Colorado tech: Cannondale’s new Slice time trial bike

  • By Nick Legan
  • Published Aug. 22, 2011

Like many modern time trial bikes, the front end of the new Slice uses an integrated fork/stem to smooth airflow. Hidden mini linear-pull brakes keep everything clean. Photo: Nick Legan © VeloNews

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (VN) — We’re bound to learn more at Eurobike, but Cannondale had the new version of its Slice time trial bike available for Ivan Basso. Though Basso ended up using his old bike for the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge prologue, mechanics were working furiously before the start of preparing the bike.

A new integrated front end and hidden brakes show that Cannondale is working to close the gap to bikes like Trek’s Speed Concept and Specialized’s Shiv. Many of the frame shapes are reminiscent of other popular time trial bikes. The fork bears a strong resemblance to the Speed Concept and the bottom bracket looks much like Cervélo’s P4.

A fin shape behind the seat tube/top tube junction is unique, but whether it’s there for product differentiation or for aerodynamics is unknown.

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Nick Legan

Nick Legan

After graduating from Indiana University with honors and a degree in French and journalism, Nick Legan jumped straight into wrenching at Pro Peloton bike shop in Boulder for a few years. Then, he began a seven-year stint in the professional ranks, most recently serving for RadioShack at the Tour de France and the Amgen Tour of California. He also worked for Garmin-Slipstream, CSC, Toyota-United, Health Net and Ofoto. Legan served as the VeloNews tech editor 2010-2012 before sliding across the line into public relations.

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