I have an update and some more information on the six13 process that will probably help a bit.
We just had a couple of the head hanchos at our shop here in Minneapolis. They actually brought out a pre-production model for us to ride and test. I have to say I was amazed at how stiff this bike is and how responsive it was. When you get out of the saddle and really start to drive the pedals, the bike feels like it's lunging forward. It was an amazing ride to say the least. If you're considering this bike, you will not be let down. I ride a Seven and this bike blew my Seven out of the water.
The process Cannondale uses in molding the aluminum to the carbon is called Cold Forging. That's why you see the carbon "pressed" into the sockets where the headtube and various locations where the carbon is located on the bike. So the carbon and aluminum are actually fused together during the process, not glued like the Trek OCLV. The guys brought a cut away of the top tube to show how the cold forging works. The carbon "sections" are only in the top tube, down tube and seat tube. Cannondale chose to stick with their rear wishbone suspension/rear triangle and saw no need to add carbon in those areas. They also had the bike set up with their hollowgram cranks. The bike weighed in at a paltry 16 pounds! And that was a size 57! We figured that with the right components, the bike would weigh WELL under 16lbs. Pretty sick huh?
The last thing? You can order the bike in any of the five colors that will be available, with any component group of your choosing.
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