paint design. Lookin’ good fellas. Also, Ojai has some amazing trails!
What do you do when an accomplished athlete backs you on a gamble and encourages you to do something different. Something that might change the face of “all-road” cycling forever? Or at least for a little while anyway…
The story of the bike goes back to March in 2014, when Tim Johnson and his wife Lyne were riding in Louisville along the bourbon trail. David from Cannondale put one of these bikes under Tim and watched the atavism take over. Tim hit every curb cut in sight, skidded around corners and sprinted like he was riding his EVO… Tim’s a cross racer through and through, so dirt and speed are his top priorities. Oh and fun. Having fun too. Right Tim?
Here’s the full-length to that teaser I posted on Friday, featuring Cannondale’s new Slate suspension road bike on a ride from Park City to Ogden and Tim Johnson. Slate packs big 27.5 / 650b tires and the new Lefty Oliver road suspension. Watch it gobble up a 100 mile ride that hits smooth tarmac, gravel roads and into the back country of the Wasatch mountain range.
I have an idea. I’ve ridden one… More next week!
Photo by Will Goodan
Spring has sprung and the sakuras are in bloom. This makes for an ideal backdrop for Will’s Cannondale track with full Suntour. Check out more of this bike at Will’s Flickr.
David at Death Spray Custom has been busy preparing for the 2014 Tour de France. Many moons again, Cannondale commissioned him to paint a bike for each rider, adorned with their spirit animals, inspired by native American Haida style.
I could give two shits about “spy” or “leaked” product shots. Personally, I feel like when a product is ready for public consumption, it’ll be posted in reputable sources but seeing this on Tracko got me stoked on production-level track bikes.
If only it was still made in the USA.
Photo by Kyle Kelley
The Necronomicog knows no boundaries when it comes to two-wheeled sacrifice and as alluded earlier, this insane Cannondale track bike served for plenty of entertainment on my last night in Los Angeles. Of course, Kyle’s film photos do this icon of American aluminum track bikes justice. See more at Kyle’s Flickr!
I’m still going through all the madness from Los Angeles. This one in particular came as a last minute surprise. Luka’s Cannondale track. Pristine condition. He even has the original wheels at home. As always, more on this to come!