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Cannondale Confirms Recumbent Rumours
Cannondale Confirms Recumbent RumoursBicycle Business is reporting today that Cannondale has confirmed that they are in final development of a recumbent bike. The bike was first spotted at the HPV World Champs held in Brighton. The bike did not have any markings, but had the trademark fat tubes that are made popular by Cannondale.

Now Cannondale comes clean and admits the Rhurbarb and Custard is, indeed, one of their machines. The bike is a medium wheelbase, full-suspension recumbent with a 20 inch rear wheel and 16 inch front and has Cannondale's oversized aluminium tubes.

Tom Armstrong of Cannondale HQ in Connecticut, USA, said Cannondale would begin shipping its first units by the end of 2001. "The new Cannondale is being targeted towards cyclists who traditionally have opted for hybrids or comfort bikes," said Armstrong.

"[It will] feature a compact frame with low step-over height to make getting on and off of the bike easy, and it will have a low bottom bracket to position the pedals low to simplify starting and stopping. The new model will be hand-welded and heat-treated from 6061-T6 aluminum tubing using Cannondale’s patented production process, and it will also make use of Cannondale’s extensive experience designing front and rear suspension systems."

Total Bike will have the latest details and photos of this bike next month from our Interbike reports.

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