Bike Talk – Cannondale Factory Racing prototype Downhill bike | SHIMANO

Bike Talk – Cannondale Factory Racing prototype Downhill bike | SHIMANO


My name is Tom Duncan. I’m the mechanic for
Cannondale Factory Racing. These are our bikes. We’ve got a race bike
which is that one. And then this one
is a practice bike. We’ve got them setup differently to
show how versatile this bike is. The black carbon parts are
identical on both bikes… …but then the links
are different. On this one we’ve got it
setup as a standard shock. It’s just one shock
in the down tube. And then this one we’ve
actually separated… …the spring rate and
the damping rate. The idea being that with a
more progressive bike… …you sometimes lose
control of the damper. So when we have a more
progressive bike… …we have separated
the damper… …to go at a less
progressive rate… …so that it doesn’t over work. This bike with this
link is more linear… …so it doesn’t need to be separated
when it’s in a more linear setup. We’ll use the single
shock in Fort William… …because the track is
very fast, very straight… …you don’t really need a
really progressive bike… …because it’s a really long
track, it’s really physical. The idea is that once you’re up to speed, the
bike just lifts out of the rough stuff… …and just chatters
across the top. And then in tracks where there’s
a bigger variation of speed… …you need a more
progressive bike. You need a bit more of a mid
stroke platform in the bike. A little bit more detail
on Matt’s race bike. We’re running the full
Shimano Saint groupset. And the PRO stem,
handlebar and seatpost. This is a normal PRO stem. We’ve got it set in
the 50mm length. You can move it to
either 45mm or 50mm… …but we tend to keep
it in 50mm all the time. We’re using an alloy bar
with 20mm of rise… …that’s cut down to 790mm. And once you put the grips
on it measures at 800mm… …because the grips add
a little bit on the end. Saint brakes, which we have set
at 58mm when the lever is out… …and when the lever is pulled
we have a bite point of 41mm. Moving down the bike… …we’re using a standard Saint
groupset and the Saint pedal. With an 11-25T cassette
and a 36T chainring. We’re using the biggest disc
available, which are the 203mm rotors. On the Saint calipers Matt prefers
the raisin pads with Finns. So we pretty much run the raisin pads
everywhere, unless it’s really wet. This bike is a prototype
at the minute. This is one of the first
few available to us. We only got one size at the minute,
while we figure out things. There’s definitely some changes in the
pipeline already to improve the bike. And that’s it for
the bike check. Stay tuned to see more
of it on the race track.