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Cannondale Vintage Backpacking
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Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Cannondale Vintage Backpacking on 07/12/2012 22:37:27 MDT Print View

I'm a young buck who had no idea that Cannondale used to be in the backpacking business.

Yes, the same co. cranking out the $12K Super Six Evo Ultimate of today were once dabbling their fingers in the tent and pack business for hikers. Smart move?

I think so.

Is that Dave Chenault?


Vintage Cannondale Catalogs courtesy of The Creek of Boots.

Edited by Eugeneius on 07/12/2012 22:38:06 MDT.

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Sleeping bags too on 07/13/2012 00:11:33 MDT Print View

Back in the day, my wife and I were ecstatic to get two new Canondale synthetic sleeping bags (we lived in Oregon at the time). They arrived, we promptly took them out for a hike - and froze in the wretched things! It was easily 20* warmer than their rating, and we were both very cold. Canondale was adamant that they would not accept their return, that they were properly rated, and somehow it was all our fault.

It never surprised me that their backpacking line failed.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: Cannondale Vintage Backpacking on 07/13/2012 21:30:11 MDT Print View


There you go folks, spoken from an unhappy customer- Cannondale was doomed from the start.

a b
Cannon in the Dale on 07/14/2012 00:56:27 MDT Print View

I actually have a Cannondale bike i use to get around our little town of 3,000 souls; Ben lomond.
Got my bike for $250 off of Craig's List.
I replaced the tires, tuned up the de-railures, etc and it is still worth $250.
I know because i tried to sell it to pay rent before i got this latest cool job.
Anyhow. here is my Cannondale.. I need about $5,000 more dollars to complete my next expedition.. if someone wants to pay 5,000 for my 250 bike i would be stoked...
.Cannondale Mtn Bike
PS. It is really cool and yellow.
Mostly it is yellow.
Oh wait.. Howard Hughs could have possibly rode the aluminum this bike is made from at one point in his life.

Yea, I think i'll just keep riding my Cannondale around town.
As for sleeping bags made by this company.. You MUST be shi##ing' me.

Edited by Ice-axe on 07/14/2012 01:01:14 MDT.

Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Re: Cannon in the Dale on 07/14/2012 06:15:01 MDT Print View

Hey Matt,

If it was an 800, you might be in luck, but those 700s are worth nothing!

I loved the old catalogues. I have a 1991/93 T600/700 Frankenstein that I toured through California and Mexico on, twenty years ago. I remember poring over the catalogues, deciding what to buy. All pre Internet of course.

No surprise their camping gear never took off though. Even though their bikes were great, their panniers were always rubbish.


David Lutz

Locale: Bay Area
Cannondale Motorcycles on 07/14/2012 12:35:14 MDT Print View

Cannondale tried to build dirt bikes also. From scratch!!

Nearly put them under. In fact I think they had to sell the company or bring in new money after that fiasco.

I admire them for stretching out but there is something to be said for going with what you know....


Edited by davidlutz on 07/14/2012 14:31:26 MDT.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Cannondale Frankencycles on 07/14/2012 13:03:14 MDT Print View

I forgot about Cannondale motocross bikes.

Wasn't it this creation that almost put them under?


Things got weird when Cannondale's R&D started sketching up pannier designs for this one.

David Lutz

Locale: Bay Area
"Cannondale Vintage Backpacking" on 07/14/2012 14:34:47 MDT Print View

That looks like a combination shopping cart/roto-tiller/treadnill thing......

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: Cannondale Frankencycles on 07/14/2012 15:40:59 MDT Print View

How much was tied up in this project? Goodness.


Who knows what they would have come up with had they thrown as much money into backpacking as they have in suspension development over the last several decades.

Erik Basil

Locale: Atzlan
Cannondale on 07/26/2012 08:57:20 MDT Print View

Well, there's less room for development and viability in backpack technology than there is for suspension in bikes...